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A Bantu language spoken in Malawi and neighboring areas.


npl -was or -wa
1. (Peoples) a member of a Negroid people of Malawi, E Zambia, and N Zimbabwe, related to the Bemba
2. (Languages) the language of this people. See Chichewa


(ˈtʃeɪ wɑ)

n., pl. -was, (esp. collectively) -wa.
1. Also, Cewa. a member of an African people, a branch of the Maravi, living mainly in S Malawi and adjacent parts of Zambia and Mozambique.
2. Also, Chichewa , Cicewa. the Bantu language of the Chewa: an official language of Malawi.
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Noun1.Chewa - a member of the Bantu-speaking people of Malawi and eastern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe
Malawi, Nyasaland, Republic of Malawi - a landlocked republic in southern central Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1964
Northern Rhodesia, Republic of Zambia, Zambia - a republic in central Africa; formerly controlled by Great Britain and called Northern Rhodesia until it gained independence within the commonwealth in 1964
Republic of Zimbabwe, Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, Zimbabwe - a landlocked republic in south central Africa formerly called Rhodesia; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1980
African - a native or inhabitant of Africa
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Women, Presbyterianism and Patriarchy: Religious Experience of Chewa Women in Central Malawi, Christian Literature Association in Malawi (CLAIM), Blantyre, Malawi & Verlag fur Kultur und Wissenschaft, Bonn, Germany, 1997.
Malawians are made up of a diverse range of ethnic groups, including Chewa, Nyanja, Tumbuko, Asian and European.
For example, in Malawi among the Chewa "mtima wamphamvu" refers to strong heart problem, which others also call high blood pressure.
This is what we would expect because, in Malawi, the Chewa group is more than seven times larger than any other ethno-linguistic group, and it would be difficult to be a dominant party without support from a significant proportion of members of this group.
The official has further said that the country has seen discovery of 14 gas fields, which comprise onshore fields of Songo Songo, Mnazi Bay, Mkuranga, Kiliwani-North and Ntorya, while the offshore fields include Pweza, Chewa, Chaza, Mzia, Jodari, Papa, Zafarani, Lavani and Tangawizi.
After all, these processes of unjust subjugation have occurred between European groups (for example, the treatment of national minorities by the majority in France, Spain, Russia), and between African or Asian groups (for example, the treatment of the Yao minority by the Chewa majority in Malawi; the treatment of the Tibetan minority by the Han majority in China), as well as in the context of Western colonization of non-Western peoples.
Phiri's study of the Chewa and Ngoni in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique indicates that the political boundaries separating the three countries never served as boundaries of exclusion; instead, they have been used as sanctuary by the peoples living in the three countries to evade tax collections under colonial rule and political persecution after independence.
Such cultural values are deep rooted among the Chewa and Ngoni speaking people of eastern Zambia.
The Shona and other Bantu languages like KiSwahili and Chewa also label the noted numbers, eleven, twelve, thirteen and so on as observed with the case of Shona as: gumi neimwe, gumi nembiri, gumi nenhatu (ten and one, ten and two, ten and three and so on).
The discovery is some 200 kilometres south of BG Group s Pweza and Chewa discoveries, previously announced.
The new discovery of gas is located some 200km south of BG Group's Pweza and Chewa discoveries.