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A Bantu language spoken in Malawi and neighboring areas.
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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
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(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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But when people unite, as Dr Livingstone and the Chewa chiefs did to help end the East Africa slave trade, and Dr Mipando and Professor Bagg do, to build a national dental service, then it is not aid, but friends coming together to build a better world.
The main tribe inhabiting Ntchisi is the Chewa tribe, the largest ethnic group in Malawi.
TET: CHEWA's financial performance has been impressive.
Zimbabwe is a multilingual country which has indigenous languages such as Barwe, Chewa, Khoisan (Tshwao), TjiKalanga, Nambya, Ndebele, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xitsonga (which is commonly mistakenly referred to as Xichangana/shangani), Xhosa and English.
The spokesman of Jammu Kashmir National Front expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of Fayaz Ahmad Wani in Chewa Kalan village of Pulwama.
These results confirm the standard norm in the study area, which is that Chewa is dominated by and follows matrilineal settings.
Another of Banda's methods to gain control of Malawi and its people was the reintroduction of the 'Chewa matrilineal social structure that were crucial for the control of land inheritance.
Meanwhile, a youth was injured in clashes between protesters and Indian forces at Chewa Kalan hamlet in Pulwama district.
It was March, nine months after I had arrived to stay in David and Martha's house in Chimtengo Kubwalo, a Chewa village about 50 kilometres from Malawi's capital Lilongwe.
Here they came into conflict with the Chewa people and when the BSAC came onto the scene the Chewa chiefs saw their presence as a way of protecting themselves against Mpezeni's aggression.