About Us

Nthanda Review is a Malawian online literary magazine created in 2017. The idea behind its creation is to provide a platform on which voices of different writers are heard by the world.  We publish works from Malawi and Africa as a whole. But we do not limit our outreach to just Africa, as such, anyone from across the world can contribute.


Beaton Galafa

The magazine’s Founding Editor, Beaton Galafa, holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Education from Zhejiang Normal University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Language from Chancellor College of The University of Malawi where he majored in French Literature, with African Languages and Linguistics as his minor. In 2014, he was one of the 12 East African emerging writers who attended the Commonwealth Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Workshop in Kampala, Uganda. In 2015, his short story ‘Bullet in the Wind’ made it into the  Dede Kamkondo Short Story Competition top ten shortlist. In 2016, he won the 2016 Free Expression Institute-Malawi Essay Writing Competition. He was selected to be one of the mentees in the 2017 Writivism Literary Project for the Koffi Addo Nonfiction Writing Contest for African emerging writers for his story ‘The Day We Saw Witches in Our Village‘. His nonfiction story ‘The Police Robbed Us‘ was listed in Writivism’s Fifteen Favorite Stories of 2017.

His works have appeared in Fourth & Sycamore, Stuck in the Library, Love Like Salt Anthology, 300K AnthologyLiterary ShanghaiMistake House Magazine, The Blue Tiger Review, Eunoia Review, Transcending the Flame, Every Writer’s Resource, BetrayalThe SeasonsEmpowerment, The Elements, BNAP 2017 AnthologyBetter Than StarbucksAfrica, UK, and Ireland: Writing Politics and Knowledge ProductionThe Wagon MagazineFirst Writer MagazineThe Bombay ReviewWriting GrandmothersKalahari ReviewThe MaynardBirds Piled LooselyAtlas and AliceSouth 85 Journal and elsewhere. A member of Pen Avenue Malawi, he was the Chief Judge in Pen Avenue’s inaugural 2016 Short Story Writing Contest.

Other recent works include “Negritude in Anti-Colonial African Literature Discourse” in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (2018),  “The ‘New Heart of Darkness’: Exploring Images of Africa in Wolf Warrior 2 (2017)” in The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2019), and “Sex Addiction in Contemporary African Fiction: An Analysis of Selected Works of Short Fiction” in Addiction in South and East Africa: Interdisciplinary Approaches (2019).

Matthias Kafere

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Matthias Kafere holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Language from Chancellor College where he majored in English Literature and did Creative Writing. He is currently studying Law at the same Chancellor College. He writes essays, short stories and poetry. He has also worked as a lexicographer at Global Inter Action. In 2014, his essay on Malawi’s tripartite elections became seventh in the Free Expression Institute-Malawi Essay Contest. In 2015, his essay, A Better Malawi, scooped fifth position in the World Bank Golden Jubilee Writing Contest. And oh, something he really wants you to know! He is an ex-seminarian.

Madalitso Mulingo


Madalitso Mulingo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education Language from The University of Malawi, Chancellor College. He is a French Linguistics major and African Languages and Linguistics minor. Currently, he is studying for a Master’s in Applied Linguistics. He is also a Lecturer in Literature and Linguistics at Nkhoma University, Lilongwe. An ardent reader of  literary works, he believes in Art as activism.

Mtende Wezi Nthara 

Mtende Wezi Nthara is an avid reader. She lectures Linguistics and Communication Studies at the Catholic University of Malawi. She holds a Bachelor of Education in English from the University of Livingstonia, and is currently studying for a Master’s in Applied Linguistics at the University of Malawi: Chancellor College. Her work has recently appeared in Literary Shanghai’s Alluvium, Kalahari Review and Suicide: A collection of poetry and short prose from writers around the world on the themes of suicide and self-harm.

Other contributors

Kenneth Namalomba

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Special thanks to Kenneth Namalomba for regularly providing his works of art to be used for some of our literary works. He is an upcoming Artist whose art has been exhibited in USA and Germany among other places. He is a sculptor and painter who works with stone, installation art, oils and Acrylics. He strongly believes that the world is past the stage of decorative Art. Rather, art can be used as a tool for societal transformation.

In 2013, Kenneth had a project under Students with Dreams called empowering Orphans Thru Art which he conducted at Juvenile Rehab and orphanages as a way of bringing positive thinking to the children in these centres. Kenneth also founded a movement called “Our Voice thru Art“, a socio-political movement to use art as a tool to voice out the voice of the voiceless in the society. He aims at using his art to bring back people’s consciousness and expose social injustices. His modern themes are death and despair.

Kenneth was born in Blantyre, Malawi to the late Artist Samson Namalomba. He studied art at Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi. In 2014, he was awarded with a “Life-Achievement Art Genius Award” at the university.

We also thank all  other writers who help in editing for Nthanda Review. Most importantly, we thank all our contributors and readers. You are all Nthanda Review.

To contribute your literary works, follow the submission guidelines here.

For enquiries, contact us at info@nthandareview.com.

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