Malawi Independence Day is observed on 6 July every year.
The Republic of Malawi is located in South-eastern Africa and was formerly known as Nyasaland.
Around the 10th century, the area used to be occupied by the migrating Bantu groups.
The British Government first sent a consul to the land in 1883, and Malawi was later reformed to become the British Central African Protectorate by 1891. As a British colony, its land has been exploited to host infrastructures to serve European settlers.
The colonial rule prompted the rise of a nationalist movement, particularly after the nation became part of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasalandits – which nationalists feared as an extension of colonial power.
In 1958, under the leadership of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the full force of nationalist sentiment erupted, and the Federation was dissolved in 1963.
Malawi gained its independency with Hastings as Prime Minister and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations on 6 July 1964.