Interview with Tambu Manondo Chirwa, December 16, 2013

Project: African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project

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Tambu Chirwa describes her early life in a village in Malawi carrying water, working in the garden, cooking, and caring for younger children. She talks about being sent to live with an older sister in the city to go to better schools, and the problems of the ?selective? Malawi system for going on to secondary school and university even when a child passes the exams. She explains education for her sons as the reason to be in the United States. Tambu describes both negative (loneliness at the beginning) and positive experiences (through church and soccer) in Lexington. She keeps in weekly if not daily contact with family in Malawi and identifies herself as Malawian. With her husband Robert, Tambu has led two groups of Americans to Malawi from Second Presbyterian Church and helped organize a visit by a Malawian to Lexington. Tambu works in food service and is a student at Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Interview Accession

2014oh064_aitb003

Interviewee Name

Tambu Manondo Chirwa

Interviewer Name

Jack Wilson

Interview Date

2013-12-16

Interview LC Subject

Africa Malawi

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Chirwa, Tambu Manondo Interview by Jack Wilson. 16 Dec. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Chirwa, T.M. (2013, December 16). Interview by J.. Wilson. African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Chirwa, Tambu Manondo, interview by Jack Wilson. December 16, 2013, African Immigrants in the Bluegrass Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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