Ruth First Scholar (2014-15)
Dave Mankhokwe Namusanya is from Malawi. He graduated from the University of Malawi with a BA in Media for Development in 2012. At University he played leading roles in the College Writers’ Workshop, the Chancellor College Initiative against Corruption, the Chancellor College Child Emancipation Project and the Youth Association for Democracy in Malawi.
Dave has worked as Editor of Big Issue Malawi and as a teacher for YAFE (Young Africans for Empowerment). He has also been involved in a literacy programme run by Malawi PEN and has managed media relations for the Malawi Women Economic Forum.
Dave writes regularly for print and online media in Malawi and maintains a blog in which he comments on social and political issues:
dave mankhokwe namusanya…the works
At Durham, Dave took an MA in Community and Youth Work. The course included two work placements in local communities in Newcastle and County Durham. He was a member of St Chad’s College, which supports the Scholarship by providing subsidized accommodation for all Ruth First Scholars.
In June 2015, Dave, together with Pearson Nkhoma (2011-12 RF Scholar), gave the Ruth First Scholar Seminar at St Aidan’s College. He spoke on ’21st-Century activism: new and social media as a tool for political activism in Malawi’.
He returned to Malawi in September 2015 and worked as a volunteer for a youth organisation, Youth Achievers for Development, with responsibility for communications and fundraising.
Update February 2019
“I am now working with the Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust as a Social Scientist, leading a study that is seeking to understand the acceptability of minimal autopsy in children with the long goal of having to understand what is causing children’s deaths in low-resource settings such as Malawi and, thereafter, develop necessary interventions. At the same time, I am volunteering with youth organisations within Blantyre and outside. I sit on the board of Education Support Initiative, an organisation that supports pupils with their education dreams. I am still writing and have a column in one of Malawi’s leading newspapers, The Daily Times: Mankhokwe’s Wall.”