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Legson Kayira


Legson Kayira was born in 1942 in Mpale, Nyasaland (now Malawi). Soon after he was born, his mother threw him into the Didimu River as she could not afford to feed him. He was rescued and acquired the name Didimu. He himself added the name Legson when he was in school, as it sounded very English. When he was sixteen, he decided that the only way to get a college degree was to go to the United States and he set out on foot to do so. When he got to Kampala in Uganda he saw the name of Skagit Valley College in Washington State, in a US Information service directory, applied and was awarded a place and a scholarship. He then walked to Khartoum, where he obtained a visa and people from Skagit Valley raised the money to bring him over to Washington. He made it to Skagit Valley, two years after setting off, and went on to become a graduate student at Cambridge University, a probation officer and the author of several novels. He died in 2012.

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Legson Kayira
Making the impossible possible
Great Loss to Africa, Remembering Legson Kayira of Malawi


1965 I Will Try (autobiography)
1967 The Looming Shadow (novel)
1969 Jingala (novel)
1970 Things Black and Beautiful (novel)
1971 The Civil Servant (novel)
1974 The Detainee (novel)