The John Chilembwe Uprising was a a ‘Native Revolt’, in the terminology of the times, that took place in the British Protectorate of Nyasaland in January, 1915. Militarily, the uprising was insignificant, but in terms of its symbolism to the wider African Liberation Movement, it was monumental. There had, of course, been a great many uprisings and rebellions across the European colonial spectrum in Africa, but this was the first to look forward, and not to some longed for historic utopia. It presaged the spread of orthodox, modern and popular political movements throughout Africa, often shielded behind independent churches and missions, which were the seedbeds of black African nationalism.
Here is a link to the wider series of articles on this subject on my blog page.
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