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David Rubadiri,Poet, novelist, playwright, university professor and diplomat, David was born in Liuli , Malawi , in 1930. He attended King's College, Budo, in Uganda from 1941 to 1950 and thereafter studied at Makerere University in Uganda , where he graduated with a BA degree in English Literature and History. He went on to the University of Bristol in England (1956-1960), where he obtained an MA degree in English Literature. Rubadiri became Malawi 's first ambassador to the United States and the UN after independence in 1964, but fell out with President Hastings Banda in 1965.
As an exile he taught at Makerere University but was again exiled during the Idi Amin years. Rubadiri then joined the University of Nairobi and also had a brief stint, with Okot p'Bitek, at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), at the invitation of Wole Soyinka. He spent his remaining exile as professor of education at the University of Botswana. After Banda's death, Rubadiri was again appointed Malawi 's Permanent Representative to the UN.
He subsequently became Vice-Chancellor at the University of Malawi , before he retired in 2004. His novel, No Bride Price criticized the Banda regime and was, along with Legson Kayira's The Looming Shadow , one of the first published works by a Malawian.
Rubadiri ranks as one of Africa 's most celebrated and widely anthologized poets to emerge after independence.