Alphabet | Mituyo and their uses | How to write


Mwangwego script is a syllabic writing system which uses symbols for syllables. It was invented in Malawi and is aimed at replacing the Latin alphabet, in the 21st century, when writing indigenous Malawian languages and serves as one of the symbols of national unity and identity. It was invented by Nolence Mwangwego in 1979.


Mwangwego script is written from left to right in horizontal lines. It is composed of 32 symbols (misisi) and 11 diacritic marks (mituyo), each character stands for a syllable. For example, MALAWI is written with three characters. The name of each character is the syllable it stands for.

Diacritics are added to a character on the left, above or below to indicate tone or pronouciation.


Misisi: The 32 misisi stand for syllables pronounced with "a" sound like : aba, chada, makala, nyama, tadana, wafa, zafala e.t.c
Misiri: the 32 misisi when arranged on the 5 vowels of the Latin alphabet (a e i o u ), are called misiri and are used to write words like :  chidani, chuma, litsiro, masewera, madzi e.t.c.
Mituyo: They are used to make "ka"  be pronounced nka, kha, khwa, nkha, nkwa, kya, e.t.c, "ba" to be pronounced mba, bwa, mbwa, mbya, e.t.c. One is then able to write words like : chakudya, mankhwala, munthu, nsabwe, nsomba and so on.

NOTE: Mwangwego script cannot be used to write English. If you have to, you must pronounce the word in detached syllables in Chichewa e.g. spoon to be written supuni.


Chibemba, Chichewa, Chilambya, Chilomwe, Chimambwe, Chindali, Chingoni, Chinyiha, Chinyika, Chisena, Chisenga, Chisukwa, Chitonga, Chitumbuka, Chiyao, Kinyakyusa, Kyangonde.

All indigenous languages spoken in Malawi and some neighbouring countries of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, D.R. Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.


At the meantime books are in the process of being written with Mwangwego script in Chichewa and Kyangonde. Already there are postcards and greeting cards.

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