Goodbye Dr Banda: Lessons for the West from a Small African Country


A discussion between the author, Alexander Chula, and the Scotland Malawi Partnership’s Interim CEO, Stuart Brown.

29th September

5pm – 7.30pm

Scotland Malawi Partnership, Edinburgh City Chambers and on Zoom.

The critically acclaimed book Goodbye Dr Banda: Lessons for the West from a Small African Country, by author and medical doctor, Alexander Chula combines memoir and travelogue and follows the author’s experiences working in Malawi, first as a Classics teacher and later a medical volunteer.

You are warmly invited to an evening with the Author at the Scotland Malawi Partnership in Edinburgh City Chambers Friday 29 September starting at 5pm (UK time), or online on Zoom at 5:55pm (UK time) / 6:55pm (Malawi time).

The book uncovers the story behind an oak treasure chest stumbled upon by Alexander where he finds an antique edition of Julius Caeser’s Gallic War:

“This unexpected talisman of Western high culture belongs to the mercurial Dr Banda, a man of many parts: scholarly physician, anti-colonial hero, brutal tyrant, and fallen philosopher-king.”

The event will take the form of a discussion between the author, Alexander and the SMP’s Interim CEO, Stuart Brown. When registering you are very welcome to add a question which we hope to be able to include.


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Friday 29 Sep 2023
Edinburgh City Chambers, Edinburgh. United Kingdom