A Culture & Research Institute
Mukanzubo Kalinda Institute is a Cultural and Research Institute founded by the Zambia-Malawi Province of the Society of Jesus in Chikuni Mission. In the Video above Fr. Frank Wafer S.J. shares some of the works and CLICK HERE to read more.
Mukanzubo Kalinda Institute collaborates with Chikuni Community Radio Station by participating in the Annual Cultural Music Concert and you can watch some of the performances in the Video above.
With sadness we bring the news of Father Wafer's death
Fr Francis Wafer was born on 9 April 1934 in Dalkey, Ireland to William and Kathleen Wafer. After completing his schooling with the Christian Brothers in Monkstown, he entered the Novitiate of the Society on 14 September 1951 in Emo Park. He completed his Juniorate at Rathfarnham from 1953-1956 and then went on to do his Philosophy studies at Tullabeg (1956-1959). In 1960-1961 he was missioned to complete his Regency at Canisius Secondary School in Chikuni, Zambia. He did his Theology at Innsbruck and Milltown between 1962-1966, and was ordained 29 July 1965 in Dublin. He was soon sent on Tertianship at Rathfarnham between 1966-1967 and took Final Vows on 2 February 1968. He read for an MA at the University of London' School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), graduating in 1969, before moving to Zambia where he became a Lecturer at St Charles Lwanga College in Chikuni from 1970-1978. Some stints of pastoral work followed, in Kasiya in 1979, and Nakambala in 1980. He then returned to Chikuni and was Parish Priest at St Mary’s, Monze from 1981-1989 but fell ill. Between 1989-1990 he returned to Dublin to recover. He then returned to Chiknui and started the Mukanzubo Kalinda Institute from 1990-2007 where he worked as Director. He stepped down as Director but remained working there from 2007-2014, and from 2014-2015, with his failing health, he took a step back, only assisting when he could, but finally retired to Chula House in Lusaka in 2015 where he stayed until his death on the Feast of St Robert Bellarmine, 17 September 2021. He will be remembered for his formidable contributions in learning and conserving Tonga Culture and for his deep respect for and love of the local people.
Publication for sale
We have a lot of Publications that are available for sale and they are in Chitonga about different aspects of life. Our Museum is stocked with different items about various aspects of the Tonga
A Culture learning place for many
Youths and local community members come and learn tradition through dances, songs, bead work, cooking and other survival elements of the Tonga culture and take part in cultural dance events.