Joyce Banda


Joyce Banda born Malemia, Malawi April 12, 1950. Malawi Foreign Minister, 2006-09. As first woman president of Malawi, restored relations with EU, US, World Bank, 2012-14. Guarantor of Congo-M23 Peace, rejecting violence and ending long war in eastern Congo, 2013.


Yes, God, keep it a land of peace." (to Malawi Broadcasting after attacks on women in Lilongwe who were stripped in public, May 1, 2012)

Leadership is about falling in love with the people you serve and the people falling in love with you." (Aug. 28, 2013, Malawi Broadcasting)

I want to appeal to the leaders of the conflicting parties: give peace a chance.” (BNL Times, Nov. 5, 2013; photo Wikipedia)