Former Naming’omba Tea estates owner, Chris Barrow dead

Former owner of Naming’omba Tea estates Limited, Chris Barrow died on Sunday afternoon at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in Blantyre after a short illness.

Barrow, who has died at the age of 83, has been running Naming’omba as a family business until the year 2012 when the Estate was sold to a local company.

The Barrow family is among the first colonial investors in Malawi who came to Malawi in 1929. They started growing tea in Thyolo in 1931 as a family business.

Barrow once served as a parliamentarian for Thyolo in addition to taking board appointment for some state-own organisations, including the Malawi Investment Promotion Agency.

Naming’omba Tea Estates Limited was formed on January 1, 1929 as Nyasa Tea Estate Limited but changed its name to Naming’omba Tea Estates Limited in 1966.

He is expected to be buried in Thyolo but a date is yet to be announced as some family members are expected from overseas, said a family source on Tuesday.


Caroline Kandiero – who has written posts on BNL Times.

  • Andrew and Audrey Stark

    We are both saddened to hear that Chris had died Please give our condolences to all the family. Chris did a lot for the tea industry to which we all must be thankful.

  • modi

    Sad to learn this.Did my primary school at Namingomba and knew Chris very well