Mafalala: Memory of a Sociocultural Landscape

  • Francisco Noa Universidade Lúrio
Keywords: Mafalala, Maputo, Memory, Cosmopolitanism, Mozambican imaginary


This article is a reflection on the cultural and political importance of the Maputo neighborhood of Mafalala on the Mozambican national imaginary. It draws on the author's childhood experiences of living in the district, and reads Mafalala as a cosmopolitan melting pot ahead of its time.

Author Biography

Francisco Noa, Universidade Lúrio
Francisco Noa is the Chancellor of the Universidade Lúrio in Mozambique. He is author of A escrita infinita: Ensaios sobre literatura moçambicana and Império, mito e miopia: Moçambique como invenção literária among many other works.