Malawi Colonial History 1891: British Colonialists occupy Nyasaland (Today Malawi) Rebellion against British Colonial Rule began on January 1915 led by Reverend John Chilembwe (the Chilembwe Uprising) .Chilembwe’s Revolution was short-lived as he was captured and killed on February 1915. His Revolt for a Free Nyasaland however continued Nyasaland Pro-Independence Nationalists led by Levi Mumba