BLANTYRE (Sergio Genti, Malawi NewsNow)- The University of Malawi in conjunction with the United Kingdom (UK) Government has opened a new centre of excellence for journalism in honour of Raphael Tenthani at the Polytechnic in Blantyre in honour of late veteran journalist Raphael Tenthani. who died in a car crash in May 2015.
The centre, which has been named after the late veteran journalist is called Raphael Tenthani Media Excellence and stands to provide a platform for; discussions, training , mentorship and research to journalism students and lecturers.
Acting British High Commissioner to Malawi, Mr Simon Mustard advised media practitioners in Malawi to emulate Tenthani’s professionalism and integrity in order to disseminate true and honest information to the masses.
“Tenthani was a professional journalist who was well respected in providing accurate political analyses on topical issues happening in and outside Malawi. This contributed a lot to all spheres of development. As such, it is time that media practitioners emulate the late Tenthani’s calibre,” Mustard said
Vice Chancellor of the University of Malawi Professor John Kalenga Saka hailed the UK government for inaugurating the centre saying it will offer opportunities for students to excel in their studies through research projects and other journalistic documents.
Tenthani, who died in a car crash on May 16 2015, worked as a journalist for various local and international news organisations, including British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
UK named the media centre Raphael Tenthani in recognition of the role he played in relation to promotion of freedom of expression in the country.
The Muckraker, as Tenthani was fondly known for his Muckraking on Sunday column published in The Sunday Times newspaper and Nyasa Times online, was was a global icon with a rare sense of humanity, and a great journalist.
Tenthani’s writing was so unique that he left the reader or listener with no option but admire the craftiness of the author.