Raphael Tenthani Award delights DD Phiri

Veteran writer and distinguished historian Desmond Dudwa (DD) Phiri has said he is delighted to be named winner of the 2015 Raphael Tenthani Award.

DD Phiri receiving the Raphael Tenthani award

DD Phiri receiving the Raphael Tenthani award

Phiri, popularly known as DD Phiri, expressed his happiness when he was presented with his trophy by Free Expression Institute (FEI) Civic Education Officer, Abigail Tsaka at his Aggrey Memorial School at the Trade Fairs Grounds in Chichiri, Blantyre on Friday.

“I am overjoyed and feel greatly honoured that my work has been recognized,” Phiri said.

On July 20 of every year since 2013, Free Expression Institute presents various awards as one way of promoting freedom of expression in Malawi as well as giving honour and respect to those sons and daughters of our country who died, were injured or had property destroyed during or in the aftermath of the nation-wide demonstrations of July, 20, 2011 as well as during any other demonstrations or activities in which people were meant to be enjoying their right to freedom of expression.

This year five awards were presented including one named after deceased journalist, Raphael Tenthani which went to DD Phiri in recognition to his efforts in preserving Malawi’s history and promoting freedom of expression through his writings.

“This trophy means so much to me. I value it even more than money,” Phiri who writes books and newspaper columns in newspapers of Malawi’s two major publishing companies, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) and Blantyre Newspaper Limited (BNL) said.

Times Group Managing Editor, George Kasakula was named DD Phiri runners-up.

Kasakula was recognized for showing tremendous courage and commitment to the integrity of the journalism profession when he declined a K50,000 allowance which the head of state offered a group of journalists visiting state house.

The rest of the top five for the award were Martha Kwataine, Gift Trapence and Billy Mayaya.

FEI is an independent, apolitical civil society organization, committed to the promotion and defence of the right to freedom of expression as provided for in Section 35 of the Republican Constitution as well as Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Award presentation ceremony on July 20 was presided over by Deputy Director of Information Gideon Munthali who represented the Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa.

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18 thoughts on “Raphael Tenthani Award delights DD Phiri”

  1. kamchacha says:

    koma nayeso opeleka award ngat wangochokera pa tarven kwa kachere eh!!! nd mdalayo pararel…

  2. Chiye Nang'omba says:

    i salute u sir!! U change my life! I like ur economy story now i m progress

  3. nzotero says:

    zikumveka KUTI magazi aku doneta alomwe wa they are not screening ati aziwatumiza ku zipatala za ku m’mpoto to kill more with HIV. Nanga osangopita kopereka magaziko silently tayigula tu alomwe mufuna musale nokha mmalawi, pretending to donate blood ili bomb shaaaaa

  4. KaLor ina says:

    What’s email address for dd phiri please

  5. ruth warren says:

    thats why walandira award ya tenthani dressing ndendende malemu

  6. Mwiphethere says:

    Kikikiki guys, did D.D. Phiri come here as a comedian or what. Just have a second look at the jacket. simply ukitiukiti wachitumbuka. And mwakawona kathumba ka jeketeko? hahahaaa……………. ndapita ndikachite donate blood ine…..monga Mulomwe.

  7. papi says:

    Respect maniiiii

  8. yangu Aino says:

    DD phiri mwatchenatu. Exactly this fits u as a history book writer.. kuvala ukitiukiti ngati John Chilembwe ku mbombwe mission.. ana azanama man…. akukunyozaniwa saziwa kuvala munthu wamkulu…tivale za asamunda basi…

  9. VIYAZI TEMBO says:

    poverty poverty poverty poverty……………………………………………………

  10. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    How old is he by then? Because his dressing shows that he is a grandparent.

  11. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    How is he by then? Because his dressing shows that he is a grandparent.

  12. Che Ngongoliwa says:

    The awardees are just witches and wizards of Malawi except DD Phiri.Imagine Billy Mayaya, Gift Trapence and Martha Kwataine. These are dogs which are putting Malawi under jeopardy with donors.

  13. Bwetete says:

    Sometimes its not good to use untrained photographers. A qualified photograph can not release that foto at all. I am sorry to say a lot how the recipient is appearing, because I do respect D-squared Phiri. The photographer could have taken even what we call head-shot.

  14. Mwisho says:

    Koma ngati D D Phiri akusowa jekete chonchi, nanga ma jonalisiti ena ndiye ziri bwanji? And just look at the background structure, is that different from khola la mbuzi? By the way, is the building on the background the so called D D Phiri’s school? Shame!!

  15. MB0BA says:

    I have maximum respect for Mr DD Phiri, so I won’t comment much on his dressing…eish..

  16. makito says:

    SOS for DD Phiri please. The guy is just brave not to call for help.

  17. Mwana Mai says:

    Awarder ndi Awardee kubvala kwa pa occasion kumeneko? Surely there is poverty in Malawi. At least the choice of the photo for publication should have been given a thought.

  18. Samarakunjuta says:

    Nanga bwanji wakuoneka NGATI ndipa tchire pamene ayimapo?

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