UK opens Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at Poly

The Government of the United Kingdom on Tuesday officially honoured late veteran journalist Raphael Tenthani by opening  a centre for excellence to be called Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, a constituent college of the University of Malawi.

At the inaguration of Raphael Tenthani media centre at Poly

At the inaguration of Raphael Tenthani media centre at Poly

British acting Hich Commissioner with Kizito Tenthnai, a brother to kate journalist Raphael Tenthani

British acting Hich Commissioner with Kizito Tenthnai, a brother to kate journalist Raphael Tenthani

Tethani centre of media at Poly

Tethani centre of media at Poly

Tenthani, who died in a car crash on May 16 last year, worked as a journalist for various local and international news organisations, including British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Associated Press, Deutsche Welle and Nyasa Times.

Acting British High Commissioner to Malawi, Simon Mustard, opened the centre as reporters from local news organisations including Nyasa Times are attending a training course on investigative journalism at Poly funded by UK.

Mustard paid special tribute to Tenthani for his contributions to the nation through his professional journalism.

He expressed the hope that the Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence will help support, galvanise and act as a focal point for journalists to improve their skills.

Mustard challenged the media in the country to expose mal-practices in the fight against corruption, fraud and theft that is bedevilling the nation.

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.

He said people depend on the media to make informed decisions with regards to social, economic and political development of the country.

“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 advised.

Mustard replaced Michael Nervin on a temporary basis from September 2016 till Holly Tett takes over in January 2017.

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.

The media practitioners paid tribute to Tenthani, saying the center will motivate every journalist to be more professional and more dedicated to their work.

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6 thoughts on “UK opens Raphael Tenthani Centre for Media Excellence at Poly”

  1. Barry Keevins says:

    I had the good fortune to work with Ralph and I’m very pleased to see him remembered in this way.

  2. Silly Malawi says:

    This is a noble cause. Let the name of Ralph Tenthani endure. Dear Ralph we miss your intelligence and wisdom. Once again rest in peace, but if possible, through dreams or self-introspection, train one or two from the current crop of scribes. Surely, there is no inspiration or learning from the current pen-men: their perspective of a complete story leaves the reader with a lot of questions. Za ma spelling and logic nde tisanene. You were my man, but cruel death, …. (no words can express the loss Malawi has experienced)

  3. Afraid of MACRA says:

    Hope is in the breeding of more peopke of his character and calibre through the centre. His dealth brought joy to those whose deeds needed darkness but brought sadness to the those whose deeds need to be heard beyond the shadows of darkness.

  4. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    I have always believed that there is no such a thing as untimely death; since if it comes (whether you are 20 years old or 10 or 1 day old) then it is the right time. Otherwise, death doesnt come even if you are run over by a truck. But it was upon receiving the news of the death of Raphael Tenthani that I knew, “Death is just as cruel as it is untimely, sometimes.”
    ………………………………………………………………………
    You see, when I see all this chaos, I sometimes wish the Muckracker was still here with us.
    . . . All this muck (dirt, rubbish, waste-matter) we see now like (APM’s inaction on corruption, little or no progress on JB’s cashgate, 48-hour blackouts, etc) could have been thoroughly racked (removed) by the Muckracker, Tenthani.
    . . . Not surprising, that Henry Kachaje [commenting on Tenthani’s death] said, “APM has lost an honest and fierce advisor in Tenthani.” Truth is, Tenthani shall remain Malawi’s finest.
    . . . He was always honest, fierce and courageous.
    . . . His style of writing was quite unique.
    . . . His writings; always current, sensible and full of wisdom.
    . . . Strangely, he was never as emotional and loud as these fly-by-night journalists/columnists we have now.
    And to hear that the British Governemt is opening this centre in Tenthani’s honour doesnt come as a surprise but makes me believe that, “Good men must die, but death can not kill their names.” – Danish Proverb. Tenthani shall remain Malawi’s finest.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

    1. The Trueman says:

      The Analyst, whoever you are, wherever you stay,…………. I care not.. But I enjoy your comments (the way you flow your points). Keep it up, old (or young?) man

      1. The Analyst says:

        Kikiki . . .
        Thanks.

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