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Veteran journalist Tikhala Chibwana rests

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FARE THEE WELL—Times Group’s Managing Director Leonnard Chikadya gives a eulogy for Chibwana

The body of veteran journalist Tikhala Chibwana, who died on Sunday after a week-long battle with stroke, was interred Tuesday at Chitipi on the outskirts of Lilongwe City with thousands paying their last respect to a man widely described as being of high integrity.

While the mood—as is often the case with funerals—was generally sombre, Chibwana’s family must have found comfort in the tributes that flowed for their kin whose 62-year-old curtain closed.

And in the eulogies, there was a prevalent message that the fallen media guru lived a full life that would continue impacting the media fraternity in decades to come.

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“He was a man of integrity; a man who has trained many journalists in different media houses. He was the brain behind Times Television. It is sad that we have lost one of the most influential persons in the media industry,” mourned Times Group Managing Director, Leonnard Chikadya.

Chikadya further described the late Chibwana, who had worked for Blantyre Newspapers Limited, now Times Group, for 10 years as General Manager, as a leader whose skills helped in making the media company where it is now.

He also said he is hopeful that Chibwana’s dream of seeing more women managers in various newsrooms will be realised one day.

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Women in News (Win) Project Manager for East and Central Africa, Tamara Chirwa, described Chibwana as a coach, a father figure and a mentor extraordinaire.

“Every conversation with him, brief or long, was always laced with wisdom, intellect and wit. He had an amazing way of facilitating one’s growth through meaningful and intentional conversations,” Chirwa said.

Taking his turn to speak in front of the gleaming casket that bore the body of the late Chibwana, his son Khama said he will remember him as a loving and hardworking person who wished the best for his family.

More tributes continue pouring for the veteran journalist in various spaces including the social media—a testament of a life well lived but also a reminder that there always is something left behind when one’s time expires.

Until his death, Chibwana was a trustee of the Media Institute of Southern Africa Regional Secretariat and Africa Director of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Win Programme where he had worked for three years.

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