A Farewell Tribute To Africa’s Media Industry Legend, Reginald Mengi
The Dar es Salaam-based philanthropist and businessman, Reginald Abraham Mengi passed away in Dubai this past week at the age of 75 following a difficult past few months after suffering a mild stroke less than a year ago.
Even though the public was aware of his health-struggles, his death still came as a shocking surprise to many.
Fans and followers of Mengi’s work were in disbelief when his own TV station announced on Thursday that one of Tanzania’s most prominent public figures had died.
Mengi trained as a financial expert in the UK, worked at a consulting firm in Dar es Salaam for a while and then grabbed the opportunities created by President Ali Hassan Mwinyi during the economic liberalisation in the 1980s.
In a culture where capitalism was not supported, Mengi was a dedicated trailblazer.
When the media scene was emancipated in the early 1990s, Mengi established the first television station on the mainland in Tanzania -Zanzibar TV was rolled out back in 1972 -followed by a radio station and some newspapers in English and Kiswahili.
These investments catapulted Mengi into a respected figure in Tanzania and the rest of Africa’s media scene.
Mengi was also a philanthropist who identified with many charities including initiatives for people with albinism, children with heart conditions and people with physical or mental disabilities.
In Tanzania, for many years up until his death, he was the Chairman of the Media Owners Association of Tanzania.
Mengi will be remembered globally for his continuous efforts to help those in need and for shining a spotlight on causes that had not been given attention before.
Tanzanians will remember the soft-spoken man, not only for the amount of money he gave to charitable causes but for his beautiful heart that made him give so freely.
Mengi’s contributions to Africa, whether in business, the media industry or philanthropy, are invaluable and his legacy will live forever.
Credit: This article originated from www.theeastafrican.co.ke