Sunday, October 22, 2006

Appreciation of Duncan from Tanzania

Jo Weir, a friend of Ducan's from the Reuters Foundation just sent me this email that had been sent to Nick Kotch at Reuters by a former student of Duncan's.

Duncan taught some journalism workshops in Africa as part of his work with the foundation.
Richard Mgamba attended two of these workshops.

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RICHARD MGAMBA wrote:

Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 08:44:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: RICHARD MGAMBA
Subject: SPECIAL MESSAGE
To: Nicholas Kotch



"And he said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: Jehovah gave, and Jehovah hath taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah.

With nothing I came out of my mother's body, and with nothing I will go back there; the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; let the Lord's name be praised. JOB 1:21"


To you Professor Nick Kotch, the great man from South Africa.

This is a special message to you, Reuters Foundation and the bereaved family of the Late Duncan Shiels.

I have finally recovered from the great shock I got in the morning of Saturday when the news about the death of our lecturer Duncan shiels came or appeared to my screen.

This evening I take this opportunity to join the family of the Late Shiels, Reuters Foundation, and all colleagues whose journalism capability was shaped by this great man from Hungary.

I still remember his humble behavior he showed us when he came to Nairobi two times to share with us his great experience and knowledge in journalism and global affairs.

I will nurture this man by developing and keeping all light and clear journalism principles, he taught me two times in Nairobi.

To the culture of my people-Maasai from northern Tanzania, my wife is pregnant and when she will deliver safely very soon, a baby boy, then that new comer will be named Duncan.

This is serious and it is a covenant I have made today. Let the Lord almighty give bless this covenant.

This man was a simple and humble person whose spirit and teachings will always dwell in my mind.

He has died but his spirit and teachings still dwell within our heart.

He was a friendly person who dedicated his time to help the needy Journalists like me and my colleagues from this dark continent of Africa.

I salute this man and let the almighty God put his souls in eternal peace and console his family during this tough moment.

In the name of the Lord Jesus, Amen.

Richard Mgamba
The Citizen Bureau Chief
Mwanza, Tanzania
Tel +255 784 841220

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2 Comments:

Blogger Adele said...

Dear Richard, thank you so much for writing your beautiful letter, and very best wishes to you and your wife! Please let us know when your baby is born! from a friend of Duncan

8:49 AM  
Blogger Ghana First said...

Am kwadwo yeboah breman from Ghana and an investigative jounalist and am very sad to hear this shocking death of this great man Duncan shiels

3:34 AM  

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