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Malawian journalist dies two days after his wedding

A renowned Malawi journalist and founder of Tiwale Designs, Russell Chimbayo, has passed away two days after his wedding.

Russell and Jacqueline Joana Jeke tied the knot on Saturday, October 2, at St James CCAP in Zingangwa while reception was held at Mtendere Gardens Nyambadwe in Blantyre, southern Malawi.

Though details of his death are still sketchy, however, it was gathered that he died on Monday evening, October 4.

Meanwhile, friends, colleagues and loved ones have taken to social media to grieve the sudden death of the development communication practitioner.

Russell was described as a brilliant mind, a visionary, writer and creative.

One Kingsley Mtila, who officiated the couple‘s wedding described his death as shocking.

“Just Last Saturday October 2nd, 2021, I Hosted Your Wedding @ Mtendere Gardens Blantyre,, And Last Evening October 4th, 2021….Your Sister Called Telling Me Your No More…..This Is Heartbreaking Russell Chimbayo….May Your Soul Rest In Peace.” he wrote.

Tsoka Patric, wrote: “A brother life gave me. A penman, a very fine creative. I went to him whenever I needed guidance on some work. He checked on my progress. He encouraged me to get a column in the news papers.”

“He said he will help me get it. He helped me seal my first serious writing deal. He was a brother and more. A big brother with a big heart. An amazing soul with humor.

“Today, I wake up to the news that he is gone. Just like that. Three months after his graduation. And two days after his wedding. My mind fails to contain this. Ghettosfinest. Rest well my brother. Rest in eternal peace king.”


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