Media / Watchdog
Saturday, 05 Nov 2016 19:45 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Media professionals and friends of the late Michael Ambani have turned out in large numbers to help his family defray hospitalisation and funeral costs. The family has been meeting daily for the past week and have organised a major fundraising event to take place next Tuesday November 8 at the Garden Square Restaurant. Friends who cannot make it to the harambee have been advised to contact his brother Steve Ambani on telephone number 0722485279.
In many of the meetings that have so far taken place, friends and former students of the late Ambani continue to come to terms with the death of one of Kenya’s leading advertising and management trainer. The late Ambani has been described as an astute lecturer who led the Kenya’s main media training institution to greater heights when the country was experiencing exponential growth in the communication sector.
"The country was experiencing growth in the communication field and airwaves were being liberalized and Mr Ambani saw this gap and encouraged students to take advantage of the growth," noted Mr Denis Makokha, a lecturer at the East African School of Media studies where Mr Ambani served as the principal while still working at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. KIMC was only admitting government sponsored students and Mr Ambani was instrumental in setting up of self-sponsored programs at the apex media training institution.
A former colleague Mr Orleans Onindo, who currently teaches at the Technical university of Kenya, noted that Mr Ambani was meticulous to details and would not allow mediocrity in the learning process. “Mike, as he was famously known by colleagues would not tolerate half-baked journalism students to be churned out from any institution that he led,” noted Mr Onindo. “He likened students graduating to wildebeest migrating from Masai Mara to Serengeti and had to pass through the crocodile infested Mara River and only the strong with skills would survive it to the greener Serengeti area,” added Mr Onindo.
The late Ambani will be laid to rest on Saturday November 12 at his father's home in Butere.