President and MP mourn Joe Kadhi, the ‘godfather of print media’

KTN presenter Kathleen Openda with her guests Mutahi Ngunyi, Joe Kadhi and Willy Mutunga at Nyayo House Studios in Nairobi in the 1990s. [File, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta was among those who joined the media fraternity to mourn veteran journalist Joe Kadhi, describing him as a legendary media trainer who mentored many journalists to come.

“Joe Kadhi was a great Kenyan. He was a patriot who worked hard to ensure the public was well informed through objective reporting,” Uhuru said.

He was buried yesterday at Lang’ata Cemetery after passing away in a Nairobi hospital on Wednesday evening.

Kadhi, who has been undergoing treatment for leukemia for nearly six years, was expelled in accordance with Muslim customs after a funeral service at the South C.

Uhuru hailed Kadhi as an outstanding editor who earned accolades and several media awards.

“His commitment to elevating independent media led him to equip journalists with skills that enabled them to adhere strictly to their vocation and stick to their cardinal role of objective reporting, regardless of their social orientation, political or religious,” he said.

Vice President William Ruto remembers Kadhi as a gifted, dedicated and enthusiastic journalist.

Professor Mohammed Bakari, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, paid tribute to Kadhi as a brilliant and courageous journalist. “We lost a brilliant, courageous, disciplined and honest mentor who was a professional tutor, who was passionate about journalism,” Bakari said.

Royal Media Service editorial and innovation director Linus Kaikai said the media industry had lost a mentor.

“Sad day indeed; veteran journalist Joe Kadhi has died. We have lost a mentor, a professional tutor, a legendary coach and a pioneer of the golden generation,” Kaikai said.

Teddy Otieno, one of his students, remembered Kadhi for his articulate mastery of objective reporting.

“His mastery of the cardinal role of objective reporting and the workings of journalism will forever have a place in the history of media practice in Africa,” Otieno said.

Hailed by many as the “godfather of print media“, he had a distinguished career in the media and taught journalism at the University of Nairobi and Addis Ababa University before joining the International University of the United States – Africa (USIU), where he retired after a stay of 20 years. .

The Media Council of Kenya said Kadhi had established himself as an exemplary editor and was part of the editorial team of the Media Observer Weekly magazine published by the Media Council of Kenya.

“His strong belief in journalistic ethics has become synonymous with his specialty of journalism training. He will be remembered as an ethical journalist who mastered the fundamental place of objective reporting,” he said.

He won a lifetime achievement award at the 2015 Media Council Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards.

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