The media fraternity in Malawi yesterday woke up to the sad news that award-winning photojournalists, Bonnex Julius Binali, had died.
He succumbed to kidney failure early Sunday just hours after driving home from an assignment.
Julius, as he was fondly known, was an award-winning photojournalist who worked for Times Group for over two decades.
He won multiple local and international media awards along the way.
Messages of condolences yesterday poured from across the country, especially from the media fraternity.
Speaking on behalf of the media fraternity at Kamuzu Central Hospital mortuary yesterday, veteran journalist and former Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) chief reporter Charles Chipaka said Julius will be greatly missed.
“He survived in the industry because he was a very skilled journalist. He was hard-working and dedicated himself to the development of the media, including through mentorship of young journalists,” said Chikapa.
In a statement, Misa Malawi chairperson Thom Khanje said the death of Julius was a blow to the whole media fraternity.
“Waking up to the sad news from the Times Group family that long-serving and award-winning photojournalist Bonnex Julius has died in Lilongwe this morning. We are grieved as Misa-Malawi to lose our dedicated member,” he said.
Sports Writers Association (Swam), another media organisation Julius belonged to, said it was “deeply saddened” and “heartbroken” while the Super League of Malawi (Sulom) said it has lost a member of its family. n