Nation Publications Limited (NPL) has hired Rabecca Theu as editor for one of its brands, Nation On Sunday.
Speaking in an interview, NPL chief executive officer Mbumba Banda said it makes her “feel good” to have Theu lead one of NPL’s brands because she deserves it and management has no doubt that she will take the product to levels where it needs to be.
Said Banda: “Having her in that position will inspire and motivate other women and girls who are still in school because they will know that, with the right education, they will get leadership and key positions in the media industry.”
She said NPL always has an interest when it comes to promoting women and this is often in how the media house often writes about issues of gender and the need for women to be given the opportunity “to create a way for themselves”.
Speaking about her appointment, Theu, who joined NPL in May 2005 and last served as head of investigative desk before her promotion, said it is a huge and exciting step in her life “more so because of the amazing and exciting product that I have been entrusted to handle”.
She said: “With all this enthusiasm, I also realise that I have carried a huge responsibility on my shoulders. It is a challenge I am looking forward to with anticipation, knowing that it presents me an opportunity to not only explore my abilities, but also grow professionally.”
Theu is a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree from the Polytechnic, a Master’s degree in Political Science from Chancellor College and a postgraduate diploma in media management obtained from Rhodes University.
NPL has also recently promoted its sole female news analyst, Sugzo Khunga, as assistant bureau chief for Lilongwe.