The Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) is mourning its one of the senior lecturers Dr Rosephine Nyiva Mwinzi.
Dr Nyiva has been ailing for the past weeks and was receiving urgent medical attention at the Agha Khan private hospital in Mombasa.
She was teaching at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The selfless humble lecturer taught many and mostly lectured on Media Law, Public relations, and International relations among many other aspects of the media profession.
Dr Nyiva was also a recognised Member of the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK).
Journalism students in the school received the sad news of Dr Nyiva’s demise on Tuesday morning in shock and total disbelief.
Condolence messages continued to pour out from her colleagues in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences led by the school’s Dean Dr Victor Lutsili.
Dr Lutsili described Dr Nyiva as one who touched the lives of many and mostly her Communication students.
“Go well Dr Rosephine Nyiva, Glory to God for making our paths cross and for touching our lives in a very special way. You will remain in our hearts forever. Lala Salama Daktari,” The Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Dr Lutsili said in a statement after confirming Dr Nyiva’s demise.
Another lecturer, Mr Allan Wekesa who is the Communication Department COD mourned Dr Nyiva.
“Goodbye friend, our lives are like a candle in the wind,” posted Mr Wekesa.
On his part, another Don in the School Dr Daniel Mwaringa extended his gratitude to all those who offered help during the entire period the deceased was admitted at the Agha khan hospital in Mombasa.
“I wish to extend my gratitude to all those that were able to donate blood and also for their prayers,” said Dr Mwaringa.
Meanwhile, Communication students mourned Dr Nyiva and termed her as an iconic lecturer who interacted with her students pursuing Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication, both those pursuing Broadcast Journalism and those doing both Broadcast, Print and Digital Journalism at the school.
“There are no words that could truly express my deepest regrets over the loss of our able don. May her soul rest in peace,” Moses Odino, a journalism student said.
Renowned Radio queen and Msenangu FM Mid-morning entertainment ‘Takeover’ show host Mgeni Shaban famously known as Sister Shanniez also mourned Dr Nyiva.
“This is indeed sad, heartbreaking news, may her soul rest in peace,” she said.
Sister Shanniez is among the top journalism students who were taught by Dr Nyiva and actually acquired her Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) recently.
“I will Remember you at so many personal levels that we interacted as my lecturer at the Technical University of Mombasa. You were indeed a great institution of knowledge and TUM will miss your input greatly. Rest in peace Dr Nyiva. I join hands with all TUM School of Journalism students in mourning the loss of our Lecturer,” posted another student Gilbert Nalwa.
Dr Nyiva was a senior Lecturer at TUM’s School of Humanities and Social sciences and she once served as the Communication Department COD, a position currently held by Mr Allan Wekesa.
[More reports by Clinton Mogaka].