James Chimpweya, an admiringly skilled and exceptionally popular photojournalist for Nation Publications Limited, whose camera captured many untold stories including in the Sports arena has died at the age of 63.
NPL reported Chimpweya’s death on its Facebook page Sunday morning, quoting his son Chigonjeso.
James reportedly collapsed soon after delivering his speech as patron for LWC Gospel Top 20 Chart in Chikwawa where the group was making a donation of various relief items.
One of the reporters that covered the event told www.swammw.com that Chimpweya was rushed to Mfera private clinic before he was referred to Chikwawa District Hospital late Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the body of James Chimpweya will on Monday 30 November 2020 be collected at 8.00am to be collected from College of Medicine to his residence in Ndirande’s Safarawo.
A funeral service will be held at 1.30 pm at Kachere CCAP in Ndirande before his body is taken to Chikwawa (Thabwa) his home village for burial Tuesday , 01 December 2020.
James was best known for a series of photographs documenting the emotions drawing action shots during sports events and beyond that popped awe inspiring on Nation News Paper’s sports pages.
His excellent photography skills in the Sports arena saw James Chimpweya scooping several super league and netball best photographer awards.
Many media practitioners both active and retired posted messages on Facebook, WhatsApp forums and tweeter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.
“Chimpweya was a fountain of photojournalism knowledge and experience in the journalism fraternity and will be remembered as a dedicated photo journalist.
He was a fatherly figure to most journalists,” Misa Malawi said in a statement.
Seasoned journalist Zainab Liwanda said: ” James was a true example of humility.”
Swam President Mphatso Malidadi called Chimpweya a “first rate sports photojournalist.”
James was a smiling and friendly personality at venues from Kamuzu Stadium to Blantyre Youth Centre, Lilongwe Golf club, Motel Paradise and other areas across the country.
He was a darling, well-liked not only by media colleagues but also people from all walks of life.
Born on 5 October 2020, James Chimpweya worked as a State House photographer before joining Blantyre News Papers Limited.
In 1999 Chimpweya, joined Nation Publication Limited where he served for nearly two decades until his death on Sunday, 29 November 2020. James is survived by his wife and nine children.