Funeral Service for Akilah
Malaria eyed in death of student journalist - New York Daily News
NYC journalist dies of malaria - Newsday
Student dies while attending journalism convention - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Woman dies while in town for convention - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Malaria claims life of journalist - Staten Island Advance
National Association of Black Journalists
(Provides information on giving to the Memorial Fund)
The funeral service for Akilah Amapindi, Class of 2004, will take place on Saturday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Martin Street Church of God, 148 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia. Directions to the church are available at the church's Web site, http://www.mstcog.org. The church's phone number is 404-688-8545.
Akilah, 23, died in Atlanta on Sunday while attending the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). A sociology major at Kenyon, she had worked as a radio reporter in Namibia, southwestern Africa, where she apparently contracted malaria and a parasitic infection, according to news reports.
NABJ has established a fund to help Akilah's family cover medical costs and other expenses, and the organization may establish a scholarship in her name. Donations may be sent to: National Association of Black Journalists, Akilah Amapindi/Student Memorial Fund, 8701-A Adelphi Road, Adelphi, MD 20783. Checks should be made out to the National Association of Black Journalists or NABJ, and on the memo line donors should write "Akilah Amapindi/Student Memorial Fund."
At Kenyon, Zeta Alpha Pi, the service sorority that Akilah helped to found, will be establishing a memorial fund when school resumes later this month, according to Grace Twesigye, Class of 2006, the group's vice president. The student affairs staff is discussing plans for a memorial service on campus.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Akilah's mother, Unnah Harper, at 117 Regis Drive, Staten Island, NY 10314.