The interwebs are awash with news of the death of popular Tanzanian media tycoon Reginald Mengi who has passed on at the age of 75.
Celebrities from all over East Africa have since gone ahead to send in their condolences on various social media platforms especially Instagram and Twitter. Reginald Mengi is currently a top trending topic on Twitter with thousands of tweets.
Personalities such as Tanzanian President John Magufuli, Tanzanian singers Diamond Platnumz, Vanessa Mdee, Nandy, billionaire Mohammed Dewji. Kenyan PR guru Gina Din and TV host Jeff Koinange are some of the many who have paid tribute to the late Mr. Mengi.
Capital News reported on Thursday morning (02.05.19) that the Tanzanian business tycoon and philanthropist Reginald Mengi, who headed one of Africa’s largest media groups, has died aged 75 in Dubai, UAE.
Mengi was born in 1944 to a poor family in the Kilimanjaro region, later setting up the IPP media empire which served Tanzania and parts of East Africa, owning 11 newspapers, radio, and television stations, according to Forbes magazine. He also had companies producing soap, the largest brand of bottled water in the country, and was involved in mining gold, uranium, copper, chrome, and coal.
In 2014 he was listed among Africa’s 50th richest people by Forbes, although he later dropped off the list, and his fortune is estimated at $560 million (500 million euros).
Apart from his philanthropic efforts, Mengi was also known to have married a much younger woman is was a former Tanzanian singer Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe alias K-Lyinn who is 40 years old. In the wake of Mr. Mengi’s death, the issue of his young widow has become the topic of discussion by trolls who are saying she has gotten all she has been wanting all along, Mr. Mengi’s massive fortune.