The founding editor of The Villager Newspaper, a member of the Omalaeti Media Group, bade farewell to the paper and staff last Friday.
Imelda Nerongo leaves after steering the paper through the storms that comes with launches of a newspaper.
At 24, Imelda was not only the youngest but also the first black female newspaper editor in Namibia.
Imelda bade farewell to her colleagues at a tearful party on Friday.
Because of her strict adherence to deadlines and no nonsense approach to work, her colleagues had nicknamed her Madea from the Madea movie series created by US filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Imelda managed to produce a paper that is now regarded as one of the best in the country. This was despite working with a small team of equally young and inexperienced journalists.
Under her stewardship, the paper managed to find its way across the country (see distribution list on 16). Under Imelda’s leadership, The Villager has risen to become not only a mass read but a MUST read weekly for middle and upper class Namibians.
Omalaeti Media Group publisher, John Walenga praised Imelda for being a strong and determined leader even when the beginning was tough.
We were and are proud of her. She will always remain part of the family. Go thee well daughter of the soil.