Attendee Dies at NABJ Convention

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A woman attending a journalism convention in Atlanta died Sunday, apparently from an illness she had contracted while working for radio network in Africa, event organizers said.

Akilah Amapindi, a 23-year-old from New York, was attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention when she began feeling ill, said NABJ President Bryan Monroe.

Amapindi had been working as a radio anchor for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in the African nation until July 21, and doctors believe she may have contracted malaria while there, he said.

Monroe said Amapindi began feeling ill a week ago. She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital on Tuesday and died there early Sunday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The spokeswoman would not say what condition Amapindi was being treated for.

Monroe said the group raised more than $11,000 from members and sponsors at a Sunday brunch for Amapindi’s family.

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