Hundreds of people have poured into the Anglican Cathedral in Honiara, Solomon Islands, to pay tribute to the father of Pacific journalism, Anglican Priest and media pioneer Father John Lamani who died unexpectedly on Monday in Honiara.
Lamani was of one of the region’s most successful indigenous media owners and a life member of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).
He started the Solomon Star in 1982. It went from a weekly to three times a week to the country’s leading daily newspaper. He also owned PAOA FM radio and a printing business.
Lamani was not only a celebrated regional media figure but also contributed immensely to the Anglican Church in Solomon Islands, where he was ordained a priest. In 2009, he was knighted and had bestowed on him the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his service to the media, church and community in Solomon Islands.
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