Professor helps native country

When John Malala looks at his home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo, it’s not the same country he remembers. The fertile, resourceful land, is now impoverished and war torn.

But he has hope since starting the John Malala Dignity Foundation in 2007. The foundation attempts to help the Congolese become educated and self-reliant.

Malala, 50, is a radio and television professor at UCF. Malala teaches courses on the Production of Interactive Multimedia and Computer-Mediated Communication. He is also the principal investigator of the R/TV Convergence Initiative.

About 20 years ago, Malala moved to the U.S. on a student visa when the Democratic Republic of Congo was called Zaire and was considered one of Africa’s developing nations.

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