Botswana Press Agency (BOPA) photojournalist and a St Josephs College student were on Saturday awarded for excellence by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Yobe Shonga of BOPA and St Josephs College Form 5 student, Oabona Bulang, 17, were among the ten (10) people who received awards from SADC at the just ended 2013 SADC Summit of Heads of States and Governments in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Shonga received US$2000, a certificate and two cellphone (Samsung Galaxy) for being the best photojournalist who promoted regional integration, while Bulang received US$1000, a certificate and a Samsung mobile phone for the second best schools’ essay on regional integration.
They received their awards from the President of Mozambique Armando Emilio Guebuza and the outgoing Executive Secretary of SADC Dr Tomaz Salomao and Speaking in an interview with The Voice after the awards, Shonga said; “This was a picture of Presidents Mugabe, Zuma and Guebuza sharing a light moment at the 2012 SADC Summit.
It is the second time I won it. I did it again last year.”
Shonga said to him the award means a lot.
“To me this award is an acknowledgement of my effort and support of the regional integration in SADC and on the other hand it is a real celebration of my career as a noted photojournalist, and the hard work that I have put in all these years,” he said.
Bulang had submitted an essay on regional integration, a competition other students from the region had entered.
“I am overwhelmed because I just wrote without thinking I’d win. I didn’t think I will go this far,” she said.