In mid October, The Botswana Gazette editor, 27-year-old Lawrence Seretse along with 38 African finalists, will fly to Johannesburg South Africa to attend the gala awards for CNN Multichoice African journalist 2016.
He was nominated for a story he published on the tourism consortium, Wilderness Safaris‘ shifting of profits made in Botswana to tax haven jurisdictions…’
The prestigious award was founded by former Regional Director of Turner Broadcasting, Edward Boateng, in 1995.
Its main objective is to appreciate the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognize and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines
Out of 1637 applicants across the continent, Seretse has been awarded a chance to be part of the finalists.
He has been selected with about 38 finalists from 14 countries across the continent.
He stands out as the only entrant from Botswana for this years’ award.
Seretse embarked on his journalistic vocation only four years ago with one of the Mmegi newspaper.
Multichoice Chief Executive Officer, Tim Jacobs, stated in a press release that finalists are to be applauded for their courage in covering some stories.
“We are committed to increasing excellence in Journalism and this initiative is close to our hearts, as it has helped unearth some of Africa’s story tellers,” he said.
In an interview with The Voice, Seretse said that he has been nominated along with people he respects in the media across the African continent.
“For me is quite amazing. I had confidence in the story I got nominated for and I worked on it for two years,” he said.
He said he even pursued a Financial Investigations course to understand what he was dealing with in UK while working on the same story.
Despite his excellent work Seretse says he has faced different challenges including intimidation, but managed to stay strong.
“At some point my house was broken into, I have been arrested for stories I wrote and my laptop got stolen but I stood my ground,” he said.