The inaugural “Mathata Gasennelwe Best Marketing Graduate Award” has been awarded to top student Nomagugu Ntini.The award honours the enormous contribution Gasennelwe made to youth entrepreneurship and marketing in Botswana.
“Mr Gasennelwe was an entrepreneur and a source of inspiration for a lot of young people. At the time of his untimely death, at age 33, he was the CEO of Horizon Ogilvy and had multiple business interests,” said award organising committee member Gape Sebonego.
“Mr Gasennelwe is an unforgettable force in the marketing world having worked with major national and international brands. He was also the vice chairperson of the Botswana Brand Management Organisation which was responsible for developing and managing Brand Botswana.”
Ntini, who graduated top of her class, received a certificate acknowledging her as the recipient of the “Mathata Gasennelwe Best Marketing Graduate Award”, business books and an internship with Horizon Ogilvy to be taken within 12 months of being granted the award. In addition, Ntini will be assisted towards her career growth through initiatives such as mentoring to pass on entrepreneurial principles and values that contributed to the great success of the late Mathata Gasennelwe.
When receiving the prize from Tebby Gasennelwe at the recent University of Botswana graduation ceremony, Ntini expressed her gratitude and made a commitment to ensure that the award serves as an inspiration for future graduates. Ntini graduated with a first class with a degree of Bachelor of Business
Administration (Marketing). “Horizon Ogilvy felt it important to support this initiative by offering an internship to award recipients in order to pay tribute to Mr Gasennelwe’s strong belief in the talent of the young citizens of Botswana,” Chairman of Horizon Ogilvy, Alistair Carlisle said.
“As an organisation we believe in fostering and developing talent, just as Mr Gasennelwe did.”
“We hope this award will encourage students to strive for excellence and promote entrepreneurship among young people. In honour of his legacy the “Mathata Gasennelwe Best Marketing Graduate Award” will be awarded annually,” Sebonego said.