Telegraph columnist and freelance writer, Sonny Serite, has been selected for the annual CNN MultiChoice African Journalist competition.
Serite becomes the fourth Motswana to be a finalist for the prestigious competition after Outsa Mokone, who was the first runner-up in 1996, Reginald Richardson and Oarabile Mosikare.
A prolific travel writer, Serite travelled to the farm of slain Afrikaner farmer, Eugene Terre’Blanche, in South Africa to witness the tension that existed between blacks and whites following the murder that attracted prominent media coverage in the country and wrote an article headlined A journey into Terre’Blanche territory published in our sister paper, the Sunday Standard.
Terre’Blanche fought for the establishment of a reserved space for the Afrikaners.
When four Botswana game ranchers were detained in neighbouring Zimbabwe after they had crossed into the country by mistake tracking game, Serite travelled to Zimbabwe and returned with the article titled Zimbabwe: a nation on a rebound also published in the Sunday Standard. One of his articles Delta uncovered published in the Botswana Guardian was used by the Botswana Examinations Council for the BGCSE English Language final examination of 2009.
“It’s a great achievement for my work to be recognized and to be selected for the prestigious CNN competition which was open to the entire continent,” says an elated Serite.
┬áThe Awards Ceremony will be held in Sandton on 25 June. Finalists will be accorded the opportunity to meet with the judges of the competition. They will also attend workshops to discuss journalism in Africa.