I am a Zimbabwean freelance journalist with ten years’ experience. I write for the biggest privately owned daily paper, The Newsday, as well as its two sister weeklies, The Standard and The Independent. I am based in the southern city of Masvingo and i am an all-rounder. I have been with The Newsday since the paper’s launch in 2010. Before that, i was a news editor for the country’s biggest privately owned regional paper, The Masvingo Mirror, and was also a freelance for an international radio station and a national news agency. I hold an Msc in Media and Society Studies from the Midlands State University. In 2015, I won the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) Best Human Rights Defender Journalist of the Year Award for my balanced consistent and sterling coverage of the sad plight of 18 000 people displaced by construction of Zimbabwe’s biggest inland dam, Tokwe Mukosi, in the southern part of the country. I am also the current winner of the Haller Prize for Development Journalism award in Sub- saharan Africa. At the moment, i am attending a journalism fellowship programme at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom (October to March).
This was an unedited, unpublished entry for the Haller Prize for development journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa, which earned me the first prize. This was an essay answering the question; 'How best can technology enhance development in Africa? And where are the challenges'.