Gaïus Kowene is a Media & Civic Engagement Thought Leader who leveraged the power of Digital Storytelling to build himself an international career while impacting lives beyond his home community.

He uplifts people to a purpose driven life and organizes communities around causes greater than our individual selves.

His journalism and civil society careers have all been about uncovering stories of ordinary people with extraordinary achievements and advocating for youth participation in decision-making spaces.

Gaius Kowene at BBC studio in Dakar Senegal

Gaïus has created and/or led teams for BBC Afrique, the BBC’s radio output in francophone Africa, the Congo International Film Festival, a CIVICUS’ International Civil Society Week 2017 local event, etc.

His portfolio includes other global players like the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the African Development Bank, UNHCR, Oxfam, etc.

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What I do

– LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT

I was part of the first group that learned how to build and lead trusting teams from Vishen Lakhiani, CEO & founder of Mindvalley, the world’s biggest personal development company. I was also trained in Leadership Foundation at former US president Barack Obama’s YALI Regional Leadership Center in Nairobi, Kenya in 2016. I’m currently leading a multicultural team of journalists for the BBC’s french service radio BBC Afrique. In the past, I have done the same thing for the Intenational Civil Society Week, the Community of Bloggers from Goma BloGoma, etc.

– MULTIMEDIA PRODUCTION &

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Trained in Video journalism and Creative storytelling at the Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum,  I produce Hard news as well as feature radio, video & web stories. I can work as a one man crew or as part of a team with a cameraman and a producer.

SKILLS INCLUDE: DSLR Camera | Audio and Video Editing | Radio and TV Live Q&A | Podcasting | Writer | Smartphone / Mobile Journalism | Fixer / Field Producer

– STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION

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With More than 10 years in PR and Media relations management, I help organizations plan and run successful campaigns online as well as offline. I help them produce a comprehensive and practical strategic communications plan. In some instances, I have trained organizations comm team on how to achieve a specific tareget in their existing communications plan.

– RESEARCH & ANALYSIS

Gaius Kowene battlefield Rwanda DRC border

I have done several researches for clients I can’t name here on various topics including but not limited to The State of Internet Freedom Africa report DRC section (2016 and 2017);  gathering and analyzing intelligence on an armed group in eastern Congo, DRC; understanding the media landscape to influence decision makers and international donors. Before all this, I was trained as an assistant researcher for the book Necessary Noise: Music, Film and Charitable Imperialism in Eastern Congo by Dr. Cherie Rivers Ndaliko, a book that won the 2017 Allen Merriam Prize for the most outstanding book in the field of Ethnomusicology.

SKILLS INCLUDE: Research | Risk Assessment | Intelligence Analysis | Due Dilligence | Monitoring and Evaluation

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Work Samples

-RADIO WORK SAMPLES-

This is a teaser with most of my radio reports in both French and English

Goma Fashion Show on the BBC

Listen to the full radio feature story here as broadcast on the BBC

-VIDEO WORK SAMPLES-

Chenilles source de richesse RDC

Pour regarder la vidéo, cliquez sur ce lien

Reporting on the result of Senegal 2019 Presidential Elections. Start at 1’8″

Hip Hop, the Dream (Accra, Ghana, July 2016)

Mercy’s calling: advocating peace amidst gender based discrimination

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Read the full article here on DW Deutsche Welle

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Read full article here on One.Org

High cost of internet fabric DRC

Read the full article here on the BBC’s website

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I was part of the team Live Tweeting the African Development Bank’s Civil Society Forums during Annual Assemblies for years. See the tweet here on AfDB official Twitter account

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In September 2018, I moderated for the African Union a panel on the role of youth in the fight against corruption at a consultation in Dakar, Senegal. See original tweet here.

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