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SCRIBE: Mosah Mokganedi

For a while she was struggling to keep up the pace in the male dominated sports reporting. But she stayed the cause and shot to the top of the game. Mosah Mokganedi has proven, with her winning streak, that no job is a no go area for the fairer sex. The two times Botswana National Sports Council award winner and Mmegi sports reporter speaks to KABELO DIPHOLO.

Please introduce yourself.
I come from Letlhakane in the Boteti sub-district. I am the third born of six siblings. I’m a highly humorous and talkative character.

How long have you been a journalist?
Seven years now. I started my career at Mokgosi newspaper in 2003. I now write for Mmegi and Monitor. I’m inspired by ‘fear of failure’ and by people around me.

Why did you choose to be a sports writer?
I do not think there was any special reason. But because sports reporting is male dominated I just thought I should try it just to be different from other women and be an inspiration to other young women.

What has been the greatest achievement of your career?

It was when I was awarded the sports journalist of the year by BNSC last year, the award that I retained this year.

As a lady you need to deal with men at sports administration level. How difficult is it?

It is very easy to deal with men administrators. Women also use charm to get men to get stories. Female journalists are few in sports reporting therefore it is always easy for us to be visible and attract men’s attention. I must also add that being a journalist is such an enjoyable job. You get to meet people from all walks of life. Though there are challenges I enjoy every moment of my career.

Have you ever been intimidated? If so how did you react?

There is no way you can be a journalist and not be intimidated. I have been, many times and when I feel intimidated, it makes me feel good because that is when I feel I am really doing my job. Well, I always relax and remain calm when I’m threatened. I’m not bothered when somebody threatens me for telling the truth. A lot of my sources actually think I like controversy, but I do not create that controversy, I believe in telling it as it is. I must say it, however, that I have made a lot of friends as well.

What are the major things that a sports reporter should know?
To do this job I believe you should be a sports person to start with. There is no way you will be able to write about something that you do not know. You should also be willing to learn because the rules of each and every game changes from time to time and one should know.

Are you satisfied with sports development in the country? If not what is missing?

There are certain sport codes that have made a lot of strides as far as development is concerned. But there is more that still needs to be done. We need to professionalise sports. As it is now, most athletes and sports administrators are volunteers who are not paid and this has led to them not putting enough effort in developing sports.

What more have you gained from being a reporter?

I have made a special relationship with a lot of people. I want to make a special mention of former BNSC Chairperson Dorcus Makgatho-Malesu. She is such an inspiration to me. It is from her that I have learnt how to deal with stubborn men. I would also like to thank Tsoseletso Nkala, Marumo Morule and my former sports editor at Mokgosi, Oosi Ketlogetswe. These are some of the people who made me who I am today.  I want to thank my sports editor here at Mmegi, Mqondise Dube for the awards that I have won. He is always pushing me.

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