Gaïus Kowene is a creative multimedia journalist based in Goma, Eastern Congo (DRC). Trained in Digital Journalism by Radio France International. He is also trained in Video Journalism and Creative storytelling at Radio Netherlands Training Center in Hilversum, Netherlands. Gaius produces Hard news as well as feature radio, video & web stories.
With several prizes recognizing his work, Gaïus has freelanced for the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, the Swiss public radio, the Turkish news Agency Anadolu, Vatican Radio and more. He focuses on Solution Journalism, sharing positive stories of ordinary people with extraordinary achievements despite their challenging environment.
Gaïus has won several awards to his credit and likes telling stories of ordinary people with extraordinary achievements. Before joining the BBC as a bilingual reporter based in Kinshasa, DRC, he worked for some of the world’s most respected media houses like the German’s state broadcaster Deustche Welle, Radio France International. For two years, he volunteered as a member of the Youth Action Team, tasked to provide informed and strategic advice on youth engagement to the world’s largest civil society organizations’ network, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation.
Gaius has undertaken several researches for clients on various topics including The State of Internet Freedom Africa report DRC section (2016 and 2017); gathering and analyzing intelligence on a closed armed group in eastern Congo, DRC; understanding the media landscape to influence decision makers and international donors. Prior to all these, Gaius 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.
Gaius is a one-man-crew with a unique perspective.