Solange Lusiku Nsimire
Journalism can be a dangerous career. While some may work in relatively safe communities, others operate in more volatile territories in search of impactful stories and, ultimately, the truth. Solange Lusiku Nsimire, has, and will continue to go the distance no matter how difficult, in the pursuit of a story. As an investigative journalist in Eastern Congo, Nsimire reports extensively on human rights and democracy, both known points of contention within the nation, for Le Souverain.
Since becoming editor-in-chief of the Bukavu-based independent newspaper in 2007, Lusiku Nsimire, 46, regularly publishes articles about government corruption, injustices against women and international aid abuses despite clear opposition. Just one year into her role, armed men showed up to her home, tied up her husband and children, and robbed them of their family savings. Not only is it challenging to be a journalist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a region dominated by competing powers, but there is an extra level of difficulty that comes with simply being a woman. Numerous journalists within the region have been assaulted and killed. As a result of Lusiku Nsimire’s work, death threats and harassment have become commonplace. There were times where she has had to go in and out of hiding. However, with a career spanning nearly 20 years, she still is not deterred. The serious nature of her work has not gone unacknowledged. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Université Catholique de Louvain for her journalism work. In 2014, International Women's Media Foundation awarded her the Courage in Journalism Award.
As journalism perception and practices undergo a global shift, count on Lusiku Nsimire to continue chasing hard facts and seeking unbiased truths boldly and fearlessly, come what may.