Laona Segaetsho Laid to Rest

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Media personality and communications specialist with the American Embassy, Mr Laona ‘Joel’ Segaetsho, was laid to rest in Gaborone on November 8.

Hundreds of media practitioners, government officials, captains of the industry and friends, among others, came to pay their last respects to the media hero, who died on November 2, in a canoe accident in Lake Ngami where other two occupants of the boat also lost their lives.

Different speakers described Mr Segaetsho as a peace loving man and a champion as well as aocate for betterment of conditions of media practitioners and the general welfare of the people regardless of their backgrounds.

One of the speakers, Mr Thuso Mphela who is also Mr Segaetsho’s brother-in-law told the mourners that though he was a perfectionist, Mr Segaetsho was also a person who liked to joke and could easily break an icy situation through his many jokes.

Mr Mphela said had it not been for Laona, he might have not been able to pay his bride prize well in time because the in-laws were totally against taking a cheque as a form of payment.

“Since Bangwato were not accustomed to the use of cheques, Laona tactfully convinced his parents that the cheque was genuine and that they should take it. That is how my brother whom many people think that he is my real blood brother rescued me, a positive sign that he loved me,” he said.

Above all, he said Laona was always jovial and loved journalists and their work and was not shy to talk about his personal life.

Uncle to Laona’s wife, Mr Ishmael Nshagashogwe said the deceased was a talented man and devoted in whatever he did and therefore his death has not only robbed the two families of a selfless man but had indeed robbed many people across the country a true son who was close to many in different forms.

Other speakers included US Embassy Charge de Affairs Mr Michael Murphy who described Mr Segaetsho as a man who was dedicated in his work and was a true mentor, friend and a role model in the society and at work. He however said during these trying times, people should get comfort from the wise words of the Bible.

Mr Segaetsho leaves behind his wife Amuchilani, two sons, five elder siblings and two younger siblings. He was born in Serowe on December 19, 1973. He attained his tertiary education at University of Botswana doing Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) and Post Graduate Diploma in Education before obtaining his MSc Strategic management from the University of Derby in England.

His first job was with Radio Botswana where he presented Masa a Sele morning show programme among other before leaving state broadcaster. He has won numerous media awards with MISA where he had also held some key position till his death. MISA’s Mr Modise Maphanyane said Laona’s passing is a great loss to media fraternity.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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