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Selay Marius Kouassi

Abidjan, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)
Throughout his career, Selay Marius Kouassi has maintained a highest interest in in-depth investigative reports and human interest stories. His works on water supply performance by West African governments, soccer academies’ child trafficking problems, the plight of cocoa farmers in his country, Ivory Coast, and the reasons behind the civil war that split the country between rebel-held north and government-controlled south have received international notice and spurred Ivorian politicians, civil society and global decision-makers to take action.

Selay initiated the award-nominated transnational investigation into ‘Fair-Trade’ chocolate, ‘The Fair-Trade Chocolate Rip-Off.’ He joined the ‘Swiss Leaks’ Project team, an investigation initiated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to trace billions lost annually in Africa. He was also part of ‘Fatal Extraction’; a transnational investigation team tasked with uncovering Australian mining companies’ dubious activities in Africa. Selay currently works for the Abidjan-based multimedia group Abidjan Live News. He has been freelancing for the BBC's bureau in Abidjan, SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) and DPA (German Press Agency). He had freelanced for Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Holland-based Africa Interactive.