Undoubtedly, CNN is one of the leading news agencies in the world and the satellite television news channel was founded in 1980 by Ted Turner who has one of the best journalists and presenters in media broadcasting. However, many African citizens are unaware of the fact that not all the brilliant journalists of CNN are Americans, many of them are Africans by birth. Yes!, making up the formidable team are incredible media talents who are Africans by birth.
1. Zain Ejiofor Asher
Zain Asher is a CNN Presenter working at CNN International in New York. She anchors CNN Newsroom on Fridays and Saturdays. She also features in various business segments of the channel like Quest Means Business and CNNMoney with Maggie Lake. She hosts Marketplace Africa.
On some occasions she has visited her home country, Nigeria to conduct interviews of top game players in the business world as well as noting the trajectory of the business in general in the country.
Zain has hosted panel discussions at the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and a well-reviewed TED talk in London.
In 2013, she joined CNN as a business correspondent. Before then, Zain worked as a full-time reporter for Money, where she wrote personal finance article. She has also worked as a TV reporter at News 12 Brooklyn, reporting from Brooklyn, the Bronx and Connecticut.
This year in April, The New African Magazine nominated her alongside other notable Nigerian women for the New African Woman in Media award.
Zain is a sister to the award winning international actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor who stared in the blockbuster, Twelve Years A Slave. She hails from Enugu state, South-east region of Nigeria.
In 2005, she graduated from Keble College, Oxford University with a degree in French and Spanish. A year later she graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Zain Ejiofor Asher is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Igbo languages.
2. Isha Isatu Sesay
Nationality: Sierra Leonean
Isha Isatu Sesay is one of the prominently known female African CNN anchors and in fact one of the most known faces in CNN.
The top rated and award-winning journalist is of a Sierra Leonean descent. Isha Sesay was born on January 6, 1976 to a Muslim family in Bordeaux, France. Isha’s mother is Dr. Kadi Sesay, a Sierra Leonean politician, one-time minister and lecturer at Fourah Bay College.
Isha holds a BA honors in English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Starting off her career in journalism, Isha worked as a researcher for the BBC talk show Kilroy. She also anchored the ‘Good Morning Sports Fans’ show for Sky Sports. From 1998-2001, Sesay presented a wide range of programs across the BBC networks. She also worked for UK broadcaster ITN, where she anchored ITV’s Early Morning News program.
Isha had always wanted to be an actress but later found peace and purpose with journalism in her late teens.
In 2005, she started her work as an anchor and correspondent for CNN International. Currently she hosts the news programs CNN Newsroom Live from Los Angeles.
Isha Sesay has covered numerous breaking news stories and events of global interest.
3. Robyn Curnow
Nationality: South African
Robyn Curnow is a South African journalist and news anchor with CNN International. She currently anchors CNN’s International Desk. Before this she was a correspondent for the channel. Given her roots, Robyn has covered global news like the Oscar Pistorius court case as well as Nelson Mandela’s death for CNN.
Back in South Africa Robyn worked as a reporter for the BBC and for the South African Broadcasting Corporation(SABC). The wife and mother of 2 started reporting for CNN in 2002 in London.
The easily perceived warm presenter later became a CNN correspondent in Johannesburg and London.
Robyn attended the University of Natal, University of the Witwatersrand and the Cambridge University where she obtained her master’s degree in International Relations.
Like the other female African CNN anchors, she has covered global news from various African countries.
Robyn was born in Australia but raised in South Africa.