Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Two Female Nigerians Appointed By BBC To Serve As Heads Of Language Service For East And West Africa

Rachael Akidi Okwir and Toyosi Ogunseye

Two Nigerian women,  Rachael Akidi Okwir and Toyosi Ogunseye have been appointed by BBC as the heads of languages services for East and West Africa respectively.

Rachael Akidi Okwir, the Head of East Africa Languages who is based in Nairobi, Kenya will be managing services in Afaan Promo, Amharic, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya.

Toyosi Ogunseye is based in Lagos as the Head of West Africa Languages, she will be !managing Afrique, Hausa, Igbo, Pidgin and Yoruba.

Rachael was the editor of the flagship radio program me Focus on Africa.

She joined the BBC World Service as a producer in 2002 and has worked across various platforms and programmes including Network Sfrica, The World today, Focus On Africa TV and the website, bbcafrica.com. In recognition of her leadership qualities and potential,  Racheal was selected for the inaugural BBC News Leadership Programme.

Rachael was born in Uganda, her career in journalism started as a freelance contributor to Ugandan newspapers and radio stations whilst a student at Makerere University.

Toyosi on the other hand was the Editor of the Sunday Punch one of Nigeria's most widely read newspapers. She was the first female editor in the 45 years history of the company.

She is an award winning journalist with passion for investigative reporting, she has won over 30 awards and was the first Nigerian to win the prestigious Knight International Journalism award.

Toyosi is a fellow of President Barack Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative snd currently sits on the board of the World Editors Forum. She holds an MSc in Media and Communication and she is currently studying for a PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester

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