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Nigerian, Busari heads CNN bureau multiple platform

As CNN launched a new, multi-platform operation in Lagos, Nigeria, Ms Stephanie Busari has been named head of the bureau’s multiple platforms, reports ITRealms.

The multiple platform, ITRealms gathered has been designed to give the network a nimble, broad-based, digital-first presence in Africa’s most populous country.

According to Deborah Rayner, SVP, Newsgathering at CNN International, leading the operation in Lagos would be Stephanie Busari, who takes on the role of Supervising Producer, Africa, and will work across CNN’s newsgathering and digital operations, and will be the network’s first responder for all platforms.

“This is a truly integrated role, and one that underlines CNN’s commitment to both Nigeria and Africa as a whole.  Stephanie will work across our platforms on both news and feature content.  In particular, she will head CNN’s Africa content across digital – responding to breaking news and managing our Africa features projects.  She will also be central to CNN International’s coverage of the continent on television,” Rayner said.

For Busari, to return to Nigeria at such an important time in the country’s history is a proud and exciting moment for her.

“This is such a vibrant country, full of possibilities, and as well as my broader remit looking at Africa as a whole this role will be about putting the many sides of Nigeria itself into sharper relief for the world,” she said.

ITRealms recalls that since joining CNN in 2008, Busari has worked across some of the network’s most important African stories.  In particular she was central to CNN’s coverage of the Missing Chibok girls, working alongside Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir.

A multi-award winning journalist, Busari began her career at the now-defunct London-based newspaper New Nation, which was aimed at the UK’s black and ethnic minority communities.  She then moved to the UK’s Daily Mirror, where among other beats she covered Northern Ireland, reporting on some of the worst affected areas of “The Troubles”.  While in Belfast she also launched and edited an award-winning lifestyle column for the paper. A native Yoruba speaker, she also speaks fluent French.


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