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Raising the bar for freelance journos from Africa

Ayodeji Rotinwa, the deputy editor of African Arguments, and I had an in-depth talk about how he’s trying to help raise the standard of reporting through a new fellowship program for African freelance journalists.

That “tribal” word

It’s a problematic term that African scholars and media professional have pushed against for decades. Recently, some companies have stopped using it.

Don’t drink the water or you’ll grow three heads

And if you don’t end up with three heads sticking out of your neck, then maybe you’ll suffer from a belly full of bloodsucking worms. The travel health warnings about many places in Africa can sound downright scary. You may have heard stories of people shivering in cold sweat and vomiting after eating at a…

Attitude of gratitude: stories I covered in 2020

2020 was a very tough time for journalists around the world, specifically for independents and creatives like myself. I was able to get reporting gigs, but they were very few. Anyhow, I’m a believer in living in an attitude of gratitude. So I’m using this space to share  some of the stories that I covered…

Do they even speak English in Africa?

Someone asked me this again. A few months ago, during one of my trips back home to Atlanta, an American woman who had told me that she was interested in visiting Africa for the very first time – specifically contemplating Ghana – asked me, “do they speak English there?” I calmly told her yes, they…

Do you need a degree in journalism to be a journalist?

You do not actually need a Bachelor’s degree in journalism to practice as a journalist. In fact, the idea of a journalism degree is fairly recent. American universities pioneered journalism education.

Reporting on religion in Africa

The incredible array of spiritual beliefs in Africa is truly mind-boggling. There’s no way to quantify it. Spirituality in Africa is endlessly fascinating to me. I’ve spent years studying it and I still feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface.

How to pitch a (text) story

Pitching is a skill and an art that journalists should master. A good pitch starts with research and I can’t emphasize this enough.

Pick up a language, it’s good for the brain: Multilingualism in Africa

Many Africans are multilingual. If you go to South Africa, you’ll likely come across young folks who speak four, five, six languages. Multilingualism is part of the experience of growing up in Africa. There are more than 1,500 distinct languages spoken there.

Kenya, oh Kenya!

In 2010, one my childhood dreams came true – I went to Kenya. And boy was Kenya good to me!

Why I moved to Africa: finding my way home

When I left America to move to Africa, I was finding my way home because I was answering a calling to begin a journey that matters just as much as the destination.

First entry: what’s this all about anyway?

Since moving to Africa in 2010, I’ve seen incredible things, met incredible people, reported incredible stories. I’ve gained life lessons and wisdom that have made me a better person. Here, I share with you pieces of my journey.

About Me

I’m Chika Oduah. My childhood dream was to live and work in Africa. I’m living my dream. In 2012, I left my home in America and moved to the motherland. It is the best professional decision I have ever made.

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