Monday, 26 March 2012

Chikodili Emelumadu



Chikodili Emelumadu is a journalist, blogger, broadcaster, and author. She disappointed her father by declining to study medicine, opting instead to dwell in the world of writing where she had always been comfortable. She chose to indulge her vivid imagination and flights of fancy with a degree in English from Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka.

Chikodili left Awka to complete a Masters degree in Cross-cultural Communications at the University of Newcastle, in England. While training for a professional qualification in journalism at Harlow College, she wrote for community newspapers before joining the BBC. After three years working as a Producer at the African Productions section of the BBC World Service in London she struck out on her own to concentrate full-time on writing.

Chikodili blogs at igbophilia.wordpress.com, where she posts rants, short stories, and vignettes about 'Igboness' in its various forms. She's currently working on several projects, including at least two books. She can also be found on twitter using the handle @chemelumadu, where she also rants occasionally.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Ugochi Anyaka



Ugochi is a presenter and news anchor at Aso Radio and TV Abuja. She recently won the United Nations Environment Programme's Young Environmental Journalist Award (YEJA), beating over 120 entries from reporters across Africa.

Ugochi Anyaka (29) received her award at a special ceremony held during the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum in Nairobi, Kenya.

The winning report is entitled Saving the Trees for Paper Briquettes. The YEJA jury described Ms. Anyaka's winning entry as a "well-researched report that clearly explained the essence of reducing green house gas emissions and the need for creating environmental development in Africa".

The winner was presented with her specially-commissioned trophy by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, Joseph Murphy, US Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-HABITAT and Patricia Okoed-Bukumunhe, the winner of last year's Young Environmental Journalist Award

Ms. Anyaka hosts an environmental radio show "Green Angle" on ASO Radio and also works as a producer, reporter and continuity announcer with the station. She writes an environmental blog, Eco Nigeria, at www.greennigeria.wordpress.com.

Ugochi hails from Imo State.

Sources: AllAfrica.com, Ugochi's Twitter account, YNaija