The Supervising Producer, CNN Africa, Stephanie Busari has received the prestigious Gracie Award in the US for her work on the story of the kidnapped Chibok school girls.
The Gracie Awards recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry.
On her win, Stephanie said “I am thrilled to receive a Gracie award for our work on the story of the kidnapped Chibok school girls. This award is really for them, and the thousands of girls kidnapped and abused by Boko Haram. CNN has worked tirelessly on their story for three years, and we will continue to work and campaign for their right to be free.”
It will be recalled that Stephanie Busari recently took on the role of CNN’s Supervising Producer, Africa working across CNN’s news gathering and digital operations as the network’s first responder for all platforms.
Speaking on her new role, Busari observes that “To return to Nigeria at such an important time in the country’s history is a proud and exciting moment for me. 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.”
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.