Jeremiah Fisayo-Bambi has received induction as ‘Journalist of the Year’ into the Forty Under 40 Africa Awards 2023 edition. He is a Nigerian-born television news anchor and journalist with the pan-African news channel Africanews. The awards ceremony, which happened at the Leonard Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, was organized by Xodus Communications. The main purpose was to recognize the achievements of young professionals across the continent.
What Did Jerry Fisayo-Bambi Win At Forty Under 40 2023?
The famous Nigerian journalist emerged in the TV, Radio, and Newspaper Journalism category out of 3000 entries from over 20 countries. He was listed alongside Elijah Nyakundi Nyaanga/Scholar Media Group Africa Ltd (Kenya), Nyasha Michelle/BBC (Zimbabwe), and Tafadzwa Zimoyo/Bravehearts (Zimbabwe). The journalism category is in its maiden edition at the FortyUnder40Africa Awards, and Fisayo-Bambi becomes the first from Africanews / Euronews to receive this gold medal. You can read more about Jerry Fisayo-Bambi here to know him better.
Where Did Fisayo-Bambi Start His Career?
Jerry Fisayo-Bambi began his career in Nigeria at ‘Cool FM’ and ‘Nigeria Info’ in Lagos where he produced impactful radio features alongside daily news reportage and production before venturing into television news anchoring and production. He currently anchors the breakfast TV show ‘The Morning Call’ on Africanews. His current show, ‘Inspire Africa,’ reveals his prominent talent, skill, and merit in presenting the stories of people making change and innovation possible in Africa.
Additionally, Jerry’s work over the years, anchoring the news in a simple voice-over image format on TV, may have gone unnoticed, but his presentation of news topics and his engagement style in moderating panel sessions at international summits have brought about credit. More importantly, Fisayo-Bambi has fulfilled his childhood dream to inspire change, impact, and showcase a more nuanced perception of Africa through the ethical practice of journalism.
Does Euronews Separate Him From Africa?
Despite his current location, the Africanews / Euronews journalist remains quintessentially pan-African at heart. He even affirms his readiness to use his voice. During the Covid pandemic, Fisayo-Bambi lent his voice to optimism on Africa combating the virus. He believes that Africa has experienced epidemics in the past and is capable of dealing with Coronavirus if it continues to take concrete measures to combat the virus’s spread.
Who Invented Forty Under 40 Africa?
The Forty Under 40 Africa award came into existence by Ghanaian social entrepreneur Richard Abbey Jr. The awards’ vision is to identify, honor, and celebrate a cross-section of the continent’s most exciting and young leaders and professionals under the age of forty. Forty Under 40 Africa 2023 in South Africa had nominees from various countries. From government ministers to ambassadors, manufacturers, authors, broadcasters, agriculturalists, investors, medical practitioners, creatives, and many industry leaders in attendance.
What Does This Award Mean To The Journalist?
His recent award is a testament to his ability to work across the board and steer a winning team, as well as inspire those who continue to dream. Fisayo-Bambiis becoming an intercontinental reference, with some of his works found in research papers and setting best practices on how to creatively develop and present short feature stories on innovation.
Jerry’s success is an inspiration to young African journalists who aspire to make a difference and create a more nuanced perception of the continent. It is a reminder that with dedication, hard work, and a commitment to ethical journalism, it is possible to inspire change and showcase Africa’s positive attributes. Fisayo-Bambi does serve as a motivation to many young aspiring journalists.
So, what do you think?