Former CNN Anchor Isha Sesay Appointed CEO of OkayMedia – Becomes First Female To Hold The Position

Isha Sesay

OkayMedia, the multimedia organization committed to inspiring the creative and reformist voice of global Black culture, today announced that author, award winning journalist, and former CNN International anchor Isha Sesay has been delegated as the CEO.

With her experience with global inclusion of social injustice and the encounters of women and young ladies, Sesay is relied upon to be successful at OkayMedia, which includes the digital distributions OkayAfrica and OkayPlayer. She hopes to extend the organization’s commitment to creative storytelling that pushes the culture ahead.

Isha Sesay has also been appointed to the OkayMedia directorate – which includes Sam Hendel, co-founder of Dataminr; and Shawn Gee, president, Live Nation, Urban and manager of The Roots – and named co-founder and CEO of OkayMedia’s new production arm, SPKN/WRD.

The shop production organization will bring only from time to time heard global voices and new points of view to the front line, across feature films, documentaries, television, podcasting and publishing.

Isha Sesay is hopeful to rejuvenate every one of her plans to grow the organization’s contents contributions and approaches to open the brand to much more people in Africa and beyond.

Sesay joins an award winning team of accomplished creatives and will work intimately with a senior leadership team that includes, Rachel Hislop, Teneille Craig, Scean Ellis, Armelle Crump, and Mariama Todd.


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As a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador combatting the continuous savagery against women and young ladies, Isha Sesay consummately lines up with OkayMedia’s main goal to recount stories that push a global culture ahead.

During her 13 years at CNN, Sesay drove the team that covered the 2014 grabbing of in excess of 200 school children in north-eastern Nigeria.

Sesay got a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor, in acknowledgment of her inclusion of the story; and was important for the organization’s group perceived with a Peabody Award for excellence in reporting.

In 2018, she published her first book, “Beneath the Tamarind Tree,” the first definitive account of the mass abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls.

She is currently the founder and president of W.E. (Women Everywhere) Can Lead, a non-profit organization working in her native country of Sierra Leone, to nurture and empower teenage girls to become Africa’s next generation of dynamic female leaders.

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