CNN is establishing a multi-platform operation in Lagos, Nigeria. Launching specifically in Lagos, the operation is designed to increase news coverage of Africa and give the network a strong digital presence on the continent.
According to Deborah Rayner, an SVP for news gathering at CNN International, Nigerian native Stephanie Busari will lead the operation. “This is a truly integrated role, and one that underlines CNN’s commitment to both Nigeria and Africa as a whole,” Rayner began. “Stephanie will work across our platforms on both news and feature content. In particular, she will head CNN’s Africa content across digital – responding to breaking news and managing our Africa features projects. She will also be central to CNN International’s coverage of the continent on television.”
Busari, serving as supervising producer and first responder for all platforms, says she’s proud to be a part of the expansion. “To return to Nigeria at such an important time in the country’s history is a proud and exciting moment for me,” Busari said. “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.”
Busari has been instrumental in some of Africa’s most important stories since she began working for the network in 2008, most notably on the coverage of the Missing Chibok girls.