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Stephanie Busari        

Supervising Producer at CNN; Founder of TEDxBrixton

Stephanie Busari moved to Lagos from London in July 2016 to pioneer CNN's first digital and multimedia bureau. She also reports on-air in breaking news situations for CNN International.

In April 2016 Busari exclusively obtained the "proof of life" video that showed that the missing Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped in Nigeria in 2014 were still alive. She was also an instrumental member of the CNN team that won a Peabody Award in May 2015 for the network's coverage of the missing girls. Busari recently won a Gracie Award for her persistence in covering this story, and she's also a previous recipient of the Outstanding Woman in the Media Awards.

Busari is a passionate community activist who curated TEDxBrixton for three years before she left London. She founded TEDxBrixton in 2013 driven by a desire to bring disparate elements of her community together and to create a platform for those who wouldn't normally have one to share their ideas worth spreading.

A passionate and adept public speaker, Busari is regularly invited to share her insights and host panels. She has spoken at UN Women, Said Business School, Oxford, Africa Gathering among others.

Over a 15-year career, Busari has worked as a news reporter, entertainment and features writer, court reporter and columnist, and she has been published in many of the UK and international media's most influential outlets, such as the BBC and Daily Mirror.

During a six-month stint in Northern Ireland in 2003, Busari spent time in some of the worst affected areas of "The Troubles" and secured interviews with a crucifixion victim, government ministers and paramilitaries. While there, she also launched and edited an award-winning lifestyle column.

A native Yoruba speaker, Busari also speaks fluent French and is currently learning Hausa.


Nigeria's spy chief suspended after $43 million seized from apartment
Nigeria's spy chief suspended after $43 million seized from apartment. By Stephanie Busari and Jason Hanna, CNN. Updated 8:37 AM ET, Thu April 20, 2017 ...
Why Jidenna thinks it's Africa's moment -
By Stephanie Busari, and Yemisi Adegoke, CNN. Updated 1:37 PM ET, Tue November 22, 2016. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's ...
Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa -
Trump calls presidents of Nigeria, South Africa. By Stephanie Busari, CNN. Updated 1:04 PM ET, Mon February 13, 2017 ...
Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As ...
Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians  ...

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