Teneille Craig

Nima Elbagir

Teneille Craig
Nima Elbagir

Nima Elbagir

JOURNALIST

In a global society that does not always value the free press, the work of CNN international correspondent Nima Elbagir is revolutionary. Dedicating her life to reporting on human rights injustices, Elbagir’s reel is extensive; The Sudanese, London-based journalist covered child labor in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Boko Haram kidnappings, the Ebola outbreak, and famine in Somalia. It was her investigative report on human slavery in Libya that won her the 2019 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in the Investigative category. That report, CNN writes, “was instrumental in the passage of unprecedented United Nations sanctions against six men identified as traffickers by the U.N. Libya Sanctions Committee in June 2018.”

In 2018, Elbagir was also named a recipient of the 2018 Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women's Media Foundation. She continues to be a voice for the voiceless, using her work to ensure a better future for African youth while being a beacon for burgeoning African writers to follow. “I’ve always been very aware of what it means to be an African woman on the platform that I’m on,” she tells OkayAfrica. “I hope that my visibility allows younger women to see that this—and more—is possible.”