Chika Oduah helps debunk the dated idea that a “Jack (or Jane) of all trades” is a master of none. Her diverse set of skills have, in fact, helped her establish her name in the world of multimedia news-gathering. The 31-year-old Nigerian-American journalist—she was born in Ogbaru, Anambra State and moved to Metro Atlanta area of Georgia at two years old—is a television news producer, writer, photographer and correspondent. Oduah, who has been a reporter since high school days, graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degrees in both anthropology and telecommunications. Afterwards, she went to Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism for her Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism.
In her still-blossoming career, Oduah has worked as a commercial photographer in Atlanta, a television news reporter and documentary feature producer in Nairobi, and a reporter and television news producer in Nigeria. Currently, she lives in Dakar, Senegal. Her written and filmed work—which predominantly focuses on human rights, culture, conflict and development in Africa—has been published in Al Jazeera, Quartz, The Associated Press, The Atlantic, CNN and The New York Times, National Geographic, NPR and more.
Her extensive coverage of the 276 chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram became an international headline. For that work, Oduah won the Trust Women "Journalist of The Year Award" from the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2014. She has also won the Future Awards Africa Nigeria Prize for Journalism, the 2015 African Story Challenge award by the African Media Initiative and the International Center for Journalists, and considered one of YNaija's "Nigeria's 100 Most Inspiring Women." Last year, she spoke at the African Students For Liberty West African Regional Conference and received a Human Rights Advocacy Award from the General Council of Spanish Lawyers. As the new year unfolds, Oduah’s commitment to “capture the stories of black folk,” as she says cheekily in her social media bio, will remain constant.