Isha Sesay is a British journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. Sesay worked as a former Anchor and Correspondent for CNN International from the year 2005 to 2018. She was originally working at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and then moved to Los Angeles, in the United States, where she used to host news programs CNN Newsroom Live from Los Angeles.
The First Female CEO of Okay Media
Isha was also the presenter for the 360 Bulletin on Anderson Cooper 360°. In 2012 Sesay joined HLN as a co-anchor for Evening Express. She left CNN in the year 2018 to support a girl’s education project called W.E. Can Lead for African girls, she wrote a book and was involved in various other personal projects.
Isha Sesay’s Journalism career in CNN and now as a CEO of OkayMedia
Isha Sesay has become the first woman journalist who will be leading the global Black media company OkayMedia as the CEO and will be heading the new production section called SPKN/WRD, which will share stories through feature films, television, documentaries, podcasts, and publishing.
She will also be leading the OkayMedia’s board of directors, which includes a chairman and Dataminr co-founder Sam Hendel and The Roots manager and Live Nation Urban president Shawn Gee.
After giving 13 years professionally to CNN International she received a Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor and worked as a team member for her coverage of the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Chibok, Nigeria schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. Sesay left in the year 2018 and a year later after that published Beneath the Tamarind Tree, her account and experience about the Chibok kidnapping story.
Sesay founded the nonprofit W.E. (Women Everywhere) which can encourage and lead teenage girls in Africa to become leaders. Last summer, The rape and murder incident of 5-year-old Kadijah Saccoh in Sierra Leone. She worked along with Idris Elba who is a member of W.E. Can Lead collaborator and activist Asmaa James in order to launch The Survivors Solidarity Fund for sexual assault survivors in the country.
She came on board after Okayplayer launched a mental health and wellness initiative last month called “Passage The Practice of Healing, which includes eight-track EP guided meditations. . It is produced by MMYYKK with original guided meditations voiced by popular figures such as hip hop artist Big K.R.I.T., Kwasi Kessie, Deja Joelle and Kenji Summers a short-film which is edited by Andrew Morrow.
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