After celebrating a decade on the air, African Voices on CNN International is rebranding tomorrow as African Voices Changemakers. In addition, CNN has added Nigerian TV anchor Arit Okpo as host.
According to CNN, she will lead the program with a fresh direction to focus on changemakers across Africa. As host of Changemakers, she will meet entertainers, creatives, athletes and members of the public who are trying to make a difference, finding ways to impact their communities and making cultural contributions.
Furthermore, CNN International Commercial and Globacom are continuing their long-standing collaboration with a cross-platform campaign around the show. As part of this campaign, Globacom will continue its sponsorship of the show and new digital features in a renewed multi-year commitment. New branding and logos for African Voices Changemakers will feature across the billboards for the programme and digital advertising.
The host of CNN International’s African Voices, Keturah King, detailed her assault today on Twitter by Senegalese officials at the Dakar airport.
As she tweeted out in since-deleted tweets, “I’ve just been thrown against a wall at the airport and beaten up by the Dakar Airport police. They keep telling…Me to put my phone away and not record them. They refuse to communicate with me directly – choosing to speak to the men around instead.
“Police officers at Dakar airport physically manhandling female passengers. Have now been locked in a room with groups of male officers intermittently coming in to insult me. One just spat on me.”
King has been in Senegal for almost a week, as evidenced by her Instagram account, and has been uploading many photos of her time there.
Adding to CNN’s stable of business reporters, Eleni Giokos, joining the network from Bloomberg TV Africa where she served as a senior anchor, will be a CNN business correspondent, based in the network’s Johannesburg bureau.
In addition to reporting on business stories for the network, Giokos will contribute to CNN’s African feature programmes, including Marketplace Africa and African Voices.
In a prepared statement, Mike McCarthy, the svp of programming at CNN International, said, “Eleni is an enormously talented and versatile broadcaster. She has interviewed world leaders, covered major breaking news stories, and presented network feature programmes. Her appointment underlines our commitment to African stories and African audiences. We’re delighted to have her here at CNN.”