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Okayafrica Seeks News Blogger

Okayafrica is seeking a full-time News Blogger and Multimedia Producer to work from our Brooklyn office.


Okayafrica is seeking a full-time News Blogger to work from our Brooklyn office.

We need someone with a strong point of view and a lively writing voice who can turn around multiple posts in a day about a wide variety of topics related to the African continent and its diasporas.

The successful candidate will have experience producing multimedia content for the web and a dynamic social media presence.

Responsibilities include:

-Working with the editorial team to quickly transform story ideas into engaging articles.

-Keeping up with breaking news from around the continent.

-Developing a rich network of sources and connections across various industries and regions.

-Promoting the site across various social media platforms.

Skills and Experience:

-An interest in African affairs, culture, and music.

-Must have 2+ years of writing experience at a magazine or blog.

-Must have strong communication and organizational skills.

-Familiarity with WordPress, Google Docs, and other content management systems is essential.

-You should be able to use social media as a reporting tool but won’t hesitate to make the extra call to get the story.

-A track record of innovation on social media and a willingness to learn new platforms.

-Experience with Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and other common tools of the trade.

To apply, email jobs@okayafrica.com before April 18th with a resume, short cover letter and a handful of links to relevant writing and multimedia samples. Please put “News Blogger” in the subject line.

This position is based in New York City; applicants must legally be able to work in the US. Okayafrica is an EEO.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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