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Okayafrica Seeks a Staff Writer To Join Our Editorial Team

Okayafrica is seeking a staff writer. Please share!

Okayafrica is seeking a staff writer to work from our Brooklyn office. You must have a strong point of view and be able to turn around multiple posts in a day about a wide variety of topics related to the African continent.


The successful candidate will have a dynamic social media presence and a track record of writing popular content for the web.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the editorial team to quickly transform story ideas into engaging articles.
  • Keeping up with the most exciting cultural movements happening in Africa right now and its many diasporas.
  • Developing a rich network of sources and connections across various industries and regions.

Skills and Experience:

  • An interest in African affairs, culture, and music.
  • Must have 2+ years of writing experience at a magazine, newspaper or blog.
  • Familiarity with content management systems and their quirks 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.
  • Experience with Photoshop and photo sourcing.

To apply, email jobs@okayafrica.com before December 31st 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.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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