Planet Forward Founder Frank Sesno engaged three African journalists and Mandela Fellows in a conversation about big ideas that move the planet forward. Funmi Adebajo from Nigeria, Nana Boakye-Yiadom from Ghana, and Rachel Kalera-Mhango from Malawi shared innovative ways in which they report and communicate.
“How can we move the planet forward when several thousand people do not have access to education?” Adebajo asked. She works to provide vocational training for mothers so they can afford to send their children to school. Adebajo uses social media to tell the stories of these mothers and their children.
Boakye-Yiadom is a radio journalist who uses data storytelling to convey science.
“There are more cell phones in Ghana than human beings,” said Boakye-Yiadom, explaining the importance of utilizing technology to tell stories.
Kalera-Mhango is a broadcast journalist who reports on women’s health. She uses journalism to both share knowledge with women and spread awareness of women’s health issues.
“You need a strong character, and you need to find a line that will make a difference at the end of the day. It’s all about social change. It’s all about solutions,” said Kalera-Mhango.