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30 Under 30 Young African Leaders: Aneta Felix

5. Aneta Felix. 23 years old. Kenya

In the past 7 years, Aneta’s journalism career has metamorphosed from covering lifestyle and entertainment on the radio to covering live presidential and governorship elections, global politics on television, reporting insecurity, business, technology, human interest, producing
documentaries, and breaking news in Nigeria.


She currently work as a news and programs editor, reporter and presenter at Plus TV Africa. Aneta’s main duties here include writing and packaging news reports on business, politics, security, and human interest beats; reporting breaking news stories, including the END SARS protest, the coronavirus pandemic; improving the quality of output by editing news copy and feature stories; producing and presenting a weekly business talk show; Ladies Talking Business; and presenting a weekly 90-minute current-affairs program; The Breakfast. As part of her work on The Breakfast, she sources topics and guests, preps questions, and conducts over 100 interviews per month with multi-sectoral stakeholders.

Between 2018 to 2020, Aneta has produced an 80-part digital reporting series that showcased Nigeria’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Through her work on Startups, she has put the spotlight on entrepreneurs who deploy drone technology to simplify agricultural processes; farmers who drive down Nigeria’s hunger and malnutrition statistics through aeroponics, multi-million-dollar financial technology businesses, local manufacturers of fashion, beauty and luxury goods items, as well as fabricators of covid-19 testing machines.

In 2020, some of her most remarkable journalist pieces includes her coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria. She produced content about the market shutdowns across Lagos; the ingenuity of Nigerians making hand sanitizers and face masks; the hike in prices of pharmaceuticals in northern Nigeria; she filmed a tour of the Lagos COVID-19 emergency food market; packaged a story on how 41 million MSMEs were forced to close shop; on how doctors were raising awareness of the virus; the effect of COVID-19 on the entertainment industry; how the pandemic was affecting children at IDP camps, and many more.

Aneta also filmed residents of Amikanle, Alagbado, Lagos, as they tackled the insecurity challenges of the lockdown. Her footage went viral and was viewed by millions of people nationwide. Musicians inserted these clips in their videos, Nigeria’s national broadcaster, NTA aired it, and international news carriers contacted me to share her footage, conduct interviews and take pictures on the COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos.

Through her reporting, she has had the opportunity to shape the mindset of Nigerians to become amenable to the novel idea of shopping at an emergency food market, frequent handwashing, wearing of face masks, and social distancing. Millions of Nigerians gained awareness of the virus by watching her reports and explainer videos on television and social media.

In October 2020, a health institution in Germany; Merck Foundation praised her work, saying she helped to educate my community about COVID-19 by frequently and exceptionally covering the topic in her country. Out of 1,000 global entries, she was awarded as the first-place winner of the Merck COVID-19 reporting award in West Africa. The Nigeria Health Watch also selected her as the winner of the multi-media category of the Prevent Epidemic Naira Journalism Award, in January 2021.

Some AWARDS/ RECOMMENDATIONS of Aneta include:
-Winner, Prevent Epidemic Naira Journalism Award, January 2021.
-Nominee, Future Award Africa, November 2020.
-Winner, COVID-19 Reporting Award, Merck Foundation, Germany, November 2020.
-Winner, Girls Impact the World Film Festival, U.S, April 2020.
-Award of Excellence, National Broadcasting Academy, March 2020.
-Winner, Fate Foundation SME Journalist of the year award, 2019
-Finalist, Women in Media Award, APO Group, South Africa, 2019
-Finalist, West Africa Media Excellence Award, The Media Foundation for West Africa, 2019.
-Recommendation by; The Media Foundation for West Africa, Gotel Communications PLC.

NOTABLE ORGANIZATIONS SHE HAS WORKED WITH:
China Global Television Network (CGTN), Thomas Reuters Foundation, Aljazeera, Connect Her Film Festival, TV360 Nigeria, Plus TV Africa, African Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), Justice Development and Peace Committee, Foundation of African Cultural Heritage, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR), Wole Soyinka Center for Investigative Reporting (WSCIJ), The Media Foundation for West Africa, Youth Alive Foundation, Gotel Communications PLC.

Aneta’s EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS/MEMBERSHIP
University of Benin, B.A, International Studies and Diplomacy.
National Broadcasting Academy, PGd, Presentation.
Fellow, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Scotland
Fellow, Journalism for Change Network, Ghana
Member, The Masterclass, U.S
Member, African Center for International Law and Accountability (ACILA), Ghana.

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