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Monday, May 6, 2013

British-Nigerian Femi Oke to host Al Jazeera's The Stream

International broadcaster Femi Oke has been revealed as the new host of Al Jazeera English’s hit social media show The Stream.

The former BBC, Sky and CNN journalist will take over presenting duties from Monday 6th May. Femi has been based in the US since 1999 and spent nine years anchoring and reporting for CNN in Atlanta. She was host for the programme Inside Africa, which she also helped launch. For the last five years she has been a senior editor and host at the largest NPR affiliate in the US, WNYC.

The Stream is billed as a social media community with its own television show. It’s received critical acclaim since its launch in 2011, winning the Royal Television Society’s award for Innovation, a Webby People’s Choice Award for News and Politics, and a Gracie for Outstanding News Talkshow.  It also received an Emmy nomination last year for New Approach to News and Documentary Programming.

Femi commented on her new role: “I’ve been watching The Stream since it first came on air, because it was so different from anything else on international television.  I loved how it responded to the explosion of social media, used Skype and Google Hangouts not just as back-ups like a lot of programmes do, but as a genuine way to connect with viewers. I must admit watching from my laptop in New York I was amazed and a little jealous.  Here was a show that ‘got’ social media, had a young engaged audience, covered the news, and a broad range of topics in way that made current affairs fresh and exciting.”    

Paul Eedle, Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English, said: “The Stream continues to be a great success for us, and is pulling in ever greater audiences online and on air. Femi’s style is warm and inclusive so she’s perfect for the interactivity of the show.”

Femi describes herself as British-Nigerian, born in London to Nigerian parents.  In 2007 Femi Oke's work in Africa was recognized by The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Communications Agency with the presentation of the African Achievers Award 2007. Femi was also named Nigerian media personality of the year in 2007 and picked up the Interaction media award in 2008 for her commitment to broadcasting the complex issues of Africa.

For more on The Stream, please visit http://stream.aljazeera.net

Follow Femi Oke on Twitter @FemiOke.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

First to comment, i beat my wife to be this time around.

Anonymous said...

Go Femi #GreatStuff

BLOGLORD said...

that's good!

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

On point! That's one of my best programmes on AJZ...and she is competent!

chichisclosets said...

I remember Femi Oke when she was presenting voice of Africa. Wishing her all the best.

Zaynab Maleek said...

Now this is more like a role model, not that kardashian fattie turned whale.
Anyhoo, remember when I ws much younger, when she anchored for a news station, she prononced her name funny.

Olaleye Adisa said...

Weldon my dear sister, keep it up.

Ice Princess said...

Good one!keep "repping" your country and your continent positively.

Anonymous said...

So how are u a British Ms.Femi? Because you were born in Britain??smh.
Linda post my comment oh.

Anonymous said...

My Role Model. GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.

Anonymous said...

my role model! love her

soladunn said...

wow. this is great

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Chidozie Mario said...

Beauty and brain

JustPorsh said...

She looks great. Love the first pic.

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Bukie Adigs said...

More power to your elbow Ms Kemi.

You wont believe it>>> MI (Jude) Abaga solicits for funds to shoot video.

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MY TURN said...

Finally Aljazeera throws in something to make that channel interesting SKY news needs to follow suit and do same. Both channels were just about doom and gloom everytime you tune to eith Aljazeera or Sky news its 50,000 just got sacked or 10 girls just got raped. CNN tries with programmes like inside africa, quest means business, Piers Morgan show etc. Good one Femi missed your face on tv

Anonymous said...

Femi oke is one woman I respect so much! I've always looked up! U go gurl

Anonymous said...

Good for her but she no fine again SAD

Anonymous said...

So na Linda blog u na ur wife dey sleep abi.lol

Anonymous said...

Her teeth though.....

Anonymous said...

Nigerians wouldn't comment now ooo, if Na "Tonto Dikeh do this" una go quickly comment...Person do good thing nah..just 10 comments..have said my own...make anybody try insult me....

Ovoko said...

No need to shake your head because a person born in the UK before 1 January 1983 (regardless of the status of their parents), is almost certainly a British citizen. The only exception is if they were born to certain diplomatic staff of foreign missions who had diplomatic immunity.

Ms Oke was born in London 1966.

Hope this answers your curiosity.

Anonymous said...

Her teeth though.....

Anonymous said...

hahaha @british naija lol but dat reminds me d lady in ? Is repin so bigups hope u guys no am a finnish nigerian @westino post my commentooo

Anonymous said...

Biko,if u didn't do social studies or govt in schl kip quite. She's british by birth!!!

Gistyinka Blog said...

That is my best show.. Femi am waiting for what you have in bag.. More gist and news at www.gistyinka.com

Anonymous said...

yes she is british! so long as she was born there and has the passport she can claim britain! plus she probably has never lived in Nigeria! stop being little minded, and sounding like a semi- illiterate!

Oluwatoyin Aladejana - Olagbajuz said...

Femi Oke, Eloquent, Graceful, Accomplished Journalist...She'll certainly infuse a burst of New Life into 'The Stream' Congratulations Aljazeera !

Anonymous said...

Ma make jealousy kill you.

Alicia says... said...

Yes, but if she were a criminal they'd have no problem displaying her as a Nigerian only. Lol

Anonymous said...

Obviously she is british. I am sure she holds a british passport and grew up in Britain.

datsharpguy said...

Way to go. Gud to know our own is being recognize on the international stage

Anonymous said...

Great strides from Femi.keep up d good work.

Soul said...

I'm jealous. I hope to get there very sooooooooooon! Congratulations to Femi.

ebony0107 said...

Reping us well...kudos girl!

Anonymous said...

Great ... I love Femi Oke. @ least we've got a good model representing Naija

Anonymous said...

Yes, you prat! She is British if she was born in Britain. I am SMH at your sheer ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Shovel teeth abi? Lol

Anonymous said...

Proudly Naija. Luv dis chic. So focussed and definitely breaking grounds, no earthquake ;)

seun said...

very glad our sisters are doing us proud. from psorts to business and career. God is your stenght femi.......you got this girl.

seun said...

Nigerians can hate Jesus base on tribe, ignorance and sheet hate. whats shovel teeth, so people make the devil look like a saint.

plus hse is successful and doesnt need a guy to fuck her to eat like you foolish girls in Nigeria.

learn from girls abroad. most of you on linda blog are socail parasites.

Anonymous said...

Pls think of how you can better your lives than these stupid comments you guys are making.get a life.linda and femi are making it in there chosen fields.ure busy making stupid comments.I pity una.

Anonymous said...

Pls think of how you can better your lives than these stupid comments you guys are making.get a life.linda and femi are making it in there chosen fields.ure busy making stupid comments.I pity una.

Anonymous said...

Pls ma. Are u married ma. If you need a young boy who is God fearing and understanding. Perhaps a house husband who will take care of the home while u work hard.

Princess Dee said...

Thanks for representing Nig positively.Great job u re doing Femi.Congratulations!

Princess Dee said...

Why do some pple hate when they hear someone is British/Nigerian?Learn to appreciate good things so that good things can come to u.
God bless Femi Oke!

Princess Dee said...

Thanks for representing Nig positively.Great job u re doing Femi.Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Shame

--Teeteelahyo--

Anonymous said...

O my God.....all my life,I have never met someone who would openly display their stupidity...The teeth you created abi?before you get all jumpy,check and see the number of lol features you have yourself...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful role model. To the stupid cretins who have nothing to add to the conversation but comments about her teeth i ask you? what have you achieved. What is your contribution to promote African people in an intelligent light and what are YOU doing to pave the way for the next generation so they can are encouraged to be something other than sports stars and singers?????