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I am an NTCJ freelance journalist,  published by the The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Interpress Service, The Ecologist, Financial Times, Focus on Africa, Think Africa, Resurgence, Holland Herald (KLM inflight Magazine) and The Daily Telegraph among others. I have worked extensively with the BBC: on radio programmes including Woman’s Hour, Newshour, Farming Today, Musical Migrants and several documentaries. On television including various BBC, Channel 4 and European stations.

Detail from the summer palace in Bejing


I have lectured at London University (Birkbeck and SOAS), Sussex University, SouthBank University, Brighton University and Birmingham University on various graduate and post graduate Journalism and Media Studies Courses. I have designed and delivered bespoke media training/mentoring courses for corporate, government  and non-governmental clients, internationally.




I finished my PHD in April 2015. I focus on new spheres of agency for Islamic women, looking at gossip, women, mobile phones and media and political participation in Zanzibar (Supervisors Professor Annabelle Sreberny, Dr Dina Matar and Dr Gina Heathcote, additional input from Prof Nadje El Ali,  School of African and Oriental Studies, University of London). My areas of interest include gender, Islam, Chinese interventions in Africa, democratic processes in informal spaces,  marine environments and social anthropology, media and gender in East Africa, human rights, resources and mining, and human trafficking.

Phileas, an exrremely good mechanic, and lovely man  who keeps my motorbike safe

I am available for research projects with NGO’s and am able to work in French, Spanish and Swahili. I’m especially intersted in advocacy, media and gender.

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I have won various awards.