Suomi/Africa
Perspectives from Africa,
engagement from Finland
 
 

Understanding Africa

Representing Africans

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Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Reporters@Suomi/Africa

Seija Kinni

Seija Kinni

I have been working in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland for over two decades. My duties have included a broad range of international and development issues in Finland, Tanzania and Namibia. From 2009 to 2014 I was  Director for Development Communication. Currently, I work at the Embassy of Finland in New Delhi, India, as Minister Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission.

My contact information is: seija.kinni@formin.fi.

 

Patrik Skön

Patrik Skön

Patrik Skön works for the Finnish Broadcasting Company, mainly for the Swedish Programming. He has an degree in journalism from the university of Helsinki. Besides journalism he has studied economics and photography. He has done both radio and television and is now more and more getting into publishing for the web. His main journalistic interests are documentaries and investigative stories.

E-mail: patrik.skon@yle.fi

 

Odimegwu Onwumere

Odimegwu Onwumere

Odimegwu Onwumere is a voracious reader, prolific writer, journalist, researcher, poet, thinker, social critic, political analyst, and activist. H is committed to urban and community life, and to awareness to government policies on matters as diverse as the environment, education, health, human rights, and the rights of the child. He founded Prince Mahak Company, founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), and coordinator of Concerned Non-Indigenes In Rivers State (CONIRIV). He resides in Oyigbo, Rivers State, Nigeria - one of the crude oil states in the South-South geo-political zone of Niger Delta.

E-mail: apoet_25@yahoo.com

 

Juho Paavola (b. 1981)

Juho Paavola

Juho Paavola is a Finnish freelance photojournalist who says that political correctness, combined with  a lack of good manners, is the greatest hindrance to achieving genuine intercultural understanding. Paavola has a Master´s Degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Tampere. Currently, he is  photographing and writing. Amongst other publications, Paavola works for the newspaper Aamulehti (www.aamulehti.fi) and the  magazine Talouselämä (www.talouselama.fi). He works, also, for Global Finland (global.finland.fi), an  Internet site run by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which concentrates on development  issues.

+358 50 5457 253 - juho@juhopaavola.com

 

Simon Kaheru

Simon Kaheru

I am an enthusiastic Ugandan Communicator who loves writing, new age media technologies and uses, my country and my family. I am a reporter with suomiafrica.org and also work with SMS Media, a New Age Media Firm in Uganda where I am a Director, and at Media Analyst - also in Uganda - where I am Lead Analyst. I hold qualifications in Cyber Diplomacy, Prince2 Project Management, Business and Economics Reporting, Management Skills, and I am a graduate of Mass Communications with Honours from Makerere University, with more than twenty years experience at various levels in the mainstream media. I’m particularly passionate about Corporate Governance, New Media technologies and the impact of Globalisation on development in my home country, Uganda.

Find me on twitter @skaheru and also read my blog: www.skaheru.wordpress.com

 

Dommie Yambo-Odotte

Dommie Yambo-Odotte

Dommie Yambo-Odotte is the senior media advisor, producer and TV show host at Development Through Media (DTM), which she co-founded in 1996 and started operations in 1997. The organisation is among the first development oriented independent initiatives to specifically work towards policy reforms, capacity building, awareness raising and attitude change through sustained communication and public relations strategies using the media, in general and audio-visual media in particular. DTM works mainly in Kenya and also undertakes assignments within the region and at the international level.

See Dommie's full profile here. For additional information, please contact:

Ms Dommie Yambo-Odotte, Senior Media Advisor/Producer

Development Through Media, 2nd Floor, Reliance Centre, Woodvale Grove, Westlands, PO Box 48427, 00100  Nairobi, Kenya

E-mail: dyambo@dtmafrica.com Mobile: + (254) 722 516154 Web: www.dtmafrica.com

 

Florence Mugarula

Florence Mugarula

Florence holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, obtained from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (BAJ).

He also attended a sub-editing training course for six months at Nation Media Group (NMG) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Florence is currently working as an up-country news editor for The Citizen newspaper in Tanzania.

Florence may be contacted at: mugarula2004@yahoo.com, mugarula2004@gmail.com, +255 713 359063, and +255 688 749137

 

Emmanuel Yartey

Emmanuel Yartey

Emmanuel Yertey is a journalist and writer, based in Ghana and reporting from across West Africa..

Emmmanuel has written for several publications, including African Review of Business and Technology, and African Farming and Food Processing.

His e-mail address is yarteyey@yahoo.com

 

Connor Schratz

Connor Schratz

Connor Schratz is a writer, reporter and editor for South-South  News, a New York-based media platform  that focuses on the United Nations and international development issues. Holding a master’s and  bachelor’s degree from Fordham  University, Connor has been a development journalist since  joining South-South News in 2010, and became involved with Suomi/Africa after visiting Helsinki for a  conference in 2011.

You can reach him at cschratz@southsouthnews.com.

 

Borges Joaquim Faduco Nhamire

Borges Nhamirre

Known as Borges Nhamirre, he is a Mozambican senior journalist with more than six years of experience in this area. Born in 1984, in Inhambane Province, southern Mozambique, Borges grew up in Maputo, and studied there - Borges graduated in Journalism (technical professional course) and is Licensed in International Relations and Diplomacy.

From 2009 to the present Borges has been and is working as Executive Editor of one of most influent private newspapers in Mozambique, Canal de Moçambique - and the digital newspaper, Canalmoz. Before reaching this position, he worked as a senior reporter at privet television station, STV, and the prin ted daily newspaper O País. Furthermore, Nhamire is senior consultant in Communication Governance and on Access to Information.

Borges can be contacted at: Mobile: (00258) 848 866 440; and E-mail: borgesfaduco@gmail.com.

 

Meskerem Lemma

Meskerem Lemma

I am an Ethiopian. I have studied, living and working in Ethiopia. I joined the journalism profession to fulfil my inner urge to make the unheard voices of women louder. To turn my interest to practice, I studied Gender and Journalism & Communications. Over the last 12 years, I have worked as a journalist, and have also functioned as an international NGO programme head and as a teacher, on a regular and volunteer basis. Currently, I am a society page editor with the Ethiopian Herald – the first English daily newspaper produced in the country. My interests are women and children and gender issues. As much as possible, I try to cover stories from the gender angle and to put women’s voices in the stories. I also encourage journalists to include women in their stories. I am a team player, good at writing and editing, and able to work under pressure and to meet deadlines. As of August 2014, I am also vice chairperson of the Ethiopian Media Women Association Board for the coming two years.

Meskerem Lemma Balkew

Editor, Ethiopian Herald

Reporter, Suomi/Africa

Board Vice Chairperson, Ethiopian Media Women Association

Mobile 251911 616136

Office: 251 111 264201/ 118697981

Facebook: chuchu balkew

 

Outi Einola-Head

Outi Einola-Head

I have been working around 20 years with communications, media and development issues with a special  interest in  Africa.

At the moment, I work as a Senior Communications Officer in the Unit for Development Communication, in the  Ministry for  Foreign Affairs of Finland in Helsinki.

My contact information is: outi.einola-head@formin.fi

 

Andrew Thomas Croft

Andrew Thomas Croft

I have been a researcher, writer and editor since graduation in 1996.

Currently, I am publisher of infordiss, and editor of African Review of Business and Technology and Communications Africa/Afrique.

I can be found on Twitter @croftandrew