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“I Am Proud of My Nigerian Background”- Zain Asher

The celebration of International Women’s Day will not be complete without highlighting the role of women in journalism who have made gender equality campaigns a front burner issue around the

The celebration of International Women’s Day will not be complete without highlighting the role of women in journalism who have made gender equality campaigns a front burner issue around the world for decades.

Through these campaigns, women in media have helped to positively shape the narrative on diversity, inclusiveness, girl-child education, and sexual and domestic violence, which ordinarily would have been ignored.

But in all this, female journalists have had to find a work-life balance between the high-paced demands of their jobs and their private lives.

To further the discussion on International Women’s Day, the role of women in media, her work life experience and motherhood, is Zain Asher, anchor of CNN Newsroom.

Based in New York, Zain can also regularly be seen filling in on the network’s premier business programmes – Quest Means Business, The Express and First Move with Julia Chatterley.

In addition, she has anchored CNN’s special coverage around #MyFreedomDay, a global call to action that raised awareness on modern-day slavery all over the world, as well as the deaths of Fidel Castro, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and singer George Michael.

Born in the UK, Zain graduated from Oxford University where she studied French and Spanish and graduated with a distinction in oral Spanish.

In 2006, she earned a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Igbo (her native Nigerian dialect).

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