Sierra Leonean journalist Eric Kawa, a distinguished Nasser Fellow, has successfully graduated from the renowned CNN Academy. During the graduation ceremony, Eric received Special Recognition as part of the Rockefeller Cohort.
Currently affiliated with Capital Radio Sierra Leone, Eric extends his journalistic prowess as a Correspondent for Africanews. Notably, he also contributes to China Global Television Network (CGTN) and the Voice of America (VOA), showcasing his versatility and commitment to international media. In addition to his roles, Eric is the owner and producer of 'Weekly Splash' and '120 Seconds Countdown with Eric,' adding a unique touch to media content creation.
The recent CNN Academy graduation marked a significant milestone for Eric and 110 other aspiring journalists from 30 different nationalities. The gathering took place at CNN's state-of-the-art hub in Abu Dhabi, where participants engaged in a dynamic and immersive journalism simulation focused on climate reporting. Part of the CNN Academy's initiatives, the event aimed to empower and upskill the next generation of journalists. Notably, Eric Kawa was part of the inaugural cohort of the CNN Academy Global South Climate Storytelling program, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation.
The Rockefeller funded Program received 14 selected participants from regions most impacted by climate change, including Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Vietnam. The goal is to raise awareness and address the impact of climate change in vulnerable communities across the Global South.
The diverse cohort collaborated on various projects, leveraging the extensive media technology facilities of the creative lab hosted at twofour54’s Yas Creative Hub in Abu Dhabi.
Tasks included writing, producing, reporting, filming, and editing news packages within the two weeks. Eric Kawa's journey and achievements exemplify the essence of CNN Academy's commitment to nurturing and empowering journalists globally.