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KAS Scholar writes about being his experience at Mail & Guardian

Being far away from home during the coronavirus and having a renewed sense of purpose
Aanu Adeoye
KAS Scholar Aanu Adeoye

It’s tough putting into words how difficult this time has been for all of us in South Africa and elsewhere. As a Nigerian living here in Johannesburg, home is miles away. I worry about my family and friends.


Personally, the toll has been mental. It’s lonely here in my tiny student studio. I could go days without even seeing anyone. I often joke that I’m more scared of boredom than the coronavirus.


But I have a renewed sense of purpose working for the Mail & Guardian during this crisis. As a reporter on the foreign desk, I keep an eye on happenings around the continent and participate in weekly media briefings. I also contribute to The Continent, a weekly bite-sized newspaper designed to be read and shared on social media. Our reporting has shone a light on the controversies in Tanzania, covered the China-Africa relationship and other topics. I feel extremely privileged that during these difficult times, I am playing my part to bring verified news to so many people around Africa. It has proved to be an enriching experience in my development as a journalist.


Aanu Adeoye is a Nigerian journalist who writes about politics, technology and culture in Africa. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy magazine, Mail & Guardian, CNN, Vice, Al-Jazeera and elsewhere. He was most recently managing editor at TechCabal, a Nigerian publication covering technology, and is currently a Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Media Africa Scholar at Wits Journalism in Johannesburg.