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Swahili Speaking Freelance Journalists

paydesk has 410 reporters who speak Swahili. Our journalists can do broadcast reports, as well as printed media and photography. Our top correspondents who speak Swahili are Vedaste Ngabo Ndagijimana and Raziah Athman. Use our journalist directory to find an Swahili speaking member to work for you.

Journalists Who Speak Swahili



Vedaste Ngabo Ndagijimana

Uvira, Congo The Democratic Republic
Vadaste Ngabo Ndagijimana is a journalist.

I’m working as radio reporter to the Voice of America South Kivu province. I work also in several local media in  Uvira and Fizi territory such us on line media Kivu Times and Radio Tuungane
Languages
English French Kirundi
+2
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Politics War Reporter Investigative Reporting
+2

Raziah Athman

Kampala, Uganda
Raziah Athman is an award-winning journalist, she was Africanews’ Deputy Editor-in-Chief and Head of English edition of the channel but now produces news for Vision Group TV platforms, newspaper and podcasts. 

She started her journalistic career back in 2006 in Uganda working for the various Read moremedia outlets, such as the Giraffe, which she established herself, but also Voice of Teso and Urban TV as a producer, reporter and presenter. 

She also freelanced as an international correspondent for TRT World, Africanews and reported for the BBC World Service under the Africa Partnership Project.

At Africanews, Raziah managed the English language team - taking editorial responsibility for all content on both TV and online, in addition to working on her own reportage. Her report on aviation in Africa “Young Women Fly High in a Male Dominated Field” won the television reporting UMWA Gender Award, and “Kibiro Salt Mines Crumbling Due to Effects of Climate Change” won a honorary mention for 2023 ACME environmental reporting award. 

She is a regular moderator at panels and interviewer of prominent political and cultural figures, including the president of Rwanda Paul Kagame, the President of Uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, as well as singing sensation Jose Chameleone.

Raziah is the founder of #UgandaReading, a movement promoting a strong reading culture across Africa.

She holds a master’s degree in Media Leadership and Innovation from Aga Khan University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University.
Languages
English French Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+11
Skills
Business Politics Current Affairs
+5

Shingirai Madondo

Gaborone, Botswana
Shingirai Madondo is a journalist based in Francistown, Botswana. I am generally an all rounder. I do report on all beats be it politics, business, finance, economics, climate issues. I am currently working with Xinhua News Agency as well as Voice of America (Zimbabwe Service). But before joining Read moreXinhua and VOA, I worked with The Voice, Yarona FM, Patriot on Sunday, Weekend Post and The Echo.
Languages
English Ndebele Shona
+3
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
War Reporter Training Fact Checking

Ali Assanka Mebezabo Darius

Goma, Congo The Democratic Republic
ALI ASSANKA MEBEZABO Darius is a journalist based in Goma, Congo The Democratic Republic.He works actually as a freelance journalist in Kinyarwanda service of the voice of America(VOA) for Ituri, North Kivu and Tshopo Provinces in Eastern of the Country.
Languages
English French Lingala
+3
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+4
Skills
Politics War Reporter Investigative Reporting
+3

James Jovin

Kigoma, Tanzania
James Jovin is a journalist based in Kibondo, Kigoma, Tanzania.

James Jovin, Journalist by profession, with an experience of more than a 10 years in the profession (since 2011).

First in Tanzania since 2011 in Radio kwizera, Ngara Tanzania 

At the moment he has been working for the Voice Read moreof America since 2018. He covers the East African Community and the Great Lakes Region of Africa (Senior International Journalist Reporter).


Then based in Refugees camps Nduta, Nyarugusu and Mtendeli in Tanzania 

He became a Journalist specialised in the Great Lakes region and the East African community.

Born in 1987 in Tanzania, James Jovin  is an activist in Peaceful Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication and Refugees news

 James Jovin collaborates with several Online Media. He is also a member of several international networks of Journalists such as those interested in refugees news.
Languages
English Kirundi Kinyarwanda
+1
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop News Gathering
+2
Skills
Politics War Reporter Breaking News
+1

Jimmy Shukrani Bakomera

Goma, Congo The Democratic Republic
Jimmy Shukrani Bakomera is a journalist based in Goma, Congo The Democratic Republic.
Languages
English French Lingala
+2
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Vox Pop News Gathering
+9
Skills
Finance Politics Current Affairs
+13

Gaël Mpoyo

Winnipeg, Canada
Gaël Mpoyo est un journaliste basé à Bukavu, République Démocratique  Congo. 13 ans d'expérience dans le journalisme de terrain, Vice-président de l'Union nationale de la presse du Congo section  du Sud-Kivu, fondateur du média en ligne libregrandlac.com, correspondant Est RDC de la chaîne Read morepanafricaine Africanews, Journaliste d'investigation de  The Museba project, Spécialiste des questions   de la région des Grands Lacs Africains.
Avant avec RTGA, Vision SHALA TV et FM,
Languages
English French Kongo
+2
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+19
Skills
Business Finance Politics
+21

George Njogopa

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
George Njogopa is a journalist based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+5
Skills
Fact Checking

Francine Sinarinzi

Bujumbura, Burundi
Francine SINARINZI est une journaliste reporter d'Images basée à Bujumbura au Burundi.
Languages
French Kirundi Kinyarwanda
+1
Services
360 Videography
Skills
Business Current Affairs Arts & Books
+6

Sadam Muballe

Kampala, Uganda
Sadam Muballe is a journalist based in Kampala, Uganda.
I present 5 years of expertise in the Media with tested skills and proficiency. I am a practicing main stream freelance media Journalist specializing in Human Interest and Investigative Reporting in both English and Kiswahili,  I am a team Read moreplayer open to exploring new ideas and techniques to achieve all assignments to the best of my ability, I am enthusiastic and operate with a keen eye to detail.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+4
Skills
Politics Current Affairs Science & Environment
+3

Francis Ontomwa

Nairobi, Kenya
Francis Ontomwa is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Francis is an experienced bilingual investigative journalist and senior broadcast journalist with over a decade of leadership in international broadcasting. As a launch producer for BBC's current affairs show Kenya Connects, I successfully Read moreoversaw the launch and mentored early career journalists. Recognized for my in-depth reporting on public corruption, consumer rip-offs, and crime, with extensive experience spanning across Africa. Awarded the Media Council of Kenya's Press Freedom Award in 2017. Skilled in overseeing budgets, resource allocation, and mentoring emerging talent. Proficient in producing impactful content for various media platforms, upholding journalistic integrity, and driving positive change. Adept at managing complex investigations, fostering collaboration, and delivering engaging stories that resonate with diverse audiences.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+13
Skills
Politics Current Affairs Science & Environment
+13

Amri Ramadhani

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Amri Ramadhani is a journalist based in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.


Repoter VOASwahili​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Dar es Salaam
Languages
Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Journalism
+2
Skills
Current Affairs Food & Drink Health & Fitness
+6

Collins Liberty Adede

Mombasa, Kenya
Collins Liberty Adede is a seasoned journalist with 14 years of experience in mainstream media, currently based in Mombasa, Kenya. His reporting primarily focuses on Health, Environment, Women and Youth empowerment Agriculture and Security issues within the country, with a particular emphasis on Read moreterrorism threats and the corresponding government responses. Adede's work involves in-depth coverage of the above mentioned areas delivered in English and Kiswahili languages.

Adede's journalism is characterized by his tenacity and adaptability, as he frequently communicates critical statements from key figures and institutions. His reports often detail enhanced security measures and the ongoing challenges posed by extremist groups like al-Shabaab, notably in vulnerable regions such as Lamu.

In his professional approach, Adede identifies with the Belbin team roles, seeing himself as a "team worker" who is cooperative, perceptive, and diplomatic. He also embodies the "Plant" role through his creativity and problem-solving capabilities, and as a "Completer Finisher," he is dedicated to delivering polished and perfected work. This combination of roles underpins his commitment to providing comprehensive and insightful journalism in the field of security and terrorism.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Vox Pop
+5
Skills
Politics Current Affairs Science & Environment
+3

Bryson Bichwa

Pretoria, South Africa
Bryson Bichwa is a journalist based in Pretoria South Africa.
He started working as a news reporter to Radio France international, and Independent Television (ITV) based in Tanzania, East Africa.
You can find his works on VOA Swahili, DW Swahili, RFI Swahili, ITV Tanzania and on YouTube.
If you Read morewant to know more about him, write on him via ***************.
Languages
English Kinyarwanda Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+4
Skills
Business Finance Politics
+10

Amina Chombo

Mombasa, Kenya
Amina Chombo is a journalist based in Mombasa, Kenya. Currently working for VOA Swahili service, as a stringer. I have  over 13 years experience in the industry , i worked in the local media in coast Kenya for 7 years before i joined Voice of America as a stringer , 6 years ago. I am working for Read moreboth Radio and Tv reports my main focus is on solution journalism.
my main focus is on health, environment, women and children.

i have won Ajea awards by media council of Kenya, check awards by Internews , and Reach out Centre trust media awards on drug and substance abuse story reporting in Kenya.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+5
Skills
Current Affairs Science & Environment Natural Disasters
+6

Mugume Davis Rwakaringi

Kampala, Uganda
Mugume Davis Rwakaringi is a seasoned multimedia journalist based in Kampala, Uganda, with a broad range of expertise covering business, art, sports, health, agriculture, and various social, economic, and political topics. His work extends beyond Uganda, as he actively reports from other East Read moreAfrican nations, including South Sudan and Rwanda. As a multimedia reporter, Rwakaringi adeptly crafts stories that resonate with audiences across different sectors.

With a particular proficiency in technology journalism, Rwakaringi offers in-depth analysis and guidance on web hosting and domain transfers. His articles are known for their detailed insights into the manual processes of transferring domains to registrars or hosting companies, and he provides readers with clear instructions on navigating the complexities of payment plans and money-back guarantees. His expertise is further highlighted through his coverage of domain transfers to well-known hosting providers such as GoDaddy.

In addition to his reporting, Rwakaringi is skilled in producing vox pops, which are short interviews with members of the public. He is also available to work as a fixer, utilizing his extensive knowledge of the local scene to assist foreign journalists and media crews in navigating the East African media landscape. His multifaceted skills and experience make him a valuable contributor to the field of journalism and media.
Languages
English Ganda Kirundi
+2
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+17
Skills
Business Finance Politics
+23

Kahozi Kosha

Lubumbashi, Congo The Democratic Republic
Lucien kahozi Kosha philosopher by training, freelance journalist based in Lubumbashi southeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Voice of America correspondent since 1997, Freelance BBC Radio and AFP Agency. Professional fixer and co-producer of several films and TV reports in the mining Read moresectors in the south-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Languages
French Lingala Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+11
Skills
Politics Film & Theatre Sports
+3

Jérémie Kuhima

Uvira, Congo The Democratic Republic
Jérémie Kuhima is a journalist based in Uvira, Congo The Democratic Republic.
I'm also journalist to thé several media in great lakes such as Radio notre dame in Uvira, isanganiro Burundi,Radio BUKAVU and online media le souverain. We report also the news nearest Burundi board and Rwanda. We also Read morereport the news on thé peace cohabitation
Languages
French Lingala Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Live Reporting Fact Checking
Skills
Business Breaking News Fact Checking

Jimmy Makhulo

Nairobi, Kenya
Jimmy Makhulo is a very passionate visual story teller based in Nairobi. I studied journalism at the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication and the ability to bring visual stories in multimedia form to life excites me a lot. 
Over the 10 years I have practiced journalism, I have perfected my skills Read morein videography and this has led me to work with some of the best media houses and organizations in the country to produce great award winning visual stories.
Having worked with Internews Kenya, one of the leading media development organizations in the world, as a TV trainer, I gained valuable experience by being exposed to technical, theoretical and practical aspects of visual storytelling, always being driven by a strong desire to effect change in the world through my visually strong, compelling and factual stories. 

I have over time used my expertise to tell different stories in multimedia form that connect with the audience in an emotional honest way, stories that have in turn had a great impact in the communities they were told from.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Vox Pop Video Rushes
+2
Skills
Fact Checking

Salma Mohamed

Mombasa, Kenya
Salma Mohamed is a seasoned journalist with 16 years of experience in the media industry, currently serving as a Correspondent Reporter at Voice of America in Mombasa. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Mount Kenya University and has dedicated her career to creating social Read morechange through impactful storytelling. Her reporting often focuses on issues affecting women and children, and she has a keen interest in cultural heritage matters.

Throughout her career, Mohamed has been recognized both locally and internationally for her contributions to journalism. She is particularly noted for her coverage of social campaigns, such as 'The Period Man' initiative in Kenya, which aims to improve reproductive health education and facilitate the distribution of sanitary pads to girls during menstruation. Her work sheds light on the challenges activists face, including religious beliefs and gender norms, and underscores the significant impact of menstruation on girls' education.

Driven by a passion to inspire and influence policy change, Mohamed's reporting not only informs but also engages with the community on critical social issues. Her dedication to her craft and her ability to tell stories that resonate with a wide audience have made her a respected figure in the field of journalism.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+6
Skills
Business Politics Current Affairs
+19

Saida Swaleh Rashid

Nairobi, Kenya
Saida Swaleh Rashid is a journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Saida is an experienced multi- media award winning journalist with a proven record for over 13 years in writing, presenting, scripting, editing, translations and voicing. Her vast communications experience has enabled her to excel in Read moreperfecting the art of writing, work closely with a multidiscipline team, travelled to some of the most luxurious and remote places in and around Africa, interviewed high profile Government officials, covered general elections and understood the world of public health care better.

Saida holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and media studies from the University of Nairobi and currently working on her master’s in diplomacy from the same university. Saida has won several awards locally and internationally in her in depth reporting in matters health and human-interest stories. She has extensive training from Reuters and BBC including high risk training for journalists working in conflict areas (HEFAT).

Saida enjoys cooking, long drives, walks, traveling and a nice bar of chocolate.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+13
Skills
Current Affairs Technology Science & Environment
+10

Atohengbe Collins

Lagos, Nigeria
Atohengbe Collins is a journalist based in Lagos, Nigeria. 
A graduate of History and International Studies at the Lagos State University, Lagos Nigeria.
Read Kiswahili at the Institute of Kiswahili and Foreign languages {Now part of the University of Zanzibar] Zanzibar, Tanzania.
Was Head of Read moreVON State House Bureau, Aso Villa Abuja.
Deputy Head of Languages Voice of Nigeria, Abuja
Head, Voice of Nigeria Southern Africa Regional Bureau, Pretoria.
Covered the Liberian Peace Process, The Nigerian Cameroun border negotiations, African Peer Review Mechanism, a number of African General elections including those of Kenya, Ugandan, Zambian, South Africa
Nigerian etc.
Have stringed for thy BBC kiswahili Service, Lagos Correspondent  for Channel Africa News, Johannesburg and presently Lagos correspondent for the Voice of America Kiswahili Service, Washington.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) Vox Pop
+6
Skills
Politics Current Affairs Sports
+7

Juliana Siapai Dabira

Juba, South Sudan
Multimedia Journalist & Communications Specialist in #SouthSudan /Entrepreneur/ Youth Influencer. 

Local Guide & Wanderluster #siapaitravels🇸🇸

Digital-savvy Communications and specialist with experience in planning, developing, and
implementing strategic communications, branding, public Read moreinformation, and media-related programs and
plans to drive organizational and program visibility and support advocacy efforts.

Creative Manager who develops and executes multi-media campaigns that deliver key messaging, and
produces newsletters, blogs, articles, media stories, and publications.

Expertly liaises with multiple stakeholders and manages project logistics with competing deadlines. Fluent
in English, Kiswahili, and Arabic, and proficient in MS Office Suite.

Core Competencies:

Communication & Branding Strategy – Information Management – Public Relations – Media Relations.  
Capacity Building/ Training – Knowledge Management – Communication Products Development – Social
Media Management – Events Management – Stakeholder Engagement – Advocacy – Staff Management –
Reporting
Languages
Arabic English Swahili
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Content Writing Corporate Content
+2
Skills
Fact Checking

Christopher Karenzi

Kigali, Rwanda
Profile and Past employment 
 I am professional freelance journalist who has worked with several media houses in Rwanda, East African region and others are European based they include the following-
1)	9 January 1995 at ORINFOR (currently Rwanda Broadcasting Agency)
2)	January 1996- July 1997 Read moreChief of Kiswahili section
3)	August 1997 - January 2002 CRI Byumba as bureau chief  for  ORINFOR
4)	 February 2002-2006 CRI Cyangugu, representative of Centre Regional d’Information 
5)	2007  Reporter of DW Germany in Kiswahili department 
6)	16 April 2016 Journalist/Reporter of Azam TV in Rwanda 
7)	Reporter Mshike mshike viwanjani of Azam TV Dar es salaam, Tanzania part of my  responsibilities Field reporter, news presenter and sports commentator JOURNALIST/REPORTER in Kiswahili department
Languages
Swahili
Services
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Fact Checking
Skills
Sports Fact Checking

Josephat Kioko

Mombasa, Kenya
Josephat K. Kioko is an award-winning Kenyan journalist based in Mombasa, with a distinguished career in radio and television. His reporting has consistently focused on social change and women's empowerment, particularly through the lens of sports. Kioko's in-depth coverage of female football Read moreplayers in Kilifi, Kenya, has been instrumental in showcasing how sports can challenge stereotypes and foster empowerment among women.

His stories have been broadcasted to wide audiences via platforms such as Baraka FM Radio and VOA Swahili Service, where he has built a reputation for engaging and insightful journalism. Kioko's contributions to the field have not gone unnoticed; his work earned him recognition at the 2013 German Development Media Awards, underscoring his role as a key voice in media for social impact and gender equality in sports. Through his dedication to storytelling and commitment to shedding light on important issues, Josephat Kioko continues to influence the media landscape in Kenya and beyond.
He's a multiple winner at the Annual Journalism Excellence Awards in Kenya.
Languages
English Swahili
Services
Video Package (Web / Broadcast) Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast)
+8
Skills
Business Current Affairs Technology
+8
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