Isha Sesay Biography
Isha Isatu Sesay who is commonly know as Isha Sesay professionally, is a British journalist of Sierra Leonean descent. She has worked as an anchor and correspondent for CNN International since 2005. She was originally based at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently based in Los Angeles, in the United States.
She does host the news programs CNN Newsroom Live from Los Angeles. She was also the presenter of the 360 Bulletin on Anderson Cooper 360°. Sesay also joined HLN as a co-anchor for Evening Express in 2012. In 2018, she left CNN so as to support a girls education project called W.E. Can Lead which involves African girls and also follow different other personal projects.
Isha Sesay Age
Sesay was born on 6 January 1976. She is 42 years old as of 2018.
Isha Sesay Height
Isha Sesay height is 5 feet 3 inches which is equivalent to 1.6 meters.
Isha Sesay Husband
In August 2013, she went on to have the best day of her life saying the “I Do” words to her lover Leif Coorlim. They had been engaged and announced the news to friends and family on 5 January that same year.
Isha Sesay Divorce
In an article of the What We See online magazine published on August 2018, Sesay made it public that she and her husband are divorced.
Isha Sesay Family
Isha is daughter to the late Mamud Sesay who died in 1988, her father. He was working like a legal advisor with SLPMB known as Sierra Leone Produce Marketing board. Her mother is called Kadi Sesay. Isha’s mother was a former lecturer on the Fourah Bay College. She is also sister to Mamud Sesay, her brother and Jane Sesay ,her sister. To sum it up she was a loving wife to Leif Coorlim though they divorced in August 2018.
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Sesay became a news anchor and correspondent at CNN International in November 2005. She was based at the network’s global headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. In April 2007, she travelled to Nigeria so as to cover the country’s presidential election. When there, she conducted one-on-one interviews with both outgoing president Olusegun Obasanjo, and the newly elected president Umaru Yar’Adua. She later on, the same year, went to South Africa to cover the launch of the Global Elders.
She became the host of the first edition of the weekday news program International Desk in 2009.
She later swapped roles with Michael Holmes, and was assigned as the presenter of BackStory in 2011.
BackStory was later changed to a weekend-only show, on 16 April 2012. With this changes, Sesay was assigned as the anchor of a new show, CNN NewsCenter.
In addition to her duties as anchor on CNN International, Sesay has also contributed to Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN as presenter of the 360 Bulletin, a position she has held since 17 January 2011. She also took up the role of presenter on Evening Express on HLN the following year. Currently, she is based in Los Angeles, United States.
After 13 years of hardwork in CNN, Isha Sesay announced that she would be leaving CNN on 2 August 2018, which she did. She used the coverage focused around Trump as the reason to leave the network.
Isha Sesay Net Worth/ Salary
It is not clearly stated her net worth as per know though it is estimated that she is several million dollars worth taking the fact that she has been working for CNN for the past 13 years and still hide several side jobs for herself.
Isha Sesay Religion
Being religious is no crime as we all have the freedom of worship. This fact makes it favorable to worship their superior beings. As for Isha her religion is Islam so in reference to her religion it won’t be bad to refer to her as a Muslim.
Isha Sesay Muslim
On the morning of November 15 CNN hosts Isha Sesay and John Vause did an interview with Yaser Louati (of the Collective Against Islamophobia in France) about the Paris terrorist attacks. The interview was so blatant in its bias towards Muslims that it almost looked like an over the top parody of a Fox News piece. However, it was no parody, as stoking the flames of hate is not comedic at all.
In the interview the hosts continually asserted that the Muslim community somehow knew full well about the attacks and should have warned the general public about them. When the guest pushed back on that notion, he was admonished and told that the Muslim community has to be “preemptive” in their condemnation. The segment ended by both hosts dismissively stating, “The term responsibility comes to mind” and “You can’t shirk that”.
This is not just bad journalism. It’s downright dangerous. There’s already rampant anti-Muslim sentiment in the Western world. Propagating this ignorant narrative, and hurtling these baseless accusations towards a whole community endangers the lives of its members.
There are plenty of ignorant people threatening Muslims on social media. There are also many politicians who are being reckless with their rhetoric to serve their agendas. That’s to be expected, as every society has its underbelly. However, CNN, which purports itself to be a responsible “News” organization, should not be the purveyor of this kind of vile, insensitive and racist attitude. This kind of collective blame has to stop.
We demand that CNN:
- Unreservedly apologize for this interview.
- Reprimand the hosts, Isha Sesay and John Vause, for their dangerous assertions.
- Direct them to apologize, on air, for their insensitive and careless remarks about the Muslim community, as these hosts have a responsibility to uphold journalism standards, that they clearly “shirked”.
Below are some quotes from, and the full video of, the interview:
“If your camp is the French camp, then why is it that no one within the Muslim community there in France knew what these guys were up to?” John Vause
“What is the responsibility within the Muslim community to identify people within their own ranks when it comes to people who are obviously training and preparing to carry out mass murder.” John Vause again. As if Muslims get notified of terrorist boot camp dates and venues?
“I have yet to hear the condemnation from the Muslim community on this.” John Vause.
As a news person, he should know that EVERY Muslim community organization in France, and throughout the West has condemned these attacks.
And finally, at the end of the interview:
“The word responsibility comes to mind,” John Vause.
“It just comes to mind, you can’t shirk that.” Isha Sesay.
Here is the full interview video
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Isha Sesay Nationality
Born in France in 1976 to Temne parents from Sierra Leone, Sesay returned with them at the age of seven to their homeland. Reared in their Muslim faith, she lived in Sierra Leone for most of her childhood. She is one of three children, with an older sister and a younger brother. Her mother is Dr Kadi Sesay, a former lecturer at Fourah Bay College. Dr. Sesay in 1992 was appointed as an advisor to the government of Valentine Strasser. Her father worked as a legal advisor to the SLPMB (Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board); he died in 1988.
Sesay studied at the private Fourah Bay College School in Freetown. At the age of 16, in 1992 she moved to the UK for further study and college. After completing her A-levels, she was accepted into Trinity College, Cambridge, where she read English. She worked as a waitress in a bar while studying. She decided to become a television journalist, having previously aspired to become an actress. During her final year, she began writing to media groups seeking work.
Isha Sesay Baby
Isha divorced her husband in August 2018. She has not started if she would be remarrying anytime soon. She has no children as of 2018.
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Isha Sesay Is Taking The Lead
Updated on: 1 August 2018
“I’m ready to have a little bit more autonomy and to take the lead in my own life,” Isha Sesay tells What We Seee. And she’s definitely taking that lead. After 13 years at CNN, where she’s been a top anchor and correspondent, she’s moving on. She’s covered elections and national emergencies, worked with world leaders and politicians — and, more than any of that, she went from a fairly green reporter to an impressive force in the field of journalism. “I’ve been at CNN for 13 years, it’s the end of a huge chapter,” Sesay explains. “It’s been such a tremendous time, such an eventful 13 years — I feel like I grew up working there. I showed up as a 30-year-old in 2005, with two suitcases and a one-year contract — I’ve managed to make that last 13 years! It’s been amazing, I’ve been married when I was there, divorced when I was there, it’s all happened.”
With such a prominent and illustrious role, why is it all coming to an end? Well, within a few seconds of speaking to Sesay, it’s clear that her passion and her drive have become laser-focused — and she’s more than ready to take things into her own hands. She’s taking a step back from working as an anchor to focus on what resonates the most with her. For Sesay, the future is female and the future is Africa.
I’m Ready To Take Control Of What I’m Talking About
Although there are a lot of changes coming up for Sesay, they all seem to be at the natural meeting point of her professional life and her personal passions. “It’s an exciting time for me — and a nerve-wracking one,” she says. “I’m writing a book about the Chibok girls, it’s being released in May 2019. It really speaks to where my head is at, currently — a lot more coverage about Africa, a lot more work on the continent, and a lot more focus on young girls. That’s what I’m about right now.” The Chibok girls, the 276 young girls kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram in 2014, are particularly personal for Sesay.
She traveled to Nigeria to cover the story and, like many current events in Africa, she feels the way it’s been represented in the press just doesn’t do it justice. While in 2014 the news was full of headlines dedicated to the Chibok girls, the media has long since moved on. “It’s a real indictment of the society we live in now,” she says. Sesay isn’t scared to vocalize something so many of us have noticed about Western media at the moment. On the one hand, there’s a problem in the West with the total Trumpian domination of media. “It’s all so Trump-focused,” she explains.
“He sucked all of the oxygen out of the room. The media is following that lead to the exclusion of almost everything else, in a meaningful way. For me, personally, it’s not what I want to spend all my time doing.” There is so much else going on in the world and you can feel Sesay’s frustration that it’s not being covered. “After a while, I want to do more coverage of the Ebola outbreak, of the elections in Liberia, or any number of things that are happening. I’m ready to take control of what I’m talking about.”
But on the other hand, there’s a more fundamental problem with the way that the Western media covers Africa. Too long, Africa has either been neglected or shown in over-simplified, broad strokes. Luckily, there’s starting to be a shift. “I want to put a focus on Africa in the way I wish all international media would cover Africa,” she says. “Now it’s either underreported or not reported with the right nuance and context. I’m going to turn my attention to being one in this new army of people who are moving into this space, who are representing Africa in a new way.” Although many would argue she’s one of the faces leading that charge, she’s quick to give credit where it’s due.
“I’m not going to be the only one doing that, I’m one of a group of Africans… There’s a sense of responsibility, a sense that we have to do better.”
For Sesay, doing better isn’t just about coverage and attention — although that’s clearly vital. She’s committed to being there, in the trenches, doing the work. There’s one subject that Sesay returns to again and again. “I want to spend more time with my girls,” she says. She speaks about “her girls” often and warmly, with a sense of responsibility ringing through. Her girls are the girls of W.E. Can Lead, a nonprofit she set up in Sierra Leone.
The girls of Sierra Leone face unique challenges, like teenage pregnancy, a lack of education, and early marriage due to extreme poverty. W.E. Can Lead has helped hundreds of girls understand their potential — and given them the tools to excel through education and empowerment. The project has exploded in the last few years, in part thanks to Sesay’s commitment to being with them, doing the work. “You can’t build things remotely — I don’t believe in that,” she explains. “I’ve built an incredible leadership team, but part of my organization’s DNA is fuelled by my own personal biography, by my own story. I need to be there with my girls.”
But For Life’s Lottery
With both the Chibok girls and the W.E. Can Lead girls, it’s clear that Sesay feels both personally drawn to them and aware of her privilege next to them. She was born to parents from Sierra Leone, returning there when she was seven for a large portion of her childhood. “It’s personal to me for many reasons — if it wasn’t for the lottery of life, I could have been born in a place like Chibok. I could have not had the exposure and education that I have had. For me, these girls mean a lot more than just a headline.” Acutely aware of the drive, direction, and support given to her by her mother, Sesay is determined to be that strong female role model — not just to one girl, but to hundreds.
“There are over 600 girls in my leadership development program. It’s been growing exponentially, with a view to moving beyond Sierra Leone to the rest of the continent. I feel like I’m nurturing the next generation of female leaders — changing homes, communities, then countries and the continent. I’m talking about leadership at every level, we’re empowering these girls and helping them to understand their own power.” Her reason for empowering girls? It’s simple. “We’ve given men a very good crack at it,” she laughs. “But we need more female leaders. It’s our turn.”
If Sesay has her say, it definitely will be their turn. “For me, it’s been wonderful, it’s been a wonderful time doing what I’ve done — I’m ready to have the freedom to do the stories I want. I’m ready to have a little bit more autonomy and lead my own life. I speak to my girls about leading their own lives — it feels like the right time for me to lead my own. Being an anchor is fun, it’s glamorous, but it’s very much controlled by other people. I’m ready to have my own say in where I go next.” With a keen political mind and selfless dedication to helping others, where she goes next is an exciting and impressive prospect.
Along with books, non-profits, and the production projects she has in the mix, one of Sesay’s next steps will be teaming up with Misan Harriman, founder of What We Seee. “Quite simply, Isha is a kindred spirit to the WWS brand,” Harriman says. “Through our partnership, we plan to make content that truly deserves to be seen.” Sesay echoes his sentiments. “I’m so excited for you to see what we’re working on. Watch this space.”