CNN International casts Victoria Rubadiri for new Connecting Africa role

The series covers stories of emerging and expanding businesses across Africa.

CNN International has hired Kenyan journalist and anchor Victoria Rubadiri for a new role on its long-running multi-platform series Connecting Africa. Rubadiri will also contribute to the network’s news gathering operation in Nairobi.

The series has run for 5 years and covers stories of emerging and expanding businesses across Africa. It also explores the impacts of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement across the continent.

Rubadiri will accompany Eleni Giokos on Connecting Africa, who has been a CNN correspondent based in the network’s UAE bureau since 2015.

Rubadiri previously reported for Citizen TV where she was a senior anchor in the network’s Nairobi headquarters. She also has extensive experience as a radio presenter both in Kenya and the US, where she studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2020, Rubadiri was awarded the BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for her exceptional talent in telling African stories.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to work at CNN and to bring my experience and passion to its global audience,” said Rubadiri. “Connecting Africa champions the people, projects and companies revolutionising African business and I’m looking forward to working alongside Eleni and the team to get out on the ground and tell these stories.”

The CNN Network is thrilled to have the expertise of Rubadiri onboard. “Victoria will be a fantastic addition to Connecting Africa bringing a wealth of expertise and storytelling experience from across the continent,” said Ellana Lee, CNN International SVP and Global Head of Features Content.

“Her appointment speaks to CNN’s commitment to telling African stories from an African perspective and our investment in the Connecting Africa franchise,” Lee said.

Content for Connecting Africa is available across CNN’s digital and social platforms.