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January 29, 2022
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(BPRW) 2021 Ethel Payne Fellow Erica Ayisi Publishes Amplify Africa Reports

(Black PR Wire) NABJ’s 2021 Ethel Payne Fellow Erica Ayisi has published her reporting project “Amplify Africa.” The project is a four-episode virtual show available on social media platforms and her website. The series features underreported topics of importance to Africa and the greater global community. “Amplify Africa” includes discussions with African creatives; insights about the development of the Pan African Heritage Museum; and stories about how Ghana’s “Year of Return” initiative to mark the 400th year of African slaves arriving in the United States, extended to “Beyond the Return” fostering an annual tradition of hosting African diasporans in the country, and much more.

Ayisi is an award-winning international freelance journalist and educator with experience reporting in Cambodia, Africa, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She wears many hats serving as a writer, reporter, producer, host, panelist, moderator, and on-air correspondent.

The NABJ Ethel Payne Fellowship is a $5,000 award bestowed to a worthy journalist. The travel award provides an opportunity for an NABJ member to gain foreign correspondence experience in Africa and the necessary assistance to complete a project or singular report on Africa. The fellowship is named for the first female, African American commentator employed by a U.S. network when CBS hired her in 1972.