Chika Oduah is multimedia journalist and a News Associate at NBC News in New York City. She has reported in Guatemala, Nigeria, El Salvador, Kenya, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. Her stories have appeared in The Huffington Post, McClatchy News, Religion News Service, National Public Radio, Yahoo News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Miami Herald among other publications.
Originally from Nigeria, Chika readily aims to use journalism for the advancement of Africa. Upon realizing her interests in media and human rights at a young age, Chika chose to focus on journalism, and received guidance from a mentor and reporter with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Throughout high school, Chika wrote for VOX, Atlanta's first and only newspaper written for and by teenagers. VOX reaches about 80,000 teens in metro-Atlanta. After doing a story on Bosnian, Sudanese and Rwandan teenage refugees who had witnessed war crimes in their native countries, Chika made it clear that she was more than willing to chase the untold story.
Expanding her reporting skills, Chika entered the world of broadcast radio as a student at Georgia State University reporting for WRAS Album 88.5 FM. At 100,000 watts, Album 88 is reportedly the most powerful student-run radio station in the U.S.
Chika produced and anchored a self-created Web radio podcast on Good Politics Radio, while writing for online publications geared towards education and youth. On Good Politics Radio, Chika continued to tackle sensitive issues, exploring the cultural assimilation of African immigrants into western society, the politics of race in America and global poverty.
Chika does not stray far from her passion: current affairs in Africa. She has contributed to the Nigeria This Week webcast, joining commentators to discuss current events in Nigeria. Her work has featured in Nigeriaworld.com and Sahara Reporters, two prominent Web news publications for the Nigerian diaspora community.
In 2010, Chika joined K24 TV, Kenya’s first 24-hour television news station. There, she covered a range of feature stories including the widespread ignorance of dyslexia, the growing movement of "African socialism" and the influence of western culture on private businesses in east Africa.
Before becoming a News Associate at NBC news, she was part of the production team of young Nigerians to organize Nigeria’s first televised youth-focused debate with Nigeria’s 2011 presidential candidates. The historic debate aired on national television on March 25, 2011.
Apart from reporting, Chika enjoys literature, great music, learning about organic health & nutrition, yoga, modern dance, cultural anthropology, watching documentaries, cooking and strengthening her spirituality.
Chika is a 2010 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, with a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and another B.A. in anthropology from Georgia State University in 2008.
Current location: New York, New York