Sheila Ponnie

Sheila Ponnie is a reporter/studio presenter for Radio One 87.9 FM in Juba, South Sudan where she also continues freelance print and video work reporting, producing and contributing to the conversations on women and children’s health, people living with HIV in South Sudan and migration issues in Africa. Most recently, Sheila was chosen to participate with 200 other female African journalists in the 2nd Edition Panafricaines Forum, held in Morocco, the theme was “African Migration: a chance for the continent, a responsibility for the media". Sheila was born South Sudan but the protracted, civil war in her homeland, resulted in her early life being spent in Uganda where she attended Primary/Secondary Schools, before graduating with a degree in Journalism from Nkumba University at Entebbe. Growing up, she listened to the reporting of the war in her country, and dreamed she could one day do that. When she returned to her country in 2012, she got the opportunity. Hoping to add real world experience to academic theory, and her voice to those reporting on her country’s new and fragile peace agreement, Sheila was offered a position as a news and programme intern/reporter with Radio Miraya, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), broadcast news outlet (they helped me understand the challenges of working under challenging security and political conditions and build a solid platform for the future). Using that platform, Sheila has gone on to work as a staff journalist, freelance reporter and documentary producer on issues such as peace and reconciliation, health, civil society and girls’ education; for funding agencies and NGOs such as UKaid, Equator Broadcasting Corporation, the National Platform for Peace & Reconciliation, Women’s Parliamentary Caucasus in South Sudan, the Organization for Non Violence and Development, the Foundation for Democracy and Accountable Governance, Juba Monitor, and Journalists for Human Rights. Sheila is a journalist who is passionate about bringing positive, social change through her work as a journalist, giving a voice to the public.

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