Mae Azango

Mae Azango, one of the best known reporters in Liberia, wanted to become a hotel manager but the Liberia’s Civil war changed her career to being a journalist when she lived in constant violation as a refugee in Ivory Coast. Mae vowed to tell the stories of ordinary Liberians living in the same manner. She works at Front Page Africa in partnership with the New Narratives reporting project. In March 2012, Mae was forced into hiding after reporting on female genital cutting which brought death threats against her, her 9-year-old daughter and Front Page. She was rewarded the International Press Freedom awards from the Committee to Protect Journalists, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and the Voice of the Voiceless Award, from the Campaign Against Genital Mutilations. Mae was the first journalist to interview Liberian mercenaries in Ivory Coast’s 2010 election.

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