Nigerian-born reporter, Adeola Fayehun has been hailed as part of a new generation of African journalists holding leaders to account, following her tongue-lashing questions for Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe during the inauguration ceremony of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari’s on 29 May.
The Sahara Reporters journalist ambush of ageing Zimbabwean president has catapulted the queen of Nigerian satire, already a star in many countries in Africa, into the international spotlight.
The video clip of Fayehun and her colleague Omoyele Sowore questioning Mugabe as he makes his way during President Buhari swearing-in has so far received more than 270,000 views on YouTube.
Sowore initially disarms Mugabe by asking: “Mr Mugabe, how are you?”
Smiling uncomfortably, he replies: “I am well, thanks”.
“Well, you know they also want elections in your country, when is it happening next in your country?” Sowore asks.
“In my country? Well, we had our elections…” He tapers off as an aide comes to his rescue.
After Buhari’s speech, as Mugabe made his way back to the car, Fayehun delivers the next barrage of questions.
“Mr President, don’t you think it is time to step down?” “Is there a time limit?” “How’s your health?’ “When will there be change in Zimbabwe?” “Is there democracy in Zimbabwe?”
She ends the clip looking for her next victim, asking: “Is [South African president] Jacob Zuma here?”
After the incident, The Telegraph’s chief political correspondent Colin Freeman wrote: “compared the BBC’s John Simpson or CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Adeola Fayehun from Nigeria is not exactly a global name in the world of television reporting. This week, though, she made broadcasting history as she did something that few African reporters have ever dared do: ask one of their ageing dictators when the hell he is going to quit.”
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