As one of South Africa’s leading radio and television news personalities, Nikiwe Bikitsha brings a fresh, youthful dynamic to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
Nikiwe was the senior news anchor at eNCA for six years, a position that put her at the forefront of major local and international developments, and afforded high-profile interviews with global leaders like Thabo Mbeki, Al Gore, Kofi Annan and Mo Ibrahim.
Nikiwe is a Fulbright Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, the Humphrey programme is a mid-career Fulbright exchange fellowship awarded to people who’ve demonstrated leadership. She spent 10 months at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in the US (2012 to 2013) in fulfilment of this fellowship.
Nikiwe holds an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, and recently obtained her MSc degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford.
Nikiwe also co-anchored AMLive on SAfm with veteran journalist John Perlman, and in 2006 received the Women in Media Rising Star Award for excellence in journalism.
This broad media experience puts her in good stead to champion the Foundation’s work in promoting Madiba’s legacy through various outreach programmes, and to create awareness around the Foundation itself and help facilitate its dialogues.
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