Yvonne Ndege

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Yvonne Ndege is a British television and online news journalist. She is the West Africa Correspondent for the Qatar based satellite television Network Al Jazeera

Early life[edit]

Ndege grew up and received her basic education in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, England. She is the child of immigrants from Nairobi, Kenya who immigrated to the UK in the 1970s.


Ndege attended primary and secondary school in the London Borough of Bexley. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of London, Goldsmith's College. After graduating with a 2.1 degree in 1998, she started working for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) at Television Centre in West London. After two years shr returned to academic studies by undertaking a Master's degree in Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She graduated in 1999 gaining a 2.1 Master’s degree.



Ndege began her career with at the BBC as a Researcher between 1998-1999, on the award winning investigate television series, Panorama. Her work involved identifying important news stories and current affairs issues for the series. And planning and producing shows. Most memorably she covered investigations into the Al Qaeda attacks on US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. And the murder of black British teenager Stephen Lawrence in 2003. Between 2000-2005, she worked as a producer on the prestigious BBC2 show Newsnight. Her work involved identifying important moving international and domestic news stories of the day. Planning and producing shows and scriptwriting. She worked as producer for Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Jeremy Vine, Gavin Esler, and Emily Maitlis. Most notably she worked as a producer in show's coverage of the September 11 attacks in the US in 2001.

Between 2005 – 2007 Ndege worked as a Correspondent on the BBC1’s flagship morning show BBC Breakfast. During her time as a Breakfast Correspondent, she reported from across the UK and European Union and the US, on range of domestic and international affairs.

Al Jazeera English

Since 20007 Ndege has worked for the Qatar based satellite television channel Al Jazeera English. She joined as the East Africa Correspondent in Nairobi, Kenya. During her time in the region Yvonne covered many international news stories mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Most notably Yvonne covered conflict and crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2009,she was jointly awarded the UN Correspondent's Association Prize for journalism for her reports from this region. Yvonne also covered the post-election violence in Kenya, following elections in 2007, in which more than 1500 people were killed. Yvonne has interviewed the President's of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda, and the Prime Minister of Kenya. In 2010 she launched Al Jazeera English's presence in Nigeria in 2010. Setting up the channel's office, and as the on-air face of the channel. As a Correspondent she has reported from all 36 states in Nigeria, and from most countries in West Africa. Yvonne has covered conflicts, elections, politics, the economy, business, social affairs, health, transport, education, aviation, the environment, the arts, and breaking news cutting across many other subjects.

In Nigeria she is well known for being the leading international correspondent covering the ongoing Islamic uprising in northern Nigeria, perpetrated by the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram. Across the region Yvonne has reported most notably international news from Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Niger Republic, Chad, Guinea Conakry, Equatorial Guinea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


In 2009 she was the co-recipient of the silver prize of the United Nations Foundations Prize, awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association, for her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo.[1]


Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

President of Equatorial Guinea- Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Forums and seminars[edit]

Ndege has moderated or hosted several key events for following organizations:

International Monetary Fund

World Food Program

African Union


  1. ^ "Announcing the Fourteenth Annual UNCA Award Winners". United Nations Correspondents Association. December 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 

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