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BN Exclusive: Up Close and Personal With CNN’s Isha Sesay!

Glory Edozien

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In a world where many black role models in front of the camera seemingly choose to portray an exorbitant lifestyle and the trappings of a successful career, you will need to look closer to find the less obvious role models who project themselves with eloquence, grace and unquestionable intelligence. Isha Sesay is one of such role models. The only black female CNN International news anchor, who graced our international screens first as a sports reporter for SKY and now as a news anchor for CNN International and Inside Africa is in every way a woman of intellectual depth and deep seated African (Sierra Leonean) roots but is above all an African the continent can be proud of.

In preparation for my interview with Isha I was nervous. It’s different interviewing someone whose occupation involves asking Presidents and top government officials tough questions. I looked through my list of questions desperately trying to rephrase them using the most intelligible words my brain could muster. But as soon as Isha sat in front of me, every inch of nervousness disappeared. She was incredibly charming and her smile immediately settled my unsteady hand. My father had made me promise that I would tell Isha, how much he enjoyed her coverage of the World Cup. And I used that as my introductory line to break the ice, not that there was any ice to break. She accepted my delivery of my father’s praise graciously and delightfully. It became apparent why this tall, intelligent and extremely beautiful African woman is where she is today.

With all the interviews I’ve ever done, I have always taken away a few lessons from the interviewee. With Banky W, it was the need to rise above life’s challenges; with Dr Doyin Abiola, it was that my hunger for knowledge must be deepened if I am to succeed and with Darey Art Alade it was to remain grounded regardless of the good favour God may bless me with. With Isha the lessons were numerous, but above all she taught me that hard work, determination and prayers are the necessary requirements for success.

Interview with Isha Sesay

The Making of Sesay!

“…..competitiveness is in my DNA because that’s what I grew up with”

Born in the UK to esteemed Sierra Leonean parents, Isha’s mother was a lecturer at the Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone and her father a prominent lawyer who sadly passed when Isha was only 12 years old. She studied English at Trinity College, Cambridge and got her first career break as a researcher for the BBC where she also went on to become a TV presenter. After leaving the BBC ,Isha joined SKY Sports News and then went on to become a CNN international News anchor in 2005.

BN: Away from the lights and camera who is Isha?

Isha Sesay: She is talkative, my friends say ‘will you shut up’. She is a little quieter sometimes. I do like my quiet time and some space. I can be quite intense and quite serious at times. When I go to parties you wont find me in the middle of things, I will be with my friends in the corner chatting. I am not one of those that go and stand in the middle of the room. I am fairly private. I am one of those people who if people are having a crisis they can call me anytime. I am a mix of people. When I am not made up…I wander around in jeans in a baseball cap and sneakers. You will find me doing that, “shleping” as I call it. And I say to people do I have to get dressed up? And they say ‘yes’ and I go ‘I am not coming’. I am notorious for that. And that’s why the circle of friends that I have, they are called ‘the family’, we all ‘shlep’, T-Shirts, jeans, flip flops and we ‘shlep’ around quite happily. It takes a lot to put your face on and I do that 5 days a week.

BN: What memories do you have of Sierra Leone?

Isha Sesay: I was home a couple of weeks ago. The beach. The spirit of the people, people are quite optimistic and quite resilient in Freetown. That spirit of the people lingers with me. Growing up at home with family, being taught about the importance of family, the importance of responsibility and hard work. I associate those qualities with home. My mother is a very big part of my life and a big influence on my life. My memories are of that and of working hard at school, of summer holidays, getting excited because I used to spend my summer holidays in the UK, working through school to get on the plane and going to see friends that you hadn’t seen for months at a time. Lots of laughter, I grew up on an academic campus because my mother taught at the university. So quite idyllic in that sense, lots of little bungalow homes with the academics and their kids. School was competitive for everyone and there was kind of mild competitiveness because everyone’s parent was an academic. So that kind of competitiveness is in my DNA because that’s what I grew up with. Kind of idyllic and hardworking.

BN: How did the loss of your father affect you?

Isha Sesay: It made me grow up very quickly. My mother was a widow at 39, my dad died at 40 and I was 12. It’s just her, so you don’t want to be a problem child, you want to be a source of support. So with that you grow up, you tell yourself that you are going to act in a way that is less traumatic, not that I was a traumatic child, but you are just aware of that. My older sister is disabled and my younger brother is 5 years younger, so just a feeling of “I should look after him and be there for him. You just don’t want to make a big deal out of stuff”. And because of my sister, I am a defacto eldest child, so I think it really gave me that sense of growing up and trying to be responsible. I became aware of the need to be responsible at a young age because I felt it would help my mother. And I wanted to do things that would make her proud because you think that would lessen the pain. You want to do well at school, you want to make her proud and make my father proud. It made me more determined to try and be a success because he was such a success. You don’t want to let down his memory, I am very aware of that. I am reminded of that all the time because he was such a huge success. He was a lawyer and a very prominent lawyer. So you have that because you want to live up to the family name.

BN: I read somewhere that you always wanted to be an actress, what led you to that and why didn’t you pursue it?

Isha Sesay: I wanted to be an actress when I was in my late teens. I really wanted to be an actress because I stumbled upon drama when I was about nine or ten so. It was a school play and I had a role which in rehearsals I never paid much attention to and I wasn’t very good. But when it came to the night of the performance and there was the crowd, there was something of it that lit a spark and I was like ‘oh wow’. So I carried on doing that and when I went to England, I would go to summer camp and I would do some more acting and then I kind of became convinced that that was something I wanted to do. Unfortunately or fortunately for me, when I was doing my A levels my teacher said ‘look if you really focus you could go to Oxford or Cambridge’ and that’s when acting kind of fell away because I had to focus on school. And once I told my mother I could get into Cambridge that was it! By the time I got to Cambridge there were too many other issues and other things that I kind of became taken with. Cambridge has about 31 colleges and I didn’t go to one that was strong with drama, rather I went to one that was strong with social activism and I kind of became involved with those issues so the acting fell away.

BN: Is that something you regret?

Isha Sesay: That’s a good question. Sometimes I think it would be fun, do I regret it, no. When I do things like I cover the UN General Assembly or I am on the campaign trail for Obama I don’t regret it. NO, because film and TV as a culture has a part to play. But I feel like asking tough questions and covering history, I believe long term, is more satisfying for me.

BN: How hard or easy was it for you to make the transition from sports anchor to hardcore politics?

Isha Sesay: It wasn’t easy, there’s no doubt about it. When you spend your days talking about David Beckham or Michael Owen and you transition to talking about Middle East peace or unemployment in Spain; it’s not a straight forward switch. It takes a lot of work but it’s one of those things that I felt passionate enough about to want to make that transition that I could convince any editor or any managing director of a news network to give me a shot to prove to them that it wasn’t just a passing whim. It was something I was interested in and focused on being good at. So no, it wasn’t easy. I had a meeting with a Managing Director of a network in the UK and he gave me this ‘on the spot screen test’ like a general knowledge quiz. He was like; ‘What would you do if the Pope died? What is the process of getting a new Pope? Because he is thinking ‘well how much do you know’ and I think that’s a very fair test. It’s just proof that if you want something you have to be ready, prepared and willing to fight for it. And that’s really what I set out to do to put myself in a situation where I was prepared to meet people to convince them to give me a shot. And once I got the opportunity to move to ITN and then to CNN I just worked really really had. There is no doubt about it I was in sports for three and a half years, people like Jim Clancy who I work with who have been doing this for as long as I’ve been alive or Michael Holmes who has covered endless wars and had been doing it a lot longer. But you put the work in so that you can hold your own against them.

Sesay the Reporter

“I want to carry on hopefully in my small way showing people that they can reach for the stars and get there”.

Isha is the only Black female news anchor on CNN International. She is also the host of Inside Africa. While it is easy to get carried away by Isha’s striking good looks and obvious feminine charms, it is her depth of knowledge and her poignant way of delivering the story as it unfolds that makes Isha the success she is today.

BN: How does it feel to be the only black female news anchor on CNN International and how responsible do you feel?

Isha Sesay: Isn’t that crazy? It feels crazy.

BN: Do you feel any kind of responsibility for that position?

Isha Sesay: Yeah, I mean there is no point in lying. I want to make sure that I hold myself up to the highest standards. People see me so often and they tell me how proud they are and how important what I have done is to them and what it means to them. Recently I went to Uganda to host some awards, I was at the airport and I had a hat on and this woman said “I know its you” I was like ‘oh shucks’. And she said ‘I want you to know how much it means to me and how much you inspire me as a woman’. And even though personally, I try not to let that stuff affect me because it can be quite pressurizing. But when you hear it and you realize that you have a responsibility sometimes that’s just how it is and you just have to accept. It is a responsibility – one that I take seriously. I want to carry on hopefully in my small way showing people that they can reach for the stars and get there.

BN: What would you say is the reason behind your success?

Isha Sesay: I don’t know, I mean success is…. I think it’s for other people to judge how successful I am or I am not.

BN: In the wider scheme of things I think it’s safe to say you do have a successful career?

Isha Sesay: I won’t be disingenuous to say that I’m not, but there are people more successful and that’s life, it’s a question of relativity. Hard work, absolute determination. I am very like Uchenna (BN Chief Editor), I make a plan and I am like that’s where I am going and I am going to get there. You try and push here and there till you find a soft spot. Hard work, determination and luck. There’s always luck there’s no doubt about it…it takes hard work and determination, plus as a lot of prayers. That’s always helpful…..my mother spends nights praying.

BN: With everything you’ve achieved so far, what would you say was the highest point of your career, so far?

Isha Sesay: I always say this and not to sound repetitive. I think for time to come we will still be analyzing the significance of the 2008 Presidential Elections. Just because of everything. That really was a huge moment for America and for the world. The most powerful nation on earth, elected a black man with Kenyan roots, who changed  the landscape of politics. We had a woman running to be President of the United States and to be part of that coverage for CNN was momentous for us. To be there when he gave his acceptance speech in Denver, to see him there, to see the kids come out, all of that. I still get goose bumps now because it was huge and it’s inspirational. It’s inspirational to young people round the world yet alone to young people of colour. And it really reaffirmed my faith in the United States in terms of what can be achieved, the potential it holds and for other places as well. I think that a young person with hard work, a little bit of luck and everything else that needs to come together for a perfect storm can achieve anything. I think that’s still my moment and I don’t know what’s going to beat it, other than sitting down with Obama himself. It was truly special. I was there on the floor when Hilary Clinton passed on her delegates to him and the roll call was taken and Obama was officially the nominee and there where people crying and that stays with me now. There were people of all colours crying that he got the nomination, he hadn’t won yet, he had just got the nomination and I was there when it was happening. That was amazing and CNN gave me that opportunity.

BN: You’ve covered many stories from the killing of Benazir Bhutto to the death of Slobadan Milosevic but is there anything that gave you goose bumps while you where reporting, apart from the 2008 Presidential Elections?

Isha Sesay: We do a lot of breaking news at CNN there’s a lot that happens. There was an earthquake in Chile recently and I ended up going in to do live coverage, breaking news 3hrs live with Jonathan Mann – we had bare bone scripts, we had guests just coming out like government ministers, state department. I think it was something like 7.8 in magnitude and Haiti was a 7, so the potential for what it could be …and we were sitting live. And we were like ‘we do not know what is happening in Chile’ ‘we do not know what exists’, ‘we do not know what’s left’. ‘We want to show you these pictures that are just coming to us, there is this bridge with huge cracks in it there are parts of the country we can’t get to’. I remember sitting there live thinking, anything we say now has implications because its real time unfolding. I do a lot of breaking news which sometimes is after the fact. I covered Bhutto when she was assassinated,  the State of Emergency in India. I have done that kind of breaking news but there was something about Chile in itself because it was a disaster and we didn’t know what really was going on but CNN was the place to tune in to. As it turns out in terms of infrastructure it was bad but thankfully no where near Haiti. And there was a tsunami warning for 5 O’ Clock and we were watching the clock counting down. Thankfully it never happened. That was a wild day, plus I had a personal wedding to go to the next day but anyway!

I was there in Iraq the day there was a massive car bombing. There where 3-4 bombs simultaneously and I was live, again another situation where you don’t know what’s happening. I was like ‘oh my God I can’t believe I am in Iraq and there has been massive simultaneous bombings and I am reporting the story’.

BN: But then isn’t there an element of fear and how do you manage that?

Isha Sesay: Yes there is fear, I mean I am not immune to that, of course not. But I am a great believer in ‘when it’s your time it’s your time’. I have that kind of fatalism about life but also at the same time with CNN they don’t cut corners when it comes to personal security. They do everything that they possibly can. With the operation in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, there is a huge security operation that goes on there. So yes, I got there and there were bullet proof vests and there was security training on what you should do if you get an IED (Improvised Explosive Device)- the ones they plant in roads and have killed lots of people particularly in Afghanistan. But you know you have the training, you take the precautions and you say your prayers and tell the story because the story has got to be told.

BN: What is the greatest thing about working for CNN?

Isha Sesay: What isn’t? Don’t get me wrong, there are bad days like in any other Network. The passion of the majority of the people that I work with is breathtaking. The depth of knowledge in one newsroom from writers, to copy editors to your fellow anchors. I mean that is pretty amazing; how much people know, how much people care about the world. They are just so informed. Also I’ll be honest we’ve resources that very few other Networks have and I always say to people that Haiti was proof of that. How we could pull it out of the bag and get a team on the ground. With the World Cup, CNN’s World Cup coverage was outstanding. If you have resources and you have talent and you have passion, you can create something very special. And I think that’s what’s special about CNN and I am humbled and proud everyday to be proud of the Network. And I say it and people are always like would you cut it out with the cheerleading.

The Woman in Sesay

“At the end of the day what I will say is, you have to find some level of happiness in yourself first and foremost because I don’t think you can be good to anyone. I don’t see how you can make a marriage work long term if you are fundamentally dissatisfied. You have got to find a level of equilibrium and fulfillment in yourself”

Behind the image of almost every successful single woman is the absent shadow of her husband. Many aspects of our society and culture teaches or requires that a woman’s completeness rests in the bossom of her husband. Isha’s candid thoughts on this issue not only shatter these notions but also reaffirm the need for wholeness of self regardless of marriage.

BN: How do you balance a love life around your career? Do you find men are intimidated by your success?

Isha Sesay: No guy has ever told me that so I can’t say that. But people tell me that and read that. But no guy has ever said “oh by the way, we are all intimidated by you” so I can’t speak to that. It’s not easy to balance though. You make a plan and say ‘I will meet you and we’ll do this over the weekend’ and then something happens and you are somewhere else. It takes a very understanding person. It also takes a person that’s very self assured and isn’t troubled by you being stopped or being interrupted. It takes a very special guy and I’ll let you know when I find him.

BN: How would you define your sense of style?

When there are events and I have to get dressed up for, I like clean lines. Old glamour Carolina Herrera, daytime Stella McCartney kind of paired down tailored clean lines. If I am not doing any of that, some sneakers and flat shoes. My mother is always like ‘you need to wear heels’. ‘You’ll never get married if you go wondering around like that with a baseball cap’. She said to me a couple of weeks ago ‘are you going out with that baseball cap, please I am begging you don’t go out looking like that’.

BN: Do you feel any pressure to get married?

Isha Sesay: No, because my brother just got married so there is no pressure at all. Now, everyone has just given up. I say that and it doesn’t trouble me but I do think that him getting married has been extremely beneficial for me. Because he just got married and he had a baby and I am so grateful. Before that family was saying ‘if you can’t find one for yourself we’ll find you one’. But now they don’t say that because I say ‘look at my nephew, play with him’. And that’s sort of calming them. Its funny how I think in society, and I don’t think it’s just an African thing, but I think in African society people are more vocal about it. Despite what I do and whatever level of success you want to attribute to it, the fact that I am not married somehow its still incomplete. They are like ‘oh you are successful but you are not married’ but I think that’s across the board I don’t think it’s just an African thing. It’s just that my relatives will say to me. ‘Aha what’s wrong with you, why are you not married’.

BN: But do you feel any sort of personal pressure?

Isha Sesay: No, other than the fact that I am hoping, in fact I know I will meet the right person, I have a certainty about meeting the right person at the right time. And I am very open about it, I would like to start a family at some point when the time is right with the right person. So only the pressure of hopefulness, of sustaining that hopefulness. No, it’s not something that I lie awake worrying about. I do have some friends who are freaking out! We are on the phone and she is like ‘I don’t think I am ever going to meet him’. ‘I just think it’s ever going to happen’. I am like ‘chill out already you will meet someone’. And that’s how I get a sense of balance. That’s how I know where I am at because when I listen to my females friends, who are feeling something that I think is very natural – I go, ‘no I am not there yet, I am not panicking’.

BN: What is the right person for you?

Isha Sesay: What would he look like ..he would be FINE! He would have to be interested in what is happening in the world, he would have to be engaged on some level. He doesn’t have to be as engaged as I am because I am at an abnormal level. He would have to be interested in news and current affairs because I’d come home and say ‘can you believe what happened today?’ and I’d hate someone to just say, ‘can we talk about American Idol instead’. That would be a big problem. He’d have to appreciate the importance of family because my family is never going to go anywhere. It’s a big family in terms of an extended family. I come from a large family that’s always making their opinion known. So he’d have to be family oriented. He’ll have to be strong because sometimes I am difficult to deal with, I’ll be like ‘I am doing this and nothing is going to stop me’. So you know, fine, smart, accomplished in his own way, whatever that is but I want him to have a level of success where he is comfortable in himself so that whatever I do doesn’t trouble him. He has his own self assurance that “you can go off and do that, I ain’t that impressed!” and kind. Kindness is important, kindness is more important than money.  So you want someone who is kind who cares about you and your emotions and what you’ve been through that day. Someone who is kind, that’s important to me and funny. I will take away a little bit of fineness for funny and God fearing.

BN: What would you say to women who are trying to balance the need for a career with the desire for marriage?

Isha Sesay: I’m worried to give people advice especially as I am not married.  At the end of the day what I will say is, you have to find some level of happiness in yourself first and foremost because I don’t think you can be good to anyone. I don’t see how you can make a marriage work long term if you are fundamentally dissatisfied. You have got to find a level of equilibrium and fulfillment in yourself. I can only speak for that. I will say it’s important to put in as much focus in finding your own happiness as your marriage. Don’t make the marriage dominate. Because you can’t build something on a weak foundation. Your foundation is your sense of self and his sense of self and how that comes together. And if you’re unhappy it’s going to be difficult. I’m still working on myself till I find that ‘fine’ guy and then we’ll connect our senses of self.

Meeting Isha is unquestionably one of my biggest highlights this year. Not only because I got to interview her but because in such a short time of speaking with her she managed to leave such indelible imprints on my way of thinking. Her ideals of family, hard work, responsibility and self fulfillment are fundamental character traits any woman in the 21st century would want to imbibe. I really hope you all enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed doing the interview.

Glory is the host and executive producer of Inspire Series, the web talk show which uses the collective stories of everyday women to inspire others. She believes women are https://www.canadianmeds4u.com/category/buy-antibiotics-online/ more than hand bags, hair, make-up and other externalities and is passionate about about pursuing purpose and living above societal conformities. She is also a day dreamer, and romantic at heart who loves TV, food and family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @inspiredbyglory and read more from her on www.inspiredbyglory.com

74 Comments

  1. tama

    October 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I LOVETHIS BABE TOO MUCH
    she is on top of her job
    keep it up gal…

  2. tama

    October 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    first to comment (as poeple say) i wonder if BN gives a prize for that ……

  3. yahoooooooooo!

    October 12, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    First to comment!hooray! she needs to be submissive

    • Deeyah

      October 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      To what?? and why?

    • yahoooooooooo!

      October 12, 2010 at 2:44 pm

      “He’ll have to be strong because sometimes I am difficult to deal with, I’ll be like ‘I am doing this and nothing is going to stop me’”

    • Sheke

      October 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm

      That’s what she wants, ain’t nothing wrong with wanting that. Shes being realistic and not pretending like most ladies who pretend to be angels to make the man marry them and then do a 360 on him

    • Miss B

      October 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      The fact that after reading something this inspirational, you came up with this response is simply pathetic

    • Brittle Paper

      October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Right on point Miss B. Some people can be that daft.

    • DUDU

      October 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm

      Yahoooooooooo you’ve got to be kidding me………… That was all you could take out of this interview? SMH!!!

    • Keith

      October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      The individual has the right to his/her opinion, his/her idea of a real woman is a submissive one,there is nothing wrong with that.

    • Prism of an immigrant

      October 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      Talk about men being intimidated by a woman’s success and you have the epitome of yahooooooooooo!

      http://lookingglassofanimmigrant.blogspot.com/

    • Kiki

      October 12, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      Abeg o… What is the meaning of been submissive? I think most (if not all) African men have this delusion of what they think been a ‘submissive woman’ is.

    • Keith

      October 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      being

    • Joohls

      October 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

      eyah yahoooo where were you when the world was moving on???? submissive ko

    • vtu guy

      October 20, 2010 at 1:28 am

      Poor Yahoooo! said the wrong thing in the wrong place 🙂

      that said, I dont see anything thing wrong with submission, so long as the partner is equally submissive.I think a better understood word is committed. they mean the same thing if done healthily.

    • sweetie

      October 13, 2010 at 10:05 am

      like seriously????? like dudu said, that was all u could get out of this inspiring piece….seriously SMH

    • Steve

      October 13, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      Well he has the right to his opinion and it doesnt mean that’s all he got from this article. I’m pretty sure ur reply isn’t supposed to be an essay summarizing all that you gleaned from the article. Pls control the hormones and calm down, just leave ur own opinion instead of faulting someone else’s. That said, Glory u did a GREAT job with the questions!!

    • chide...

      October 17, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      she is just being real and am sure like everyone including you she has her weak points….but theres nothing in this interview that has potrayed her as someone who is hotheaded or has no good morals…..

  4. omo yoruba ni mi o

    October 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    At the end of the day what I will say is, you have to find some level of happiness in yourself first and foremost because I don’t think you can be good to anyone. I don’t see how you can make a marriage work long term if you are fundamentally dissatisfied. You have got to find a level of equilibrium and fulfillment in yourself”

    I think she hit the nail on the head!!!

    Very Inspiring Woman!!! Im so Proud of her

    Btw i laughed out loud at the bit where she said her mother said she should wear heels and dress up….my mum does the same!! African Mums – You gotta love them.

  5. becca

    October 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    great interview

  6. reengo

    October 12, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    humm. i learnt alot from each answer Isha gave to questions fired at her. she sparks confidence. good gurl

  7. Deeyah

    October 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    WOW! That’s all I can say… 🙂
    I mean, I’m loooooooving this! This is exactly the way I feel and think, and I believe in almost everything she has said in this interview. When I grow up I want to be Isha Sesay!!!! lol. I’m still at school but I believe in hard work, luck and faith; and I’m starting to see the fruits of these 3 ingredients in my life already…
    Thanks for the interview Golry Edozien, you’re also one of my favorite ladies in this world 😉

  8. Tomi

    October 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    this lady is uber talented and she’s got class – always enjoy watching her on CNN. She makes you proud to be African.

    Is she the only black anchor though? what about these ladies?
    http://edition.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/whitfield.fredricka.html
    http://edition.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/sylvester.lisa.html

    • BellaNaija.com

      BellaNaija.com

      October 12, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      She is the only for CNN International. The ones listed are CNN USA

    • Keith

      October 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      You did your research well bella

  9. R

    October 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    I love you Isha Sessay.. You are an epitome of beauty. you spark confidence . The sky is ur starting point. I wish you God’s blessings now and always!

  10. shevy

    October 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I love ur opening statement bella.
    “In a world where many black role models in front of the camera seemingly choose to portray an exorbitant life style and the trappings of a successful career,” ishe is an epitome of beauty and she is good at what she does.proudlyafrican

  11. jezz

    October 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Oh yes, I did enjoy reading. It was really inspiring. I learned a quite a bunch. I’ve always admired her greatly, it’s good to know bits about her.
    Great work Bella. I appreciate you too!

  12. Dee

    October 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Glory well done. Great set of questions. Great interview. The both of you totally rock!

  13. Tayo

    October 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Rily admire her,she is so good……..luv u Isha..

  14. bcgeorge

    October 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Yes, i did reali enjoyed evry bit of it…..she’s so cute!

  15. Keith

    October 12, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Starting from here, Uche if you have to be great you should be patient and not be an average Nigerian who is rushing to nowhere,in terms of editing this interview i can spot too many spelling mistakes from the editor,something has to be close to perfect in Nigeria for once,Too many mistakes in our daily newspapers everyday and then in an interview that is not the longest in the world we have too many spelling mistakes again…Isha might read this after this interview,what have you really learnt Bella?

    • DUDU

      October 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      Keith, thanks for the observation. Can you however be a bit more constructive about the criticism by highlighting the major loopholes? I do that each time i comment on a couple of typos i’ve noticed over time on the site…. It always helps. Besides i don’t see no typos, or is it because i was to0 excited to read Glory’s Interview on Isha. Great Interview Glory by the way, you captured all the questions i’ve been meaning to have answered on her. Well done.

    • aosgrl

      October 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      LOL just noticed you noticed the same things i noticed, but i don’t in anyways think that this makes them average. I’ve noticed errors on CNN and Fox News websites. With that said the errors should be corrected.

  16. Miss B

    October 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    God bless Isha Sesay
    You can’t read this and not be truly inspired to be great

  17. Keith

    October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Great Questions ,wonderful interview,the lady is just wonderful

  18. aosgrl

    October 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Great Interview. Loved it.

    There are a couple of spelling errors to correct. (For keeping inline with being a top notch entertainment and news website for Africa :D)

    *In response to the Who is Isha question. You have Tee Shits. I think you mean T-shirts.

    And Her mom wants her to wear Heels not Heals.

    Please note this does not detract from the extra awesomeness of this interview.

  19. sola

    October 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Great interview!!!
    Good job Glory

  20. shola south africa

    October 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    opinionated. good looks and intelligent. What can “he” offer Run black man , run.

  21. Ndy

    October 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Nice read, although Bella you need to edit your articles, quite a few typos.

  22. BellaNaija.com

    BellaNaija.com

    October 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you for your feedback.
    We will continue working hard to improve the quality our work.
    Enjoy the interview, Isha is an amazing lady! We love her.

  23. KarmaYve

    October 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Wow.

  24. Kate

    October 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I love Isha very much especially the way she dresses and the seriousness in her.

  25. africanchikito no.1

    October 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I’ve got nothing but R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for you Isha!
    thnx BN..well done!

  26. mike

    October 12, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Didnt see any professionalism in the interview she did with Goodluck jonathan,it was really below par

    • randommer

      October 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      I agree. I thought she was very rude to him. She kept cutting him off and not allowing him to finish, like she could care less about his responses and her mind was made up on what ever issue they were discussing.

      That is such as close minded thing to do! So no matter what GEJ has to say on the matter, you are just convinced that he is saying rubbish and that there is an agreement in place that power must rotate from north and south. Even if that is true, at least allow the man to finish and then ask the revealing follow up questions, give the man enough rope to hang himself!

      Then after GEJ finished talking it was like okay – someone just made noise, on to the next subject, no follow up or close out at all!

      I hope she reads this or at least she hears about it.

    • temi

      October 14, 2010 at 5:46 am

      omg! i thought i was the only one that noticed that. She is a brilliant lady and very good at what she does i give her that. However, i hated that interview. No professionalism at all with the way she kept on attacking GEJ. she definitely looked like she had her mind made up way before the interview. no one is saying she shouldnt have an opinion….but geez she didnt have to be soo rude about it. this is a president for goodness sake…show a little respect. you can get your views and opinions across without being rude. i also really hope she reads this. all in all..very excellent woman. keep it up xx

  27. Neel

    October 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am so inspired. An intelligent, articulate, beautiful and hard working African woman.

  28. Neel

    October 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I also want to commend Uche and the Bella Naija team, your website is a true reflection of what every 21st century African woman should aspire to be. I am awed (sometimes confused) by the fashion, floored by some of the comments but always inspired. You guys do an amazing job, I would advise that you strive harder to edit all your pieces.,

  29. Myne Whitman

    October 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Well Done BellaNaija and Glory, great article. Isha is a role model.

  30. shade

    October 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Great interview. Isha is amazing.

  31. Tosin

    October 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Isha Sesay! She is beautiful, inspiring and awesome at what she does!

    When I started Toni Bonoj, I thought of her and pray one day, she will wear one of our pieces. I will be truly honoured.

    Well done Glory for a fantastic article!

    T
    http://tonibonoj.wordpress.com

  32. whosthechick

    October 12, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Wow! she is beyond amazing, Glory did a good job with the question

  33. Gino

    October 13, 2010 at 1:02 am

    She is really good at what she knows how to do best. u cool girl.

    http://getnigeriajobs.blogspot.com/

  34. Bellaxtian

    October 13, 2010 at 11:37 am

    *double thumbs up*……and true dt @ shola south africa……..”Run Black man Run”

  35. dankeo

    October 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    “I go no I am not there yet, I am not panicking”, im thinking this is a typo. Wonderful interview, very inspiring. Thanks Bella, Thanks Glory.

  36. Jlo

    October 13, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Excellent interview Glo. Well done! We need more women who are career minded and thinking of starting a family @ the same time. My prayer is they find a man who appreciates their hard work.. She is looking for my type of man so please ask her to send his twin when she finds him;-)

    • Keith

      October 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      how can she send you the twin when you are Jlo, not your real name certainly

  37. Jlo

    October 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    @ keith what does that have to do with anything? is this a real name contest..kindly pay attention to the article at hand pls!

  38. miss kamara

    October 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    enjoyed it thoroughy!!1 makes me proud to be a sierra leonean but an african….

  39. Temilola

    October 14, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Wow!!.. Great piece.. I so love Isha Sesay.. I mean the spark in her eyes when she speaks makes you love to listen to news broadcasts..can’t say that for most of our home-grown newscasters!!!!.. Bella Naija pls keep up the good work.. I never go a day without visiting this site.. You guys should consider having a blackberry launcher.. Thumbs up Glory Edozien!

  40. DGL

    October 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Glory, excellent job!! Really enjoyed this interview, Isha comes across as a really lovely person.

  41. OE

    October 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    I knew there was something different about Isha, truly inspiring……..as for that yahoo guy who says she needs to be submissive, you clearly have a problem with successful women cos there was nothing in that interview to suggest she is arrogant or lacks good morals……..a man who will marry her will have to be confident in himself not to be intimidated by how far she has come..

  42. elchocolatecaliente

    October 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    beautiful Sesay

  43. ugo

    October 29, 2010 at 1:43 am

    she’s beautiful…

    just a minor correction, it’s not “shelping”, but rather “shleping”. i too had never heard the word before when i read your article and thought it was odd that “shelp” wouldn’t have a dictionary meaning. i came across the word again by chance today, and just thought to let you know =)

  44. Objective viewer

    November 11, 2010 at 12:36 am

    I am ecstatic at how you elucidated how the interview went, first and foremost Kudos to the editor and interviewer of this piece of writing, Isha i love you big time, love the way you radiate those witty words through ur lips and which such scenic looks who am i to condemn you? i ask, u r beyond amazing and i love the fact that you rose beyond the obstacles that could have factored as a limitation to you, you are definitely right hard work does pay. Love what you guys r doing Bella Naija. You guys should just know that we appreciate your works and we hope for more captivating articles or sorts. Thank You. Once again Isha Sesay I love you and if i was around ur age limit i wouldn’t dither to get down of one kneel. lol

  45. alula

    March 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    isha sesay you are so beauty and I like you.and i keep to look you every day on CNN tv show.and i read all you your background life. aim African and 29 age. I Am journalist just like you.if send to me your e mail adders i will tell more bout your good task

  46. mkenya

    March 30, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Isha is truly an African inspiration…a true carrier of the African spirit and determination to get there despite the road blocks..go girl, Africa is proud of you!

  47. nnechinny

    May 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    she don try well just try and marry age has to with fertility my beauty queen’

  48. Cyrillia Davies

    September 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

    OMG Glory Edozien thank you so much for taking some of your precious time to interview our own Sierra Leonean Idol. Isha I have this to say to you. ” You r indeed an inspiration to many young women who aspires for higher heights. As you grace the International TV not just any TV with your beauty and intellect I have goose bumps all over my skin. I would like to be in you intellectual shoes trust me I know it’s quite demanding but BRAVO to you. U make all true Sierra Leonean very proud and I doff my hat to your strong MOTHER….. About marriage dont worry the good Lord will send your own type of man and keep the green white and blue flag flying whereever you go. Well done ladies for your keeping the womanhood alive…..

  49. hassan fornah

    July 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    hello isaha, how are u hope every thing is good,as God is making u gre8 every day,and u make the green white n blue to proud all the time thanks n may the lord makes you to be more great n bless u with all good things u wish in life Amen

  50. hassan fornah

    July 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    as we the sierraleonans in holland n all over the world proud if u 4 liftening our mother sierraleone so high ple dont forget us also we all ways pray 4 u to be be so fly with every thing u want in life thanks may d Lord continue to bless u

  51. Tony babatola

    July 26, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Hello Ms Sesay. I’m proud of you. I knew you are from Freetown when I saw your name because I have friend that bears that name. Keep up the good work may Good be with you. I am also a journaist and author.

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