Isha Sesay has announced that she is quitting CNN after 13 years as an anchor and correspondent for the media organization. Essay, a British-born Sierra Leonean announced her departure from CNN via Twitter, before stating her reasons for the shock decision in an interview with What We See Magazine.
The 42-year-old pointed to CNN’s “obsession with US President Donald Trump,” as the main reason she’s ending her association with the media giant, adding that she would rather spend her time on things that are important.
“It’s all so Trump-focused. He sucked all of the oxygen out of the room. The media is following that lead to the exclusion of almost everything else, in a meaningful way. For me, personally, it’s not what I want to spend all my time doing.
“After a while, I want to do more coverage of the Ebola outbreak, of the elections in Liberia, or any number of things that are happening. I’m ready to take control of what I’m talking about,” said Sesay, who added that she’ll be spending more time with the girls of W.E. Can Lead, a non-profit she set up in Sierra Leone to tackle teenage pregnancy, lack of education, and early marriage.
Sesay said she will devote her resources into putting a focus on Africa, in a bid to tell the continent’s stories in the right context.
She also disclosed that she is writing a book to be released in May 2019 about the abduction and travails of Chibok girls, saying it will be released in May 2019.
“I’m writing a book about the Chibok girls, it’s being released in May 2019. It really speaks to where my head is at, currently — a lot more coverage about Africa, a lot more work on the continent, and a lot more focus on young girls. That’s what I’m about right now.”