BCOMS’ Nigel Wallace met up with this year’s Glo-CAF awards host Mimi Fawaz to discuss her journey into the industry, her challenges and triumphs, as well as her passion for African football.
Mimi is a freelance sports journalist who has worked with BBC Sport World Service, CNN and ESPN. She’s notably known for her contributions to the UK’s first original African show – Sports360 on Vox Africa TV – and also covering both men and women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon last year.
In a male-dominated field, Mimi has sketched the blueprint for the next generation of female sport presenters, as she continues to shed light on the importance of African football – especially in the women’s game.
The Kwese Sports correspondent briefly explains how the opportunity to achieve one of her long-term dreams hosting one the biggest sporting events in Africa came about.
“It was a complete shock when I got the phone call from Glo, one of the biggest, telecommunications companies in Africa, asking me if I would be interested in hosting the glo-CAF awards. I answered, ‘Are you kidding me?!’ I had been hoping one day to get such a phone call.
“It was such a pleasant surprise. I had been dreaming over the past few years of hosting the awards, but I never knew if that dream would ever come true. For anyone covering African football, hosting the biggest sports awards in Africa is a dream come true.
“I’ve worked so hard for years and made so many sacrifices to get to this point. And here right in front of me was something I always wanted to do.
“You work hard with love and passion for what you do – but I never knew that I had been under someone’s radar at Glo.”
Listen to the interviews in sections below.