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A ringside seat to history

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BBC Radio has celebrated the 60th Anniversary of its Focus on Africa programme, and as part of its look back, it interviewed 2015 Tutu Fellow, Uduak Amimo.

In the interview, Uduak discussed joining the BBC's Africa service in 2002 and having to cover hostilities in Sudan, Nigeria and other countries.  When she became a senior producer and presenter on Focus on Africa it was a time when the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) insurgency was being waged in Uganda.The LRA was a cult-like movement that initiated conflict in northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The insurgency was accused of human rights violations and the use of child soldiers.

Uduak explained that it was major events like that that reminded her why she became a journalist - that ringside seat you have on history.  She said that the independence of South Sudan had been one of the major stories she had enjoyed covering. The programme had played an important role in the storytelling of Africa, she said.

One unusual instance she recalled was a satellite phonecall to the newsroom from the bush from someone who said he was a senior member of the Lord's Resistance Army. 

You can listen to the full interview at BBC Africa Sounds.

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