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Mugera under his new role will be tasked with building financial and political support for the bank as well as strengthening its role as a global thought leader on Africa’s most pressing challenges.

The former head of BBC Africa bureau Solomon Mugera has landed a new major role at the Africa Development Bank (ADB), barely a week after he announced his resignation from the station.

In a statement by ADB on Wednesday, September 8 seen by Viral Tea, Mugera will take up the position of Director Communications and External Relations, and he is expected to commence duties from October 1, 2021.

Mugera under his new role will be tasked with building financial and political support for the bank as well as strengthening its role as a global thought leader on Africa’s most pressing challenges.

Immediate former BBC Africa boss Solomon Mugera. /YOUTUBE

He will also be in charge of managing corporate communications and external relations with key stakeholders.

Mugera in addition will spearhead the bank’s messaging and global strategic media relations.

Commenting on his lucrative appointment, Mugera noted that it was an honour working under a respected continental organization.

“It is an honour to work for the Africa Development Bank and supports its vision for the continent. This is an institution that is leading Africa’s effort to transform itself and make a real difference in the lives of millions of people.

“The bank has the talent, expertise, knowledge, and story that needs to be told across Africa and to a global audience,” he said.

ADB President Dr. Akinwumi Adesina welcomed the addition of Mugera to the organization, adding that the bank was privileged to have a person of respected caliber on board.

An email sent to BBC staff on the day of Mugera’s departure revealed that he will resign from the broadcasting media house at the end of September to take up a new challenge.

“After 22 years, Solomon Mugera has decided to leave the BBC and explore pastures new,” read the memo.

“Solomon joined the Swahili Service in 1998 as a producer and leaves us as the head of a region with more than 500 staff. Over the years has come to embody BBC Africa. He is one of our highest-profile leaders and a prominent figure for the BBC World Service – we will miss him hugely,” added the memo.

Mugera’s departure comes amid sources who spoke to Viral Tea that immediate former NTV anchor and reporter Anita Nkonge would join the media house after serving at Nation Media Group for three years.

On Wednesday, August 25, Nkonge shared a series of tweets and photos narrating her journey at the media house while praising the opportunity given to her as a dream come true.

Nkonge rose from a young intern and through leaving a few years thereafter, she has morphed into a journalist with a soothing voice that viewers have grown to love.

NTV reporter Anita Nkonge during a past news bulletin. /TWITTER



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