Rachael Akidi, the Head of East Africa Languages at the BBC, has announced her departure from the renowned British broadcaster. In a statement released on Monday, Akidi expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to witness and document significant moments in African history throughout her five-year tenure. She also highlighted the BBC’s commitment to innovation, risk-taking, and overall growth as a reputable brand.

As her time as Head of East Africa comes to an end this week, Akidi shared her decision to part ways with the BBC after an impressive 21-year journey with the organization. Reflecting on her career, she reminisced about her initial days as a fresh graduate from Uganda, boarding a flight to London to join the BBC’s Focus on Africa and Network Africa programs.