A familiar VOA face, English to Africa’s reporter and producer Linord Moudou, was among a group of very prominent women recently recognized by the WANDA organization – Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture – for their contributions to the field of journalism spotlighting health, food and nutrition in Africa and the African diaspora. Moudou is the health reporter for VOA’s Africa 54 TV program and the first female host of VOA’s radio health magazine show, Health Chat, a live call-in program that addresses health issues of interest to Africa.
The WANDA organization marked its one-year anniversary since launching in Washington, D.C. and Abuja, Nigeria. The theme for the award this year was #Hidden Figures in the Food System: Black Women Breaking Barriers by Sharing our Stories.
In addition to Moudou, the award went to the first African-American U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and CEO of FEEEDS Africa, Dr. Robin Sanders; the first African-American celebrity chef, Elle Simone of America's Test Kitchen; the owner of Calabash Teas and Tonics, Dr. Sunyatta Amen; and Anne A. Walden, a 90-plus year old American pioneer in Dietetics and graduate of Tuskegee University.
“It was an honor to receive the WANDA Award alongside pioneers and great women leaders like Ambassador Robin Sanders and Anne A. Walden,” said Moudou. “As a journalist, reporting on food, agriculture and nutrition is critical and personal to some extent because good health starts with good nutrition, we are what we eat.”
Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture (WANDA) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that supports the empowerment of women and girls in Africa and the diaspora as leaders in the food system.