Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u is APJ’s New Editor-In-Chief

The Africa Policy Journal is excited to announce Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u as its next Editor-In-Chief. Yusha’u is a 2022-2023 Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is an Edward S. Mason Fellow.

Before coming to Harvard Kennedy School, he worked as a Lead Strategic Coordinator at the Jeddah-based multilateral development bank, IsDB Group. He is a former journalist with the BBC World Service, London, and a reporter for Deutsche Welle in the United Kingdom. He is the founder of Uni Focus Academy, an online academy supporting postgraduate students from Africa to improve the quality of doctoral research and secure admissions in good PhD programs around the world.

Beyond his industry experience, he was a Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Associate Lecturer in Global Journalism at the University of Sheffield, and a lecturer in Mass Communication at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. He authored the book, “Regional Parallelism and Corruption Scandals in Nigeria: Intranational Approaches to African Media Systems”, and is the co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of International Communication and Sustainable Development.

Yusha’u, a former British Chevening Scholar, has strong interests in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the role of communication in achieving the 2030 agenda for development. 

He holds BA in Mass Communications from Bayero University, an M.A. in Political Communication and a Ph.D. in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield. In 2015 he completed an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid, Spain. 

His research has been published in leading journals like Global Media and Communication, Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies, Journal of African Media Studies and the Journal of Arab and Muslim Media Research. He has reviewed articles for Journalism Studies, Media History, Global Media and Communications, to name a few.

Outgoing EIC Adaobi Ezeokoli noted that Yusha’u brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the Africa Policy Journal leadership role. “I have gotten to know Jameel over the past year and I am confident that he is the person to continue at the helm of the APJ. His passion for the continent and his incredible depth of expertise in communications and humility in leadership make him the right choice. I am excited for how the Journal will benefit from these qualities in the next year!”

The Africa Policy Journal is privileged to have Yusha’u lead the continued effort to highlight policy issues affecting the African continent to the Harvard community in the next academic year.