About Kush Communications
Kush Communications takes its name from the ancient kingdom of Kush, which is the northern part of modern day Sudan, from the capital Khartoum to the border with Egypt. This was a kingdom that flourished for centuries and which at the zenith of its power in the eight century BC gave rise to the pharaohs of the XXV dynasty, who governed Egypt for the best part of a a hundred years. They are sometimes known as the Black Pharaohs. The logo of Kush Communications is Apedemak – the Lion God. The Kushites worshipped the same deities as the Ancient Egyptians – but Apedemak was unique to Kush.
Kush Communications Ltd is a British registered media company. For more information please contact us.
Zeinab was born in the Sudan but moved to London at the age of two. Her father Mohammed-Khair El Badawi – was involved in pre-independence politics in Sudan. Her great-grandfather Babikir Bedri, was the pioneer of education for girls and women in Sudan. Today the family still run Al Ahfad University - an all women's university in the capital, which educates females from all parts of Sudan and the rest of Africa.
Zeinab: "When I was growing up it was not uncommon for me to meet aunts and great-aunts who had PHD's from some of the world's top universities. My grandmother – who would be more than a hundred years old today - could read and write. So I have never understood why anyone would object to female education on any grounds."
Zeinab herself went to school in London, taking A'levels in Russian, Latin and History before going to St Hilda's College, Oxford University, to study for a BA Hons in Philosphy, Politics and Economics - 1978-81.
She also studied for a post-graduate degree in History and Anthropology of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University SOAS in 1989, for which she was awarded a distinction.
Zeinab has extensive experience in television and radio, working on a range of programmes, in production as well as presenting in the studio and reporting in the field. She began her tv career at Yorkshire TV in Leeds in 1982. There she worked on the local news programme Calendar and researched, reported and presented a 20-part series on Economics fo Channel 4 TV, called ' A Question of Economics'. She was also involved in a four-part tv documentary series on global food insecurity.
In 1986 Zeinab moved to the BBC where she worked as a reporter on the domestic social affairs programme: Brass Tacks on BBC 2 Television, before she left a year later to join ITN - the Independent Television News Network in London, where she worked for several years as co-presenter on Channel 4 News. After that Zeinab moved to programmes on British politics - based at Westminster. She presented live poltical programmes interviewing Members of Parliament as well as reporting live from the poltical party conferences in the UK.
Since the start of the last decade Zeinab has been presenting on BBC World News. In 2009 she was awarded International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters.
She is currently a patron of the BBC World Service Trust - the charitable arm of the BBC, a board member of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council, a former Chair of the London based freedom of speech campaign organisation, Article 19, a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.
She speaks good Arabic and has four children.
Merita Zhubi is British, but was born in Kosovo, where she originally trained as an architect at the country's main university in the capital Pristina. Merita moved after a successful career there, and settled in London twenty years ago, and worked for several architectural practices, including Conran & Partners.
Since 2005 she has helped organize the Dorothy Bohm photographic archive. In 2009 she went to Kosovo to work as a Project Manager for the Kosovo Association of Information and Communication Technology (STIKK), before returning to London. She is a projects consultant for Kush Communications.
Julie is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. She trained with a small London based firm of Charted Accountants, and after qualifying in 1980, moved to work in the tax department of the leading accountancy firm Ernst & Young. In 1988 she left to set up her own practice specialising in accountancy and taxation services for small businesses. She is a member of the ICAEW Tax Faculty's Practitioner Tax Committee, and sits on the Disciplinary Panel of The Taxation Disciplinary Board. Julie's professional partnership with Zeinab Badawi as a broadcaster extends to fifteen years - her advice, experience and expertise is greatly valued. Julie is financial consultant and accounts manager for Kush Communications Ltd as well as being Company Secretary.
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