Mobile journalist, Yusuf Omar, has been a YouTuber, a journalist for eNCA in South Africa, for the Hindustan Times in India and CNN and was Thomson Foundation’s Mobile Journalist of the Year 2016.
He is one half of Hashtag Our Stories, an initiative dedicated to training communities around the world in using mobile tools to tell their stories. After having done a world tour, traveling to over 25 countries, Omar has returned to South Africa to launch the project on home soil calling it Hashtag Our SA. The co-founder aims to create an entire news network in all 11 South African languages, which will be created on mobile phones and also teach South African communities how to tell their own stories. Hashtag Our SA will be headquartered in Durban and will be launched in English and isiZulu.