To be sure, Zandile Blay is not the first professor in a Nigerian newsroom. But she is the first woman to be so honoured. By taking up the designation Editor-in-Chief of HELLO! Magazine’s first SubSaharan edition, HELLO! Nigeria, published by True Tales Publications, Blay who is originally from Ghana reawakens the media ties from the years of yore when the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe built his newspaper empire from Ghana.
Blay’s excellent reputation in journalism includes being a Professor of Fashion & Beauty Journalism at Syracuse University in New York. For seven-years, she was a columnist for The Huffington Post. Blay was formerly Digital Fashion Editor for ESSENCE Magazine, Women’s Fashion Editor for Paper Magazine and Readers Editor at SEVENTEEN Magazine. Her work has appeared in New York
Magazine online, InStyle, Teen People, The New York Sun, The Daily News, America Online, Black Enterprise and Fashionista.com amongst others. As a leading fashion blogger, Blay founded the British Vogue recognized fashion news blog, The Blay Report, and The Guardian UK recognized Africa Style Daily. She has starred in campaigns and hosted events for a variety of consumer brands from Coach to Levi’s to KMart. Blay holds an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a Masters in Fashion from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
She is a 2012/2013 SemiFinalist for the Neiman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University.