Who is Alan Kasujja? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, wife, family, radio career, BBC Newsday, Africa Daily, relationship with Sara Shalita, early life and education of a Ugandan journalist.
Alan Kasujja is a Ugandan journalist, radio/television broadcaster who works with BBC World Service and is a lawyer by profession. Kasujja is one of the key presenters of Newsday, a leading radio programme on BBC since 2012.
Kasujja is an outstanding journalist and a sought after moderator who is dedicated to giving a platform to underserved voices including refugee communities.
Kasujja describes himself as a sucker for information and a passionate storyteller in addition to having an excellent knowledge of several East African languages.
Early Life and Education
Allan Kasujja was born in 1978. He attended Makerere University where he graduated with a Degree in Law.
He spent his early years in Kenya as a refugee where his family fled escaping Idi Amin’s dictatorship the former president of the Republic of Uganda. At Twelve years old, Kasujja and his parents returned to Uganda.
Work and Experience
Alan Kasujja began his journalism career at the New Vision newspaper as a freelance writer and photographer based in Uganda in his late teens; thereafter he joined Sanyu FM in the 1990s.
Later, Kasujja joined Capital FM in Nairobi, Kenya’s Capital City from 2007-2009 and then Capital FM 91.3 based in Kampala Ugandan’s Capital City co-hosting a morning show “The Breakfast” with Jackie Lumbasi and Ramesh Gabalsing after returning to Uganda.
Kasujja has also presented the Ugandan version of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? In 2011 and hosted The Fourth Estate, a highly influential political talk show in Uganda.
Kasujja later joined BBC World Service in 2012 and is currently one of the regular Newsday African Daily presenters on BBC based in London.
On 15 January 2016, as Uganda approached the 2016 general elections, Kasujja co-moderated Uganda’s first-ever televised presidential debate in Uganda, alongside KTN journalist Nancy Kacungira.
Kasujja has reported news from various African Countries and done many documentaries with a major focus on Africa’s social-economic transformation. He spends most of his free time studying Africa’s history, politics, culture and art.
The celebrated media personality works alongside Bola Mosuro, Julian Keane, Paul Bakibinga, Lawrence Poland and Nuala Mc Govern in London and Lorato Mbele in Johannesburg.
He did not go through formal training as far as journalism is concerned but he learnt every skill on the job and turned to be an excellent journalist through daily experiences and consistent in-house training provided by the BBC World Service.
Kasujja believes the greatest challenge facing broadcast in Africa in the present-day internal and social media age is misinformation and disinformation.
Alan Kasujja is married to Sara Shalita, the late Anglican bishop of Muhabura, Ernest Munyambabazi Shalita’s daughter.
The two exchanged vows on 27th December 2003 at All Saints Cathedral Kampala, Uganda in attendance of only close friends and family.
Kasujja and Shalita have a daughter named Keyana.
Alan Kasujja developed an interest in journalism in the 1990s when still a teenager after listening to Alex Ndaula, Capital FM presenter by then.
Thereafter, in his senior si, Kasujja began following the media keenly and soon after his senior six, he got a job at New Vision working as a freelance journalist mentored by Barbara Kaija, the Editor in Chief of the Vision Group based in Kampala Uganda’s Capital City.
Kasujja’s other role models include; Charles Onyango Obbo, Kevin Okeno Aliro
Alan Kasujja’s net worth is estimated to be between $1m and $5m in 2021.