The first time I saw this video titled 'Africans in China', I was studying in a city of about 30,000 people in North Eastern England . I watched the video with a really good friend of mine from mainland China. My friend thought that it was not such a big deal, the whole first African anchor woman in China thing. According to her, the channel Vimbayi works with is English-speaking so the chances of Chinese people watching her live are very low so the chances of Vimbayi challenging Chinese opinions is very low.
Naturally I thought of my friend when I came across this article on foreign TV hosts in China. One thing is different though, these foreign hosts speak fluent Mandarin, having spent some portion of their childhood in China. And, one of them is Nigerian.
This is Fauziyya Shehu Balarabe and she has apparently been raising viewer interests. Fauziyya moved to China with her parents (who worked with China Radio International as Hausa language experts) when she was just 2 years old and has lived there ever since. For Fauziyya hosting TV shows is more of a hobby, she is currently studying at university.
Fauziyya's fluent Chinese and exceptional understanding of Chinese culture won her the Bronze medal at the 8th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students, organized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters in August 2010. Her award caught the attention of the director of a travel program on Travel TV who invited her to host a series of programs in Jiangxi province.
As guest host, she went into the homes of several farmer families for a first-hand taste of farm life.
"I harvested oranges, grabbed crabs, and fed wild geese," she says. "It was difficult but also very interesting."
Both Elizaveta and Fauzziyya have been dubbed "Chinese hearts with foreign faces", and their appearance on TV has created quite a stir.
"While seeing a foreign TV host hosting English or language-teaching programs in China is hardly novel," writes one netizen, "it is so unusual to see a foreigner doing live news reporting in Chinese." from: 'A Tale of Two Faces'