Alumni Spotlight: Nisha Ligon (’04)
From visiting family in Thailand to studying in London to trekking through the Himalayas, Nisha Ligon (Class of 2004) has always been a traveler. Though she stayed stateside for college, attending Yale University, after graduation she moved to London to pursue a MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College.
Nisha currently lives in Dar es Salaam, where she works as an Executive Producer at Ubongo Media, the educational social venture she co-founded. Her fondness for Tanzania began while she was working on her feature-length, award-winning documentary, TWIGA STARS: TANZANIA’S SOCCER SISTERS, a profile of an elite African women’s soccer team.
Ubongo produces Kiswahili and English-language educational programming for kids. They broadcast to a weekly audience of 5.1 million households across Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. Ubongo recently wrapped the first season of its newest animated show, AKILI AND ME, for children aged 3-6. They also released a free educational app called Math Rats (Hesabu za Panya in Kiswahili) this past summer.
This profile originally ran in our 2015-16 Annual Report.