Ayanna Nahmias

Ayanna Portfolio 5The Editor-in-Chief of the internationally acclaimed Nahmias Cipher Report. The Report features articles written by Ayanna, the managing editor, Austin Bryan, and other NCR Journalists who are passionate about international affairs and human rights.

She invites readers to explore articles on the site, and approach each with a critical eye toward current events. There are many sides to every story, and uncounted experiences of people living in emerging economies where women and children are particularly at risk, and human rights abuses seem to be the norm.

The Report seeks to challenge readers to move beyond the standard fare as purveyed by most media, of demonizing and convicting an entire society and citizenry; asking instead that readers choose to recognize themselves in the “other” and assign blame to the miscreants who are the true culprits of many of the atrocities that negatively impact us all.

Not every man is bad, not every woman is abused, though many are and they suffer in silence believing that few in the West care. But, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and just because they live and die in nation states where man’s inhumanity to man is often justified by religion, this twist of circumstance does not make them inherently complicit.

The Report is an alternative news source which offers different perspectives of world events. Throughout Ayanna speaks honestly and practically about her experiences, and asks The Report  journalists to do the same. It is this inside/out approach which personalizes the suffering of others as a catalyst for empathy and action.

Ayanna was interviewed about her life in Africa on Radio Netherlands Worldwide, in a segment titled “The Resilience of Mothers”. Her story was featured as part of “The State We’re Inwhich highlights “first-person stories from around the world about human rights, human wrongs and how we treat each other.” Her story of survival and other segments featuring individuals who have surmounted great odds can be accessed anytime on the web.

Born in Florida, Ayanna spent her formative childhood in Africa where her father converted the family to the Islamic faith. As a female child in a culture where women were often devalued, she faced many traumatic experiences, including her father’s verbal and physical abuse, and his attempt to marry her to a much older man. Having escaped with her mother and siblings from Africa the first time, she subsequently returned at the request of her father who ostensibly wanted to see his children.

Instead, he tried to keep them in Africa while trying to force Ayanna to live apart from her siblings. It was during this visit that she effected a second escape back to America with the intervention of the U.S. government. Her determination to transcend her past and achieve wholeness led Ayanna to publish The Report as an online media news source which would provide a voice for the voiceless, and hope to people who may be facing challenging situations. Motivational stories from around the world are frequently featured to inspire others to persevere and triumph despite great adversity.

Ayanna believes and teaches that regardless of a person’s social, religious, or economic background or past mistakes, they can change their lives and break the cycle of isolation, despair, and abuse to enjoy a purposeful, exuberant, and successful life.

She currently resides in the Washington, DC area and is working on her first novel. For media inquiries and press bookings, please contact Ayanna Nahmias via email at ayanna@nahmiasreport.com

Listen to her interview with Jonathan Groubert, the host of the award-winning radio program, “The State We’re In” on Radio Netherlands Worldwide in association with National Public Radio (NPR).

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24 Comments on “Ayanna Nahmias”

  1. Mon Ange Says:

    Wow! Thanks for reporting real journalism. Is seems so rare these days.


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