chocolate eyes, long eyelashes and an impeccable British accent"
Mail on Sunday.
We are of course talking about Rageh Omaar - BBC's Africa correspondent.
He is the man of moment whose sterling work during the Iraq war
has made him a household face and a favourite amongst Britain's
Rageh Omaar in one minute
Rageh Omaar was born in Somalia on 19 July 1967
He is the youngest of four children
He was educated at Cheltenham Boys College, he went on to Oxford
University where he gained a BA Honours in Modern History in 1990.
Rageh's career development
Rageh began his journalistic career in 1990 as a trainee at
The Voice newspaper in Brixton and then moved to City Limits magazine.
1991 he moved to Ethiopia where he freelanced as a foreign correspondent
- much of his work being broadcast by BBC World Service.
1992 he returned to London as a producer for Focus on Africa for
the World Service at Bush House.
1994 and 1996 he worked as a broadcast journalist for the World
Service and then became a producer and reporter for Newshour.
September 1996 he undertook a three-month sabbatical at the University
of Jordan, where he studied Arabic.
was appointed Amman correspondent in March 1997.
He recently won an EMMA award for the best Media correspondent.
Omaar is a happy man
is now married and has two children. He is based in Johannesburg and
where there's war - you are more than likely to see Rageh Omaar
reporting from the war zone.
has not forgotten his roots and maintains close contact with his
immediate family many of whom live in Somalia. He is a source of
inspiration to many Black and Asian people and feels that although
things are changing significantly in the rise of people from ethnic
minorities in the media there is still a long way to go.
The BBC Leicester Voices project focuses on the Somali community.
is Voices? Capturing the
stories, concerns and aspirations of those unheard voices across the UK. Find out more here.