About Me


Azad Essa is a South African journalist working at the Al Jazeera Network.

He came to prominence writing the Accidental Academic, a provocative and award winning Thought Leader blog that challenged the established assumptions of contemporary South African culture, politics and common sense.  His first book ‘Zuma’s bastard: Encounters with a desktop terrorist’ (Two Dogs Books) was published in late 2010. An adaptation of Zuma’s Bastard,  ‘The Moslems are coming’ (Harper-Collins, India) was published in April 2012.

Azad calls Durban home but is currently based in Doha. He has reported from Kenya, Somalia, the DR Congo and Senegal.