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Turning my Dream into Reality: The Reflections of a Self-Made Journalist

It was sometimes in March 2009 when I received a group email from Janet Feldman containing a link which re-directed me to WorldPulse (PulseWire). At that particular moment in my life, I was at the peak of my adventure into web 2.0 and new media.

As I browsed from one page to next, these two things stood out strongly to me.
1. ‘No body speaks for me. I speak for myself’.
2. ‘Journey on the frontiers of new media and women's empowerment’.
Although I cannot remember clearly the excitement I felt after reading through some pages on the site. Nonetheless, one thing is for sure, I was happy to discover PulseWire. And for that reason, I registered, accepting to embrace the vision and values of the site.

Growing up, I had always have great admiration and passion for journalism. Unfortunately for me at that time in my university years, I was not eligible because my background was Pure Sciences. Amazingly, that wasn’t the policies to join PulseWire, thus making it the first women new media networks and the second new media, I was joining.

Reflecting through my PulseWire experiences, I absolutely admit that I have tremendously improved in both my blogging and in maintaining community networks. I remembered my early months into Pulsewire, I was always confused. My journals were hardly categorized. Whether it was Call for Applications, Conferences, Article and Trainings…etc., all I did was ‘Post to Journal’.

Regardless of all that, at no point was I ever yelled at or made to feel unskilled. I cannot forget the countless times Jade Frank, Janice W, Sharese and the other sisters would drop words of encouragement either as an email or as a comment to some of my posts. Their words gave me strength and made me confident and enthusiastic to share my story and that of my other sisters in the community.

And as years passed by, with my exposure on the network, I became more and more engaged and eventually felt the need to advance my skills and thus to finally fulfill that vision I couldn’t accomplished because I didn’t read Literature and Arts subjects.

There are three principal reasons to why I am applying for the VOF 2011.
- To acquire the ethical and formal skills on citizen journalism. Being a blogger, online communicator, it is imperative that I understand some of the ethical implications involve.
- To improve my knowledge, skills and involvement on the use of web 2.0 and new media for community good. So as to be able to strengthened my community women ICT skills for self-development and empowerment.
- To exchange experiences with other applicants on the opportunities that confronts women and girls rights and to seeks solutions in addressing them.

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do." - Helen Keller

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Stella Paul's picture

Simple, honest

I love the simplicity and honesty in your story. For me these are qualities that make a good human being.But you also have a dream and you listen(you heard my story). When a woman has all these, who can stop her or ignore her?

My love and best wishes will be with you, always

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you so much dear sister

Thank you so much dear sister for the nice words. I am glad you took the time up to read through my personal journey experience in PW. It is a good thing to know that just by reading my essay, you could tell theflow of honesty and simplicity. You cant imagine how happy I am happy to know that my words gives sure meaning to the readers. for that is always my desire to communicate my message with the emotions.

Thank you so much dear sister.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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Adepeju's picture

Absolutely honest report. I

Absolutely honest report. I can identify with a lot of the things you've written here but the good news is we are all getting better.

zoneziwoh's picture

Dear Sister, I feel deeply

Dear Sister, I feel deeply pleased to know that my words were read with such emotions. Thank you so much for the kind words. I wish you all the best of luck

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Mutale kapekele's picture

WOw

Awesome!!

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: Wow!!

thank you so much. thank you! please, i do hope you will always find the time to stop. I look forward to seeing you always.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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usha kc's picture

Ziwoh sis, very good to read

Ziwoh sis, very good to read and it made me feel you are so clear and honest person.keep it up dear.

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: Ziwoh

Hello dear sister, you are a amazing woman. I love reading your comments. It gives me so much joy and love. I am glad that you took the time to read through my article and was able to feel the emotions of my words and me. Though distance may seperate us but our words also carries emotions and often they are representative of our mind and ourselves (thoughts). Thank you so much for the nice words.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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enamara's picture

Love it

Hey dear, this is an awesome article ... loved it.
Keep writing,

zoneziwoh's picture

asante sana

asante sana. I know in Uganda, you dont speak Kswahilli but I do understand you are at least verse with my poor and rough swahili.

thank you so much and i do hope to read from you always. tk care -

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Nezed's picture

ZoneZ! Well done.. I feel

ZoneZ! Well done.. I feel you...Daalu!

I do not aim for Perfection; Just excellence!

zoneziwoh's picture

Sweet Sister - Thks

sweet sister , thank you so much. I do hope you will always drop by - even if it is just to say. I love to always hear from you. thank you so much

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Carlotta's picture

I couldn't help laughing that

I couldn't help laughing that you only concentrated on posting to journal without really considering the tags, but it's through falling that we become better runners. I've only been here about a month or 2 and i continue to be inspired by this community. Like you, i know i can only grow from here. Best wishes for week 3.

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you dear

oh my sister, that was my own ignorance. I took some time to get myself. and just like you said - it is through falling that we become better runners. If I was able to keep a diary then purposely for PW, I tell it would have made a good mini-series and maybe would have won an Oscar, AMA Awards.

well, about tagging, I am sure i tagged but what i didnt use to do was to post particular subject (like Post to Offer/Need, Resource Exchange)...etc all those to where they belong. All i did was 'copy and paste' on my 'post to journal' and that was it + profile pic and tags but in my own way. You can imagine the confusion at time. at least now that i run a blog and a website - i understand what it means not to post particular content under its category. it can be disastrous for a webpage and sometimes, valuable content can get lost.

Thank you dear for stopping by. wishing you luck in Task 3 - tk care

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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twitter: @ZoFem

Bonnie Samuel's picture

Inspiring!

Keep writing, Ziwoh! You do it well, with feeling and clarity. Always a joy to read your inspiring stories. Bonnie

zoneziwoh's picture

Re: inspiring

My dear Bonnie, It is feels good to read from you. Longest time. I supposed you have been busy- it is back to school and I understand the nature of this season. I feel so glad to know that you took the time to gone through my essay and that you loved it. Thank you. I do hope you will always stop by.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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twitter: @ZoFem

MaDube's picture

Hey Ziwoh

Amazing story. Indeed the beauty of world pulse is in its 'no limitations' policy. We all can speak based on our experiences, professional, personal or otherwise. I am certain that you will get what you are looking for because you deserve it. Keep writing...

zoneziwoh's picture

oh yeah

thank you so much dear. I saw your comment on Carlotta and truly, in the end i got to you. I am gald you finally came online. I wish you a blessed weekend. Tk Care

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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olutosin's picture

My lovely sister...

i loved you, will always love you for your simplicity and honesty.

Dont you think that we have one thing in common?

Thanks for being who you are Dear sissy.
Love ever phrase.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you dear

my dear sister - definitely!!!
Yeah, you know your stories and mine are almost the same. I clearly remember that year 2009, you and I were on PW, and I do remember reading your stories. And any time, I read your journals, I will always say to myself. ‘oh gosh, I love this lady’s energy. She is a warrior’.
I was thinking about you today during the day and had this little concept mind to discuss with you. well, it is just an idea that pop up my mind as i walked in the market. i haven’t developed it yet. In my eye-shopping manner today in the market, I observed something about the women netting and making beats. I immediately thought of the young university women. Training some with such skills and even grouping those with the skills together, it will help foster female independence. I was thinking about that alongside your work with the women. Anyway, once I have taken some time to develop my idea - I will share it with you. I believe it will be a great way to empower the female students financially. Through that they can be able to sustain my academic expenses, buy their handouts etc...you know what i am saying---being in college.

once more, many thanks dear sister. I always love reading your comment and thank you for stopping by and following up my essay. I wish you the best :) Tk Care

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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twitter: @ZoFem

Leina's picture

You are original!

Ziwoh,
You are good.You are a journalist by nature.I see you going places.It does not matter if your background is arts or science.I wish you well and with God`s help you will fulfill your dreams.I enjoy reading when you write because your writing is clear and conveys your message beautifully.
You are Loved! Ziwoh keep up the good work.
Shekina

zoneziwoh's picture

grand Merci

Hello dear sister, I do lack the exact words gto show my sincere thanks. I am alway very excited to read from you. Thank you for showing me the support.
I do wish you all the best in Life. I am sure we will have time to meet one day, either when I come uptown in Bda. You can as well find me in Dla, Yde or Buea. Please, let me know any time, you visit any of those regions. Thanks, once more

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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twitter: @ZoFem

Fungai Machirori's picture

I like the honesty!

Oh, I like this. You tell us exactly why you want to participate and I think your reasons are very noble and honest. It's amazing to find how many people can write but just have never been given the platform. World Pulse will be your home for life!

All the best :)

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

zoneziwoh's picture

Thank you so much Dear Fungai

Hello Dear Sr, I deeply appreciate your support, especially now that you are at the peak of your thesis. It isnt very easy to swap interest, but because you love your sisters, you were able to devote some time for her. Thank you so much dear. you are a darling and i remain very grateful.

yes, in summary, i presented my intention. you know, jus like Stella Paul commented on angelique gatsinzi essay that in 500 words, not very much can be told about a person. nonetheless, the little which could, should be understood by everybody.

Thank you once more. I wish you a blessed beginning of the week.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

fem4femmes's picture

Ethics & Community Good...

Yes!!! These values are so critical!! And so often ignored or dismissed! Thank you for reminding us of their importance and their necessary centrality to any women's movement!

May light & laughter fill your day!

marissa

"I am the flicker, flame, butterfly ablaze who wants to fly in search of mythical rainbows beyond the rain." ~ Ana Castillo

zoneziwoh's picture

grand merci - thank you so much

Hello dear fem4femmes, many thanks for your comment. I feel so touched reading your word. Definitely true, often we ignore those values, whereas we often need them so as to impact change.
Many thanks for taking the time to read through my essay. I do hope you will be stopping by often.
Take care

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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twitter: @ZoFem

lorraineumwiza's picture

We're going to be friends

...if only virtually. Your reasons for applying to Voices of our Future are so on point. They remind me of something I was told when I decided to move to Kenya: God bless the child who creates her own. That's exactly what you're doing here; creating your own platform, your own outlook, your own means of changing the world. If that's not a blessing, I don't know what it is.

Cheers,
Lorraine

zoneziwoh's picture

A Very Big Honor : Thank You

ahahah - wao ! I love that Quote "God bless the child who creates her own" it is very philosophical.
Another wao! I can’t imagine myself having such beautiful qualities. This is unbelievable. I feel so honor. Thank you dear sister that is a big honor for me. Thank you once again.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Tait's picture

I really like how you

I really like how you summarized what you want to do and why. Keep up the good work.

Tait

zoneziwoh's picture

thank you so much dear

thank you so much dear friend. I am glad you took the time up to read throughmy story. I look forward to hearing form you often. I love reading what others think about what i write. In that sense, I am able to evalaute my strength in writing and making clarifty. tk care

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Fay's picture

It sounds like you have an

It sounds like you have an extensive background with WorldPulse. It is indeed one of the great qualities of this site that its mission is to inspire women and help them build themselves up, rather than cutting them down. Encouragement is a powerful gift in the lives of women.

I especially liked how you ended with such an inspirational quote by Helen Keller. Keller was a dramatic example of a woman who said, "I can!" - even more, of a woman who learned to appreciate her potential through the help and tutorship of a fellow woman. I also have to commend you for sticking to word count - wow- exact on the dot.

Fay

zoneziwoh's picture

Encouragement

I agree. Encouragement is such an empowering powerful tool especially in bringing a positive change. And those e good qualities is very common in this site; Encouragement words. The fact that a sister / brother in PW could take up her/his to read through one's work and not go silent without a feedback has been the most encouraging factor, I admire deeply in PW. Just like I said in my essay, i strongly believe it was those words that inspired me to share more. My experience therefore has made me to realize a lot of things especially in relation-dealing. For instance, a newbie in the blogosphere. it is very obvious the newbie will still be very nervous when it comes to certain technical issues, and with the less intimidation, many of the newbies will definitely surrender. Similarly, with words of encouragement, many of the newbie will grow stronger and be willing to do more. that was my case. and I feel glad to have been given such an opportunity.

Thank you Fay, I am glad to read your feedback. I look forward to always hearing from you. You know, (well, for me), it is through feedback that I am able to know if what I actually wrote is what is in my mind. Feedback like these are very important to the writer, it helps them to re-strategie their writings or even modify as well as improve on their writing technique.

once more, many thanks

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

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