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WHY I CAME........

August 2010 I resigned my job as an assistant producer drama for the BBC World Service Trust in Abuja, Nigeria because as much as I loved the job, I wanted more. For some reason, I had become restless; I wanted to understand the new wave called social media which some quarters (online and offline) were almost touting as the panacea to all the world’s problems. I wanted to be a part of it for my country, wanted to know what this ‘big thing’ was about. It would be the only branch of the media I hadn’t professionally explored, having done short stints with print, television, and radio. I had already secured admission and so in September, I packed my bags, left the life I had known for 24 years, and moved to Birmingham to study social media for a Master’s Degree at Birmingham City University.

Passionate as I am about youth participation in governance, human rights, and an unhindered flow of truthful information from a government to its people, I was intrigued by the concepts (and practise of) open data, community collaboration (offline initiated online), and the idea of intelligent societies. I started to think of my country every single day, the vast opportunities for development with social media, and to dream of a period when the only issue on the front banner for my government would be ‘a race to digital inclusion’ which is a project going on in the UK now to get everyone online by 2012. That would be our main issue, not electricity, which is haphazard in some areas and non existent in others; not security, what with the spate of bombings that have rocked the country since the beginning of last year, and definitely not the debasement and rapture of morals in our youth, manifesting in five university undergraduates making a one hour video of themselves gang raping a female undergraduate. Did I mention they put this video online? No, I dream of digital inclusion because it presupposes that we would have sorted out these other issues.

It is in wanting to be a part of the ‘sorting out’ that I found World Pulse. After attending an event where I learnt about the power of networks, platforms and collaboration, I went on Google and using different keywords, searched out Journalisted (www.journalisted.com), Red Tent of England (www.redtentengland.ning.com), and World Pulse. I joined all three for different reasons; World Pulse and the Voices of Our Future program for three:
1. to take advantage of the opportunity to tap from the vast knowledge from the training materials and the essays from other women,
2. to see what projects other members of the class are working on, and align myself with the ones that interest me
3. to get equipped with skills I can share with other young people that they in turn can share with others; there’s no limit to the ripple effect it would create!

This is why I came.....

Comments

Nezed's picture

You are welcome! Thanks for

You are welcome! Thanks for coming... Nice write up..

I do not aim for Perfection; Just excellence!

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Thank you Nezed

I'm glad you liked it dear!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

YAOtieno's picture

Right place

Three cheers to you! You are in the right place! Your story has some very scary bits - the nerve of the college boys! Shame on them! Were they arrested? I hope so.

PS: I had no idea one could do a masters in social media. Please send me information about this course.

Cheers,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

It is possible

My dear it is despicable what the boys did to that young girl, more disturbing is the reaction from the people who are in a position to right this wrong (however impossible that is).

About social media, it is possible. This is the link to some information on the course: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/social-media

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

YAOtieno's picture

Thanks

Thanks for the link I am checking it out.

Cheers,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

We are all the same

It seems there are many similarities in our countries that push people like you and me to pursue and education, to look for opportunities that we can take advantage of.

I am awed at how your story has bits and pieces of your country's state, while communicating more about yourself. Love the write up..

Gertrude Bvindi

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

You're an amazing writer Gertrude!

Thank you for your kind words Gertrude.

Your saying that we have a lot in common made me go to your page and I've spent the last couple minutes reading your write ups! You'll see my comments on there but I think you're a brilliant writer!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

Gertrude Bvindi's picture

Thank you

Thank you very much. But this is your journal.. I like how you always put the family factor in on everything that you write, personal experiences and how they have shaped you. Only goes to show and understanding of who you are, something i am waiting to happen to me, at least reading your writings and stories of the other pulses gives me an edge to pursue that further. Thank you for your kind words.

Gertrude Bvindi

Meena Afghan's picture

Nice to know

Dear CNCA,
It is so nice to know that you are a professional Journalists, hope that we could learn alot of from your experience and you would share your knowledge with us.

Meena

Peace Seeker,

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Anything you need Meena

Thank you for your kind words Meena, I'm happy to share what little experience I've got; just ask!

Cheers!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

ck's picture

powerful

Hi Chioma -

You've written a piece that is inspiring and riveting. Being a correspondent seems like the next logical step in a clear path you're following. I hope that you make it!

I love the progression in your story - looking back at what would need to happen in your country to reach the place where universal access to online devices was the most important problem. It's a clever way to highlight the barriers and to envision a hopeful outcome. You seem like you will surely be a part of making this happen.

I'm glad I got to read your essay. I will look at your next ones, too!

Carol

ck

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

I'm grateful Carol!

Thank you for the encouragement, sometimes I fear that we are too slow, and we might not make it to where Europe and the Americas are at before I grow old (my imagination gets that off). At the same time things happen and I get excited because I think it's happening faster than we think.....

Feel free to look at my blog sometime, www.fairygodsister.wordpress.com, it'll tell you more about my country, and I'd love to read yours too, if you have one.

Cheers!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

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