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From when I was very little, I’ve always loved talking, writing, and ‘fighting for others’, as my mother would put it. Till this day my father calls me his ‘lioness’; he says he’s seen that I cannot be deterred or thrown off when I set my heart or hands at something I believe in.

After failing to score the grades required to study to become a medical doctor (I wonder why I ever thought I could get past science subjects I never did well in), I thought about law. A visit to my fathers’ lawyer friend changed; there were too many gigantic, ancient looking books, and his office was a mess because he was trying to find a case. I stumbled on Mass Communication which I am eternally grateful to God for because with benefit of hindsight, I don’t think I could done better in any other field!

Mass communication has broadened my horizons, and opened doors for me to pursue my childhood passions which are writing, talking, and ‘fighting for people’. It fed and honed my personal vision of being a renowned voice for anyone who didn’t have one. Naïve and a little unrealistic at first, I have modified and made it more feasible as I have grown. For starters, I will accomplish little and wear myself out sooner if I decide to ‘take on the world’, regardless of how noble my intentions are.

My vision for myself is centred on the dissemination of information to people who would normally not have access to that information, and also to tell others about these people whose voices would hitherto have not been heard. To that effect, my 10 year plan is to first have a syndicated radio and television programme where stories of the lives of ordinary Nigerians are told. The second part is to have run an organization called TBAM (Two Books a Month) which is dedicated to running a book club for disadvantaged children. Full information about TBAM can be found here http://fairygodsister.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/two-books-a-month-tbam/.

Why do I want to be a Voices Of The Future correspondent? I desperately want the empowerment and the publicity that the platform will give on the one hand, and then more importantly, the mentorship, training, and the close interaction with the learned tutors we’ll have. Over the years, I’ve learnt that classroom knowledge is one thing, but knowledge garnered via experience is invaluable.

Still on the mentors, I believe that I am closer to achieving my visions than ever before, and it would be helpful to drop those dreams and the models I have drawn up for them in the laps of experienced personnel for them to nurture, correct, and help me readjust keeping feasibility, funding, and maximum reach in mind.

Finally, I think I need to be curtailed and have someone ‘keep me in check’ so I don’t run amok with the many ideas that run through my head. Over the years I have found that it is somewhat easy for me to abandon one idea for another. The TBAM and radio/TV ideas have been with me for about nine years now, and that’s how I know they have come to stay.
However, with recent happenings in my country, issues around women (especially violence) are at the top of my mind now and I believe that working with and constantly reporting to a mentor will help me stay on track, but more importantly, incorporate my new drives with the existing, and still be as efficient/successful.

Also, studying Social Media has shown me that power belongs with the people, rather with leaders and influential/wealthy people. The little time I have spent on World Pulse has exposed me to different cultures, people, experiences etc., and it is an opportunity for me to do what I’ve always loved to do, tell stories.

Please take me one step up the ladder of fulfilling my dream, pick me as one of the 2011 Voices of Our Future correspondents!

Comments

Adepeju's picture

:-)

Your article made me smile. From medicine, to law and finally to mass communication which houses your passion. I like the TBAM idea and i cant wait to see it kickoff. We all complain about the reading culture dying in Nigeria but no one is taking action or steps to bring it back to life. Well done Chioma and all the best in the application process.

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Story of my life......

Adepeju,believe me I only listed few of the things I've wanted to be in this my short life time! About the dying reading culture, maybe it hurts so much because I love to read randomly, and it seems like there are only very few peop;e who enjoy doing that now.....

I'll be sure to let you know once TBAM starts off!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

YAOtieno's picture

Great Ideas

Hi Chioma,

I think you have some really great ideas. Your blog of two books a month reminds me of a project that is almost similar to yours - Story Moja that means One story. You may want to check it out http://storymojaafrica.co.ke/main/about-storymoja/

Cheers,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Y!

Hello dear,

I've read up Story Moja, and I think it is a brilliant initiative! Gives life to your 'a candle loses nothing by lighting another' mantra! I think I will get in touch with her and see if there are areas where we can collaborate.

Thanks!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

YAOtieno's picture

Thanks

Thanks Love!!! Glad it was useful information > let ,e know how it goes...

Cheers, Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

sarahmol's picture

Your enthusiasm and great

Your enthusiasm and great ideas will take you far. You seem to know what you want to do and just need a little help with how to get there. I hope you will find a way because it sounds like you will do a lot of good for a lot of people. I'm rooting for you!

Warm greetings from Sweden,
Sarah

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Hugs from this Nigerian!

Hello Sarah!

Thank you for all your encouragement, and thanks for rooting for me!

Hugs!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

Dextra's picture

Keep up the good work!

Chioma, you tell your story well and I appreciated your self-reflection and humbleness along the path, as well as your innovative ideas. Best of luck in the selection process, I hope you are selected and keep up the good work!

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Thank you Dextra

I'm happy you enjoyed the stories, and I'm grateful you think my ideas are innovative....

Hugs!!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

magins's picture

you are serious

i like your good work keep it up,i will provide someone to checkmate you ,for you not to run amok.

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Already!!

Hey Magins,

you would really do that for me? Thank you! Already then!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

Dmack08's picture

You inspire me!

Excellent job, Chioma! You are concrete and yet big in your ideas, and I'm just so glad to know that there are people like you in this world. The best of luck to you!

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Chioma Agwuegbo, Keep up

Dear Chioma Agwuegbo,

Keep up the good work. I enjoyed reading your post and its so motivating and innovative. Its full of enthusiasm and motivations and for sure you will reach your endeavors.

Cheers ma dear and keep it up
:)

Chioma Agwuegbo's picture

Thank you Ruun!

Thank you for your kind words! And Amin about reaching all my goals!

CNCA
@chiomachuka on Twitter

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