July 18, 2011
I am a female Journalist from Liberia. I started off this profession in 2004 when I attended the International school of Journalism in my country and upon completion I went for a job training for 2 months at the North Valley Broadcasting corporation and in 2005 and later move on to the Sky Communications Inc. where I worked and served as the only female reporter in the news room with more than 12 of my male counterparts.
I took to this profession at a very tender age when I got inspired by one of Liberia’s leading female Newscaster, in person of the late Victoria Christopher Cooper when she always presented the late evening News our only local television station (ELTV) at that time.
Upon graduation from high school, my parents had me enrolled in a Teacher’s training institute, because they wanted me become a professional teacher. But for the passion for Journalism, I somehow disappointed them in that, they were expecting to receive an invitation from the Teachers’ College, but rather saw an invitation from the school of Journalism.
As a journalist in post war Liberia and a single parent, I have always wanted to report on the ills and maltreatment of women and children but I did not have the opportunity to do so. Because, journalists in my country only write on political issues so that their Newspapers are sold for that day, while the voices of women, girls and children were being silence.
Fortunately, while I was with the Sky Communications Inc., I was opportune to be chosen by a group, the New Narratives Women Reporting Africa, from the USA. Who put up an application for Liberian female journalists to apply in order to help train them in a different style of writing and reporting. I applied and was accepted and went through the training exercise. This was a pivotal point in my profession.
I remembered the first story I wrote was on, Teenage girls in Sex Trade which captured the entire News stand in our nation’s capital Monrovia. Which claimed the Government’s attention and today, a safe home is being constructed for girls living on the streets.
Besides, there were several donations given to those girls from individual Liberians, persons serving in diplomatic missions and even the founder of the Women in peace building Network (WIPNET) Madam Laymah Gbowee.
Moreover, I have done so many stories like domestic violence in the eyes of a woman, in the eyes of a child and in the eyes of a man and even on the Indian Formed police women which is also the first in history of the United Nations.
Not only that, I stood up and served as Media campaigner for the Millennium development goal (MDGs), in my community and for a local youth group in my country, something that led me to attending an all African conference on the MDGs in Accra, Ghana. I also stood up as a campaigner to the Anti-rape Campaign organized by the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
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I am one of the fellows of New Narratives and a student of the University of Liberia.