Take note of your journey, you will see how far you have come

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Over a week ago, my dear friend Felicity sent me this link attached here. It was one of my very first shows in Plus TV Africa which I hosted weekly. It was called NOT YOUR 9-5


It focuses mainly on telling the stories of those who left their primary disciplines and moved to something entirely different. It was a beautiful show that highlighted people from different disciplines from being a doctor to a carpenter, the exact story of Obi Buogo who was one of those I featured in those early days and many others. Beautiful stories I will tell in the several episodes that will follow

This was 2019

I look at this video which was a promo for the show and it showed me how far I have come. I look at the video with so much gratitude. The opportunity to tell the story of many beautiful people- through their transitions, their challenges and eventual successes.

In the same manner, I am reminded of my own career journey, my transitions, my challenges and successes. I see how clearly consistency is one of the vital key of remaining relevant in the business of storytelling. I see how much I have grown in such a short time ( I should say), moving from local to international media, sharpening my skills and telling even more impactful stories. Starting off as an intern in a radio station in Kenya, to trying print for a year, then podcast in Pan African Broadcasting Corporation (PABC, now folded sadly), to TV as a Producer, then reporting, to being a show presenter, to becoming a news anchor, and on ground correspondent (my favorite 😊). I have grown in ways unimaginable. I have learnt new skills and still growing and learning
It is so beautiful to be able to switch to different roles at different point in time. That is growth. That too is flexibility.

I hope that as we get into the new week, we won’t forget to document our processes and journeys. And that most importantly, we would find time to take a look and see how far we have come and be propelled to keep striving even more while being grateful for our journey(s)

And while at it, let me say this, a mantra I live by- be intentional in your quest for excellence. It takes you to places, it opens doors for you and brings your wildest imagination to reality!


Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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