Amina Yuguda is the BBC 2017 Komla Dumor award winner.The Komla award for African journalism is in honour of a BBC journalist who died in 2014. Ms Yuguda received a B.SC. in Mass Communication and a Masters degree in Information technology (ESP). She was honoured by the BBC world service with the prestigious Komla Dumor Award for African Journalism for the year 2017. While studying at MAUTECH she worked on linguistic applications for journalism. She majored in Discourse Analysis. Amina has worked as a broadcast journalist with Nigeria’s TV Gotel since 2012. Her documentary series “The Real Africa” presents a positive outlook on Africa. The series tells stories about Adamawa’s rich cultural heritage and African traditions. She is passionate about girls education and mentors young girls in her hometown, Yola in Northeast Nigeria.
1- Describe yourself in a few words.
I am an empath, in seconds I am transported, immersed in the suffering of others. I like to think of myself as a quiet revolutionary. In a world of increasingly loud voices on social media. The internet of things has made it such that people are quick to air their opinions. Even fewer people actually think about the next step after a social media campaign. So I take my time, listen to all sides and try to focus attention instead on solutions.
2- How can we get inspiration in our everyday life?
The way to be inspired is to remain active. Never give yourself time for self-pity or day dreams. It’s as simple as making an effort to wake up early every morning. Even on what might be the worst day of your life, focus whatever energy you have on “doing” if you keep active you will find that the worst moments fade away into nothingness
3- Can you please share with us how to build our inner strength.
I believe a lot in looking at things from a different perspective. Think about all the millions of people less fortunate than yourself, then you will find a reason to be happy. Strength is not about hiding your sadness but embracing whatever situation you find yourself in. Do not be the “complainer” always looking for someone to shift the blame on. Also discipline yourself. Never do anything in excess. Restraint is good for the soul.
4- Tell us about your personal path to Empowerment
Empowerment did not happen overnight. I toiled and struggled through all difficulties on the path. I have always had an independent mind. I remember my first job ever was not glamorous at all. I never looked down on any vocation I found dignity in all my labours. With journalism for instance I pushed myself out of my comfort zone travelling to remote villages spending nights in mosquito infested areas without electricity. I believe man must work! Imagine what kind of life you would have without a job.
5- What is your vision or hope for the planet?
That we can all learn to live in peace one day, accepting each other’s differences. There is enough space for everyone in this world.
By Mayshad Team