L2G with Ada Africa: Turning Disappointment To a Blessing

I am running crazy this weekend not because of the US grant that will take me to Tanzania, rather the process.


After I graduated from West Africa Broadcast & Media Academy -WABMA last September, I applied for an internship. My preference was a radio house to enable me complete the voice therapy I was undergoing.

I chose Odenigbo FM because of the proximity to my location. WABMA sent my CV and communicated with the station manager who accepted. The station manager upon realizing it is Ada Africa coming for the internship declined immediately. 😂

WABMA asked I choose another media firm

I checked other radio houses but they were all a distance from my location and the feel I won't be contributory to the firm or learn much there. I reluctantly chose another radio house but got info they don't take interns.

I gave up and forgot about it for two months.

Chu Nwankwo, a journalist asked I go for Anambra Broadcasting Service - ABS. I weighed the option and sent the name to WABMA. ABS under Dr. UCHE NWORAH accepted me to work as an intern and was told to go meet him.

On entering his office, guess the first thing he asked me, "Why do you have to go round through WABMA since you already have a relationship with ABS? You should have come straight to my office as our doors are always open to welcome you". I told him I like following due process and formal procedures.

He immediately signed my letter and directed me to the Directors of Admin and Programs. And asked I work under Ify Unachukwu at the programs department.

I work four days weekly at ABS, Awka and Onitsha respectively which wasn't easy for me considering my other work scheduled at WHAIafrica.

The state of the art technology in the Studio, Control Room and Editing Suite captured me

This was how the imagination of producing 3D Animation using our local contents developed more. We have a lot of impact stories to tell from our projects using the 3D animation.

The LINC opportunity came up, using what I was experiencing at the ABS studio complex, I applied. Some of the staffs are supportive in strengthening my skill in professional video editing/production which is needed before I further to 3D Animations.

Today the US Department of State and IREX is paying my way to Tanzania to acquire this uncommon skills in 3D Animations built from scratch for Africa with our local characters and contents.

As the tears of joy flows, I reflected on this and more: Had it been Odenigbo99.1FM didn't decline my internship position, would this have come up today?

Indeed, disappointment could be a blessing!

Let's keep developing ourselves!

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