How to be an excellent journalist

By Esther Olaifa Journalists and media professionals in Nigeria have been advised to strive for excellence in their practice. Media Specialist, Akin Olaniyan made the call at the November 2021 fellowship of Journalists for Christ held in Lagos on the theme “The pursuit of excellence in the media” Olaniyan a former Deputy Editor of The Punch and Corporate Communication specialist with Zenith Bank said excellence involves moving from ordinary to extraordinary. “We all must strive hard to excel in our profession because excellence does not come cheap. We must be…

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Living a life of Certainty in an Uncertain World

Jpeg Source: Internet The world we now live in gives us a lot of reasons to want to throw in the towel, due to the level of uncertainty around us. People go out with the fear of not returning in one piece. Parents leave their kids at home with afraid of the unknown. Everyone goes about their businesses unsure of new policies by the government which might affect their operations. However, there is a disclaimer! As believers, are we supposed to live in such panic with the countless promises in…

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Working while waiting

Have you ever pondered on what it means to work while waiting? I mean why do I need to work when the Word of God said everything pertaining to life and Godliness has been given to me? Isn’t that a pointer to the fact that all I need do is to relax, and enjoy all that God has worked out for me. But, have you forgotten that Paul admonishes us in the book of Thessalonians 3:10b, that if anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat. Shocking? That’s just…

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Professional Excellence By The Word

When I was in the media school, a lecturer during lecture told us you can not be a journalist and not be involved in at least one of the vices in the profession.  According to him the vices are smoking, drinking and womanising. I forgot to ask him if the third option for the girls would be ‘manising’. If the boys would womanise, the girls should do what?This was a teacher parents were expecting to teach how to be excellent journalists. I was particular about tackling him that I can…

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Stop Wasting Your Time Complaining

Photo Credit: Jessy Renold Complaining is a draining act that leaves you ineffective, and make you unappreciative. Although, surrounding our lives are situation that are worth complaining about, but if we are careful to take note of those things we keep complaining about, they never get better, until we brace up to make a change happen. A story is told of a wiseman who people visit to complain about the same problem over and over again. One day, he decided to tell them a joke and they all roared with…

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Former Domestic Worker Owns a School

Vicky Abraham, Freelance Writer She is an Imbokodo (grinding stone) who played a pivotal role in the lives of several families in Gauteng, South Africa. She is a woman with aspirations, has the drive and the edge. Some probably called her Aunty, Nkhono or Gogo (granny), Helper, Mme wa Washene (a woman who specialises in washing clothes), Cleaner, Maid, Nanny or Domestic Worker. However, these names rather confined her in a box of those who believed they are superior than her. Such are those who doubtlessly believed that she was…

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What every Christian Journalist should know

Christian journalists, in short, can have the joy of offering salt, not sugar, and not acid. We can publish what we believe to be true, not what we or someone else would like to be true. Christian journalists can have the joy of speaking up for those it’s convenient to forget: the unborn, the unemployed, the uneducated victimized by poor schools, and the politically unfashionable. We can know that we are fallen sinners, but sinners who look upward and create a no-scream zone within a high-decibel society.

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The story of the Chinese Bamboo Tree

Like every other tree in the forest, the Chinese Bamboo Tree starts its journey as a tiny seed planted below the surface of the earth which requires nurturing – water, fertile soil, sunshine to break forth the solid surface of the earth.  Unlike every other tree which seed sprouts and begins to yield leaves and fruits, the Chinese Bamboo tree goes invisible in its first year, second year. Again, no growth above the soil within the third and fourth year.  And finally in the fifth year – behold, a miracle! The…

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Generational challenges have generational solution- OSINBAJO

“I think what is important is to see how we can remove those barriers as much as possible so there is a level playing field. What I have experienced serving in the position as Vice President in the past few years and having the opportunity to bring on board young people, some elderly people in relative terms, is that the quality of the contributions is not necessarily defined by age. And that is the honest truth, and I have so many brilliant people working with me and they are not…

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