A Senior Associate (Content) and Abuja Correspondent for Pulse.ng, Goodness Adaoyiche’s impact in her newsroom will continue to resonate. She had realised from the Report Women! Female Reporters’ Leadership Programme that gender mainstreaming was not a priority at her media organisation.
Although, working remotely from the Lagos office meant distance from her colleagues, Goodness employed multiple social media tools, such as WhatsApp, Slack and Skype to engage her colleagues and to constantly remind them of the need to bring more women into the picture. This worked like magic! “For the first time, a female video editor was hired to join the Pulse Tv Team. It used to be just female presenters and producers,” she said. Going by her growth, Goodness now represents the Head of Editorial & Editor-In-Chief at some engagements in Lagos when he is unable to attend from Abuja.
“The Untold Story of how 13-yr-old Ochanya Died While Seeking Education” by Goodness highlights the direct effect of the government’s failure in tackling the issues of basic education, and child molestation in Nigeria. Using late Ochanya as a case study, Goodness focuses on the plight of young rural girls seeking quality education. Gender issues like violence against children (female), sexual assault, and girl-child education were raised in the story. She has however, through advocacy, been able to push for the renovation of the only school in the community late Ochanya lived with her parents to stop other girls like Ochanya from going through the same ordeals she went through in search for quality education. Also, the story was a call to action to parents, guardians, government and the society at large on the increasing cases of child molestation and defilement in the country.