Following the three-day training Olufunke Fayemi, a radio broadcaster with Voice of Nigeria (VON), realised that many female journalists in her organisation are complacent on the job. Now orientated to lead the way for other journalists, she organised a five-week leadership training for female journalists in her organisation. The training entitled, ‘Female Journalistic Boost’, drew participants from the various departments of Voice of Nigeria, bearing in mind the ethnicity of the participants.
Two resource persons: a mentor, Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin and the Deputy Director, Digital Media in Voice of Nigeria, Mrs. Yinka Atolagbe handled the training, which sought to bring the participants from their comfort zone and inspire them to strive to be the best on the job, by discussing how to overcome the various challenges women journalists face, as well as writing for the web.
According to Olufunke, “Many put in for award entries— Nigeria Media Merit Awards and Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting thereafter. VON hardly participate in such things. Every participant have at least a new or existing ideas they are working on— for some it’s a blog.” Olufukke has decided to make the training a continuous one, she said, “Already, I have ladies wanting to come for the class early next year.”