MCA Hosts Sheila Nduhukire; a journalist whose passion has driven her to success, Eve Masawi writes.

In the television studio at the Media Challenge Academy (MCA)in Kansanga stands NTV Uganda ,news anchor Sheila Nduhukire as she directs student journalists on the basics of anchoring.

It’s a Saturday and she is the weekend’s guest of the speaker’s series and she wears a black and white stripped blouse in rhythm with her blue denim jean skirt and appears to be the complete successful journalist who has it all.

Yet at the start it wasn’t like this, at the start of her career path about five years ago owing to the fact that Nduhukire, 27 didn’t pursue journalism or a media related education path.

She qualified with a bachelor’s degree in Business administration from Mbarara University of Science and Technology which literally dictated that she follow the path her course would lead her on where she would work in a business related field, but it wasn’t in her design to follow the path her course would lead her to.

Nduhukire had a passion in journalism which drove her to a Daily Monitor bureau in Mbarara even without formal journalism training where she signed up and became a correspondent freelancing at court in Mbarara for a year and a half.

“In whatever position you’re placed in workplace, work like you’re in the office that you love to work in” she advised as regards to her work at the bureau in Mbarara.

It was from her humble regional bureau that her hard work and passion earned her a nine months training opportunity in Nairobi.

While in Nairobi she trained in print and was poised to join Daily Monitor but with time she discovered her talent in broadcast and her love for television was born.

She joined Ntv Uganda in 2013 and has since then gone through a major transition that has seen her rise from the shy lady who was once bullied throughout her high school because she spoke with a heavy westerner’s accent to the confident, charming and intelligent journalist whose clarity and eloquence while anchoring and reporting is admired by all across the country.

“What matters is what you say not how you sound.” she says in advice to people being challenged by the influence of their mother tongues and accents.

She further advises student journalists to be proud of who they are and have the right mentors while trying to look beyond their flaws.

“Being yourself is key, follow the right people” she says, “don’t let your weakness put you down and try to remember that confidence rules it all”.

In the television studio at the Media Challenge Academy in Kansanga stands NTV news anchor Sheila Nduhukire as she directs student journalists on the basics of anchoring.

It’s a Saturday and she is the weekend’s guest of the speaker’s series and she wears a black and white stripped blouse in rhythm with her blue denim jean skirt and appears to be the complete successful journalist who has it all.

Yet at the start it wasn’t like this, at the start of her career path about five years ago, Nduhukire, 26, didn’t pursue journalism or a media related education path.

She qualified with a bachelor’s degree in Business administration from Mbarara University of Science and Technology which literally dictated that she follow the path her course would lead her on where she would work in a business related field, but it wasn’t in her design to follow the path her course would lead her to.

Nduhukire had a passion in journalism which drove her to a Daily Monitor bureau in Mbarara even without formal journalism training where she signed up and became a correspondent freelancing at court in Mbarara for a year and a half.

“In whatever position you’re placed in workplace, work like you’re in the office that you love to work in” she advised as regards to her work at the bureau in Mbarara.

It was from her humble regional bureau that her hard work and passion earned her a nine months training opportunity in Nairobi.

While in Nairobi she trained in print and was poised to join Daily Monitor but with time she discovered her talent in broadcast and her love for television was born.

She joined Ntv Uganda in 2013 and has since then gone through a major transition that has seen her rise from the shy lady who was once bullied throughout her high school because she spoke with a heavy westerner’s accent to the confident, charming and intelligent journalist whose clarity and eloquence while anchoring and reporting is admired by all across the country.

“What matters is what you say not how you sound.” she says in advice to people being challenged by the influence of their mother tongues and accents.

She further advises student journalists to be proud of who they are and have the right mentors while trying to look beyond their flaws.

“Being yourself is key, follow the right people” she says, “don’t let your weakness put you down and try to remember that confidence rules it all”.

As a lady treading in the male dominated rough waters of the media industry she has faced numerous challenges but she has emerged through every single one of them to become an exemplary media personality who seeks to empower amateur journalists into becoming better journalists.

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