ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, GEORGINA NDUKWE-EZEANYIKA OF SILVERBIRD NEWS 24, ABUJA

BIOGRAPHY: GEORGINA NDUKWE-EZEANYIKA 


My name is Georgina Ndukwe-Ezeanyika, I currently work as a senior Correspondent, Reporter and Newscaster with Silverbird News24, Abuja.


Asides from reading the news on Silverbird Television and on Rhythm 94.7FM, I produce and present a live programme on Silverbird Television that focuses on the activities at the Nigerian Assembly titled “From the National Assembly” and on radio, i present a programme that focuses on the rights and issues concerning women titled,” Women Voices”. 


I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Delta State University, Abraka, Delta State, Nigeria, currently studying a Master’s degree in Mass Communication with Liverpool’s John Moore University, United Kingdom. 


The last thirteen plus years of my career has been centred round evidenced based information gathering, reporting and editing, presenting and anchoring programmes of national interest. I have also organised press briefings and i have a wide network in the media circle.


Before I attained this, I was a little girl, who grew up loving and listening to radio. Even though at some point I wanted to study Law, I ended up taking up Mass Communication as my first degree at the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria, West Africa.


Right from secondary (high) school, i had already started practicing the profession as a member of Press club.  the very first day i joined the club, i was appointed the Newscaster and reporter for the entire school. My task was writing about happenings in school and reading the news before the entire school. 


Being a News Anchor is something i love to do, because I grew up listening to professionals in Nigeria, the likes of late Tokunbo Ajayi, Ruth Benemesia Opia and beautiful Eugenia Abu. outside the shores of Nigeria, I love watching to Christiana Amanpour and Isa Sesay.  
I started off my career by volunteering to work with a radio station, LoveFm (Formerly Crowther radio) 104.5FM in 2003, after I graduated from the University. I was waiting to be called up for a one year mandatory national service, I had to keep myself busy. 
That short period of 4 to 5 months I volunteered, was the experience I needed to get my first full job with another radio station, Vision FM 92.1, Abuja in 2006 after my service year.  
During my service year, I volunteered to be part of a team that administered polio and vitamin A vaccines to children under the age of five in the rural communities. in the process I learnt a little native dialect to enable me communicate easily with the people in those communities who were neither literate nor aware of the benefits of those vaccines to the health of their children so at some point we had difficulties convincing the mothers there to make their children available. however we were able to overcome that obstacle with the help of mediator.
I also had a stint working as a freelance Journalist with BBC Network Africa, Abuja office in 2007, it was a huge plus for me, because I was trained by one of the most experienced hands in Broadcasting. 
That same year, I got a permanent job with Silverbird Rhythm 94.7FM as a Newscaster, Reporter, Presenter and News Editor. 
What I love the most about my job is the fact that I can touch the lives of people that listen with the messages I talk about on radio and the programmes I present on television , it feels like having a virtual family and that’s awesome. 
I research and produce contents that deal with social issues, current affairs and relationships. Of course it is a forum where I connect with my listeners. The fact that some young people were able to get jobs on my show, convinced me that I was doing something really very right.
I have also written feature stories which has been aired both locally and internationally. 
In 2009 and 2018, I was a recipient of staff of the year award (SILVERBIRDCOMMUNICATIONS) and On-Air-Personality of the year, First runner up, in recognition of my hard work and dedication to duty. I have a flair for news reporting both for radio and Television. 
I do voice overs for jingle, programes and documentaries. As amedia personality, I have had the opportunity to host one or two events in Abuja, my specialty is mostly corporate events. 
My dream is to continue to be heard beyond the shores of this country, bring hope to people listening or watching, being a voice for the voiceless and making a difference in my own little way.   
I  hope to establish my own broadcast outfit in the nearest future. 
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–Georgina Ndukwe EzeanyikaSnr. Correspondent/NewscasterPresenter/EditorSilverbird, News24

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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