Entertainment Journalist | Writer | Presenter | Blogger
Hi, my name is Zeinatu Erebong Issahaku. I am from a very small town in the Upper West Region of Ghana. The journey to Journalism began when I was as little as 10 years old. It was something that I had always wanted to do ever since I was a kid. I got my training (First Degree) from the Ghana Institute of Journalism and am currently studying for a Master’s in Migration Studies at the University of Ghana. Although the dream was to be a News Broadcaster, I am enjoying writing for www.ameyawdebrah.com as well as Presenting on Ameyaw TV.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
I have been doing this for four years now and the journey hasn’t been all smooth sailing. In the media industry, one has to stay on top of their game and doing so has taken a lot of practice and determination. We learn everyday. Within the last 2 years, as is common with most young adults, I have suffered various bouts of depression and anxiety. The need to know what the future holds for me has been draining, especially with constant turn downs at various job interviews. The one thing that has definitely kept me going is the dream I have imagined for myself in my mind. They have to come to fruition no matter what. I love humor and that keeps me grounded and sane. I would just like to say to anyone reading this that there’s time and season for everyone so we shouldn’t kill ourselves over a lot of things that are not going smoothly in our lives.
What books are you currently reading?
Currently, I am finishing up Barack Obama’s “A Promised Land” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We should all be Feminists”.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
My advice to young talents worldwide is to take your crafts seriously. There are millions of people doing what you are doing so it is very important to carve a niche and always stand out. Practice, practice practice. I can’t say this enough. And when you do, build networks, it is one of the mistakes I have made in life and am currently correcting. Networks are very important. Go out there and go for gold!!!
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