I have a colleague who reminds exactly of who I don't want to be in the next ten years of my career. She is married with two kids. She started work as some kind of all round radio reporter and almost ten years after that she is just a radio quiz show host, something she has been doing for the past five years. She comes in every weekday at 9 am and leaves at 1pm. She has not learned anything new in the last eight years. When she started nine years ago, she could do live reports for the radio. Now, she cannot even remember the last time she did a report for the station. She knows next to nothing on new communication technologies. All she cares about is answering hello to quiz callers. She has absolutely no ambition to move forward in her career. And when male colleagues look at her they say "all female journalists should be like this one". This is exactly what I don't to be ten years from now in my career.
To see a bright and talented woman go to waste like my colleague makes me fight like hell to become someone respected in the journalism profession in Cameroon. What really aches me most is the fact that male colleagues think all female journalists should be as unambitious as she is. They always say to the new female colleagues just getting in; "be like this woman. When she started she got married and has two kids and worries nobody". Is that all we are? Worriers that disturb serious people that want to work?