I didn't believe it was my role as a girl/woman to speak for others. Papa always reminded us at home that he should have the loudest voice. He is the man in the house. I was petrified and shy to partake in even class discussion.
Thoughts and beliefs can be influenced by internal and external factors. Our cultural environment can have a very powerful effect on the way we think about ourselves. I didn't believe I could be a journalist. I wanted to be one but I had a feeling it was for men only.
The attached prejudice of being a woman in a male dominated job also discouraged me. Many believe women who venture such jobs are promiscuous. This is because of their exposure or vulnerability as they come in contact with lots of male.
When I told my class teacher at Senior Secondary year 3 that my first career option was journalism, he looked at me in awe. I didn't know how but since that day I began to believe that indeed I can be a successful female journalist. I didn't plan to choose journalism as my first future career choice. It just happened like a volcanic eruption. I began to dream. I began to believe. I began to plan, envision and work hard at school. I realised I knew what I wanted at that early stage. And even when I was convinced and almost fell for studying economics at the university, I couldn't.
I was in love with writing and that was what I wanted to do. I didn't let my outside or inside thoughts pushed me to choose something else. Being who you really want to be and where you want to be is so fulfilling. That is the greatest achievement.