Introducing myself and my journal: Voice to Voiceless

Robert Wanjala
Posted August 21, 2012 from Kenya

About Me: I was born 30 years ago as the sixth child in a family of eight. My parents were peasant farmers and now gone to be with the Lord. I was bred in a little-known village of Kabuyefwe on the outskirt of Bungoma North District, Western Kenya.

Gnawing pangs of hunger and ravaging poverty remained our daily companion with dashed hopes for education. Yet still, with determination and resilience, have had education up to secondary level (pre-university), courtesy of the overwhelming support from well wishers.

In the meantime, journalism was the beat of my heart. In spite of the funding challenges for joining a media college, that has not stopped me from plunging into the news writing/reporting world.

In 2005 after successfully finishing high school I joined a leading local weekly publication as student trainee for three years.

While at “The Mirror Newspaper” was exposed to a busy newsroom environment where I acquired immense writing and reporting skills and knowledge that have remained an asset in my career.

Have also had numerous professional trainings which to a greater perspective have broaden my journalistic skills, editing skills, knowledge and story ideas.

Out of this resilience and determination for telling stories that push for change in my society, I have been nominated for an Award (Image and Voices of Hopes Award) in New York in late September.

My Passions: Writing compelling stories that ignite debate and action

My Challenges: Always seen/misunderstood as anti-government journalist

My Vision for the Future: First, Communities that love and honor God. Free, fair and justly society for all

My Areas of Expertise: Writing/Editing articles, listening and encouraging - biblically, initiating diologue, mobilizing people to participate in community projects

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  • mrbeckbeck
    Aug 22, 2012
    Aug 22, 2012

    Hello and welcome Robert!

    I'm so glad you've joined this thriving community of women leaders and their supporters. I'm sure you'll enjoy being a part of the upcoming campaign as a Listener. I look forward to reading some of your perspectives on issues in the world today.

    As one of the male supporters in the community here, you might be interested in joining "Through His Eyes" a group for men to dialogue about the women's empowerment movement and how we can play a role: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/7474

    Thanks for being here! Kind regards,

  • Robert Wanjala
    Aug 23, 2012
    Aug 23, 2012

    Thank you for the warm welcom. I hope to learn more and be able to give back to society around me and the world at large. I come from communities that are blindly stuck in old and irrelevant cultures which has no respect for women dignity. Female circumscion, wife inheritence and women as sex object and nothing more.

    Thanks a lot.

    Regards

    Robert

  • mrbeckbeck
    Aug 23, 2012
    Aug 23, 2012

    Yes Robert, I too hope we can all give back to the world in a little bit. Together we can move forward into a world where everyone is valued as a whole person regardless of their gender, religion, skin color, etc... Thanks again for being here!

  • Usha K.C.
    Aug 23, 2012
    Aug 23, 2012

    Dear friend It’s my pleasure to welcome you. You are now a voice among thousands of voices. I am sure you have a powerful voice to make the world changed. Warm Welcome in this amazing platform, expectantly waiting your active participation. Follow the link for getting started guide. http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

    Warm Hug ! From Nepal

  • Robert Wanjala
    Aug 23, 2012
    Aug 23, 2012

    Thanks Usha.

    Excited joining the platform. Looking forward to learn and share.

  • Chinyere Okoh
    Aug 30, 2012
    Aug 30, 2012

    It really takes a person of character to fight for a course. I gladly welcome you to World Pulse and I'm so positive that we'll do great things together. Let's look forward from here.