The first Africa Women’s Sports Summit held in Accra, Ghana has been hailed as very successful by participants and observers.
The event, a gathering of female sports journalists, which is the first of its kind took place at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, with a full house.
Initiated by brilliant Ghanaian female broadcaster Juliet Bawuah, the one-day summit saw several up and coming female Sports journalists, as well as some experienced journalists, make their way to the Botsio Hall at the Alisa Hotel to witness a career-changing opportunity.
All six role model female international personalities as speakers graced the occasion, and ambitious female Sports journalists took the chance to tap into the knowledge of these renowned characters.
Veteran female Sports Journalist now a lawyer Eva Okyere, TV Personality Nana Aba Anamoah, South Africa’s Carol Tshabalala of Supersport fame, multiple award winner Usher Komugisha from Uganda, Juliet Bawuah and former Normalization Committee vice chairperson madam Lucy Quist shared their experiences with young ladies.
“It is possible to come from absolutely nothing to become something. My passion is what drove me.” Carol Tshabala said during the summit.
“Always be professional. You need to find a balance and be aware of your boundaries,” she added.
Nana Aba Anamoah, undoubtedly one of Ghana’s biggest personality on TV also shared her experience in the industry.
“You have to find a way to make your brand stand out. You need to leave a room knowing you have created an impression. That is your brand. You need to be known for something. You need to do something different.
“You need to stand for something on social media as a sports journalist. I use my Twitter handle to discuss controversial football topics. My Instagram stands for something completely different.
“That is why mentors come in. Young people now choose the wrong mentors. You must find the right associations for your brand. You have to be consistent and strategic.”
This year’s Theme “Take Your Place” was aimed at encouraging young aspiring female journalists to take up the opportunities in the field and thrive on them.
Madam Lucy Quist said taking your place means making an impact.
The summit had goodwill messages from top female sports personalities including the FIFA General Secretary, Fatima Samoura and Chisom Mbonu-Ezeoke, a Sports Broadcaster.