Slucker: Let’s meet you, Who is Jennifer Ehidiamen, What do you really do?
Jennifer: Thanks for the opportunity. I am a journalist, with keen interest in development journalism. I have flirted with a few other things in the past. But my keen interested really is in development journalism and public communication. I also have a strong passion for youth development. Of course a few people know me as a poet.
I write poems and have two published books-collection of poems- “In days to come” and “preserve my saltiness.” I sometimes describe myself as a midwife (smiles). Not because I help women birth babies. The midwife angle of me is basically helping people innovate- I am never afraid to serve as a sidekick in pioneering and developing an idea and basically helping people build their ideas- especially ones that are in line with what interest me.
Slucker: What is it about making a difference that drives you? Why have you chosen this part ?
Jennifer: I think it is just knowing we all as individuals have a purpose here on earth. God created every man for a purpose. I’m driven by the desire to contribute positively and ensure I affect lives around me positively.
Slucker: Tell us about some of your write-ups and initiatives you have been involved with? Which has left the most indelible mark in your heart?
Jennifer: I write a lot of poems. I also volunteer a lot. I’m currently embracing adulthood and building a career in journalism and communications. My past experiences include volunteering with a youth group in Ebutte-Metta in Lagos, interning at Journalists Against AIDS (JAAIDS)Lagos, participating in a youth exchange program called Global Xchange which gave me my first exposure in youth work and international development.
Slucker: What hope do you see for the Nigerian youth? How do you intend to effectively keep making a difference?
Jennifer: Nigerian youth of today have a better chance of succeeding compared to the older generation. We are presented with unique opportunities to build our muscles and take initiative to tackle the many challenges our generation is facing. Instead of falling into the trap of blame-game, I would encourage the Nigerian youth to see the many challenges as stepping stones to better things. Take responsibility in being a doer- and be the change you want to see in the world.
Slucker: What are you up to right now? what is next for you?
Jennifer: I’m currently working with Global Press Institute. I’m working with young girls in Ethiopia, training them on development communications.
Slucker: What’s next??
Jennifer: It is a big secret. But trust me, its a good one. God is my biggest source!
Slucker: Thanks for your time dear.
Jennifer: You are most welcome