For the first time in my life I decided to use a power point presentation to share my experience as a journalist. In 2011, when I was selected among the caravan journalists to speak on our experience of traveling by road through six African countries, I used a short video. Also I did same thing in 2012 when I won an award for my contribution to environment journalism.
So I was invited to make a presentation at a party, not just any party but an #OpenDataParty! In September, I won an award for my data story on the documentation of ocean surge in OKUN Alfa community in Lagos. As a result was invited by a non-governmental organisation known as CODE i.e Connected Development to share my story telling skills using data. I had to force myself to use a power point presentation, which I set out to produce on the morning of my presentation. One powerful tool I have used as a journalist to authenticate and give life to my stories are pictures. This same tool has become my strength and I learnt through the #OpenDataParty that "Evidence is Power".
The commendation I got after my presentation from different participants encouraged me the more to bring out the stories behind people and communities affected by socio-economic disparity. I will seek out more communities and amplify their voices to demand and engage stakeholders in the quest for human/societal development.
I met lots of interesting people who are passionate about technology,data,human and societal development from different field. No party like the #OpenDataParty!!!!!! I will bring you the full gist of the party soonest.
My best is yet to come and I press on for greater height. Viva!!!!!!!!!