Angel Navuri - Award Winning Journalist

Head of Special Editions at The Guardian Ltd which is under IPPMEDIA the biggest multimedia company in Tanzania.

Angel's story - As a journalist specialising in covering agriculture, health and development issues, the power of people’s voices has shaped my work. To me, journalism has always been about the power of voices. The power, I came to understand, was in the stories that people chose to share. I was merely a conduit for the dissemination of those stories.

I was born into a family of three with one parent alive, writing, reading news online both local and international, reading novels, listening to music, watching movies, swimming, playing netball, athletics and travelling the world are just a few of my hobbies.

I came to see that I did not give voice to others, but that my role was to amplify authoritative voices that lacked only access to the means to spread their messages. The power, I came to understand, was in the stories that people chose to share. I was merely a conduit for the dissemination of those stories. I began to see how journalists could frame the story, to give it context and depth, but that we could not own the story. I came to see that I did not give voice to others, but that my role was to amplify authoritative voices that lacked only access to the means to spread their messages.

... But as the years passed and my journalistic experience grew, I gradually realised that the power of words was not something that I, the journalist, bestowed on the people and communities I covered.

I have an eye for news with good interviewing and communication skills. My ability to turn the ordinary news into an extraordinary piece distinguishes me from other colleague journalists. It has always been my passion to spearhead change and I am happy to see most of my stories transforming the lives of the ordinary person on the streets. My investigative pieces just to mention a few such as the one I did on phased out anti-retroviral drugs being sold on the market, unsafe abortion by teenagers as well as the fertiliser fraud led to immediate government decisions that have corrected some ills in society. This is what keeps me going.

My efforts and hard work has led The Guardian Newspaper to scoop three awards as the leading newspaper in East Africa in disseminating information on agriculture through its Agriculture Special Edition which lam handling and Managing. Journalism is sometimes described as a mirror that society holds up to itself. When the public looks in that mirror, it is important that it see faces that reflect the diversity of the community. But it must see more, much more. lt must see that the stories we tell, the experiences we illuminate, the public policies we explore, the communities we describe the entire body of the very work we do reflect those same diverse realities. There are billions of people looking at the same sky as me. There are thousands just outside this classroom doors, and hundreds within this building. There are smiles, frowns, and tears. Stories found from the wrinkle of their eyebrow to the twitch of their lips.

I am fascinated with the world and its inhabitants. I find beauty in their untold stories, and the inspiration it can bring to a million more others. When one can see the color blue, while the other sees red, but both can see the same shape shows the magnificence that differences and similarities each human being can possess. That is why I write: to show the beauty and magnificence of each person and inspire the million others through the stories they can sympathise or empathise with. I wish to show the world that every human being is important and valuable, that no one should be overlooked because of the differences in gender, race, or sexual orientation.

I became a journalist to empower the voice of the ones that cannot be heard, and I write for the ones whom I have never met before, and the ones I will hopefully meet soon. We cannot be mere stenographers to the powerful. Journalists must be agents of the truth in all its forms, wherever it resides, and we must work harder and more consciously to seek out the stories that don’t come to us because they lack the resources to bring them to our attention.

Generally, I will say journalism has transformed my life significantly. Besides the opportunity that it presents like meeting people from different walks of life and travelling around the world, awarded several international fellowships and awards it has given me the platform to champion the cause of the weak in society. Looking back, I feel sated with what I have achieved in this short spate of time in this career and I believe I have the potential to unearth more of my talent.

Twitter: @angelnavuri

angel.navuri@guardian.co.tz