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World Press Freedom Day: A Stroll With Milliscent Maduagwu by Ebeneza Wikina

Source: Milliscent Maduagwu

Source: Milliscent Maduagwu

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. This was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference. Since then, 3 May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day.

According to the United Nations’ website, World Press Freedom Day presents an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom; assess the state of press freedom throughout the world; defend the media from attacks on their independence; pay tribute to journalists who have lost their
lives in the line of duty.

In collaboration with a UN Volunteer Ebeneza Wikina, a young and visionary Nigerian at Write Paragraphs, we bring to you his stroll with Milliscent Maduagwu, a young Nigerian journalist. Enjoy the interview, and don’t forget to drop a comment, and share! Happy World Press Freedom Day!

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It’s not really easy to get an ‘On Air Personality’ for a ‘down to earth’ interview, because just like their name suggests; they’re always ‘on air’ and hard to reach.. But somehow I was lucky to break the barriers and got one of Nigeria’s finest OAPs to have a stroll with me. She’s currently working with NigeriaInfo(92.3 Fm) Port harcourt. I was also lucky to get her autograph too (smiles).. well here is what we discussed;

Ebenezar: thank you very much for your time, I feel honoured having this stroll with you. First question; Is being an ‘On Air Personality’ your Childhood dream? Is this what you’ve always wanted to be?

Milliscent: Well, yes and no. No because I never had a particular course or profession I wanted to study, I really believed I could do anything I set my mind to. Then yes, being the fact that deeply I always wanted something that mattered, to be in the eye of the storm, to make a change, a difference, to help and we all know that the media is one of
the tools,but it never struck me at first…

Ebenezar: What was growing up like for you? Was it fun all the way?

Milliscent: LOL(laughs). . . it’s just like saying someone had the perfect childhood, I think not. It was a mixture of pleasant and the unpleasant. I remember always wanting to have my way (which I still do every now and again) but sometimes I met bulwarks from either of my parents, and my siblings. Now the latter, literally a thorn in the flesh I had to put up with a lot of things from my elder brothers coming from a family of 5 kids being the 1st girl and number 4 on the list. I had to conform to a lot of punishments, lol, and yeah some perks from having boys before me no one dared get on my other side.

Ebenezar: what is your favourite genre of music?

Milliscent: Hmmm music… No particular one. I love all kinds it all depends on my mood.

Ebenezar: The Midday dialogue; the radio show you co-host with Joy Eberebe gives the audience the oppurtunity to call in and air their views on different issues. What do you think are the benefits of Freedom of Speech to a country?

Milliscent: Freedom of speech is amazing. Imagine being dumb, not being able to speak or be heard because of fear or government restraint, incarceration. There’s nothing like what I’d call the freedom of the tongue, especially in a democratic setting as ours, where the people’s votes count. Free speech is an indispensable tool of self-governance in a democratic society. It enables people to obtain information from a diversity of sources, make decisions, and communicate those decisions to the government. Beyond the political purpose of free speech, is a “marketplace of ideas.” Rather than having the government establish and dictate the truth, freedom of speech enables the truth to emerge from diverse opinions. In the words of Justice Louis Brandeis “freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth.”

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  1. Ken Ejiofor
    08/05/2014 at 07:21

    This is a great stroll.

  1. 22/11/2014 at 12:15

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