By Ritah Tugumisirize
International Women’s Day is meant to celebrate women achievements and their contribution in all aspects of life. However, as singer Maxwell noted in one of his ballads, “A woman’s work is never done.”
Just because the day is past does not mean we we fail to celebrate the extraordinary women around us.
Today I want to celebrate a woman in sports journalism who ensures Sanyuka TV viewers are always up to date on happenings in the sports world.
She is one of Next Media Service’s tireless women who work in front and behind the camera to bring you exclusives in the sports arena on a daily basis. Her name is Grace Lindsay Mbabazi.
Grace Lindsay Mbabazi has been a sports journalist with Next Media for three years.
She says that, “Being a female sports journalist calls for a lot of commitment including sacrificing time and late hours, traveling long distances and hours of standing to deliver, sometimes its competitive , difficult unfeminine and aggressive but we will choose to overlook all that because the passion that drives us to give you the best is much more than the troubles we face.”
“It is challenging because it’s more of a male dominated world, it’s up to you as a person to believe in yourself or choose to doubt yourself because of fear. As a woman I have built my own imaginary queendom and where I want to be, I have focused on working hard and where I want to be and with God am grateful.”
It is hard to believe Mbabazi was once an actress, a comedian with the serious face she puts on as a sports anchor.
She is exceedingly proud of her new line, “I have won the best female sports journalist award, the first ever to win , I was ranked among the top ten sports journalist on the continent, I managed to interview one of the best footballers Africa has had, Kolo Toure.”
She refuses to let sexism, the trials of the field or her fears stop her from doing the best job she can as a sports journalist.