Christine Kabazira, 25, one of the two students who attained a first class degree in Journalism and Communication ahead of Makerere’s 71st graduation ceremony has come out to share her dreams.
Kabazira, who will be graduating in a ceremony expected to run from 17th to 21st May has confessed that she looks up to Prof. Linda Goretti Nassanga and Prof. Monica Chibita, the only two female journalism and communication professors in the country.
“I want to be the 3rd Professor of Journalism in Uganda following Professor Linda Goretti Nassanga and Professor Monica Chibita. Of course I may not be the third because by the time I get there, someone ahead of me will already have. Either way, I want and I will be a professor. I am currently applying for Masters Scholarships. I would love to enroll as soon as it is possible.” Kabazira confessed.
Kabazira, who scored a CGPA of 4.40 emerging second best in her class attributes her success to her parents, who she says did not study to the highest levels of education.
Kabazira joined Makerere in 2016, from Kyebambe Girls’ School in Fort Portal. At A’ Level, she studied History, Economics, Literature- HEL/Submaths. Her best subject was Literature though she also loved Economics. From her childhood days, Ms. Kabazira admired the journalism profession. This inspired her to study hard and pursue the journalism and communication programme at campus.
Kabazira also revealed that she was inspired by former WBS news anchor Jackie Lumbasi to join journalism. As time passed, Kabazira’s passion switched from anchoring news to becoming an investigative journalist.
“I had always loved to do journalism ever since I was a child. I enjoyed watching Jackie Lumbasi (former news anchor at WBS) as she read news back then and I wanted to be like her. That was when I was a child. But along the way, my reasons for wanting to do journalism kept changing. I wanted to do more than read news on TV. I wanted to be an investigative journalist; uncover the wrongs in society for the good of the people.” She revealed.
In her advice to continuing students, Kabazira urged them to utilize their time wisely and not to neglect the importance of group discussions.
“Engage in discussions. Discussion groups really help a lot because one might learn better from a friend than from a lecturer. Use your time productively. There’s a lot of free time, especially on weekends and also in the evening. No evening preps, no Saturday classes like in High school. Know how to utilize that time properly.” She advised.