We recently spoke with Hajra Omarjee, a journalist based in South Africa. She shared with us her insights about her personal journey, as well as her career path.
What sparked your interest in politics and journalism? Can you tell us a little about your career path so far?
Watching Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, his sacrifices. That gave me hope. To me, it meant more than that which was being reported through the eyes of the media.
In the South African Constitution, I found dignity, a JUST world that made sense. With dignity came a conscious self-determination and courage. From that point on, I dared to dream.
Were there times in your career when you doubted yourself? How did you step forward despite that?
I hustled. I worked for free to gain new skills. And I’ve learned along the way that I have a loud voice inside me.
How do you balance your responsibilities as an impartial reporter with your own feelings about the issues you report on?
As a newspaper, radio and TV journalist and anchor, I engage from the perspective of the reader, listener or viewer. At the same time, I put my heart into it.