Our many congratulations to OV Stella Din-Jacob (Co 85-86) who has been recognised for her tireless work in journalism.
Stella has been named as one of the top 25 “Most Powerful Women in Journalism” in Nigeria, by WiJAfrica (Women in Journalism Africa). Currently Director of News at TVC Communications, Stella has moved up four places this year to be recognised as the second most powerful female journalist in Nigeria.
Commenting on Stella’s achievement, WiJAfrica said: “Jacob’s leadership as Director of News at TVC was feared to have suffered some serious setbacks after the station was looted and set ablaze by marauding crowds in the aftermath of the Lekki Tollgate shooting last year.
“However, she proved her detractors wrong by going back on air within 72 hours, using a makeshift studio and continuing reportage from the 36 states and the FCT. This singular feat saved hundreds of jobs in the news division and ensured that Nigerians continued to receive critical news and information during the tense period following the #endsars protests.”
Stella added, “I’m humbled to have been recognised by Women in Journalism Africa at a time when my organisation is picking up the pieces of the #endsars protests.
“Our state-of-the-art studio was razed by an angry mob, destroying equipment worth billions of naira and our rich library of archival material. Despite this monumental and gut-wrenching incident, like the proverbial Phoenix, we rose out of the ashes determined to work as a team to rebuild and encourage ourselves to remain focused and committed to our ‘first with breaking news’ ideology.
“Journalism is a way of life for me. It drives my raison d’être and feeds my passion to excel.
“This recognition (only) underscores my commitment and unflinching dedication to ensuring that my ‘failure is not an option’ and ‘impossible does not exist’ mindsets filter down to women who may be contemplating a career in journalism.”
Incredible work, Stella!