The Director of Fides Media, Rev Fr Martin Anusi, has commended the efforts of three of the organization’s reporters, Mercy Hill, Precious Ukeje and Alexander Johnson Adejoh, for being the voice of the voiceless, just as he called on newsmen to embrace grassroots Journalism.
Fr Anusi who doubles as the Communications Director of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Anambra State, made the call in an interview with Fides in his office last Wednesday.
He disclosed that a story tagged, “Awka Residents Lament over Lockdown”, published in Fides Newspaper which captured the ordeal of one Mrs. Maria Nwaobachili, popularly known as Mama, had gained public interest.
The Veteran Journalist-Priest told Fides that Mrs. Nwaobachili’s story was trending across the globe, noting that he had received calls from the National Catholic Reporters (NSR), USA, Belgium and Germany.
‘As we speak, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Anambra State, through its commissioner, Lady Ndidi Mezue, yesterday (last Tuesday) invited the said Mama to government house where she was entertained and had some of her challenges responded to.
‘We have screenshots of bank transactions transferred to her (Mrs Nwaobachili’s) account by Ndi Anambra, home and abroad, as well as good Nigerians touched by her story.
‘Personally I have interest in Mama’s story and I have it in my schedule to visit her soon and have some positive discussions with her, ‘ Fr Anusi added.
Expressing delight in what he termed, ‘The act of professional journalism’, portrayed by the reporters from Fides, the Awka Diocesan Communications Director, urged all journalists in the state and beyond to always look out for the downtrodden and to become true voices of what is usually termed the voiceless.
‘This should serve as a case study for all; news is not always about big people, but rather, issues that add value to the human society,’ he said, adding that what was very particular was the story’s human angle impact.
‘A good Journalist sees news where nobody sees anything, because while others look for big moments, a professional journalist looks for hidden and often unnoticed events or people. It is in such situations that great news is born,’ Fr Anusi explained.
He further appreciated everyone that had donated in cash or kind to Mrs Nwaobachili, even as he challenged all and sundry to look out for needy people around them for assistance.