Cyprus – Liberian journalist Gloria Tawah Tamba is about to return home to Liberia after completing rigorous study and being declared a Masters in Digital Media and Film.
Journalist Tamba, who started her journalism career, just after high school, at Liberia’s oldest independent daily – the Daily Observer – earned a Masters of Arts in Digital Media and Film from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU ) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
She told this newspaper: “My journey to get a master’s degree in digital media and cinema has been a very difficult journey in a foreign country where I have no family members who would have helped guide me throughout. of the process.”
According to her, as an international student, the challenges were many; adding: “I had come to Cyprus with the idea of going to school while doing a part-time job to help me pay some bills, but the COVID-19 pandemic has seriously killed my dream of ‘get a job here, like most companies and businesses that previously provided employment opportunities have reduced or slowed down operations. She had to navigate her way through the lack of employment opportunities, sometimes non-existent or very limited finances to cover the significant costs of production materials, among other things.
“With all of these challenges, I’ve always reminded myself of where I came from and I use it to remind myself to focus and work hard to achieve my goals.”
“Knowing that I am not from a wealthy family, I continued. I’ve had sleepless nights and today I can easily look at myself and smile not to give up when things were very difficult for me on this journey. Getting to this point in life took the grace of God, my family, and many others who helped me along the way.
“Now is the time to join the movement of selling the positive images of my beloved country, Liberia, to the world.”
Thus, he was left with nothing but the possibility of concentrating on his studies; adding: “I have worked tirelessly to get to this point in my life.”
Ms. Tamba recounted that at some point, “I found myself short of money to pay tuition, accommodation and related bills, but thank you to everyone who contributed to my success, especially my family”.
She further said that the language barrier was another major challenge for her and other international students on the island. She said, however, that she quickly adapted to the system and reached the finish line.
“My advice to all young people is to go after what you want in life with a focused mindset and tie time management into your plans.”
“For international students planning to travel to any country for further education, you need to be financially prepared or have a very strong support system that will ease your burden during your studies.”
Journalist Tamba returns home with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 from EMU, which is one of the highest ranked universities in the world and the second best university in Cyprus and Turkey. EMU was in April 2022 ranked first in the Turkish Republic of the island of Northern Cyprus and second in all of Turkey by the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE), the publisher of the most referenced in the world.
After working in print media for nearly seven years, Gloria saw the need to branch out into electronic media. She joined the Spoon Group of Companies, owner of SpoonFM/TV, in 2019 and served as an editor. She had gone to EMU to broaden her horizons and position herself more prominently in Liberia and in the media landscapes of the world.
Mrs. Tamba was born in Foya, Lofa County to Mrs. and Mr. George Tamba. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a degree in sociology from the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU). She graduated from high school in 2011 at New Jerusalem Assembly of God Mission High School in Gardnerville, Liberia. Her professional expertise falls into two categories: journalism and advocacy for the empowerment of adolescent girls and women.
She has been recognized by the US Embassy for her diverse reporting across industries and was sent to the US in 2018 as part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), where she has lectured in investigative journalism.