The story of Umaru Sanda Amadu
He had called to tell me that I was one of the 3 people chosen out of the about 30 people interviewed for a possibility of doing National Service in the Citi FM Newsroom. The other two are Jiji Del and Russel Wiafe.
Other members of the panel included News Editor, Selorm Adonoo who quizzed me on Philosophy and logic as he always does. It was a tough interview although I was just applying as a National Service person. I put up the best defence I could and won their admiration leading to that phone call from Bernard to tell me one of my dreams- to be on radio, was about to materialise…
Barely a month after I joined Citi, he made me Producer for a show called “Flip Side”. It aired 10 pm to midnight, Mondays through Wednesdays and was hosted by one of the most widely read and very knowledgeable journalists I’ve met, Kojo Larbi aka Conscious Ayatollah. I learnt so much from the show because aside from helping this smart man do his show, I also learnt an enviable work etiquette of closing late, getting home at 2 am sometimes but returning to work by 8 am without complaints because like my mum would say, “you wanted work, now you have it, so enjoy”.
I know there are many journalism students who want to just be on radio or tv but please, “know what goes on air so that when you get there, you wouldn’t flop”. I took 5 years trotting behind the microphones and although I’m not asking you to do same, just know that it has helped shape me. I know this because the day I was called by my boss Samuel Attah-Mensah from miles away and told to Anchor #TheBigIssue on radio, I just sat down and switched on the microphone without fear.
Mind you, my boss gave me the instruction while the sigtune was playing… the host,