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Sunday Dare - 2002-03-26

That I am a journalist and still practicing is perhaps traceable to my father's love for reading Nigerian newspapers and his devotion to radio news.

Among friends, he prided himself as the harbinger of the latest news and information.

Over the years,it rubbed off. Over a decade hence, I remain a foot soldier in the journalism field.

My academic journey through Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, University of Jos, New York University, New York, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts interlaced with years of investigative journalistic work have been exciting and challenging.

I hope to remain a journalist for life. It is the one profession that offers the platform to achieve freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom from fear and freedom from want.

And freedom to demystify political characters.

I draw my strengtht as an informed journalist from reading a lot of non-ficion writing and publications. My favorite books to date are:-'THE TIMES OF MY LIFE AND MY LIFE WITH THE TIMES' by Max Frankel and 'Soccer War' by the itinerant journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski.

Of course, you never know until you read another great book.

Sunday Dare, Chief, Hausa Service, Voice of America; email:; phone: 202-619-2924.