Liberian Female Journalist To Launch Book

A Liberian female and award winning journalist, Mae Azango, is expected to launch a book on November 26, 2017.

Mae made the disclosure Tuesday, explaining that the book, titled: “Voice of the Trumpetess,” tells the stories of her childhood, adolescent, youth and adult lives. “The book unveils my struggle with physical abuse, battle with psychological effects, story on my failed marriage, childbirth and many complicated stories of my life that many are going through today,” she said..

Mae noted that the book is focusing on how she started her life as a refugee in Ivory Coast when Liberia was experiencing civil crisis, how she was beaten everyday without any justice, how she was treated in the own home under the leadership of an elected president, her school days and how she made her way into journalism.

The Liberian female journalist said she had not anticipated being a journalist, but dreamed of becoming a hotel manager.  “The University of Liberia’s entrance and placement exams were already over the year I returned to Liberia. So I decided to kill time at the LBS [Liberia Broadcasting System] Journalism School so that I would not be carried way by the environment,” Mae maintained.

According to her, upon understanding the profession and how it allows one to expose ills in society, she created passion for the profession, thus paving the way for her to express the condition of the people in bringing transformation to their cases. “Knowing that pen was mightier than the sword and it helps shrift the destiny of the country, I started to love journalism and this is where it has brought me,” she said.

She continued: “When I found out that using my pen to address issues that were solving problems in my society, I said wow, instead of me stressing vain debating in the streets and at intellectual forums, I can just pen them on the paper, by going into the slumps communities and places where the marginalized groups are found and telling their stories for redress.

The Liberian journalist also indicated that her new book is not only going to explain her stories but also help transform the lives of young people that will read her stories. She said it will also help inspire and motivate lots of young people by boosting their spirit for life and take away barriers in achieving their dreams.

Mae emphasized that her book is going to impact the life of the younger generation in journalism, including girls who do not want to go to school anymore because of some situation or circumstances. She noted that it will serve as motivation to these women and their lives and that she might serve as a role model to young once who find themselves at the bottom line of poverty ladder and have given up hope in life, “If they read my book, they will say ‘if Mae Azango can rise up what is about me’ and my book will serve as motivator to them because what I went through is what young girls are still going through, they have no one to talk to them, but the way I handle mine, they can learn from my experiences.”

Meanwhile, Mae has urged young people, especially girls in the journalism profession to create name for themselves and a reputation to protect. She said being a journalist makes one a public eye and whatever he or she does should merit his or her way and be themselves, indicating, “Once you are a journalist, you are a public eye and you need to be careful with your body and whom you have a relationship with because you have a profession and a name to uphold.”

Mae is a Liberian and an international award-winning journalist whose pen-pushing has trumpeted the voices of the abuse and has forced the hand of the government out of inaction and continues to speak out for justice for the marginalized groups.

A Liberian female and award winning journalist, Mae Azango, is expected to launch a book on November 26, 2017.

Mae made the disclosure Tuesday, explaining that the book, titled: “Voice of the Trumpetess,” tells the stories of her childhood, adolescent, youth and adult lives. “The book unveils my struggle with physical abuse, battle with psychological effects, story on my failed marriage, childbirth and many complicated stories of my life that many are going through today,” she said..

Mae noted that the book is focusing on how she started her life as a refugee in Ivory Coast when Liberia was experiencing civil crisis, how she was beaten everyday without any justice, how she was treated in the own home under the leadership of an elected president, her school days and how she made her way into journalism.

The Liberian female journalist said she had not anticipated being a journalist, but dreamed of becoming a hotel manager.  “The University of Liberia’s entrance and placement exams were already over the year I returned to Liberia. So I decided to kill time at the LBS [Liberia Broadcasting System] Journalism School so that I would not be carried way by the environment,” Mae maintained.

According to her, upon understanding the profession and how it allows one to expose ills in society, she created passion for the profession, thus paving the way for her to express the condition of the people in bringing transformation to their cases. “Knowing that pen was mightier than the sword and it helps shrift the destiny of the country, I started to love journalism and this is where it has brought me,” she said.

She continued: “When I found out that using my pen to address issues that were solving problems in my society, I said wow, instead of me stressing vain debating in the streets and at intellectual forums, I can just pen them on the paper, by going into the slumps communities and places where the marginalized groups are found and telling their stories for redress.

The Liberian journalist also indicated that her new book is not only going to explain her stories but also help transform the lives of young people that will read her stories. She said it will also help inspire and motivate lots of young people by boosting their spirit for life and take away barriers in achieving their dreams.

Mae emphasized that her book is going to impact the life of the younger generation in journalism, including girls who do not want to go to school anymore because of some situation or circumstances. She noted that it will serve as motivation to these women and their lives and that she might serve as a role model to young once who find themselves at the bottom line of poverty ladder and have given up hope in life, “If they read my book, they will say ‘if Mae Azango can rise up what is about me’ and my book will serve as motivator to them because what I went through is what young girls are still going through, they have no one to talk to them, but the way I handle mine, they can learn from my experiences.”

Meanwhile, Mae has urged young people, especially girls in the journalism profession to create name for themselves and a reputation to protect. She said being a journalist makes one a public eye and whatever he or she does should merit his or her way and be themselves, indicating, “Once you are a journalist, you are a public eye and you need to be careful with your body and whom you have a relationship with because you have a profession and a name to uphold.”

Mae is a Liberian and an international award-winning journalist whose pen-pushing has trumpeted the voices of the abuse and has forced the hand of the government out of inaction and continues to speak out for justice for the marginalized groups.

 

 

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