Sandrine Isheja is one of Rwanda’s leading female journalists in Rwanda who has been in the profession for more than Seven years.
In an interview we had with her a bit earlier, she shared with us that he secret to the great success was her determined and focused spirit that made it easy for her to go after what she wanted.
What is the one lesson that you learned from University of Rwanda?
My time at the University was filled with discovery, inspiration and drive. This was a period that steered me into the right path and put my dream in motion. One thing that I learnt is that everything is possible in life. If you dream it you can become it.
What is the secret behind your success?
I don’t think I have any secret. It goes down to the value you have and the amount of effort you want to put in building your life. Growing up I was always that girl who woke up with a purpose and intent. I believed that anything is possible and I was willing to put in the work
What values should young girls have?
They should respect themselves. When you carry yourself with dignity it does not reduce anything on your beauty but instead add on it. They should be hard working and have a sense of wanting to be independence.
What qualities did you use to succeed in what you do?
I was curious. I wanted to know more and I also did not get comfortable with where I was and I kept on being consistent with my work.
Growing up did you always want to be a radio presenter?
Not really I wanted to be a translator as well as an air hostess. Though when I was in primary school I resembled a TV presenter and people always asked me if I knew her. I later got inspired to join media. That’s how I considered the profession and later at the university I got the opportunity to be introduced to the different forms of media and I felt comfortable with radio
What are some of the challenges that you faced as a woman starting up in media?
As a woman I was put in a box. I was only expected to do soft things like food shows and the other fields were considered too challenging and left for the men. I saw this as an opportunity and I did my best to become a better person each and every time.
What advice can you give to University students?
University is a good place for self-discovery and self-development. You have the right to make mistakes and learn from them.