Pochi Tamba Nsoh takes us through her career as a journalist, filmmaker & advocate for change

Tell us your name, occupation & organization?

My name is Pochi Tamba Nsoh, a journalist, filmmaker and an advocate for change. I work as a journalist for CRTV and also carry out different change projects under Maya Initiatives and Network of African Youths for Development; organizations I founded 14 years back.

What motivates you?

The feel of a new day and the renewed hope that it brings. The belief that there is a God who put us here on earth for a good reason.

What are your unique values?

Hmm!!! I know I am a good listener and networker. I am highly emphatic and find a lot of joy in helping other people in diverse ways. I am also hard working and focused. When I have a bone, I do not leave it until I have taken it home.

What are you hustle habits?

When I find something worth my time and energy, I am relentless. I put in all the hours needed without counting. I reign in all my resources on-table and off-table to make it happen. I am driven by my convictions and passions. My only limit is my faith in God.

How do you push through your worst times?

I use to blame myself a lot when tough times hit me. I will wonder what I did wrong; why me? I’ll ask over and over again. Then I learnt that tough times are indicators of level change. When you go through a storm, your game upgrades itself. You only deserve a new level if you beat the first one. Now, when I encounter tough times, I find a quiet place to relax and strategise. I ask myself; what is hard and why do I see it as hard. I write down ways to go round it. Sometimes it needs a day or two for my emotions to cool down. But it works all the time. Most at times when things are tough, our hormones go wild and shield our eyes. Needless to say emotions win no war; strategy and cool heads do. You would be surprised, but I do this for every kind of challenge that I come across. From managing my home to running staff in my job; it helps me a whole lot.

Can you describe a time when you thought you hit rock bottom?

I started working at the age of 23. I felt ready for it since I had worked as a young journalist with FM105 for 6 years but I was wrong. First hand intrigues at work place and extents to which colleagues can go to position themselves hit me really hard. Even though my job was appreciated by my hierarchy, I resigned from it, decided to take a break and went abroad. I remember telling my mum that if she continued to talk against me resigning, one day she will find me picking herbs in a nearby cemetery! Lol!. Today, I have learnt that work struggles never change. On the contrary, they increase as your level upgrades and it is the same story wherever you find a job in this world.

Has there been any failures that made your life better?

It is hard for me to say. I do not hold on that long to failures but everything I do, I put to faith in God and accept the outcome as His doing. Generally speaking, I would say all my successes and failures have all helped to build who I am today. Each time I have failed, there was something unique that I had to learn before moving on.

Do you have any steps or events that transformed your life?

When I resigned from my first job in 2006, I had an option to travel with other young persons to learn about sustainable development. I was trained in involving young persons in development and later represented Africa to write a toolkit for youths in development that is still being used by various agencies around the world today. Here is a link, just in case – https://issuu.com/peacechildint/docs/actiontoolkitwyc2005.

That event in Scotland changed my understanding of the world and sharpened the change-maker voice in me. Many people may know me as a TV face but in different places around the world, I am known for my ability to work with youths and communities to spur change. While my job in the media pays my bills, what gives me definition is the work I do with youths and communities in Cameroon and beyond.

Do you believe there is some sort of pattern or formula to becoming successful?

While I think success is defined by how each person feels inside themselves, it certainly is true that successful people over time have shown similar habits. They have great empathy for fellow humans. They read a lot and speak way less than others. They are efficient in the things they decide to do. I noticed that we like to complain, explain and justify. Success does not have time for all that. If you have something to do, get going at it. If not, drop it and go do something else or rest. If you practice just these, I am certain you will stand out; though I must add that it is not cheap.

Any inspirational quote or motivational statement that keeps you going?

I do not have one quote that keeps me going. I read a lot of things; biblical or not, to seek inspiration and motivation. In light of what we are going through these days, this quote is what I wish to share. It is from William James, an American Thinker credited with the father of American Philosophy “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” When I read the things we say and see actions we take, it is clear that we as a people take too much for granted and joke a lot. We do a whole lot, “just to joke”. Yet, everything makes a difference in the equation of life.

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