From Ola Diab’s blog:
I’m a person who uses writing as a way to express who I am, and what I believe in. I believe in the power words although I might not be great at using them. But practice makes perfect! Most importantly, I use writing as a way to tell the stories that are not being told. If they are, then I want to tell them differently. I love writing about social issues and human interest stories rather than political, business or economical stories (although they play a major role in journalism).
I graduated from Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) with a bachelor’s degree journalism, with a concentration in African and Middle Eastern studies. Today, I work for one of Qatar’s oldest print magazine and leading information guide, Marhaba Information Guide. However, I hope that I’ll be returning to Sudan soon where my skills will have real impact. Many people ask me, “Why do you want to go back? There’s nothing there for you!” But I say, “It’s my home. There’s always something there for me.” It’s a place where my skills can have a real impact.
I have mostly reported in Qatar (where I’ve been living since 1994), but I also have experience reporting in Turkey, the United States (New Orleans and Chicago) and Sudan. Sudan, so far, has been the toughest place I ever had to report in.
My work has been published on Qatar Today (print magazine), Campus (print magazine), GLAM (print magazine), Qatar Happening (print magazine), Qatar Visitor (online), Content That Works (online & print magazine – Chicago, USA) and many others. I have interviewed well-known figures such as singer, Sami Yusuf; photojournalist, Reza Deghati; Glenn Leonard from The Temptations; calligraffiti artist El Seed; and archeologists, Charles Bonnet and Stephen Wenig; and many more. My documentary, The Unveiled, which I’ve directed and produced with a colleague, has won third place in the Women’s Voices Now film festival in California, USA in 2011.
I’m using this blog to display my work as a journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker.
Originally posted by the amazing Ola Dia, creator of Twitter page: @Sudan_Voices, posted on her blog (http://oladiab.com/2011/05/28/sudanese-who-made-it-big/) who has given me so much hope, inspiration, and makes me proud to be able to call myself Sudanese 😉