By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus -Idarius Pajobo, now a practicing journalist at the West Nile-based Radio Pacis has attributed his growing success including getting a job before graduation to humility, hard work and Utilising Opportunities. The award-winning journalism enthusiast is set to graduate with a bachelor of Mass Communication during KIU's 27th Graduation ceremony on 17th June 2023.
Since joining the University in 2019, Pajobo has been one of the most outstanding journalism students and has always leveraged every opportunity he's got. And he is beginning to harvest the fruits. Besides winning an award in the 2023 National News Room Contest, Pajobo has since earned himself a job even before the completion of his University degree.
"It feels so good to get a job before graduation and am really humbled and grateful to God. Being with a contract as a permanent employee for a company as big as Radio Pacis is indeed a blessing," excited Pajobo says.
Because of his passion, brevity and determination, he participated in the 2019 National News Room Contest and emerged a first runners-up best reporter despite only being in his second semester.
On his second trial at the contest, Pajobo finally scooped an award for best radio host in the 2023 contest where he also led the KIU News team to victory as the overall leader.
Idarius Pajobo received the award for the most outstanding radio host despite also playing a great role in the organization of the team during the television contest where his community story came second.
"I was privileged to lead that amazing team and am very thankful to my teammates, Madam Maureen and the Media Challenge initiative(MCI)which introduced me to what journalism actually is," he says.
"With the knowledge and experience attained from MCI, I am able to tell positive stories, stories that can change society, the mindset of the people, and their overall way of life," he adds.
"Whenever I introduce myself as an award-winning journalist, everyone else gets scared and when I speak, everyone says, yes, he deserved the award. My credit goes to KIU and MCI, that's where am made."
Pajobo says he's enjoying his job at Radio Pacis where he serves as a multi-media journalist though his trademark is news anchoring and reporting. And he's been able to start renting his own house in town.
"I am giving my best and am enjoying the work and I am very happy that am getting good feedback from the people," he notes.
"I moved out of home and am able to plan for myself," he adds.
It is important to note that Pajobo did his first internship at Radio Pacis and exhibited great character and personality coupled with humility, hard work, and passion that easily attracted the attention of the Radio's management.
Despite finding a safe haven at Radio Pacis, Pajobo admits facing challenges like concealment of information, hatred and threats from members of the general public as well as finding trustable sources.
He is now focused on improving his well-being as he continues to contribute towards the development of society through journalism.
"I will continue telling positive stories and through this, I will be able to change a lot in society," he commits.
Pajobo's message to Continuing students is that "Papers are not everything, much as you have to get them. One thing you need to keep at the back of your mind is that journalism is a practical course. Try learning a skill, do practicals and understand the theoretical knowledge because it is equally important."