Daniel Uza is a News Reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and hails from Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, born to the family of late Engineer Solomon Uza Asor and Late Roseline Shiminenge Uza as the second child among five siblings.
He attended BCC Staff Nursery and Primary School, Gboko and later had his secondary education at the prestigious Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School,Makurdi. Despite losing both parents as a teenager, Daniel Uza defied all odds to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication from the Benue State University, Makurdi, where he emerged as the Best Graduating Student of his class in 2009,While at the University, his quest for academic excellence was rewarded, as he was among the Eight (8) Students from the Benue State University that were awarded the Federal Government Scholarship for outstanding undergraduates in his final year, his leadership qualities were also exemplified while serving as President of Mass Communication Students’ Association at the Institution.
Daniel underwent the Mandatory National Service(NYSC) with Ogun State Television, Abeokuta in the News and Current Affairs Division, while in Service, he was the President of Editorial Community Development Service, CDS Unit as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Ogun(Gateway)Kopa Newsletter(A monthly publication of Ogun State NYSC).
Since joining the services of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in 2015, Daniel was posted to the Corporation’s Harvest FM Station in Makurdi where he has been assigned to cover various beats from Works, Transport, Energy, Rural Development, Agriculture, Revenue and Taxation as well as Sports and is said to have performed creditably by discharging his duty in a professional manner.
What inspired him into Journalism will be his late dad, while growing up, his dad who was then a Senior Electrical Engineer with the defunct Benue Cement Company PLC, Gboko would come home with copies of the company’s publication, known then as BENCEM NEWS, and after reading, he would hand the copies to him to peruse. I gradually developed the habit of reading. His Dad was also fond of buying Newspapers and listening to the News on Television, especially NTA and CNN and since he was very close to his dad, he always joined him to watch the News, where his passion was birthed
During my secondary School days at Mount Saint Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi, he was one of the leaders of the Press and Current Affairs Club, representing and winning laurels for the school at competitions in the State. All this helped in building a deep passion for Journalism.
Talking about experiences Daniel Uza in his word described Journalism practice as ‘interesting and rewarding but also challenging, because News Gathering, Writing and Editing (News Production) requires commitment to succeed. It is a dynamic profession, which requires those who practice it to always be ready to adapt to changes, especially in this era of online media’.
Speaking further on challenges of practice, he said the pressure of deadlines is just scary but one has no option but to always brace up and work towards sending News reports. Another challenge is dealing with the attitude of News Sources, as some can be hostile. Also poor remuneration poses a major challenge for journalists
What keeps him going he said is the grace of God, passion as well as commitment? He has no regrets choosing his profession because he is offering a very important service to humanity, serving public interest to make the society better. He has been part of many in- house trainings and grooming and looks forward to many others, even outside the shores of this country.
He advises upcoming journalist to imbibe the spirit of commitment and love what they do, they should adhere strictly to ethics of the profession in the discharge of their duty, ‘Journalism is a “Thankless” profession, because journalists don’t really have access to much money like other professions but i will implore upcoming journalists to always have it at heart that they are primarily working to serve humanity and that they are key agents of the change our society is yearning for’. Our Country is facing many challenges today and it is expected that we all be at the fore in contributing to bringing about the needed change through responsible journalism