Born to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Banbangida, Mohammed hails from Talata Mafara, in Zamfara state. He attended Dr. Abubakar Dogo Primary School, Talata Mafara for this Frist Leaving School Certificate (FSLC). He then proceeded to Government collage, Anka for his WAEC (West Africa Examination Council). He obtained a certificate in Mass Communication from Andy Gusau Polythecnic and in 2013 he obtained a higher diploma in Mass Communication from Hassan Usman Polytechnic.
He started his journalism career in 2015, he has covered beats which includes Security, health, Government House (politics) and Business. With health as his best beats.
On what inspired him into Journalism, Mohammed Babangida said while he was in secondary school, he joined a couple of other Junior Students to start a press club, they searched edited and cast news during assemblies. He was stunned by journalists at that time, especially those in print media. In 2005, he was declared best in literature and then he knew he wanted to be a journalist. Journalism is the easiest way to influence people’s life.
In his years of service, he has met and interacted with different people. What excites him is having access to people of all classes in the society and telling them what they need to know.
Despite all the good things, journalism is a profession that is dotted with lot of challenges. My specific challenge now could not be the task I go through trying to access some information, those trying to hide it will call tag it ‘confidential information’. It draws me back.
Mohammed said he has no regrets, May be there are stories I should have dig deeper. May be there are stories leak I should have followed. But overall, I believe there are just lessons and not regrets. Things happen, anyway.
He has enjoyed training opportunities within the country, this includes a four day workshop on malnutrition in Kano, sponsored by Save the Children, I felt like a hero. I also enjoyed a seminar on radio and television report organized by our media station. Above all, a seminar on Development stories facilitated by the BBC veterans equipped me in no small way, especially because my beat then, Health, was all about development stories.
As an upcoming journalist, my advice to other upcoming Journalists is for them to focus and keep going. Sometimes, people will look down on you. You may be called names. You may be tempted with money or gifts but the most important ‘tool’ is honesty. They should keep their head up and keep moving.