“Good afternoon and welcome to Sports Bar. My name is Flora Dzilla and I am bringing you another edition of your favourite sports magazine programme on BBC. This programme gives our cherished viewers the opportunity to be updated on football matches played and fixtures in the various leagues across the length and breadth of the world. Also, my guest for Talking with the Stars section is the three times African footballer of the year and one of the best strikers of all times. He was the former lead striker for Chelsea and has scored more than 100 goals for his country, Ivory Coast and he is in the person of Didier Drogba. You can send us your messages through the various country codes below your screen.”
It has always been my dream to work in the media. When I was a kid, I used to spend hours in the washroom reading newspapers aloud to myself and mimic notable media men like Komla Dumor and Larry King David. As time went on, I developed a soft spot for football in my heart and I used to spend most of my pocket money on buying Tuesdays and Fridays’ edition of Graphic Sports. I used to explain football tactics and rattle the names of famous football stars to the admiration of my male friends who thought it was awkward for a lady to be so much into football. I came out with flying colours in my final exams and gained admission into the prestigious University of Cape Coast to pursue a degree programme in arts. I then proceeded with a postgraduate course in communication in Ghana Institute of Journalism. I was employed as a news editor for the Crusading Guide and wrote football articles for the sports column and this helped me to land a part time job as a sports programme hostess on Radio Gold. I drew inspiration from the veteran sports journalist, Kwabena Yeboah.
My dream of becoming one of the greatest sports journalists was in the process of being materialised when I was invited for an interview for a job as a sports programme hostess at BBC. God being so good, I was given the job. Now, I will have the opportunity to interact with great African footballers who are both home and abroad. This felt so great and was a dream come true especially for the fact that I was doing a job usually meant for males.