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Fallen Abim Journalist Joyce Nakia Lauded for Bravery :: Uganda Radionetwork

Fallen Abim Journalist Joyce Nakia Lauded for Bravery

Dennis Omara Dbekas, the Abim Council Speakers says the district has lost a very strong, courageous and foresighted leader who devoted herself to exposing the rot in the district.
Joyce Nakia- Coutesy Photo.

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The late Lucy Nakia has been lauded as a game-changer in the field of radio presentation in Karamoja and parts of Lango. Nakia is one of the few females to be employed as a talk show host and presenter in Karamoja.

She is praised for having used her voice on radio to fight social injustices as well as addressing governance and leadership issues while she steered the airwaves behind her studio microphones.  

Lucy Nakia died at age of 43. Her sudden death has shocked many especially her funs whose hearts and souls she had attracted through her brilliant radio presentation skills.

Angel Atim, a co worker is still recovering from the shock of Nakia’s demise. Atim says that Nakia chaired her introduction preparation meetings before she got ill.

“I feel like an orphan and nobody without Joyce. She’s been more than a friend or sister to me. We have shared almost everything from the time I met Joyce in Moroto”, Atim narrates while trying to hold tears in her eyes.

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Nakia was passionate about girl- child education, human rights, women movement. She breathed her last on Wednesday due to liver failure and was buried over the weekend.

Atim says Nakia was a very hardworking and fearless woman who exposed injustices while in journalism and politics. “She was a fighter, open minded and courageous to face every situation”, Atim said.
Omara Dbekas, the Abim Council Speaker, says the district has lost a very strong, courageous and a foresighted leader who devoted herself to exposing the rot in the district.  

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Nakia competed for the position of Council Speaker position but lost to Dennis Omara Dbekas. Her active participation in the council saw her lead the finance and administration committee. She was also chosen to represent the council on the Abim Hospital management board.  

Nakia has been so instrumental in fighting corruption and bad governance in Abim district, something that has seen the district on the spot over mismanagement of public funds.

By the time of her death, Nakia had won a second term to represent Awach Sub County that was carved out of Lotuke sub County in Abim District Council. After winning her first term in 2016 to represent Lotuke Sub County.  

Dennis Olaka- Nakia’s former station manager at Radio Lira remembers her as a very jolly and humorous person who lightened every person at the station.

“She used to do evening drive shows and women show over the weekends but would also anchor news in English. She was very passionate on issues of woman and girl-child education”, he said.

Joyce Nakia was among the first few female journalists from Abim district in Karamoja sub region to venture into radio work.

She joined the industry in 2005 after consulting a friend, Angel Atim, another native who had just been recruited to work at All Karamoja FM under Radio Management Services.  

Nakia would soon become a radio star and was transferred to Busoga FM in Jinja and later Radio Lira by the same management. Together with her mentor, Nakia left Radio Management Services to join Pol FM and Kitti FM radios in Kitgum between 2008 and 2009.

She worked with Straight Foundation in Moroto as a communication specialist in 2012 and had a chance to travel to New York City in the USA to celebrate Malala’s Day.

Her travel was sponsored by the UN Agency for Children- UNICF under the U- Report youth program, a free social SMS program designed to raise issues that young people of Uganda care about.

Nakia continued with radio work even after joining politics. She returned to Luo FM while serving as Councilor for Lotuke Sub County and continued to Wangooh FM in Agago district where she resigned in 2019, marking the end of her 17- year uninterrupted service in radio work.