Mildred Pedun is a professional journalist who was unraveled in April 2022 as the NTV Weekend Edition news anchor.
Mildred Couchitah Pedun was born on 4th June although she told Kampala Edge Times that she prefers to keep her age obscure. She is also an entrepreneur as well as voice over artist.
She oozes passion for her profession since high school when she contested as information prefect. This struck her with desire for radio presentation. However, when she joined campus, she did a business course. This turned out not to be her calling so the confident woman went for journalism at YMCA.
What has changed about Mildred since she joined NTV Uganda?
We asked Mildred what it feels like to be the face of Nation Media Uganda and this is how she responded.
“Nothing pretty much has changed! The main changes are professional and social. Being the face of such a big brand, I am expected to set some limits!
There are some things I used to do that I can’t do anymore, because I need to be a little private. More opportunities have opened up because of my position too.”
Professionally, Mildred says she’s getting better by the day, thanks to the regular training she receives.
What are Mildred’s hobbies?
Couchitah loves travelling, watching flicks, book reading and swimming. She triples as a makeup artist as well as one impressive sports lady, doing netball, volleyball, cricket and athletics.
Before joining NTV Uganda, Mildred Pedun was a radio presenter.
We asked her if it would be a wise decision to digitalize Ugandan radio stations and this was her response.
“If you digitalize radio stations (which are the basic sources of information for low-income earners), you would definitely cut off the majority, because the biggest population in Uganda are youth below 25!”, she added, “most youth in our country are actually unemployed.”
Mildred however agrees that digitalization of radio is the way to go in order to improve coverage and consistent signal. She has worked at Kampala FM for more than 3 years.
What should a young person looking up to Mildred do?
Couchitah advises young people to stay focused and stop focusing on fame and money if they are to become outstanding journalists. She says the Ugandan media industry isn’t some sort of bed of roses or home of greener pastures.
“When you pursue journalism as a course set your goal by deciding exactly what you want to do in the career for example writing, presenting or camera work. You must have passion or you will lose your comfort in the industry.” Said Couchitah.
Advise For Women And Young Girls
We couldn’t let the elegant well built lady go without getting a word for young queens from her.
“You should always chase your dream!,” says Mildred, “Regardless your age, gender or whatever factor. If you set a goal, you must push until you actually get there! I am a go better; if I want something, I will surely get it. Don’t you give up on your dreams! Show people that you can actually work.”
John Kenny Adeya is the proprietor and author of Kampala Edge Times magazine and has won a couple of awards for fighting negative social behavior such as corporal punishment against children. He is a Ugandan journalist focused on spreading positive information about Africa.