In this day and age, it is rare to find active youth who are successful in many aspects. In this section we want to acknowledge and get to know these young giants and get an idea on how they got where they are…
Television Presenter Local Channel One
Head of Marketing and P.R. Studio Masr
Head of the P.R. and documentation committee at the Youth Policy of NDP
Writer, women’s activist and so much more…
One on one with Noha Wagih
Name: Noha Mohamed Wagih Bashir
Birthdate: 25th July 1980 (yes she told us her age)
Star sign: Leo
Nationality: Proud to be Egyptian holding a Canadian passport
Nickname: isn’t Noha short enough?
How did it all start?
- It all started 29 years ago when I was born to two great people who considered me and my brothers their great investment and achievement. Since I was a child my parents always urged me to do basic things: have a protein filled breakfast, read everyday, never do anything I would be too ashamed to admit infront of ANYONE, judge no one with the exception of oneself, and give to world like there is no tomorrow.
How much of that do you manage to do?
- I do have breakfast! No really, I try and all I can do is hope I have made them proud so far.
Tell us a little about your background.
- I studied business, creative writing, teaching, media
- I worked as a teacher and as an educational reformer for many years until I could not stay away from the media any longer!
It seems very diverse, education and media… how did that shift happen?
- Well, I do agree they may seem irrelevant on the surface, but they are both routes to the same goal…
- I want to change the world! I know that may sound like a cliché, but honestly clichés are over rated. I personally believe clichés are nothing but rumours spread by lazy people or couch potatoes who just want to recruit other potatoes to balance out their couch.
Have you managed to change the world so far?
- I believe I have contributed a bit, but honestly, I believe change does not come over night. I know I may not even see the progress I strive for, but it wouldn’t be too bad to be spoken of in a hundred years time as a person who affected other people, wouldn’t it?
Are you ever in this interview going to give us a straight answer?
- (Laughing) are you trying to say I am a good politician? No I am not, I am a reformer and addicted to success.
- I enjoy my show very much, Mazzika Wi Bas, and it is such an honour to be the face of a country!
Most memorable moment on camera?
- My first ever episode live on National television and on satellite seen all over the world. It went absolutely flawless, to everyone’s surprise! Not mine though, I knew I could do it
Are we sensing some arrogance in your words?
- I am very confident of myself, and I don’t think that is wrong, I actually think its very rare and productive.
Leos are known for their arrogance…
- leos are also known for excelling in many aspects, shining in any crowd, addicted to success, taking good care of their loved ones, extreme loyalty, severely dangerous when attacked… I ask you, if someone like that is not arrogant then who is? (laughing again!)
- No really, I admire anyone who works hard on their potential and would raise my hat in respect
What about the Studio Masr position?
- I am so proud to be part of an entity that has been around since 1935 and has so much history. Film is my passion, and since the best way to change the world is through media, then I am in the right place!
How does your political activity fit in all of this?
- I do not have political activity; I like to call it reform activity. I have found a place that listens to my ideas and help me actually do them!
What sort of activities?
- Developing youth skills through workshops and sponsoring opportunities, enhancing the concept of patriotism, building a country that is and will be ours.
What about your woman activism?
- That is a very long story, but all I can say is that I believe in feminism but not gender equality in the sense that is circulating these days. Feminism in its true sense, understanding what it means to be a female and not be in constant competition with the male gender. I mean, if we as women were born chairs and men were born tables, we shouldn’t try to be tables like them… I try to be the best chair even a throne worthy of kings and queens…
Do you ever sleep?
- I sleep Thursday night and wake up Saturday morning… I find it hard to sleep a lot during the week, I feel I will miss something!!!
What would you advise youth like yourself to be successful like yourself?
- I haven’t even reached the success I would like to achieve, but I will tell anyone reading one thing I did. I was told I have to love myself so people would love me. To do that I had to explore and get to know myself. I didn’t love the person I got to know that much, so I decided to make someone I would love. And now I respect myself very much.