Salma Phillips is living her childhood dream with style
Salma Phillips is a writer, talk show host, presenter and TV producer from the North Eastern part of Nigeria.
She was born to a Fulani Shuwa father and a Calabari mother. Her dream of being on Television, since she was a child, became a reality on February 7, 2016, when she debuted as the host of her talk show, The Salma Show shown on Africa Magic Urban.
After being rejected three times in four years, Salma kept pushing through to make her dream of being a famous TV personality a reality. She had to return to school to major in media broadcast because she wanted it so badly and would not be discouraged.
Today, she is making a name for herself while making money as a female entrepreneur even though TV production is not as easy as it looks.
Salma Phillips recently shed light on her journey into TV production and her life as northern showbiz personality.
After watching Femi Oke, the first Nigerian-British correspondent on CNN in her formative years, Salma Phillips believed that working for CNN was attainable.
Since then, she started nurturing that dream. Those years played an integral part in her career choices and have shaped her into becoming the woman she is today. She revealed that if given the opportunity to work for CNN today, she will gladly take it.
After being rejected three times in four years, Salma kept pushing through and had to return to school to major in media broadcast because she wanted to do this and would not be discouraged. It was then she discovered it was a whole new technical terrain. TV production is not as easy as it looks.
So far, the feedback on her show has been awesome. It was so well received that she was given yet another platform and this happened just after Season 1 of her show. That proves Salma Phillips is on the right path, and it gives her so much joy.
Getting through the challenges of her job was a tough one. Salma had to go back to not just the drawing board, but to get trained and certified in Media Broadcast from the BBC Academy. She also overcame those times with the support of family and dear friends.
Salma Phillips doesn’t see herself as the face of Northern Nigeria television; rather she sees herself as a Northern woman who wants to make a difference in her own little way.
And when it comes to making a difference, there are no limits to her reach. She sees every new terrain is seen as an opportunity to reaching the next.
Salma noted that the world is a global village, there are numerous northerners spread around the globe and The Salma Show is one of the platforms that connect them back home.
According to her, the Salma Show brand cuts across the entire country, and is aired on the global platform of African Magic Urban on DStv. It is this unique niche that sets the show apart from others.