Being singled out and quoted by president Obama charges Tumie to take on the world
Just when we thought we had written all there is to write about her, Yarona FM’s Tumie Ramsden scored another ‘success’ which made it hard to resist sitting down with her for an interview.
She recently returned from Washington DC, the United States of America’s capital where she and Botswana Network on Ethics Law and HIV director, Uyapo Ndadi and scores of other young African leaders had gone to attend a forum hosted by US President Barack Obama.
As news filtered through that the duo would be representing Botswana in this forum many could not help but admire the two for being presented with an opportunity to meet with one of the world’s admired leaders.
Little did Tumie as she is commonly known and the rest of Batswana know that the best was yet to come as Obama singled her out twice putting the radio personality and her country of birth on the world map.
“Africa’s future belongs to its young people, including a woman who inspires young people across Botswana with her popular radio show, called, “The Real Enchilada” —- and that’s Tumie Ramsden,’’ said Obama, and called her to stand so all – the world – can see who he was referring to during his chat to the group at the White House.
“For I moment I froze and my heart skipped, I couldn’t believe that Obama had singled me and called my name,’’ she said adding that never in her wildest dreams had she ever imagined Obama ever mentioning her name.
“It was like a dream and I was totally blown away,’’ said Tumie. And while she was still trying to cool down and come to terms with what had just happened, the US president was it again.
“So — I understand, Tumie, you like to Tweet. And she shared words that have motivated so many — this is what Tumie said: ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, to learn more, to do more and become more, then you are a leader’,” Obama said, quoting Tumie, something even superstars can only dream of.
“Being singled out by Obama has made realize the great potential that I have, potential that I never knew I had and which I hope to use for the benefit of Batswana. It also made me realize that it’s the little things we do that make a big difference because to me I haven’t done anything big that would attract Obama’s attention’’ she said.
She also revealed that what transpired in the US has given her the boost and energy to work even more harder.
Now that she has been identified as a potential leader or one who positively influences others by one of the respected leaders in the world, Tumie says she would make sure that she continues to work closely with future leaders.
“The message that we got from Obama was that we should not wait until it’s too late to make a difference as young people and that is what I would thrive to do,’’ she said.
She said one of her dreams as far as the youth is concerned is to have youth parliament as it would ensure that their issues are well presented while at the same time grooming future leaders.
“I would use the opportunities that I have and the power of the radio to advocate for this and more programmes,’’ said Tumie who said despite being made more popular by Obama she was not at all considering herself as a celebrity.
Career woman, mother and wife
Besides being a radio personality, a job that put her on the spotlight, Tumie is also a television presenter, an actress, an editor and a student as she is studying towards a degree in Communication Science with the University of South Africa.
But despite all this plate-full of jobs she still manages to be a mother and a wife.
“I think I am lucky that my jobs don’t take much of my time as I still manage to have quality moments with family,’’ said the mother of two, Kese (4) and Lorato who will be turning two this December.
And true to spending quality time with her family, when The Voice crew arrived at her home for the interview around 6pm on Monday, there she was with her son Lorato suckling not because he still breastfeeds but because that is part of the bonding between mother and son.
In terms of her career she revealed that she will be on radio for as long as radio can have her though she hinted that her dream is to one day own a radio station.
“With my educational background of accounting and now studying towards a degree in Communication Science I think I will one day be better placed to run my own station,’’ she said.