BBC Broadcaster Nadia Ali visits Tower Hamlets College
BBC Presenter Nadia Ali encouraged students to believe in themselves as she visited Tower Hamlets College to mark International Women’s Day. Alongside other inspiring guest speakers she spoke to the students about her career and gave them advice on how to make the best of their future opportunities.
The event was hosted by the College’s students and focused on inspirational women and the journeys they have taken to be successful in their chosen careers.
Nadia, born and raised in the East End of London, is a television and radio presenter best known for presenting the Sunday evening show on BBC’s Asian Network – The Nadia Ali Show – and is also a qualified barrister and current member of Lincoln's Inn. She spoke about the challenges she faced on the road to becoming a barrister and the importance of always believing in yourself and aspiring to be the best you can be. Ms Ali advised that the students should always remain positive when faced with obstacles and explained how being told she couldn’t do something drove her to work even harder and ask “why can’t I?”
Although she aspired to be a barrister, Nadia was also interested in media and after hosting a charity event she was offered an audition for a live children’s TV show which kicked off her career in the media and broadcasting industry and lead to her own BBC radio show ‘The Nadia Ali Show’.
Nadia said “Believe in yourself; if you have a dream, go for it and don’t let anyone get in your way.”
Other guest speakers included Syeda Choudhury, the host of ‘Women’s Voice’ on Bangla TV and Dr Beccy Scott, a GP at the Bow Health Clinic, who also spent a year living with her family in Bangladesh and learnt the language so that she could better communicate with her Bangladeshi patients and Dr Catriona McGilvery, a Research Fellow in Advanced Electron Microscopy at Imperial College.