The girls from their childhood are marginalized in their home and society. When they pursue a professional career and then married life, they remain in the sideline, ignored in their workplace, family and society. When girls are arguing over their birthday clothes, Nanziba Khan is demanding equality of girls and women in society.
The versatile Nanziba, who just appeared in HSC exams, choose to be a child journalist, one of the few youngest filmmaker, Cadet Ambassador, a TV presenter, even an articulate debater. Recently she became an Ambassador for The British American Resource Center. It all began with a simple paintbrush. Before using a pencil, her mom inspired her to learn drawing and recitation at Kisholaoy Konchikanchar Mela. And she got entwined with the idea of participating in different competitions. In 2007, she earned her first award, participating in her first ever contest at Jainul-Quamrul International Children's Painting Competition. She won a lot more awards in different sectors including drawing and debating at national and international level.
Nanziba won the first prize from Bharateswari Homes for her extempore speech. She worked as the vice-president of Cambrian College Debating Society. There was a time for Nanziba, when in any event whether it's Pahela Boishakh, Eid, Puja or any cultural festival she was always there on the podium. But recently she is preparing herself for something new, something challenging. She was a student of class two when she first came in front of a camera. It was a program ''Kagoj Kete Chobi Anki'' on state-media Bangladesh Television (BTV).
While she was studying in class eight, she learned about the circular of Child Journalism initiative by ''BD news 24 dot com''. Filed her application, out of curiosity to explore journalism among three thousand applicants. After a written test only 15 were selected. Only 5 among them were sent on an assignment at Ruposhi Bangla Hotel (now Intercontinental Hotel) and only one was selected to interview the world's best all-rounder cricketer Shakib Al Hasan. And it was none other than Nanziba Khan. Nanziba did not just stop here.
She interviewed Cabinet Ministers of Bangladesh including the State Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister, ICT, Land, Information, Telecommunication, Health, Food, Cultural, Home Affairs, Education and many more. Not only political persons, she also interviewed prominent figures too, such as award winning writer Selina Hossain, Emdadul Huq Milon, Habibul Bashar, singer Abeda Sultana, Professor Sadeka Haleem, Nishat Majumdar, Faridur Reza Sagor, magician Jewel Aich, Mir Ahsan, Arifa Jaman Moushumi, Brig. Gen. S M Ferdous, the director of world debate society Alfred Sneider and the Defense Minister of India. She has on her credit 72 interviews till this date.
Directing films is another forte for Nanziba. She directed 'Careless', a short film when she was only 13. Won prestigious Meena Award hosted by UNICEF for her first documentary 'Shada-Kalo'. She only used her mid-day meal money to produce the documentaries. Then she created 'Grow Up', 'The Unstitch Pain' and a few more documentary films. Anchored in 'Amra Rongin Projapoti' and 'Amader Katha' broadcast on BTV. Nanziba expressed, Camera has twined in my life. I've worked as a presenter, though I like to work behind a camera. Moreover, I love to debate and write stories.
Participating in the Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (BNCC) as a Cadet Sergeant, firing light weapons, taught how to work in a disciplined system. I've came first in consecutive three times at BNCC instant speech. I went to India on BNCC's event and earned my spot after three written and oral exam. There I had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee, and interview the Defense Minister. And had befriend cadets from 11 different countries including Russia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives. Nanziba told that all the inspiration come from her mother and younger brother. She expressed that whenever she feels down and disbelieve herself, she thinks of her brother; and somehow it empowers her.
There was a moment when Nanziba dreamt to be a professional painter. But now she is wants to be an internationally recognized media person. She expressed that she just do not want to be a media personality, but she wants to lead the global media. Where she wants to showcase Bangladesh in front of the world and she is confident.
The writer is a senior journalist of The Asian Age