Ten prominent Sierra Leoneans have been awarded certificates for their contributions to national development in 2018 by a youth group, Chosen Generation Sierra Leone (CGSL), on Monday 1 April 2019.
The winners are:
- Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown;
- Umaru Fofana, BBC reporter;
- Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh, Chief Electoral Commissioner;
- Francis Ben Kaifala, Anti-Corruption Commissioner;
- Ishmael Charles, Humanitarian:
- Abdul M. Fatoma, Human rights activist;
- Emerson Bockarie and Zainab Sheriff, Entertainers;
- Asma James, Journalist;
- Francis Mambu, Pastor.
In a brief ceremony, the awardees were presented with their awards in their respective offices. Umaru Fofanah said he is not usually moved by awards because he loves, believes in and appreciates what he does. He added, “This is one of three awards that I will keep close to my heart because I know it is sincere.” Ishmael Charles has been helping raise funds for babies with genetic disorders to get life-saving operations.
After receiving the award, he thanked CGSL and urged the organization to help raise money for these sick kids. CGSL presented their first awards in 2018 for nominees from 2017. The National Coordinator of CGSL, Joel Abdulai Kallon, said they have been presenting awards to recognize and motivate Sierra Leoneans in their respective fields.
He said the nominations were done online, on Facebook and WhatsApp. Kallon said they received up to 300 nominees. But, only the ten with solid reputations, extensive track records and the highest number of votes were the ones selected for the awards.
By Abdul Sillah
Tuesday April 2, 2019.