By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Girl rights Activist, Change Maker and Journalism Mentor, Mariatu Kabba has been nominated for the 50 most influential women in Sierra Leone.
The fifty most influential Sierra Leonean Women award is an initiative of twenty -two youth and women -led organisations supported by Kids advocacy Network to spotlight and recognise important role women play towards national development.
Mariatu Kabbais a Journalism mentor working for BBC Media Action Sierra Leone and Activist for girls’ empowerment and peacebuilding started her radio career at Radio Mount Aureol/Cotton Tree News (CTN), in 2013 which was known to be the largest public service media project in post-war Sierra Leone, whilst studying for her BA in Mass Communication at Fourah Bay College.
Through her work, Madam Kabba has been able to give voice to voiceless and deprived women and girls while telling the inspiring stories of other young women and girls who push boundaries and make a mark in areas that have traditional been male dominated.
“In my passionate quest to respond to the leadership development needs of women and girl, I Co-Founded Strong Women, Strong Girls Sierra Leone, a non-profit women/girls empowerment Initiative geared towards strengthening the socioeconomic status of women and girls and providing them with the knowledge and leadership skills needed to be successful in life and to actively contribute to the social change for a sustainable and healthy society,’’she said.
“I am passionate and determined, driven by ideas for changes I would like to make happen in my country and in Africa as a whole. Some of these passions and dreams I have already been able to follow’’
The Journalism Mentor and Activist for girls’ empowerment said that her organization has touched many girls in deprived communities bringing hopes for a brighter future adding that her motivation is waking up every day knowing that she has been obligated by God to serve Him and to help humanity.
When asked how does she feel been nominated for the 50 Most influential Sierra Leonean women award, she replied,”Sometimes you feel like you’re just doing the little you can in touching lives, with no knowledge of whether the world will actually acknowledge it. It always astounds me when people do, and my work resonates with them. It makes it all worthwhile.” “It feels great to be nominated for the 50 most influential Sierra Leonean women Award.”