Sahr Morris Jr bags media award
Sports reporter Sahr Morris Jr has won the Media Award category at the premier edition of the Sierra Leone Youth Excellence Award (YEA). The Concord Times sports anchor was honored at the Family Kingdom, last weekend. (Photo: Murtala Mohamed Kamara presenting the Media award to Sahr Morris Jr)
The YEA, which is planned to be an annual event, is geared towards highlighting and applauding those young people who represent the best of Sierra Leone, according to organizers.It is the first multi-disciplinary awards program, specifically targeting the youth.
“This year’s theme is ‘Shine A Light’ as it is our objective to seek and show the accomplishments of outstanding youth in the community.” In addition we hope to use YEA to encourage and inspire hard-work and determination amongst a generation of young people who often lack role models and heroes,” the organizers said.
Morris was among other 30 young individuals and institutions that were recognized for their hard work in various fields such as Leadership, Academic Achievement, Environmental Conservation, Social Activism, Media and the Arts.
The maiden edition of the awards recognized young women and youth in the provinces, as well.
Winners were awarded for excellence in Entrepreneurship, Sports, Innovation, Social Activism, Environmental Conservation, Leadership, Media, Academic Achievement, and the Arts.”
Reading the citation before making the award presentation to Morris, Founder and CEO of SaloneJamboree, Murtala Mohamed Kamara, said the renowned sports presenter is a Mass Communication student at Fourah Bay College.
He added that the young journalist has covered major football tournaments including the South Africa 2010 World Cup
Kamara said earlier that he felt honored and happy to present the media award. He thanked Vickie Remoe and her team for the initiative and added that it is a good platform to inspire young people.
In his short acceptance speech, Morris said he felt highly honored to receive the Media Award. He said it was a coincidence that he was receiving the coveted award from someone he regarded as his mentor. He also named Tanu Jalloh and Vickie Remoe as two others who had inspired him a lot.
He dedicated his award to his wife and family.
The evening, which attracted personalities from all walks of life, was hosted by Vickie Remoe.
Various other young individuals were awarded on the night.
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