Sierra Leone’s First Lady HE Sia Nyama Koroma heads Washington DC Women’s Conference
Sierra Leone First Lady H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma arrived in Washington, DC on Monday December 6, 2010 to attend the TED conference. It was a two days action packed conference that attracted and brought renowned luminaries from around the world to the United States.
The First Lady was received in Washington D.C. by Mr. Abdul Bero Kamara, President Elect, and members of his administration. Mr. A.B. Kamara on behalf of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Chapter thanked the First Lady and her husband H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for the excellent job they are doing both at home and abroad to bring development and rebranding the nation. He reiterated especially their ardent commitment, focus and tenacity with which they are both giving to once more repair and bring Sierra Leone’s image in line with most advance nations in our continent. Other speakers who praised H. E. Mrs. Koroma and her husband President E. B. Koroma for their commitment to change the status quo in Sierra Leone were Ms. Marie Salim, Leader of the Womens’ Wing, Ms. Zulai Cooper, Organizing Secretary, Mr. Essa Thaim Kurugba, General Secretary and several others.
A bouquet of flowers was presented to the first lady by daughter of Ms. Cooper, ten year old Destiny Cooper.
In her response the First Lady thanked the chapter and the president elect, Mr. Abdul Bero. Kamara and his Vice President elect, Mr. Ibrahim Sesay for staying the cause. H.E. Sia Koroma promised to work for the people of Sierra Leone as if her entire life depended on improving her people’s lives. And she further advice APC party members to focus on the 2012 election, because the opposition has left no stone unturned in their effort to discredit the progress being made by the present APC administration.
In Washington the First Lady H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma’s previous performances propelled her as keynote speaker among 108 first ladies. She spoke before Madam Nancy Pelosi, United States Congressional Representative (Speaker of the US House of Representatives)’ and she was followed by Malawi’s First Lady Mrs. Callista Murtharika. The conference attendees are equally proficient as the presenters; they include Nobel, Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award, Emmy, and Tony Award, etc.
This conference only solicits women of critical thinking caliber. These TED women speakers from around the globe share their dreams and thoughts in a world renowned TED format. They develop programs that amaze and inspire others. They focus on how women think and work, communicate and collaborate and then learn and lead. What this means and why it matters to us all is its uniqueness. It produced staggered examples, from the third world where a micro-loan to a single girl had commercially transformed a village. In India a farm loan assistance to a girl has turn her to a rice supplier to the world. And to the west where a generation of educated women are transforming whole business entities. And today a fraction of world leaders are women. This further highlighted the fact that women are becoming heavy lifters besides their progressive counterparts and husbands.
In this regard the First Lady H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma reminded the congregation among many other undertakings, the Mattru Jong Hospital project. She mentioned the positive impact that her WISH program has made in the lives of Sierra Leonean children and women. These examples cited above, drew a loud and long round of applauses. Sierra Leone to the westerners is working reverently to come out of the negatives it has accumulated over the years.
Other speakers were Ted Turner, (Media Entrpn-CNN.), H. E. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (President of Liberia) Hans Rosling (Global Health Expert), Sheryl Sandburg (COO, Face book), Hanna Rosin (Journalist) Donna Karen (Fashion Designer), Elizabeth Lindsay, (Explorer and Ethnographer), to name a few. Former speakers of this conference were Bill Clinton (Former US President), Bill Gates, (Internet CEO), Al Gore (former US VP), Dave Eggers, Bono and few more.
Sierra Leone’s First Lady Mrs. Sia Nyama Kofoma’s communication skills are bringing sizeable respect to the nation and slowly changing and solidifying the office of the first lady, thus making it an office to reckon with.
By Arolyn I. Koroma, Washington, D.C
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