Airtel boosts female Sierra Leone musicians
The President of the Female Musicians Association in Sierra Leone, Ms. Cordelia Sankoh during a press launch at Airtel’s, Regent, Head Office on Friday, October 23, has said that they will officially launch the association on the November 6 this year at the Family Kingtom, west of the capital city of Freetown.
The Gospel Singer explained that the association is a gender advocacy group, which is intended to work with government and non-governmental organizations to promote gender issues in Sierra Leone.
She further explained that the association is registered as a business so that it would be able to generate funds in undertaking its activities.
She assured the gathering that even though they are going cooperate and intend working with the government of the day in terms of gender advocacy, the association will in no way compromise its fundament role as the voice of the voiceless.
Former Gender Adviser to President Ernest Bai Koroma, Mrs. Naasu Fofanah, the brainchild of the formation of the association, explained that the idea was to bring artistes together, pay their taxes and contribute immensely to national development.
She further explained that the group is non political that will work with every individual or organization.
Airtel’s Brand Manager, Mr. Mohamed Kallon, explained that Airtel has always championed endeavors in creating livelihood for artistes. He further explained that in November the whole Ebola was hitting hard and other companies had long left the shores of Sierra Leone, Airtel was here giving its support to the Government and [people of Sierra Leone.
“During that period we organized local artistes and we signed well over $75,000 agreements with them in which most of them picketed over $5,000. Some of them happen to be our brand ambassadors,” he explained.
He concluded that they are very committed in words and in action to do better.
By Bintu Kamara
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