As Over 200 Female Graduate, Kenema District Honours Veronica Aisha Elkass-Sannoh
Over the weekend, the University of Sierra Leone conferred Degrees and Awarded Diplomas and Certificates to over 200 female graduands from the two constituent colleges. (Photo: Mrs. Veronica Aisha ElkassSannoh during the graduation ceremony at FBC)
The two constituent colleagues are The Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and Fourah Bay College.
This year (April 16/2016), according to the University management, more female graduated than the previous years which made development organizations to commend Sierra Leonean women who are championing the cause of their female folks by advocating for 30% quota in governance.
Among this year’s graduates is a one-time Columnist and a child right activist-Mrs. Veronica Aisha Elkass-Sannoh.
Mrs. Elkass-Sannoh was born in Kenema Town, Nongowa Chiefdom to Mr. and Mrs. Sheku Musa. Her Mother-Mrs. Agnes Musa is a successful business woman who got married to Mr. Sheku Musa-a carpenter and now an established contractor who manages Agishek Construction Company as the Chief Executive Officer.
After the conferment of her University Degree at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheater by the Vice Chancellor-Professor Ekundayo J.D. Thompson, the Kenema District Students’ Union executive honoured and commended their new graduate for making them proud. This commendation took place at Murray Town in Freetown where indigenes from the District gathered to congratulate Mrs. Veronica Aisha Musa for her overwhelming and successful academic achievement
In her statement during the graduation party, Mrs. Veronica Aisha Elkass-Sannoh thanked and appreciated God Almighty for the protection and guidance during challenging times.
She said she started her early primary school at the Holy Rosary Primary School in Kenema where she sat her National Primary School Examination and got one of the best Aggregates in the country. She explained that she continued her Secondary school at the Annie Walsh Memorial in Freetown where she sat to the Basic Education Certificate Examination and got an Aggregate of 12.
“I passed eight subjects which made me qualified for any of the Department,” she said, noting that “I chose the Arts Department and continued until I sat to my WASSCE in SSS3”.
She stated that after the completion of her WASSCE, she applied to read Early Childhood Care and Education in the Faculty of Arts-Fourah Bay College where she passed with a Distinction. Upon completion of her Diploma, she said she was inspired by her husband-Elkass Sannoh whom she described as her mentor and inspirational motivator. She said that motivation made her to continue her studies by applying to read Sociology/History.
She went on to say that, “I am honestly grateful to my Parents for their courage, time and support to see me through my course”.
She added that, I am indebted to the invaluable accommodation of my Aunty-Magdalene Sue Lahai who was playing a motherly role whilst staying with her in Freetown to start my Secondary education.
She called on all parents to encourage and support their children, especially the female folks to be educated to enhance engender equality. She said the time is no more when women were used as kitchen tools by their male counterpart. She lauded the roles played by all female organisations in championing the dreams and aspirations of women in the country.
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