Members of the Indigenous Photographersí Union (IPU) on Saturday 31st July 2010 elected a new executive in Freetown. The electioneering process involved vigorous weeksí long campaign trails by contenders for the eight positions.
Giving his victory address, the newly elected president of the union Mr. Steven E. Momoh congratulated the membership for the peaceful conduct of the election. ďWe have again come together to take the next step towards greater professionalism, more opportunities, education, training and an increased profile of the profession within Sierra Leone,Ē he extolled amidst thunderous applause.¬† He said the unionís membership encompasses studio photographers, owners, agents and freelancers across the country thus making it one of the largest trade union organizations in Sierra Leone.
The president elect stated that one of the most significant developments made in the unionís history at that occasion was the unanimous vote cast to change its nomenclature from Indigenous Photographersí Union to that of Sierra Leone Union of Photographers. ďThe purpose of the change in name is to allow Sierra Leonean photographers in the Diaspora to join and participate in the union,Ē he informed.
Many other pertinent union issues were also discussed by delegates drawn from all the twelve districts in the country. With a landslide victory for the president, all delegates promised to work with him and his team for a positive direction of the union.
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