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Now Eligible to run for President
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden
Sep 30, 2011, 17:16
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This is possibly my last written article for the next fortnight as I head to London today for a two weeks rest and to also celebrate my 40th birthday slated for tomorrow Saturday October 1st 2011.

 

The Sierra Leone Constitution makes it mandatory for one to first attain the age of 40 years before you are eligible to run for President.

 

So, as of tomorrow October 1st 2011, I will now be fully eligible to run for President of the Republic of Sierra Leone.

 

I was rather surprised at the number of queries I received this week from people asking me if I will now quit journalism, re-enter politics once again and help to give President Koroma a run for his money come next years 2012 elections.

 

Let me make it clear up front that my presidential ambitions are still intact but I am not yet ready to entertain the exercising of those ambitions. Rather, I am going to use my 40 years milestone to embed and strengthen myself even more in the field of educating and informing my people through excellent journalism. Reading this, my detractors can frown if they like but I know, and they know, that I am an excellent journalist in this land.

 

God willing, I do intend to one day contest for the Presidency but by that time, I should have applied my journalism and activism skills very well to the extent that my Salone people are fully conscious and aware of their civic obligations, their democratic and constitutional rights and what they can and cant expect from the leaders they elect.

 

Currently, there is just too much ignorance both within the governing circles and those they govern. I will not want to enter politics in this atmosphere of lack of knowledge of rights, responsibilities and obligations. I want to continue to educate, inform and analyse events.


So, bottom-line, to answer the question on a few curious minds, indeed I turn 40 years old this Saturday but I will not be re-entering politics anytime soon. There is just too much work to do in the field of serving my people through journalism and activism.

 

Meanwhile, readers can tune to Monologue Radio Programme this weekend as I will be speaking to the Nation from London about my impressions of contemporary Sierra Leone as I turn 40 years of age. This will be made possible by kind courtesy of my big brother, David Tam Baryoh. Dont miss it.

 

May God continue to bless Sierra Leone and may God continue to guide President Koroma!


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