From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Presenting Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M達ayo
Sep 28, 2010, 17:23


Professor Dr. Ritchard Tamba M達ayo, Ph.D. left Sierra Leone for the United States at the age of 24 after graduation from Jaiama Secondary School in Jaiama Nimikor, Kono District and fours years of employment with the Sierra Leone Civil Service. He left Sierra Leone as a self-sponsored student (without scholarship). Today Professor M達ayo is an accomplished and internationally recognized scholar, a renowned political activist, a civil society advocate, and a community organizer.


In the last twenty years, while studying and working in the United States and Nigeria he remained connected with his homeland, visiting the country as many as four times a year and engaging in civic activities in Sierra Leone.

In recent years, Professor M達ayo has contributed toward capacity building and institutional development in the educational sector at colleges and universities in the United States, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. He helped develop the Diploma program in Mass Communication at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, where he gave occasional lectures.

A widely traveled, internationally recognized scholar with extensive administrative and management experience, Prof. M達ayo is a recipient of the American government sponsored Fulbright Senior Scholars Fellowship. Until recently, he served both as the Budget Officer and Executive Adviser to the President of the American University of Nigeria where he is currently employed on a 4-year contract as an expatriate professor.


His contract with the American University of Nigeria ends in May 2011 after which he intends to return to Sierra Leone to be fully engaged in pursuing his political agenda and developing programs for the youth and women of Sierra Leone. For this purpose, he has acquired a 21-acre land in the outskirts of Koidu Town, Kono District for a private university project that will focus on the training of a new generation of future leaders of Sierra Leone.


A researcher, writer and motivational speaker, Prof. M達ayo is also an American trained professional journalist with experience in print and broadcast journalism, and he has worked for newspapers, radio and television stations in the United States, and published extensively on politics, culture and development in African societies; on conflicts and peace building in post-conflict nations, and on democratic culture in developing counties.

In 1996, Prof. M達ayo served as United Nations Consultant to Sierra Leone. In the 1990s he participated in the Sierra Leonean Diaspora lobbying of US Congress and US Senators to adopt a sympathetic understanding of the socio-economic problems of Sierra Leone. He was chairman and co-founder of the Coalition of Democracy in Sierra Leone (1997-2000).


As a Pro-Democracy and Civil Society Advocate (especially during the war years) he organized community forums in the US that sought to promote greater understanding and goodwill among the people of Sierra Leone, and to protect and defend the fundamental human rights of all, and strengthen popular participation in the democratic process in Sierra Leone. During this same period he developed a scholarship program that benefited destitute students at Fourah Bay College.

Born in an SLPP family, he grew up fully attuned with the party philosophy and ideology. He sees an urgent need to expand the political space in our country in search for a new kind of leadership that will make a difference in the lives of our people.


Prof. M達ayo is entering the race for the leadership of the SLPP and ultimately for the presidency of Sierra Leone as a unifying force for change with a vision that will depict our national character in the governance of the country, including particularly the faces and voices of the youth and women of Sierra Leone.

Prof. M達ayo is politically untarnished and fiercely independent-minded, and he is entering the race as a new face with a fresh voice and a global experience that our nation so desperately needs to move forward. At the top of what he calls his 10-Point Agenda for Change are EDUCATION, YOUTH EMPOWERMENT, and GENDER EQUITY. Leadership, he believes, is about solving problems and creating enabling environments for people to pursue happiness for themselves and for their families. This is the driving force and motivation for his campaign to lead the SLPP to victory in 2012.


Place of Birth: Kainkordu Town, Soa Chiefdom, Kono District.

Date of Birth: November 22, 1950

Marital Status: Married with three children

Occupation: Politician/Community Organizer/Civil Society Advocate/University Professor.

Region: Eastern Region

District: Kono District

Constituency: Constituency 20, Koidu Town, Gbense Chiefdom, Kono District.



Professor Ritchard M達ayo received his Ph.D. in Communication and National Development at Howard University, Washington, DC. He has an MA in Mass Communication and BA in Journalism & Broadcast Production. His other areas of specialization include African Politics, Peace and Conflict Studies.



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