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Meet Sylvia Olayinka Blyden : Culled from Facebook Page
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Dec 7, 2010, 17:08

Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Walmina Oreshola Blyden is easily one of Sierra Leone’s most admired women currently. She has over the years, won over many people to become her unabashed admirers. Some, whom were previously her bitterest critics, today stand amongst her greatest fans. This is as a result of her consistent, fearless and courageous positions. She does not hesitate to stand up and speak out for what she believes to be right; positions that usually end up to indeed be the right one but which saw her sometimes going against strong and powerful winds of opposing voices.

With undiluted proficiency in her academic studies that saw her enter the Annie Walsh School with the best Selective Entrance results of entrants in 1982 and saw her leave the Annie Walsh with the best GCE O’Levels in 1987, she was to graduate with the best B.Sc. results from Medical School in 1993 and again graduate with proficiency in 1996 with an M.D in Medicine during which period she emerged as Sierra Leone’s first woman to be elected as University students’ leader in 1994; beating two male candidates in a landslide victory.

She represented Sierra Leone’s Female Youths in Beijing during the 1995 Women’s Confab where her outstanding stature saw all her other African peers from other African Nations, choose her to deliver the famous Female Youths of Africa Speech on August 11th 1995 that saw the likes of the late Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Winnie Mandela of South Africa rush over to embrace her.

With the further inspiration of Beijing 1995, she again made History in Sierra Leone by becoming the country’s youngest ever National Political Party Leader at age 30 years and the third ever Sierra Leone woman to lead a fully registered political party (the first being the trailblazer Presidential Candidate, the late Mrs. Jeridine Williams-Sarho in 1996).

Following her pioneering 24-Hours Internet Cafes that benefitted hundreds of Sierra Leone youths, she launched a powerful and fearless news media in 2005 known as Awareness Times.

She remains the youngest ever Sierra Leonean to be nationally honoured with an Officer of the Rokel insignia in recognition of her service to the Nation, on April 27th 2007 Independence Day.

She is today a fearless but well-loved social and political commentator, a human rights activist, a leading newspaper publisher and a philanthropist per excellence.

One simply cannot speak of Sierra Leone’s leading strong women with tremendous influence inside the country without listing Dr. Sylvia Blyden amongst the top. Welcome to this Facebook Page.

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Sylvia Blyden's Favorite Quotation: “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. Many seek the ruler’s favour, but justice for man comes from the Lord. An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous and he who is upright in the way is an abomination to the wicked.” - PROVERBS 29: 25-27



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