From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

My Journalism Journey reaches a Stage in Sierra Leone
By Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden (Officer of the Order of the Rokel)
Dec 12, 2012, 17:17

I entered field of journalism as a hobby but I became addicted to what was clearly a divine calling; A calling akin to that of my Blyden ancestors who blazed a fiery but controversial path in truth, journalism & politics in Africa.

Prior to journalism, I have been a peace activist, a human rights activist, a youth & child rights activist and womenís rights activist. I have been a student politician and a national politician. Throughout my activism, I remained opinionated because I believe democracy goes hand in hand with peace, respect for human rights and a sacred value for TRUTH. Yes, the truth.

I have enjoyed my journalism sojourn. In the process, I became Sierra Leoneís youngest ever citizen to be decorated with National Insignia of Officer of the Order of the Rokel for my indelible work in journalism. That was April 2007; over 5 years ago.

I have always said that I intend to go back into active political life. So, as we get ready to enter the new year of 2013, let me announce formally that I am preparing to leave the world of journalism and re-enter politics. In what capacity will I be re-entering politics? It will all be made known in the fullness of time.

Whatever the case will be, I will always be a journalist & rights activist at heart and my pen will continue to flow its ink for peace, democratic values and truth; albeit this time in a different capacity. Good day my dear readers.

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