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In Sierra Leone, As Awareness Times Bags Democracy Award…Dr. Sylvia Blyden is Mother of the Year
By Edward Tommy
Dec 21, 2012, 17:02

The only female Publisher in Sierra Leone and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Awareness Times Newspaper, Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden has on Thursday 20th December 2012, been awarded Mother of the Year for 2012, by the Children for Democracy under the auspices of the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill Freetown. Blyden’s most widely read newspaper, Awareness Times, also clinched 2012 Best Newspaper Award jointly with Concord Times for the two papers invaluable contributions in propagating the dictates of democracy in the country.


Addressing the audience on values of Democracy, Blyden said two key aspects of democracy were the freedom of the people to choose whoever they want to lead them and tolerance which included the ability for losing candidates to respect the will of the majority that they did not want them to be their leaders.


The erudite publisher emphasized the need for leaders in any political race to concede defeat and be human enough to congratulate whosoever is chosen by the majority. She referenced this week’s South Korea election where South Koreans democratically voted a female as against a male candidate for the Presidency in which the former won by a very slim margin of 50.1% of votes cast to the losing candidate’s 48.9%.


The loser, she said, though it was a narrow defeat, was democratic and civilized enough to instantly phone up the winner to congratulate her as she was the majority’s choice. She appealed for Sierra Leonean leaders to understand that this is what democracy was all about and to cease inciting their minority followers against the victory of the majority.


Other recipients of the awards were Dr. Ivan Ajibola Thomas as Father of the Year, Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) as Most Resourceful Institution for 2012, Mrs. Nanette Thomas as Activist of the Year, popular singer Vicky Fornah as Artist of the Year, Dr. Christiana Thorpe as Sierra Leone’s Woman of Dignity, Mr. Michael Bundoh of POW School as Principal of the Year, Mrs. Georgette L. De Marke as Commissioner of the Year, Andrew George as Youth Ambassador whilst Murtala Kamara was awarded as Journalist of the Year.


Various radio stations which promote democracy, children’s issues and entertainment were all awarded certificates of appreciation. The event ended on a very high note amidst enough food and drinks.

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