Eminent personalities in the Sierra Leone Media Landscape delivered a public lecture to students and staff of the University of Makeni’s Mass Communication Department on the theme ” The role of the Media in fostering peace during the 2023 general elections”.
This was an interactive public lecture as All of the speakers emphasized the role of the Media to the peaceful conduct of the elections. All the speakers were impressed with the attentiveness of the students and the quality of the questions they asked during the lecture.
They also dilated on the role of the Media in ensuring transparent, free, and fair elections in Sierra Leone this is the 2nd public lecture in the University coming from the department. This is also the first public lecture on the 2023 general elections in Sierra Leone.
The public lecture was held on the 24th of November 2022. This was the first public lecture in this year’s academic calendar.
It was also the first to discuss elections and media knowledge across the country.
Speakers include the SLAJ president Ahmed Sahid Nasrella, Director for African Young Voices Dr. Duramani Lakkoh, and Media Consultant Dr. Emmanuel Stafford.
In his concluding remarks, The President of SLAJ encouraged the students to join the Sierra Leone Association of journalists.
Like most students that attended the public lecture, two students of the Department Umu Kaba said she learned how to be a responsible journalist in reporting elections and holding leaders accountable. She is confident that the media can enhance and foster peace as a social responsibility of students and media professionals in the making.
The University is therefore expressing Special thanks to the guest Lecturers for sparing their time to deliver such an important lecture to the students.