Over the festive holidays the University honoured two gentlemen with the prestigious Doctor of Civil Laws (Honoris Causa)
The first was former Ghanaian Ambassador to Sierra Leone H.E. Kabral Blay-Amihere.
As a journalist turned diplomat Kabral – as he is fondly called – offered his services free of charge to teach students at the School of Mass Communications when the Nigerian technical team left and there were very few lecturers left to teach the students. Through his selfless dedication other diplomatic and NGO staff have also been following in his footsteps by offering their services free to the students of the School of Mass communications at Fourah Bay College.
During his four years tenure, he collected a ‘dollar a month’ from all the Ghanaian soldiers serving as peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone, and used the funds to support the Ghana black Stars national football team and also support schools and hospitals in Ghana.
He was also instrumental in developing top level dialogue between media practitioners and senior government officials.
Along with outgoing Sierra Leone Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Alie Bangura the annual Ghana trade fair which showcases Ghanaian products was started and has continued.
The second is according to the University’s Public Orator Joe A.D. Allie “ a philanthropist per excellence”
The name Adonis Assad Abboud is a household name in Sierra Leone, and this is primarily for his philanthropic work.
Through Pikin Bizness for which he has come to be highly respected, Adonis has been able to not only save, but give a new lease of life to some six children who had been medically challenged as a result of the limited medical facilities available in the country.
As proprietor of the leading satellite TV provider in Sierra Leone Adonis the “capitalist with a human face” has donated satellite to a good number of educational institutions and lately medical facilities also.
He has not been selfish with his wealth and has therefore sought to use it to help better the lives of the country which he so loves and now bears a naturalized citizenship status.
Indeed as the Orator said while presenting him for the conferment “His desire to assist institutions and less-endowed human beings goes beyond meeting a corporate social responsibility. For him it is a passion, in face a religious responsibility, akin to manifest destiny and borne from the fact that “when thou art converted, you must strengthen thy brethren.”