Veteran journalist and also an adviser to the Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL), Mariama Coker, has been appointed press attaché to the Mano River Union by President Koroma.
“It is no doubt to me. The President has said he will empower women for them to become useful citizens in the near future, she said”.
She continued, “I know women can do it better so my appointment at the Mano River will not be for personal reasons but to represent the people of Sierra Leone especially women”.
Explaining how she came into the profession, Mariama Coker said she started in early 1991 as a free-lancer for the New Storm newspaper, the Liberty Voice, Expo Times and Kiss 104 FM in Bo.
She pointed out that she later joined the New Citizen newspaper, Salone Times and then Skyy Radio 106.
The press attaché noted that in 1994 during the war she went to Pujehun to perform her duties, adding that at that time she was under rebel attack for four days.
The outspoken journalist, who is also the financial secretary of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), said she had faced many challenges and harassment on coverage and in newsrooms.
As an adviser to WIMSAL, the success of the organisation has been attributed to her.
Congratulating her the president of WIMSAL, Mariama Sesay, said her colleague’s appointment was not a surprise because of the work she had done as a female and human rights activist. She called on the newly appointed press attaché to bear in mind that WIMSAL would always be there for her.
Ms. Sesay thanked the government for appointing two female journalists as press attaches, adding that the role of female journalists should not be underestimated.
Betty Foray, a WIMSAL member was also appointed press attaché to the United Nations.