Sierra Leone News: Awoko celebrates 18yrs of professional journalism

A cross section of Awoko Staff
A cross section of Awoko Staff

Being regarded as one of the most professional, independent and credible media institution in Sierra Leone, the Awoko newspaper on Wednesday celebrated eighteen years of existence.
Established in August 1998 by three prominent journalists then, David Tam Bayoh, Joe Rahall and Kelvin Lewis who is now the sole proprietor, Awoko newspaper has maintained the highest standard of professionalism in the media landscape in Sierra Leone.
In a low key celebration at the office premises on Percival Street, Mr Kelvin Lewis noted 18 years of practising responsible journalism as Awoko has never been taken to court or summoned to the Independent Media Commission.
Awoko newspaper commonly regarded as the big brother among print media in Sierra Leone because of the brand of journalism it has been practising over the years. Awoko is respected by both international and local readers.
Mr Austin Thomas, one of the longest serving staff of Awoko noted the strength and prominence of Awoko among other print institutions which according to him was the story and picture of the execution of the late Kula Samba.
Since the break of success during the execution story, Mr Thomas went on to state that Awoko has been making remarkable progress in terms of service delivery and condition of service for its workers.
Starting with three days publication per week, the Awoko newspaper was now become a daily publication which has attracted a large number of readers globally.
Commending workers for their resilient efforts in placing the publication on spotlight, Mr Kelvin Lewis encouraged staff to continue the good work in helping to give journalism a positive face in the country.
By Sylvia Villa
Thursday August 11, 2016