Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sierra Leone mourns popular female journalist
By Kemo Cham
Sierra Leonean journalists are mourning the death of one of the country’s best known female journalists.
Manja Parkinson, better known as Manja Balema Samba, died on Sunday, according to sources.
She was Deputy Station Manager of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation in the southern city of Bo.
In a statement attributed to the management of SLBC and distributed via social media, the Corporation said Mrs Parkinson had for the past few months gone unusually slow with seldom TV appearances. It said she felt embattled by ill health but showed no signs of succombing anytime soon.
“Manjia’s distinctive voice, sense of humour and hard work are reasons why her memory shall never be extinguished from our minds,” the statement said.
Manjia joined the former Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service in 1999. She would later join the United Nations Radio in 2004 and became part of the SLBC when both entities (UN Radio and SLBS) were merged.
Manjia is fairly traveled both within and outside the country, including Europe and the US. She was one of the African journalists who covered the 2012 US Presidential Elections.
The SLBC statement also described her as having a friendly and jocular personality “mixed fun and drama with Broadcast Journalism.”
Some of her colleagues took to social media to express their condolence.
Amadu Lamarana Bah of Star Radio and TV described her on facebook as “a dedicated and hardworking journalist who will not mind breaking through traditions to get her story. She was a role model to most of us especially her female colleagues.”
Fayia Amara Fayia said: “I have to miss you for the rest of my life. RIP Manjia Parkinson. [She] was so hard working and dedicated.”
© Politico 27/07/16