CEO Amb. Navo Jr. celebrates with staff, volunteers & partners on Africa Youth Day, prepares special Pemahun meals.
By: Mariama Sonnie Koroma and Alusine Bangura
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Africa Young Voices Media Empire (AYV), Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr. has, in a special way celebrated the Africa Youth Day on the 1st November 2022, in appreciation of the contribution of staff, volunteers, ex-housemates and company partners. Ambassador Anthony Navo, himself prepared and served his team and guests with delicious food including a special traditional Pemahun meal from the Susue Kitchen.
The initiative was created to appreciate his staff, volunteers, and partners for their contribution towards the development of the institution over the years. He decided that on a day as the African Youth Day every staff and partner who shares the vision of transforming the youth sector in Sierra Leone are appreciated. The occasion which took place at the AYV multipurpose hall witnessed the attendance of heads of AYV’s partner institutions, media houses and bloggers.
In his opening statement, CEO of AYV, Ambassador Navo said that the African Youth Day that is celebrated November 1st every year is the very day he was appointed as the first Youth Ambassador in the country. Ambassador Navo said he created the AYV platform where the youth can express their views as one of his ways of paying back to young people for recognising and honouring him as Youth Ambassador.
He further expressed that the huge gap that was present in the Sierra Leonean media led to the establishment of the African Young Voices media for young people across Africa where they can actualise their dreams and that their voices can be heard. He said, over the years, the institution has employed about 500 youths in and out of the country. Ambassador Navo thanked his staff, volunteers and partners including Africell, Rokel Commercial Bank, Anti-Corruption Commission etc.
Chairman of the Parliamentary oversight committee on youth affairs Hon. Abdul Kargbo, in his speech thanked the management of AYV for recognizing the importance and usefulness of youth in Sierra Leone and spoke about the importance of youth inclusiveness in societal development and decision making at national level. He emphasized that the mentality that youth should take the back seats should be a thing of the past and encouraged them to take the center stage, comport themselves, never give up and be serious in whatever they are engaged in. He spoke on the immense contributions of youths to national development and how exceptional they have performed when assigned to positions of trust and authority and called on government to prioritize the youths and their participation towards the nation’s development.
The Minister of Information and Communication, Hon. Mohamed Rado Swaray expressed thanks and appreciation to AYV for the excellent media platform. He told the gathering that AYV is among the leading platforms for young people in Sierra Leone and the sub-region. He encouraged the AYV CEO Ambassador Navo, young people and partners to continue with the excellent work. The Hon. Minister stated that the government is committed towards engaging and empowering young people.
The Managing Director of Africell, Shadi Gerjawi, who was also present encouraged young people to take steps that will lead them towards success. Shadi Gerjawi said, “At one point, everyone in this hall was young and every one of them started taking successful steps at a young age for them to be where they are today. Success has nothing to do with age, you can be seven years old and start being successful at what you do. So, I’m encouraging all the youths not to wait until they are called upon because you are never going to get back the time you’ve wasted waiting”.