Establishment Of Society For African Journalists Boosts Journalism On Continent

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By  MIKE ODEH JAMES, Kaduna


Journalism and media related activities got a huge boost recently with the establishment of Society For African Journalists ( SAJ) a body whose aim is to bring together journalists, bloggers and other media practitioners from all African countries and African journalists  living outside the continent.


Society of African Journalists is actually an umbrella where we hope to fine tune journalism and journalists in terms of practices, welfare, rights of practitioners in Africa and for Africans, also in terms of delivery on ethics to further reinstall public trust.


In an interview with our correspondent, Michael Adeboboye, a veteran journalist and the convener of the Society for African Journalists (SAJ), gives an insight as to how and why SAJ was set up.


“We have so many objectives and all is about promoting and encouraging journalists of Africa origins.


“We started with network of friends on a platform : African Journalists’ Platform where we relate, share ideas, mingle as brothers/sisters and colleagues. That was how we started to get where we are SAJ. 


“Presently we are having great journalists of Africa origins as members. We have our membership in Gambia, Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Lesotho, Sierra Leone and more are still coming to join. We also have our Diaspora Chapter with membership in UK, US and Germany”.

“From all indications,  the formation of SAJ has heralded a new era in journalism for Africa and the rest of the world as it is the first Pan African media body that has fully accepted and integrated online media, blogging and other forms of nonconventional medial into its fold while working with conventional media practitioners.


SAJ as conceptualized by Michael Adeboboye also seeks to eliminate fake news, hate speech while promoting the rights of journalists to conduct in depth investigative works without inhibition

Already, the SAJ Platform  has in its kitty veteran and world class journalists, bloggers and writers alike, including Amodu Lamrana Bah, President, Sierra Leone Reporters Union, works at Star FM 1O3..3, Hassan Dahir, Somalia, communication Officer, Somali Congress of Trade Union, freelance Journalist, Mike Odeh James, a popular online Journalist with the Oasis Reporters in Nigeria and Mohammed Moalimuu, former BBC correspondent in Somalia.

Also among its founding members are Greg Abolo, Publisher and Managing Editor of The Oasis Reporter, a popular online paper in Nigeria, Emmanuel Evortefe, CEO Crystal Lens Radio, Ghana, Manuel Camalata, Freelance Angola, Stephen Dakalira, Times Group, Malawi, Evidence Chenjerai, Reporter, Global Press Journal, Zimbabwe,  Anastacio Chirrute, Freelance Mozambique, Jemima Braimah, Head of News, Cool FM, Volta Region, Ghana and Onjewu Jacob Dickson, the Online Editor of New Nigerian Newspaper in Nigeria also the Consulting Editor, AUTHENTIC News Daily.

Others are Abdiaziz Hassan, Somalitopnews.com, Ernest Gakpey, GBC Volta Radio, Ghana, Lyonike Mughogho, Malawi24 online, Pat Larry King, News Producer, soft point news and CEO Patjournal, Ngoni Dapira, easterntimeszim online, Zimbabwe,  Birhanu F. Yebelay, Senior Editor, Ethiopian Reporters Newspaper, Ethiopia, Yegon Emmanuel, Comm. Director, Mobile Journalism Africa, Kenya and Amina Mussa Weille, Chief Executive Officer of Amina Media Productions Limited based in the United Kingdom.

The list also prominently features Habibah Salami Basanya, former journalist with MITV, DBN, TVC and now contents provider for many international news organizations, Sola Salami Omotosho, former journalist with Adaba FM, Akure, ONDO State. Publisher, Editor in Chief, Style Network, Doris Orauna, a correspondent with Nigeria Television Authority( NTA), Sabir Musa Radio Pacis, Uganda, Joaquim Paolo, a freelance Journalist from Angola and Arrey Bate a popular Cameroonian blogger and  freelance journalist with Herald Newspaper,

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