The first Youth Excellence Awards were held at the Family Kingdom Resort in Freetown on Saturday night. Eighteen young Sierra Leoneans were awarded for excellence in the arts, business, community service, media, sports, entrepreneurship, and scholastics. The winners were selected by a panel of three judges from a pool of nominees submitted by the public between February and March of this year. The awards were open to anyone aged 15-35 of Sierra Leonean ancestry or birth. The Youth Excellence Awards was created by Vickie Remoe of Vickie Remoe and Company publishers of GoWoman Magazine, and the event was co-produced by Ajara Bomah’s Royalty Concepts.
Event sponsors included Africa Links Inspection Company, James International, Protec Security & Logistics, TrainingSol, Music Makers, Airtel, Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Balani & Sons, Merani (VICCO), and Visit Sierra Leone. The computers presented to some awardees were made possible by contributions from Cathy Kabia, Abdul H. Kabia, Alimamy Dura Kamara, Mustapha Kamara, and the Sierra Leone American Family Club in the NY/NJ metro area. Mr IK Okoli and Stephan Macauley also made generous contributions to this year’s awards. Nominations for the next Youth Excellence Awards will open in January 2014. The Youth Excellence Awards was wholly funded by Vickie Remoe & Co. and the event sponsors. This year’s awards were 100% private sector driven.
The winners of the first Youth Excellence Awards are as follows:
Arts Category – Music – Fantacee Wiz
Arts Category – Film – Micheal Bonny Bassey
Arts Category – Fashion Design – MaryAnn Kai Kai
Community Service – Marvel Lombi
Entrepreneurship – Phillip B Sesay
Leadership – Ngozi Monica Cole
Sports Individual – Mohamed T Kamara
Sports Team – National Cricket Association
Youth Organization of the Year – Young Men Christian Association SL
Technology & Innovation – David M Sengeh
Media – Sahr Morris Jr.
Diaspora – Yehri Wi Cry
Academic Achievement WASSCE – Morie Vandy(SLGS), Batoul Mourtada (Kamboi Leb. Intl), and Mohamed Koroma (CKC)
Academic Achievement BECE – Andrea Cole (Modern H. S.), Solomon Patrick Brima (Beacon H.S.)
About Vickie Remoe and Company
Vickie Remoe and Company is a branding and corporate communications firm operating in Ghana and in Sierra Leone. We develop tailored business development strategies to increase brand awareness, brand recall, and market positioning. Our primary goal is to tell stories about your brand that increase customer loyalty, and sales. Our products include GoWoman, a business and lifestyle magazine curated for and by women in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. Youth Excellence Awards an annual awards gala in Sierra Leone presented for individual and organizational accomplishments to Sierra Leoneans aged 15-35 years. The Vickie Remoe Show an online and broadcast TV talk show covering Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, and Sierra Leone. Swit Salone Dot Com is an online community of bloggers, reporters, photographers, and videographers covering content about Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, and the African diaspora. In Ghana we are brand stategists for Printex and we handle advertising for Frutelli.
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