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Sierra Leone News: Book of condolence opened for FTN’s Josephus Olu Mammah

The Late Josephus Sonny Olu Mammah

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) with the Freetown Television Network (FTN) opened a book of condolence for the late Josephus Sonny Olu Mammah on Wednesday 6 February 2019 of Freetown Television Network (FTN). Olu Mammah died on 27th January 2019, after a brief illness. Josephus Olu-Mammah was a creative cameraman and active SLAJ member. He worked at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) then moved to head the TV department of Africa Young Voices (AYV). When FTN was a mere glimmer, Olu moved over to set up and run the new television station. Olu was known as a hard working, very competent and knowledgeable young man. And, he had the remarkable ability to be able to work with anyone and everyone. The President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Kelvin Lewis, said the death of Josephus Sonny Olu Mammah is a big loss to the media landscape, and described him as a jack of all trades. He was not only behind the camera, but he was also an active journalist. He noted some of the remarkable work Olu accomplished: the Presidential candidate debate, womens and youth debates during the 2018 election campaign. Olu made sure the entire debate was streamed onto Facebook, live, as the speeches were being made. Olu also made sure the entire country, and the world, could view the debate. The SLAJ President, on behalf of the Association of Journalists, expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Former SLAJ President and journalist, Umaru Fofana, said he worked with Olu on several occasions and for different media outlets, including Reuters and Japan television. He said he was the one who recruited him to work for Reuters as a cameraman immediately after he left SLBC. Fofana said his work was greatly admired by Reuters and other international media outlets. “Olu Mammah was a genius in his own right,” Fofana added. Fofana described his demise as a loss to FTN, and a loss to TV broadcasting generally. The Secretary General of SLAJ, Ahmed Nasralla, said SLAJ will miss Olu’s companionship, his expertise, and technical contribution to their programs. “Olu Mammah was a bold and unassuming young man… and those are characteristics of people who are very talented in what they do,” the Secretary General said. He went further to say that one thing one cannot take from Olu is his expertise, adding that he knows everything related to digital production. Tributes were expressed by Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Freetown Television Network (FTN), Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation, colleagues, friends and relatives.  At the end of the emotional ceremony, the SLAJ President signed the book of condolence. Other dignitaries from FTN and SLBC were invited to sign followed by family members, friends and mourners.


By Sulaiman Karim Sesay

Thursday February 07 2019.

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