The clouds look dark, and our association appears to be headed in a gloomy direction. Things look stormy, but in the face of all odds, there is a giant scribe with moral dignity. A man of change, a man of destiny, armed with skills, transcending the world with his word, shed across through his distinctive pen prowess - the golden virtues of life.
Like morning dew, he remains fresh, in both ideas and facts. He is coming to the association not with pride or hypocritical hospitality, but with extreme humility; demonstrating zeal to move the association to an enviable height and to make it appreciate the dignity of man.
A distinctive scribe in the waiting – Sahr Morris Jr. exhibits a high sense of brilliance and sportsmanship.. Achieving is one thing; deserving is another. Morris Jr. is an achiever who deserves it all – the pen-pusher of the association.
We are of the firm belief that the SWASAL delegate conference is not only about electing new executives, but also provides a platform where issues affecting sport journalists and journalism in the country such as capacity building, equity and fair opportunities are exhaustively discussed and deliberated upon, and tangible resolutions reached on how a unique and enviable association can thrive under a new leadership.
As we prepare for the 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM), and as contenders for various positions gear up, oiling their campaign machineries, and strategize on how to outsmart their opponents, we must not allow anything that has the potentials to divide us as colleagues to fester. We must shun campaign of calumny.
We should strive to keep and strengthen the bond of unity and brotherhood that has been the hallmark of our noble association before, during and after the elections and the AGM. SWASAL must come foremost in the bigger picture rather than individual and parochial interest.
Furthermore, as we embark on showcasing our different candidates and why they should be elected, we want to appeal that we do it with respect and civility avoiding unnecessary personal attacks and mudslinging that will end up causing chaos. Let us stick to the rule of the game whilst we make our manifestoes known to the delegates – let us keep it clean and responsible. Let the delegates decide who their elected executives will be through the ballot. Their mandate will be respected.
Although in this AGM, we will be going to the ballot, we should all have it at in mind that ‘election is not a war’. Let us come out united in a rancour free atmosphere, where losers will congratulate winners in the spirit of sportsmanship, and winners will be magnanimous in victories. Let us all be ready to work together, for the progress and betterment of SWASAL.
We should all strive to be of uttermost discipline and great example to our parent body, the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), our host community and country. Elections will come and go, but we all still remain colleagues and one big family. To this end, let us gather the light, for our destiny offers not the cup of despair but the chalice of opportunity. Let us seize it not in fear, but in gladness and ride on the earth together. Let us go forward, firm in one faith, steadfast in our purpose, cautious of the dangers ahead, but sustained by our confidence in the will of God and the promise of our service to man and humanity’ which is the hallmark of our profession.
We do not believe that any of us – 2015 SWASAL delegates, would exchange places with any other candidate for the position of Secretary General, SWASAL. It is time for us to awake to change, awake to life, and awake to progress. Let us be brave and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the change that awaits our association.
The energy, faith, and devotion wish Morris Jr. will bring as SG, SWASAL, will lighten our association, better our profession, and rekindle our hope. The glow and candour from him, will truly light our country in particular and Africa in general.
Fellow delegates, ask not what Morris Jr. can do for you, ask not what Morris Jr. can offer you, ask not how his victory will reward you, rather, ask what you can do to make Morris Jr. SG, SWASAL, and ask what you can contribute to towards his noble ambition.
We have to labour and work; and work very hard to give reality to Morris’s dream - to effectively and excellently reposition the image of SWASAL.
Finally, we will like to appeal to the delegates who will be casting their ballots on that fateful day to think wisely, act wisely, and vote wisely. Thank you for your attention. May God guide and guard you. See you at the SWASAL AGM in Bo.
Long live journalism! Long live SWASAL!! Long Live SAHR MORRIS JR !!.
SAHR MORRIS JR.CAMPAIGN TEAM