The media landscape in Sierra Leone is rapidly changing – and for the better. Since the emergence of the sophisticated and versatile media machinery, African Young Voices (AYV), incorporating a Television Channel, Radio Station, Newspaper and Public Relations entity, established by the dynamic entrepreneur, Anthony Navo, the country is rapidly becoming a leader in media nurturing across the sub-region of West Africa. The AYV Media Empire has grown steadily in stature and is emerging as an elite media establishment, geared towards breeding new talent in the West African State. The Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire has become a hub that will host university interns and graduates (especially those from the mass communications department) before integrating them into society. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the University of Sierra Leone and the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire this week. This agreement will help students who graduate with the theoretical wherewithal but have no practical experience before taking up employment.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AYV Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo (Jnr) spoke of his dream for AYV to lead the media landscape in Africa and beyond, noting that the company is poised to provide the necessary environment in which young voices will be given the prerequisite skills to be future leaders.
Such collaboration, he noted, will add value in the direction of providing the practical environment for university students and create employment.
Responding, the Vice Chancellor and Acting Principal of the University of Sierra Leone, Professor Ekundayo Thompson expressed enthusiasm over the MOU, taking into consideration that the university is not equipped with the facilities to practicalize certain fields of studies, in this instance, mass communication.
He lauded the C.E.O and the board of AYV for such an initiative which will help improve educational capacity for students in the University of Sierra Leone.
The General Manager of AYV, Dr. Victor Suma who is also a lecturer at the Mass Communications Department at AYV spoke of the plans the conglomerate has to expand all over the country. He revealed that the AYV coverage spans the entire western area and most parts of the Northern Province and that modalities are being put in place to reach Makeni, Bo and Kenema.
The program was climaxed with the signing of the MOU which was witnessed by the Chairman of the AYV Board Madam Isha Fofanah Ibrahim, Media Consultant Isaac Massaquoi and representatives of the University of Sierra Leone.
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