The President of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), Mr. Joe Mason will this weekend deliver the keynote address at this year’s inauguration of the newly elected officers of the United Bassa Association in the Americas (UNIBOA).
The inaugural ball which takes place on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will bring together member chapters of the organization from across the United States as well as government officials, community and local leaders and other well-wishers.
According to the Uniboa inaugural committee, other activities forming part of the weekend festivities include the traditional meet and greet, a meeting of the organization’s Board of Directors and a thanksgiving service on Sunday, March 8 2020.
According to a release, those expected to be installed by Board Chairman Emmanuel Smith include Ishmeal Trokon Johnson, President, Eujay Peterson Vice President, Emmanuel Railey, General Secretary, Farue Kuyateh, Financial Secretary and Douglas Sulo, Treasurer.
The United Bassa Association in the Americas (UNIBOA) is reportedly the first ethic based Liberian organization established in the Diaspora. It comprises people of the Bassa ethic group residing in Montserrado, Margibi, Rivercess and Grand Bassa Counties.
The guest speaker, Mr. Mason was elected President of ALJA in October of 2019 at the Association’s convention held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In another development the immediate past National President of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA), Moses D. Sandy, will this weekend mount the podium in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to critically analyze Liberia’s media landscape.
President emeritus Sandy will speak on the theme, The State of the Liberian Media. His address will focus on media ethics, progress and challenges.
Journalist Sandy is one of few eminent US based Liberians expected to serve as panelists at the Chief Tuazma Legacy Award program organized by the Tuazama Development Initiative in collaboration with the Bassa Whildor (a traditional Bassa traditional Association) and WEPA.
The Program will be held on the evening of Friday, March 6, 2020, at the prestigious Double Tree Hotel in Philadelphia. According to the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Elder Gonlee Gaye, several Liberians from the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and New York are expected to grace the occasion.
Journalist Sandy is former Editor-in-Chief of the state owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS).
He is a graduate of the University of Liberia’s Mass Communications Department with several years of working experience in broadcast journalism.
He is credited for leading the process for the rejuvenation of ALJA in 2014 after 10 years of dormancy. Beginning 2015 to 2019, he served as the Association’s National President.
Chief Tuazma Legacy Award program organized by the Tuazama Development Initiative in collaboration with the Bassa Whildor (a traditional Bassa traditional Association) and WEPA will also honor Liberian Journalist Cewhy Kwanue for his role in the media landscape of Liberia.
ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas.
It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. The Association was founded in 1998 with the objectives of fostering companionship amongst its members and their American counterparts. Also, ALJA is committed to advancing press freedom through media capacity building and the fostering of good governance in Liberia through media advocacy.