By Abdul Karim Koroma in Addis Ababa
Journalist and former lecturer, Ismael Koroma, was yesterday officially presented to the staff of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was introduced by Ambassador Andrew Gbebay Bangali.
Deputy Ambassador Koroma arrived in Addis Ababa on Friday 14th March to take up his appointment. He was a Mass Communication lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, as well as a media practitioner and erstwhile National Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ).
He replaces Mr. Amadu Koroma, who was cross-posted to the Sierra Leone Permanent Mission in the United Nations in New York as the country’s Deputy Permanent Representative.
Ambassador Bangali described the newly posted Deputy Chief of Mission as a young, dynamic and spirited diplomat who has indicated his willingness to learn his new job.
Responding, envoy Koroma expressed his happiness and appreciation to be with all embassy staff, describing the departure of Ambassador Bangali as a “happy and sad moment for me”. Sad, as he put it, because Ambassador Bangali is leaving to take up another assignment as the new Director General and Ambassador-at-Large at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Freetown.
“We will surely miss Ambassador Bangali,” the young diplomat said and encouraged all the embassy staff to work as a family and also as a team.
He said: “I believe in consultation. This is a learning process for me. We are going to learn from each other and humility pays. I want the other Missions to emulate our good, bright and shiny example.”
He described the transitional process in the Addis Ababa Mission as very crucial in his diplomatic career, especially with the coming of the new Ambassador, His Excellency Osman Keh Kamara, after his predecessor would have left.
The event, which was climaxed by the introduction of staff members, was coordinated by Mrs. Juliana Fallah, the acting Counsellor and Head of Chancery of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Addis Ababa.