Female broadcaster bags Ebola award


June 12, 2015

Ace female broadcaster, Martha Kargbo, Saturday, 6 June bagged a meritorious award for her reportage on the Ebola outbreak in the country.

Ms. Kargbo, who is Head of News and Current Affairs at SKYY Radio in Freetown, was the sole female recipient of the seven-category maiden Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) Media Awards. The Awards/Dinner Night was the climax of a two-day Annual General Meeting of journalists in Kenema, eastern Sierra Leone.

She went home with a certificate and Le1 million for scooping top prize in the category of ‘Best Medical Reporting’ after her submission was selected by a panel of judges headed by Canadian journalist Steven Douglas.

The award winner had filed a report after a visit to former MSF run Ebola treatment centre at the Prince of Wales School, Kingtom, west of Freetown, where she put her personal safety on the line to speak to health workers and Ebola patients, at the peak of the outbreak.

She also saw firsthand practical safety measures at holding and observation centres, treatment and recovery units, and at the mortuary, drugs store and database unit at the centre and others across the country.

Ms. Kargbo told Concord Times she was elated to win the health category after she put her personal safety on the line to bring the story of victims, heroes and heroines of the Ebola outbreak to her wide-growing radio audience. She said the award and not the money was the right reward and recognition for her hard work over the years and passion for good human interest stories.

She said the sky is her limit as she is determined to lead by example to other female journalists.

Ms. Kargbo has a wealth of experience in the media, having served as a print and radio journalist, and a fellow at Canadian sponsored Journalists for Human Rights.