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‘Music is a social partnership in national development’

- says First Lady

November 10, 2015 By Memunatu Bangura

Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma, has described music as a social partnership and a driving enterprise in promoting national development.

She was speaking on Friday (6 November) while officially launching the Sierra Leone Female Musicians Association (SLFMA) at the Family Kingdom complex, Aberdeen in Freetown.

She said female musicians have played a key role through their music career in the fight against teenage pregnancy, infant and maternal mortality, as well as in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.

The First Lady commended the musicians for their hard work in improving the lives of Sierra Leoneans, as well as their contributions to national development.

“You have chosen to distinguish yourselves among others, you have also been tolerant in and out of the studio towards national development,” she said. “Music is part of capacity building and it adds value to the country. I encourage sponsors to continue to support the association in their magazine and studio projects.”

President of SLFMA, Cordelia Sankoh, said the group has been in existence since 2008 with the aim of encouraging female musicians.

According to her, the time has come for female musicians to break the silence as they have been through tough times in the hands of their promoters and sponsors.

“Our aim is profit making so that we can seek the welfare of the membership through advocacy on issues that have to do with development in the country. We will also work in partnership with the government and non-governmental agencies,” she said.

Madam Sankoh noted that the association aims at transforming and empowering women through music, adding that women’s empowerment must be considered in nation building.

She called on sponsors to support their numerous projects, especially the establishment of a modern recording studio, magazine, and the setting up of an office space and the provision of a generator, among others.

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