In a historic move, Augusta James Teima has been appointed as Sierra Leone’s Minister of Sports, making her the first woman to hold this prestigious position in the West African nation.
The announcement came on July 15, 2023, as part of the new Cabinet appointments made by His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio.
Mrs. Teima brings with her a wealth of experience in both athletics and sports administration. As a former athlete herself, she understands the importance of sports in promoting physical fitness, teamwork, and national pride. Her passion for sports and dedication to promoting its development made her an ideal candidate for the position.
Prior to her appointment, Augusta James Teima served as a Lecturer at the Milton Margai Technical University, where she shared her knowledge and expertise with aspiring sports professionals. Additionally, she has been actively involved in the Sierra Leone Athletics Association, contributing to the growth and organization of athletics in the country.
The appointment of Mrs. Teima as Minister of Sports is seen as a significant step forward for gender equality and equity in Sierra Leone. It reflects President Bio’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive society and providing equal opportunities for women in leadership roles.
Upon her appointment, Mrs. Teima expressed her gratitude and honor at being given the opportunity to serve as Minister of Sports. She highlighted her commitment to promoting sports development throughout Sierra Leone and ensuring that every citizen has the chance to participate in sports activities.
“I am honored to be appointed as Minister of Sports,” Mrs. Teima stated. “I am committed to working tirelessly to promote sports development in Sierra Leone and to ensuring that all Sierra Leoneans have the opportunity to participate in sports.”
Her appointment has generated widespread optimism and support from various sectors of society, including athletes, sports enthusiasts, and women’s rights advocates. Many believe that Mrs. Teima’s leadership will bring positive changes to the sports landscape in Sierra Leone, making it a more inclusive and lucrative venture.
Sports in Sierra Leone has immense potential, not only for fostering athletic talent but also for boosting the economy through tourism and attracting international sporting events. With Augusta James Teima at the helm, it is hoped that the Ministry of Sports will take proactive measures to harness these opportunities and propel Sierra Leone onto the global sports stage.
As the first female Minister of Sports, Augusta James Teima serves as a trailblazer and an inspiration for women across Sierra Leone. Her appointment demonstrates the country’s commitment to breaking gender barriers and empowering women in leadership positions. It marks a significant milestone in the nation’s journey toward gender equality and serves as a beacon of hope for future generations.