Mamaja Jalloh, known as DJ Base, is not just a popular radio disc jockey in Sierra Leone but also a fearless advocate for freedom and justice.
Mamaja Jalloh, known as DJ Base Is currently working as presenter two TV programs Back To Base Show and the Hot Seat Show
Despite facing threats, harassment, and physical violence, Jalloh has continues to use his platform to raise awareness about crucial issues affecting the lives of Sierra Leoneans.
Jalloh’s journey as a radio broadcaster began in 1999 when he joined Radio Democracy, where he aimed to make a difference by sharing facts, opinions, and advocacy with his listeners. Two years later, he was invited by the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone to work at their radio station, contributing to peace-building efforts after a devastating civil war. It was during this time that he started his renowned radio program, Night Line, which attracted up to five million listeners and tackled various topics related to Sierra Leone’s development.
While Jalloh gained fame and influence throughout the country, his outspoken views sometimes clashed with those of the government. In 2002, he launched a campaign against rape and other crimes against women, ultimately leading to the enactment of the Sexual Offences Act in 2014. He also advocated for government accountability and increased funding for the Sierra Leone Judiciary, resulting in a significant budget increase in 2015. Additionally, Jalloh exposed corruption in the healthcare system, leading to the trial and punishment of individuals who had misappropriated funds meant for health services.
Jalloh’s activism has come at a high personal cost. He has been threatened, harassed, and physically assaulted multiple times. In 2004, he was attacked by the police, leaving him with injuries, and his home was raided and looted in 2005 after receiving anonymous threatening messages. In January 2017, Jalloh woke up to find his home covered in blood, an incident that remains unsolved. Despite these dangers, Jalloh remains undeterred and committed to fighting for the common good.
Jalloh’s impact extends beyond political opponents as he also played a crucial role during the Ebola outbreak in 2014. Despite the risk of infection, he continued to interact with the public, using his show to provide vital information and support to Sierra Leoneans.
Many Sierra Leoneans credit DJ Base with opening their eyes to new perspectives on social awareness. Through his program, he has elevated ideals of good governance, democracy, responsibility, and accountability. Jalloh firmly believes in the potential of Sierra Leone and encourages everyone to contribute to its development and the betterment of the continent.
Despite the ongoing threats he faces, Mamaja Jalloh remains dedicated to his mission of using the spotlight to bring attention to the issues that matter most to the people of Sierra Leone. His unwavering commitment to freedom, justice, and social change continues to inspire and empower his listeners, making him a true hero in the country’s fight for a brighter future.