In a recent confirmation interview before Members of Parliament, Chernor Bah, the newly appointed Minister of Information and Civic Education in Sierra Leone, expressed his commitment to leading with humility and confidence, while focusing on expanding information access, promoting digital literacy, and upholding free speech in the country.
His passionate dedication to public service and his remarkable journey from being a grassroots activist to a prominent figure in government garnered widespread praise and support.
As a native of Kanikay, Chernor Bah highlighted the significance of his appointment and emphasized that he takes this call to service with utmost seriousness and gratitude to President Bio, who entrusted him with this important role. Through his Twitter account, he expressed his readiness to serve and his commitment to always speaking positively, clearly, and truthfully.
Chernor Bah’s appointment comes after the departure of the popular Mohamed Raham Swarray, who has now assumed the position of Minister of Employment Labour and Social Security. Bah’s previous experience as the co-founder and co-CEO of Purposeful, a pioneering Africa-rooted global hub supporting feminist activism, gives him a unique perspective on empowering marginalized voices, especially those of girls and young people.
Throughout his career, Bah has been a staunch advocate for youth empowerment and has amplified the voices of children in Sierra Leone and beyond. At the age of just 15, he founded the Children’s Forum Network, a powerful movement that advocated for the inclusion of children in peace and reconciliation efforts following the devastating civil war in Sierra Leone. Decades later, the Children’s Forum Network continues to inspire young activists across the nation and stands as a testament to the potential of civic mobilization and the enduring impact of youth voices.
As the newly appointed Minister of Information and Civic Education, Chernor Bah brings a wealth of experience, passion, and a deep understanding of the transformative power of information and communication. With his background as a feminist activist and youth leader, he is poised to play a pivotal role in driving positive change and progress in Sierra Leone, fostering an environment that encourages free expression, and promoting digital literacy for all citizens.