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Reading: Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy Becomes Sierra Leone’s Youngest Member of Parliament
Reading: Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy Becomes Sierra Leone’s Youngest Member of Parliament

Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy Becomes Sierra Leone’s Youngest Member of Parliament

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Festus Conteh
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In the dynamic and ever-evolving landscape of Sierra Leonean politics, a new and inspiring leader has emerged, capturing the hearts and minds of many her name is Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy, at the tender age of 27, has become the youngest Member of Parliament ever in Sierra Leone and among the youngest in West Africa, representing the hopes and aspirations of a new generation.

Born and raised in Kono District, Sia’s journey to political prominence began with a strong desire to effect positive change in her community. Fuelled by her passion for service and the desire to inspire her fellow youths, Sia embarked on a path that would lead her to become a trailblazer in Sierra Leonean politics.

Sia attended Saint Anthony’s Primary School and later proceeded to Saint Joseph’s Secondary School and later Koidu Secondary School. Recognizing the power of politics as a platform for transformative change, Sia immersed herself in political studies, pursuing an Honors degree in Public Sector at the Institute of Public Administration and Management Sierra Leone.

Sia’s journey is marked by her determination to stand against challenges and pave the way for a new era of leadership. Her commitment to empowering young people and amplifying their voices has resonated with constituents across Sierra Leone. Through her impassioned speeches and tireless efforts, Sia has become a symbol of hope and progress, inspiring others to dream big and strive for excellence.

Despite her youth, Sia’s intellectual acumen and a strong grasp of public policy issues have positioned her as a formidable force in the political arena. Her ability to articulate her vision and connect with people from all walks of life has endeared her to the masses. As a representative of the SLPP, Sia is dedicated to championing the rights of her constituents by extension Kono District and addressing the pressing issues that affect their daily lives.

Sia’s rise to prominence is a beacon of hope for young people across Sierra Leone, proving that age is not a barrier to leadership and positive change. Her journey is a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and unwavering belief in the potential of young minds.

As Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy takes her seat in Parliament, she carries with her the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of a nation longing for transformative leadership. Her youthfulness, coupled with her deep commitment to the welfare of youths, makes her a force to be reckoned with.

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Sierra Leone has found its youngest MP in Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy, a visionary leader ready to shape the future and pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous Sierra Leone. Her journey is just beginning, and we can only anticipate the remarkable impact she will have on the country’s political landscape.

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Indeed, the rise of Sia Mahawa Habiama Tommy signifies a new chapter in Sierra Leonean politics, one where the young generation is at the forefront of change, dismantling barriers, and shaping a brighter future for all.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.