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The Patriotic Vanguard is 11 years old today

3 August 2016 at 04:40 | 1095 views

PV Staff.

Today, Saturday, July 30, 2016, marks the 11th anniversary of this newspaper, the Patriotic Vanguard. It is also the birthday of the publisher, Gibril G. Koroma.

Founded eleven years ago (July 30, 2005) in Vancouver, Canada, by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, a Sierra Leonean journalist in exile, the newspaper quickly attracted several other Sierra Leonean journalists fleeing the civil war and persecution of the then SLPP government of the late Dr. Ahmed Tejan-Kabbah.

Run entirely by volunteers (one of the very few diaspora online publications run entirely by volunteers including the publisher himself) PV immediately grabbed the attention of global online readers, not just Sierra Leoneans, with quality news and analyses.

All of the journalists and contributors on PV including the publisher are gainfully employed or self-employed, some in employment and other professions that have nothing to with journalism.

PV has received several awards in Canada and the USA for outstanding service to Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad. The most recent was the NOSLINA award that was received on May 7, 2016 on behalf of the PV publisher by the Interim Chairman of APC-USA Mr. Ibrahim Sanpha Kamara and two of PV’s gallant writers in the US, Mr. Felix Foday Sesay (photo) and Dr. Nanah Sheriff-Sesay.

Dr. Nanah Sheriff-Sesay of Virginia, USA holding the PV award from NOSLINA.

From the foregoing it could be said that PV is extremely rich in social and some would say political capital too as the gratitude and commendations from many Sierra Leoneans and non-Sierra Leoneans make it one of the most respected and loved Sierra Leonean newspapers.

The PV editorial policy and philosophy is anchored in service to Sierra Leone and the rest of the world. We sometimes ask for donations and certainly solicit adverts from individuals and organizations but we never stop publication, never stop serving our country and mankind if we do not receive the optimum in donations or adverts. We use our time, energy and financial resources to offer this service to our people without compulsion or ulterior motives. Money is a factor but it is not and will never be everything in our work. Our service is not to Mammon but to the people of Sierra Leone. Many of us studied at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, on very generous Government scholarships and the motto of that institution is Not for Self but for Others. We have to give back to the land of our birth. We MUST give back.

Perhaps another reason is that we simply love Journalism as a craft and social service. We are too high in our moral thinking to fall so low as to give up up for lack of adverts or donations. That is why we hold day jobs while working at PV, at least for now.

Make no mistake, we are also operating on a solid business plan which has been extended over the years. Many changes are coming in PV as we recently announced.

Many people tell us we can easily become billionaires in Leones and be Freetown’s number one newspaper if we were printing and selling PV in Freetown. Indeed that’s true because a lot of Freetown newspapers actually depend on us sometimes for sales; they have been regularly publishing our stories and articles without giving the credit to us for eleven years now. But we don’t mind, we will be in Freetown soon and we will come unannounced!

So, ladies and gentlemen, let us all celebrate the existence of this unique newspaper. We welcome your comments and observations. Let us know what PV means to you or how PV has served you over the years. Send your comments to the publisher at: gkgkoroma@gmail.com.

Thank you all for supporting, assisting and praying for us over the years. We will NEVER stop but will grow from strength to strength. Wi dey ya still.

Peace.

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