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Thursday, February 29, 2024

‘A PATRIOT’S DIARY’ – EKENA WESLEY BAGS – CHIEF TUAZAMA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALISM AWARD

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When we resourcefully returned to what was formerly Grain Coast after actors and proponents of a self-destructive conflict had gained their sanity to end the bloodletting, we passionately reckoned a patriotic preoccupation. It was not about asking what Liberia could do for us but what we instead could do for the greater good of the small West African nation.

Consumed by the flair and addiction of revolutionary journalism amid a full-time obligation, we offered to still remain the critical voice, player, and revolutionary journalist of the sort. Our landing on Liberian soil was pretty obscure as it were. We lost touch with local reality on the media front during Liberia’s turbulent years owing to new journalistic actors that had flooded the scene.

Passionately, we resolutely traverse the most exciting cum revolutionary role as a trio-columnist in the Public Agenda, the Authoritative Heritage, and New Vision. We uncompromisingly exerted wit, talent, and ambition to dissect, analyze and articulate the issues. We won hearts! We stepped on a number of toes. We elevated hidden treasures. We told the untold stories analytically. We consistently maintained a focus. It was about the greater good. Back-to-back, we became a star under the canopy of the Press Union of Liberian (PUL) based on standards set by respectable judges, experienced and witty journalists, and professionals par excellence.

Beyond the shores of the small West African nation – across the Atlantic Ocean – at the expense of journalistic zealotry, we are at it again. Chief Tuazama Leadership Award for Excellence in Journalism. We are honored. His Grace is sufficient indeed. We salute the Tuazama Leadership School cum Tuazama Development Initiative of Asia, Africa, and the Americas for bestowing such a distinguished honor. We are humbly grateful!

Thanks to my darling wife and senior adviser, Mrs. Kemah Carter-Wesley for tirelessly rising to the occasion. Thanks to our kids, family, comrades, and friends for all the support. We remain heartily appreciative!

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