By Mohamed Amara Gando
The Sierra Leone DJ’S Union (SLeDU) on 3 December held a press conference at the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Conference Room in Freetown. According to the Secretary General for SLeDU, Mohamed Tarawallie, the conference was to inform the press about their activities and the upcoming election of SLeDU Executive that is slated for 19 December in Kenema this year.
The chairman of the meeting, Joselyn Joe Abu welcomed the members and thanked them for their relentless support towards the Union. He informed his colleagues about the importance of the meeting. Abu said the current executive’s mandate has expired and that it was time for the Union to hold an election.
Giving the background of the establishment of SLeDU, Tarawallie said, “The Sierra Leone DJ’S Union was established in October 2012 and the reason behind that establishment was that we had fractions in the country by that time. We had the Sierra Leone DJ’S Association, the alliance DJ’S and the United DJ’S Organization. So we breached the gap on the basis of advice from the elders and in line with that advice, we established SLeDU at the Ferry Junction,” he explained.
The Secretary General told members that when they started operations, the Union was on selection basis, adding that time they selected Ibrahim Kalokoh commonly known as DJ Koloxs to act in the capacity as SLeDU President.
Explaining the challenges they encountered, the SLeDU Secretary General said it was challenging when they started the process of establishing the Union. “We encountered so many challenges when we started this process, but you guys will agree with me that DJ’S issue is a big constituency to control and especially when an elitism criterion is very low. We organized the first event in this country which was the SLeDU National Awards 2013. Since then we have been struggling to run the Union but we did not stop. We were focused and we continued to run the Union till 2015 when we had another SLeDU National Awards for the second term and I am proud to inform the general membership that we have now registered as a corporate body and SLeDU is now properly structured,” he informed.
In his statement, one of the elders of the Union, King Milla of SLBC thanked the general membership for patronizing the DJ’s in terms of showcasing the DJ’s in the country. He called on members of the Union to be united and push the interest of SLeDU.
The meeting ended with a presentation of unique pictures of new registered members of the Union.