In a groundbreaking move, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, Sierra Leone’s First Lady, has immersed herself in the country’s Entertainment Industry, seeking a Presidential Pardon from her husband, President Julius Maada Bio, on behalf of the acclaimed rapper Alhaji Amadu Bah, known as Boss LAJ.
LAJ, who voluntarily surrendered to the Pademba Road Male Correctional Center in Freetown after his release during a daring prison break-in on Sunday, November 27, 2023, delivered a plea for national unity and the prioritization of peace and security upon his return to detention. Encouraging Sierra Leoneans to stand united against violence, he emphasized the importance of building a harmonious nation.
Amidst these developments, the First Lady convened a strategic planning meeting with key figures from the entertainment industry, gearing up for the fifth anniversary of the impactful “Hands Off Our Girls” campaign. Dr. Bio, a staunch advocate against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, acknowledged the pivotal role of the entertainment sector in advocacy. The meeting aimed to collaboratively plan the commemoration and discussed strategies to leverage various art forms to amplify the campaign’s core message, engaging a broader audience.
As Sierra Leone eagerly anticipates the outcomes of these endeavors, the First Lady expressed gratitude for the continuous support of the entertainment industry in raising awareness on critical issues, further solidifying its role in effective advocacy.