Malian president pleads for a French rescuer to return home
Malian president has promised a
job to an immigrant from his country whose news stunned the world after he had saved
a four year old male child in a storey building in Paris France two day ago. Mamoudou
Gassama (24) an immigrant from Mali entered France in search of a job, has now
been granted citizenship by the French government and also offered a job with a
fire brigade company on orders issued by the French president His Excellency Emmanuel
Macron. The French President granted him citizenship and offered a job to him
in appreciation to what Gassama had done and said it was so peculiar that his government
must appreciate the move. One day after the French President announced the
offer to him, Malian president His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar issued a
statement of promise requesting for the a hero Gassama to come back to his
country and work in the army.
The Ambassador of Mali accredited in France Toumani Djime
Gassama saved a child who got stacked and was
hanging precariously in the verandah of the fourth floor of a building in Paris
city stunned the whole world from where Gassama received courage when the incident
was televised through social media networks. The video showed him as he climbed
over the stares which had no canopies only steps constructed near the windows
and quickly reached up where a child was still clinging precariously and saved
his life. While going up, he was being cheered by spectators who gathered at
the back of the building looking at him as he go up like a military commander
more courageously. The Ambassador of Mali accredited in France Toumani Djime
Diallo talked to Gassama in his Embassy office in Paris and gave him a message
of congratulations from his president and told him that, his president needed
him return home and be given a work in the army.
I won the second prize in policy category of the African Information society Initiative ( AISI) awards 2004 which is annually organized by the United Nations- Economic Commission for Africa ( UNECA) based in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. On the first photo above standing with other awardees after the Ceremony at the National Settlers monument in Grahamstown, South Africa.This was during the 8th Highway Africa Conference.The second photo shows the cross section of Jounalists from different African countries who attended the ceremony.
I also won the AISI-GKP/SDC Media Award special reporting on WSIS process and Africa, and conferred with the award in Tunis, Tunisia during WSIS summit in 2005. See the photo above.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about " Stigma denial and Discrimination" associated with HIV/AIDS. This was organized by theAssociation of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT). On the Photo above President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania, ( then the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation) was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony.This was at Maelezo auditorium in Dar-es-Salaam September 2005.
Winner on the Media Competition on writing about "Vulnerable Children" associated with HIV/AIDS This was organized by the Association of Journalists Against Aids in Tanzania ( AJAAT)
Winner of the National ICT Media Award organized By SWOPNET in the Country. On the photo above Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Brigadier General ( Rt) Saidi Kalembo was the guest of honour during the award giving ceremony which was held at New Sarvoy Hotel in morogoro town.I was awarded a Mobile phone and a tape-recorder.
I participated in the Media Competition in writing about VCT (Voluntary Counseling and Testing) in Tanzania which was held between July 15th and October 30th 2008 whereby I emerged among the top five winners. The competition was under the program known as “Tanzania bila Ukwimwi inawezekana” which literally means, Tanzania without AIDS disease transmission is possible”. This is a program which was organizedby the Association of Journalists Against AIDS in Tanzania (AJAAT) under TACAIDS funding. In the photo, I am being presented with a certificate of participation by the Chairman of the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS) Dr. Fatma Mrisho in a colorful ceremony which was held on 22nd December 2008 at Tanzania Information Centre in Dar es Salaam.
I was among the top 17 best selected students who excelled in their final examinations of the 2010/2011 academic year and awarded with the Vice-Chancellor’s prize. I scored 4.5 GPA (First Class) in BA in Journalism. Above I am being given a certificate by the Chairman of the Open University of Tanzania Board of Senate. Standing at the centre facing camera is the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolly Mbwette. Extreme left partly hidden is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elifas Bisanda. This occasion took place during the convocation meeting, a day before the graduation day at the prospective permanent headquarter of the Open University of Tanzania which is currently under construction at Bungo-Kibaha in Coast region 40 kilometers away west of Dar es Salaam city.