Sierra Leone’s Charge d’Affairs to the People’s Republic of China, has Called on the
newly elected executive of the Sierra Leone Students Union in China to ensure a strong
and dedicated team that will work towards promoting students’ issues and eventually
add value to their Union.
Madam Kumba Alice Momoh spoke on Thursday 11th February during a call on the
Embassy by the new executive of the Sierra Leone Students Union in China, elected
into office at the end of the student’s Annual Convention in Beijing.
Madam Momoh called on the new executive to utilize the strength of being united and
build trust within their team to ensure success in their new assignment, also
encouraging them to work towards bringing everybody on board irrespective of how the
She told them they are in China “to acquire knowledge but it has reached a time that
you will be required to make sacrifices in the pursuit of the goals of your Union”.
Madam Momoh said, the challenges faced by the former executive, whom she
commended for successfully managing the affairs of the union, could serve as lessons
for the new one in their bid to achieve their goals.
Also making a statement was the Embassy’s Head of Chancery, Unisa Sahid Kamara.
He thanked the former executive for the smooth transition, reiterating the need for unity
“Lead by example, and ensure you perform to the expectation of the general students’
body in China, but above all don’t forget your studies as that is your primary reason of
being here”, he said, expressing concern on reports of how the students had previously
misused social media during their campaign.
Responding, President of the Union, Saidu Mohamed Sesay, Masters Candidate in
Public Administration at China University of Geosciences, thanked the Embassy for the
support always accorded students over the years, with specific reference to their annual
convention. “The support and directions the Embassy has been providing to students
have been contributing factors to our success over the years.”
Through the Embassy, Sesay paid glowing tribute to the Government of President
Ernest Bai Koroma for supporting them especially through the annual provision of
allowance of $1,800 per student and 40ft container for the shipment of their personal
On their academic pursuit, the new President promised, students will always put their
studies foremost. “We shall remain committed to our academic pursuit so as to impact
positively to our country’s growth when we shall have returned.”
On students’ unity, Sesay called on executive members to be united, saying “we may
have our differences but they should not affect our coexistence as students”, promising
to work closely with the embassy through lobbying and engagement, so as to see how
private students could form part of those receiving allowances from the Government
Trust and respect, Sesay said, would be crucial to their success as an executive. “The
two are of the same importance for they serve as yardstick for success and progress”
President Sesay officially presented the executive to the Embassy, consisting of the
Vice President Delphine Robert (medical student), Alpha Bassie Mansaray, (PhD.
Candidate-Sport Science) as Secretary-General, Alpha Monarchy Conteh, (Bachelor-
Computer Science) as Asst. Secretary, Brima Sesay (PhD. Financial Engineering) as
Financial Secretary, Hinga Margai (Masters Candidate) as Public Relations Officer,
John Hinga Magay (Masters Candidate) as Welfare/Education Officer, Amanda Williams
(Masters Candidate) as Treasurer and Akin Benjamin as Ombudsman, amongst others.
Also making statements were the former President, Adikali Sesay and Secretary
General Mohamed Sulaiman Sankoh. Both expressed gratitude to the Embassy for its
constant support to students and encouraged the new executive to continue with the
cordial ties existing between students and the Embassy.
John Baimba Sesay
Sierra Leone Embassy