young activist of the year

young activist of the year

Winner - Precious Amabel Lebby

Too many solemn stories relating to our girls and women in Africa. In Sierra Leone to be precise, women go through traumas and unfortunate situations that make life unfavorable for them, and in turn affects their children in the end. Looking at thier plights, Miss Precious Amabel Lebby has took it upon herself to become an activist for a better life of women in Sierra Leone and beyond. She is one of many vibrant advocates who before taking the spotlight has quenched the taste of struggles, and so she understands what it feels like to be in such situations. She became an orphan at the age of 11, then her grandma became the breadwinner till 2013 when she too passed on. She hustled hard at university stage, taking volunteering jobs to pay her stipends at the Fourah Bay College. She graduated as one of the two female from the Linguistics Department with a first class degree, and was the first female Vice President of the Linguistics Association in 2013. Motivated and inspired by her own personal story, Precious wanted to change the status quo of young girls and women’s access to better living conditions and a voice in society. She became the voice of the voiceless. Inspired by her grandma’s care and love for her, she was able to set up a foundation that takes care of the elderly and aged. The ‘Jenama’ Foundation now has 35 inmates that are responsible for at the St. George’s Memorial home in Grafton.

She is a broadcast journalist who uses her voice to bring power to the voiceless. She currently runs a chat show called “Moment with Precious”, a popular live stream news program which creates conversational link on national issues among the government, citizens, and the diaspora. She advocates for women and girls in her community and urges government officials to respond to issues facing youth at all levels.

She holds a diploma in Cultural and African Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Sierra Leone. She is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Gender and Research Studies at Fourah Bay College. She was recently awarded one of the 50 most influential young people in Sierra Leone by ILEAD.