The Ghana Muslim Broadcast Journalist Association and the Northerners and Zongo Concern Youth Association Ghana have awarded Hajiya Mariam Mohammed Sissy, the Deputy Communications Director of the Hajj Board and a Broadcast Journalist, as best female Muslim Journalist on Radio and Television.
This came to light during the launch of Zumunta Club, Ghana and the dua (prayers) for the late Philanthropist Alhaji Adamu Global Haulage at Nima- Red Carpet a suburb of Accra.
The event brought together chiefs from various Muslim communities in the Greater Accra Region.
Hajiya Mariam Sissy, a trained International Broadcaster and the Deputy Hajj Communications Director was the only female recipient among the awardees, others honored include Hon. Abubakar Sidick Bonita of, Minister of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Alhaji Bala Maikankan, the Director of Zongo Television.
Hajiya Mariam Sissy is also a Presenter and the hostess of Adult Education in Hausa on Ghana Television GTV, the Unique Muslim News presenter of Ghana Today on Radio Ghana, a Producer of Ku Falka on Unique FM and Assistant Head and senior Editor of Hausa section of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC).
In an interview with Newslinegh.com, Hajiya Sissy revealed that, she started as a Biochemist working with the Kole-bu Teaching Hospital with good monthly salary, but decided to join the media fraternity as part of her passion to speak for the voiceless in the Muslim society.
According to her, her passion for being the voice for the voiceless in society has yielded positive results and have successfully made positive impact on her community.
She has become a role model to many in the Muslim communities and the country at large.
She stated that, there are many issues within the Muslim community that need to be attended to, adding that Education, entrepreneurship, skills development are among other key areas that need to be addressed due to the dichotomy they have with Development of the Zongo people, and as well improve their living standards.
She advised parents to channel their resources and energy in educating the girl child to ensure that the Muslim communities develop with many sons and daughters in the academia , adding that it is necessary for parents to give their children quality education at all cost, which will undoubtedly help eradicate poverty in Zongo communities.
She stated that spending lavishly on weddings, naming ceremonies, expensive cloth should not be the way to go for now, as it will definitely affect their finances since some go for Loans which obviously would be a hindrance when it comes to giving their children the best of education .
She quickly added that, there has been some improvement in the area of educating the Muslim youth but there are still some grey areas that need attention.
She further advised children to take their studies serious to motivate their parents into investing in their education.
This, She said, would regenerate the likes of Vice President Dr. Bawumia, Former President John Dramani Mahama, the Second Lady Samira Bawumia and among other high profile personalities who have made it to the top, “thanks to a decision their Parents took to Educate them some years back” she noted.
Story: Muhammed Faisal MuMustapha