Ex-MARAN President, Onilemo, elected African Maritime Journalists President

 A former President of Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria (MARAN) Mr Sesan Onilemo, has emerged the President of the African Maritime Journalists Association (AMJA).

This followed resolutions adopted at the just-concluded inaugural Africa Maritime Journalists Conference (AMJOC), held 29 and 30 January 2016, in Accra, on the need to establish a continent-wide association or forum for maritime journalists in Africa.
During the conference, delegates resolved and elected a four member executive committee that would promote the objectives and benefits of the conference across the continent, at regional and national levels.
Delegates at the first day of the conference endorsed the recommendation that such an executive team should reflect the pan African nature of the conference, pending when other necessary arrangements are put in place.
In a statement, the Chairman – AMJOC Organising Committee, Mr Lanre Badmus said the four offices considered were President – allotted to Nigeria; Vice President allotted to Southern Africa; General Secretary allotted to Eastern Africa; and Treasurer allotted to the host country Ghana.
Participants met on the second day of the conference to consider and adopt the following nominees as proposed:
·         President – Nigeria – Mr Sesan Onileimo, Publisher of Shipping Position Daily Newspaper(print and online), and Producer of Shipping Position Live on Radio
·         Vice President – South Africa – Mr Terry Hutson, Publisher of Ports and Ships
·         General Secretary – Kenya – Mr George Sunguh, Editor of Our Ports Magazine and Communication Executive for Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa
·        Treasurer – Ghana – Grace Nana Esi Boateng, Presenter of Maritime and Port News on Radio
All the nominees were unanimously endorsed and duly elected for the offices allotted, according to a statement issued by the Chairman of AMJOC Organizing Committee.
AMJA will represent members’ interests at the continental level, while the establishment of national bodies will be encouraged in all AU member countries, to advance the goals of AMJA at that level.

AMJA will promote the interests and welfare of its members, encourage information and knowledge sharing as well as foster goodwill between the media and other stakeholders in the maritime sub-sector.