This isn’t my first time in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Four years ago I was here doing the same work with JHR. I briefly worked at a radio station and then because of my TV skills moved over a TV station called ABC Action News . It was on its last legs.
Most of the time I was there training journalists the station was off the air due to financial and technical constraints.
Many of them naturally were frustrated and starting to lose hope.
I wondered what would happen to the station and these journalists, it was a shame to see them so frustrated when they had so much passion.
After I returned to Canada they would creep into my thoughts every now and then.
I would wonder -what are they doing now, are they even still in the country? Or doing any kind of journalism?
Fast forward to 2012 and I’m back in Freetown doing the same work with JHR.
My first few days in, I bump into a video journalist I frequently worked with last time I was here.
I am pleased to hear he is doing camera and editing work at the Special Court in Freetown. This is where three trials of different rebel groups who fought in the country’s civl war took place.
A few months later I am out covering a story at the federal court house and do a double take as I see another journalist I used to train.
He is still working in radio and still holds the same passion for his craft.
About a week later I am rushing for yet another interview and I hear someone calling me, I turn around and see yet another journalist from the same former TV station.
He proudly tells me he has started up his own production company.
It just goes to show that if the passion is there for something you believe things have a way of sometimes working out.