In life, when your experience of a certain [past] social injustice parallels those of others in similar vulnerable conditions, you feel obliged to amplify their voices and become an advocate for transformation in their lives. This is precisely the triggering force underlying my insatiable interest in advancing the cause of women and children. As a child, I was denied access to education because of my gender. Girls in my family were labeled as domestic attendants, while the boys were the preferred gender for academic enlightenment. With the help of my mother, who unrelentingly advocated evolution in such gender notions, I first stepped foot into a classroom at the age of 9, went on to defy all odds. I am now an award-winning digital and print media professional working on political, developmental, peace, and conflict issues.
A results-driven communications practitioner, client services specialist, and nonprofit professional, I have served as a consultant with several international non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF and Save the Children. My media work has been featured by UN Peace Women; NGO News Africa; the International Press Institute, among many others. I am also a 2009 Rotary World Peace Fellow. Moreover, I am the past Senior Editor of the Liberian Observer Corporation, publishers of the Daily Observer newspaper, in Monrovia. I have experience in documenting and telling the untold stories of women’s war experiences in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Côte d’Ivoire, and elsewhere across the globe.
I have studied Good Governance and Democracy at the Marquette University’s Les Aspin Center for Government, Washington D.C., USA. Further, I studied Peace Building and Contemporary Conflict Resolution at the Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, located at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
A recent graduate with a Master of Science in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus (3.9 GPA), I have more than ten years of experience as a communications practitioner, content and marketing strategist, print, and digital media specialist. I hold an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the African Methodist Episcopal University (GPA 3.8), based in Monrovia, Liberia. I also hold a Certificate of Excellence in Digital Journalism from the International Academy of Journalism, based in Hamburg, Germany.
I have an unwavering commitment to transforming the lives of women and children. As such, I candidly share my real-life experiences of struggle and triumph and skillfully use my education and training to give a voice to women and children who may otherwise be overlooked. I leverage my journalism expertise and creative writing skills to capture the stories of children in need, as well as their needy mothers.
I am Fatoumata Nabie Fofana, MSc., and I am happy to serve you!
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