Firmed on their seats with eyes fixed and ears opened were journalists and guests at Ayaba Hotel in Bamenda on Tuesday, May 3. They were thrilled and somehow surprised at how a teenage girl from the inner chambers of the Makon forest showcased her innate musical endowments before them.
The deep-rooted rhythms edified by her strong-heavy voice surrendering the talent in her almost derail the pressmen and women from the topical issue of the day.
By the mention of the name, Jato Sonita, thoughts of real African Mutombo and banana leaves will first come to mind.
The 14-year-old JATO Sonita was best amongst all guests and artists who were invited to celebrate world press freedom day with journalists on May 3, 2022, in Bamenda.
The talented fast-rising Afro artist used her charming voice and crafted beautiful and meaningful songs for the journalists who convened to celebrate and enjoy their works.
In one of her performances, she called on the journalists to never stop doing what they do. According to JATO, as an artist, she believes so much and depends on journalists to be informed.
“Keep your fire burning, never stop giving us information because we depend on you,” JATO Sonita said in one of her performance
JATO is a form four student of CCAST Bambili. She has performed on the same stage with artists like Fally Ipupa and several Cameroonian artists.
Celebration of the 29th anniversary of world press freedom day took place in Bamenda under associations like Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists North West, CAMASEJ and Cameroon Journalist’s Trade Union.
Emphasizing on the 2022 world press freedom day theme “Journalism under surveillance” CAMASEJ North West President, Ndi Tsembom Elvis encouraged his colleagues to be more ethical, as they continue doing their job.
“On this occasion of the world press freedom day, I wish to encourage journalists covering the Anglophone crisis to stay on the part of safety and rule of the law,” Ndi Tsembom said in his speech
The CAMASEJ North West chapter president also regretted the advent of social media, which is a huge problem for the noble profession, as everyone tries to break the news on social media