On the 16th July 2016, Abdul Karim (Fonti) Kabia bagged a CERTIFICATE OF SPECIAL CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION from the U.S Congress, in acknowledgment of his outstanding and invaluable services to Sierra Leone.
Signed by Congresswoman Eleanor H. Norton, the certificate was received by the journalist and child rights activist at an auspicious occasion at Howard University organised by the District of Columbia (DC) Mayor's Office on African Affairs (MOAA).
Over the past decade, Fonti has distinguished himself in the field of journalism and activism with innovative and worthwhile selfless undertakings.
As a journalist, he has successfully managed and edited at least five major newspapers in Sierra Leone including the Awareness Times, Africa Young Voices (AYV) and The New People Online, where he served as Global Managing Editor.
During this period, the young journalist has reported on, and exposed corruption, human rights abuses, bad governance, among others.
He recently founded a child welfare organisation known as the Fontricia Children's Foundation seeking the rights of children in health and education.
Fonti is currently attending a six weeks academic coursework at Wagner College in New York City studying civic leadership and expanding his global network. He was selected by the U.S State Department for this year's Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) in which he will also have the opportunity of attending an International Presidential Summit in which the U.S President Barack Obama is due to attend.