Sheriff Bojang Jr., the newly elected President of the Gambia Press Union (GPU), is an award-winning Gambian print, radio, TV, social media and online journalist, blogger and communities consultant.
Until his election recently to head the GPU, he was the head of programs at Dakar-based West Africa Democracy Radio, where he initially served as Senior Producer and Head of English Service.
Over the past decade, Sheriff has also been serving as Senegal correspondent for the English service of Radio France International (RFI). He had also freelanced for the French outlet in Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, and Guinea Bissau.
Additionally, Sheriff works as stringer for other international media outlets including Aljazeera, France 24, Radio Netherlands Worldwide (RNW), Guardian newspaper (UK), New African magazine and Chinese news agency (Xinhua).
Among the biggest highlights of Sheriff’s journalism career is his coverage of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone which resulted to his nomination as finalist for the 2015 CNN African Journalist of the Year Award. Sheriff was also a finalist for the 2012 FitzGerald Prize for Young African journalists – by Reuters.
At the 2011 Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Award organized in Rwanda by Washington-based Search for Common Grounds, Sheriff won the Gender Award for his radio documentary on the prevalence of rape in Senegal.
Sheriff has widely traveled across Africa in search of human interest and complex stories especially from the remotest parts of the continent has covered the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, the popular revolution in Burkina Faso, which resulted to the ouster of President Blaise Campaore, the landmark trial of ex-Chadian president Hissene Habre and the 2009 assassination of Guinea Bissau President, Nino Vieira, among others. He also covered presidential elections in Senegal, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
Beside journalism, Sheriff is also a communications consultant for the United Nations (UN) women and has worked for the UN agency in Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Kenya. He also worked with UNFPA as communications volunteer in Senegal and Burkina Faso.
Sheriff is also an independent researcher in Senegal and West Africa and his clients include the European and Developing countries Clinical Trial Partnership (EDCTP), Cross-Border Information UK, French pharmaceutical Sanofi Pasteur and Swiss pharmaceutical Novartis.