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By Amara Thoronka


The International Martial Arts Hall of Fame has nominated Mr. Saidu Sesay, the President for the Sierra Leone Mixed Martial Arts and Je-Jitsu Association (SLMMAJJA) for a prestigious international award in martial arts.

“International Martial Arts Hall of Fame proudly nominates from Sierra Leone Saidu Sesay for an award. The award celebration will take place on Saturday April 13th 2024 at Asperen, the Netherlands Please like and share!” the reputable international martial arts award entity announced on their official online platforms.

Saidu Sesay on nomination list

Reacting to the global recognition, the SLMMAJJA said:

“This is like a dream come true to be recognized for your passion and sacrifice in doing something you love for your nation and humanity.

Everyone knows martial arts is my calling, something I have been doing since my days at secondary school. I was unbeatable for quite a long time in my active fighting career. I had the opportunity to compete internationally. I returned to the country to support young people to reach my height and even surpass me in mixed martial arts.

For people to be that far and recognize what I am doing in Sierra Leone is beyond imagination. I am so happy. This recognition is not only for me but all those working with me; it also projects the image of the country positively at the international level.”

Saidu Sesay has not only represented Sierra Leone internationally and brought home laurels, he decided to give back to society by establishing SLMMAJJA, Ultimate African Fighting (UAFL) and Spot the Talents Sierra Leone to discover, promote and mentor talents across the country in mixed martial arts and other sporting and entertainment areas.

He is known to have transformed many vulnerable young people to meaning assets to their families, communities and the nation in general.

With serious challenges in getting funds and supports, he has been steadfast in transforming drug addicts, marginalized and vulnerable youths into law-abiding and productive citizens using sport as a tool.

At his 11 Yamson Lane, Shell New Road, East Freetown, there are always young people who come around for fitness training, mentorship and other personal supports.

To many people who know him, the international recognition is not a surprise.

Saidu Sesay in action

The International Martial Arts Hall of Fame is a prestigious institution that recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of martial arts. It serves as a platform to honor martial artists who have demonstrated exceptional skill, knowledge, and dedication in their respective disciplines.

Saidu Sesay training MMA fighters to represent Sierra Leone 

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony is a highly anticipated event that brings together martial arts practitioners, enthusiasts, and experts from around the globe. During this event, inductees are acknowledged for their remarkable achievements, mastery of their chosen art, and their impact on the martial arts community. The International Martial Arts Hall of Fame not only recognizes renowned martial artists but also seeks to promote the values and principles that martial arts embody, such as discipline, respect, perseverance, and personal growth. It aims to inspire and motivate both practitioners and spectators alike to pursue excellence in martial arts and embrace its positive influence in their lives.

The induction ceremony itself is a grand affair, featuring captivating martial arts demonstrations, speeches by distinguished figures in the martial arts community, and the presentation of awards and accolades to the deserving inductees. It is a unique opportunity to witness the convergence of talent, passion, and dedication in one spectacular event. Attending the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame induction ceremony offers an unforgettable experience, allowing participants to immerse themselves in the rich traditions, diversity, and spirit of martial arts. It provides a platform for networking, learning from industry leaders, and fostering connections with like-minded individuals who share a deep appreciation for the martial arts.

Saidu Sesay and cross section of SLMMAJJA members

Whether you are a martial arts practitioner, an enthusiast, or simply curious about the world of martial arts, the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame offers an exceptional opportunity to witness the pinnacle of achievement and celebrate the transformative power of martial arts.

By honoring exceptional individuals and their contributions, the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame serves as a testament to the enduring legacy and global impact of martial arts, ensuring that their stories and achievements continue to inspire generations to come.

Spot The Talents Sierra Leone (sierraleonetalents.com)