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Meet Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer: 23-Year-Old Young Sierra Leonean Broadcast Journalist, Entrepreneur, And Advocate For Single Mothers

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Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer is a 23-year-old Sierra Leonean Broadcast journalist working for Star Television as a producer, reporter, and presenter. She also anchors news around Africa, Janet is the founder and director of Jansuccess network Sierra Leone,  a non-profit organization geared towards empowering young women and girls especially single mothers who are struggling to take care of their children and family, Janet is the owner of Jansuccess Glamorous Essentials which is a fashion store for women. Aside from journalism, Janet is also a make-up artist and an entrepreneur.

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Photo Credit: Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer

Growing up with a single mother and two siblings was a challenge for Janet, her mother raised the three of them single handedly, Janet attended saints Joseph’s primary school, Howe street where she completed her primary education, she later moved to a government municipal secondary school where she completed her secondary and senior secondary education, upon completing her senior secondary school. Janet enrolled at Fourah bay college where she started with a certificate in population studies and social statistics,  she is currently pursuing her degree In political science at the Fourah bay college university.

Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer Talking to young people

Speaking with Salone Messenger, Janet recounted how her mother and that of many women are struggling every day to care for their children, she was a victim of sad experience growing up single-handed by her mother and two siblings, she founded the Jansuccess network Sierra Leone, to empower women and girls especially single mothers who are struggling to take care of their children and family.

Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer and her mother

‘’Growing up was challenging especially with a single mother, As you know children born out of wedlock are most often shell out by the mainstream society and I’m a product of wedlock. Society has called me names and the fact that I didn’t have the adequate support to pursue my education I had to wait a while before I could enroll, daddy is never there, but the fact that my mother and myself didn’t allow society to define us is one of my best experience’’ she told Salone Messenger

In 2019, Janet started working at media one center radio, with the recommendation of her friend, Janet was allowed to start working at Star Television, with the support of Miss. Patricia Ganda, who found love in her,  she took the responsibility to train her, she started as a radio presenter and was later moved to Television broadcaster after 2 years.

Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer and her mentor Madam Patricia Ganda

‘’Journalism has been my dream since childhood, I wish to be seen on the television, I have always watched myself in the mirror and say to myself and my friends that they will watch me on the TV and boost that this is Janet my friend  and I’m grateful I am achieving that gradually, As a Goal-getter type of lady I believe that as human our limitations is ourselves if we don’t limit ourselves noboby will.’’

The newsroom can be a challenge, ranging from healthy or unhealthy competition to challenges of getting equipment,  Janet recounted

‘’The newsroom is tense and nobody says it’s gonna be easy anyways but I’m sure it  worth it, as a young journalist having the space to be seen is one difficulty thing, going out to have human interest stories is another challenge,  you will have that ideas but how can you actualize them with little or no resources.’’

When asked about a story she would like to work on, she said

‘’I wish to do a documentary on striving single mothers in the country I don’t have equipment nor resources.’’

About her greatest inspiration, she said,

‘’My journalism at a local level is inspired by my incredible boss mama Patricia Ganda she is one of a kind, at the international level Is Christiane Amanpour  at CNN  she’s good at her field.’’

Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer

‘’2 years from now I will be done with my first degree, and want to further study abroad in law, after that, I want to ensure I will be rendering help to other upcoming organizations i believe my organization will have breakthrough records in the world. Lastly having my own media house because I love the camera ‘’

When asked about her final words to young people she said,

‘’Journalism is the best career I will advise anyone to work on, it exposes you to the real world, you will meet  different kinds of people, and every day gives you new experiences, Just as the saying goes journalism can never be silent that is the greatest virtue and its greatest fault. Journalism is a selfless strive for humanity if you’re not passionate about it then it will be difficult to actualize it. Most importantly as a young journalist, you’ve to believe in yourself and your ideas.’’

Janet Jattu Mumgbay Zizer

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Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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