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Reading: Bring Back our Data Sierra Leoneans protest over Increatment of data price

Bring Back our Data Sierra Leoneans protest over Increatment of data price

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Festus Conteh
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Bring Back our Data Sierra Leoneans protest over Increatment of data price
Bring Back our Data Sierra Leoneans protest over Increatment of data price

Sierra Leoneans students have taken to the streets in protest of the increament of data prices in their country. These students are standing up for what they believe in and are fighting for the rights of their fellow citizens who have been affected by the sudden price hike.

The protest was organized by Delvid Stanley-Coker, Abu Bakarr Jalloh, Abdul Karim Turay and Ibrahim Kamara who have been affected by the data price increase and are now calling for the government to bring back their data. They are asking for an immediate reduction in the cost of data services to make it affordable for all citizens. The protesters also want the government to come up with a plan to make sure that the data prices remain low and stable in the future.

The protest has been largely peaceful, however, police were out to evacuate them out of the premises as they claimed it may cause civil unrest. The students have made it very clear that they are not looking to cause any trouble and are simply trying to get their message out to the government.
Just few weeks ago Sierra Leone internet tariff is now among the highest in price. All other promotions have been cut off indefinetly.

The protest is an example of how citizens can come together to make their voices heard and to demand the rights that they are entitled to. The students are hoping that their protest will lead to the government taking action and bringing back the data that they need to stay connected. It is a reminder to us all of the power of people and how a few people can make a huge difference.

It remains to be seen whether the government will respond to the protesters’ demands. But by taking to the streets to make their voices heard, the protesters have shown that they are committed to making sure that internet access is accessible and affordable to all Sierra Leoneans.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.