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Reading: British-Sierra Leonean Author, Ella Llewelyn Jones Has Published A Book On Gender Inequality, FGM, and Early Child Marriage In Sierra Leone
Reading: British-Sierra Leonean Author, Ella Llewelyn Jones Has Published A Book On Gender Inequality, FGM, and Early Child Marriage In Sierra Leone

British-Sierra Leonean Author, Ella Llewelyn Jones Has Published A Book On Gender Inequality, FGM, and Early Child Marriage In Sierra Leone

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Born in Freetown, Ella Llewleyn Jones is a 46-year-old British Sierra Leonean author and poet who writes under the Pseudonym, Ella. Based in England, Ella started writing under a pseudonym when she worked as a Special Police Constable in the Metropolitan Police to disguise her identity. Ella is the author of the book titled Ethnic Muse available on Amazon. Ella’s anthologies address themes such as social injustice, women’s rights, black history, and corruption in African politics. Ella Llewelyn Jones was born to Krio parents and grew up in Hill Station.

 

Ella attended the Methodist Girls High School (MGHS) and later moved to the Albert Academy where she continued her Sixth form.  Ella later attended Fourah Bay College to study English Language and Literature. Upon graduating she travelled to England in 1994 and went back to University to study Criminology & Social Policy.

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Moving to the United Kingdom, Ella has spent most part of her life in the United Kingdom studying, working, and building a family. Despite the long distance, Ella has never forgotten her home country, she always followed up by reading and watching the news to be updated on things happening in her country. Her love for writing and her birth country led her to embark on writing books as way to reflect and connect with her country. Ella has recently published the book titled “Sierra Leone in the Diaspora.” During an interview with us at Salone Messenger, Ella said “My new book is all about our landscape, our tribes, our food and is meant to enlighten Britain about our diverse culture. “Sierra Leone in the Diaspora” addresses social and political themes such as gender inequality, FGM, child marriage, socio-economic deprivation and corruption in politics, using a mixture of English and Creole words.”

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Ella worked for the Metropolitan Police force as a Special Constable for several years and resigned in 2021. Speaking about her favourite poem in the book, she said

“My favorite poem is “Sierra Leone” an acrostic that spells out our country’s name in rhyme while revealing what we’re known for, like our natural resources.”

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Ella grew up in a loving family where Christian values were instilled in them. She spent her formative life in St Augustine’s Church, Hill Station either attending Sunday service or youth groups. However she experienced poverty as her dad was only a civil servant and not that wealthy. Ella’s Dad invested in his children and taught them that a good education was the way to success.

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Despite of the number of years spent in the United Kingdom, she still cherishes good memories. At home they still eat Sierra Leonean dishes and speak about their childhood experiences growing up in Sierra Leone. “I’ve always been Sierra Leonean as you are what you are. My Mum lives in Leeds and cooks Sierra Leonean dishes every week. I had Okra soup yesterday for lunch! But people who know me didn’t realise I was African. They assumed I was Black British as I don’t have an accent.”

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Ella’s recently published book, Sierra Leone in The Diaspora is now available on Amazon. The book focuses on what unites us as a nation and the beautiful things Sierra Leone is known for as a country “We need to focus on what unites us rather than our differences. Politicians come and go, a nation lasts for ever. My Poems are all about unity and love.” She told us at Salone Messenger

You can connect with Ella on the social media platforms below

YouTube: Sierra Leone Poem New.

Facebook: Ella Llewleyn Jones

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. 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 http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. 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.