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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

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 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.

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