Adaobi Cesca Ilono is a writer and editor at Salone Messenger in Born in Makeni, Sierra Leone to a Sierra Leonean mother and a Nigerian Father. Reading and writing have always been a habit cultivated at a young age. In the second year of University, Adaobi Cesca Ilono started a magazine called ilongene which later evolved into a media enterprise housing at least 7 personnel. Ilongene evolved from just article writing and magazine to music streaming and event coverage. Salone Messenger tells the stories that need to the told. Local story, our stories. She got involved and interested in being part of the team to share stories of Sierra Leoneans Graduated from Babcock University with a degree in Biochemistry. In 2020, Adaobi Cesca Ilono started LOTB. LOTB started as a platform for guiding the everyday person in picking the best movie and TV show to watch, and in 2021, LOTB included a show segment. Adaobi Cesca Ilono lives by one principle; Time is of essence and it is greatly reflected in her everyday life.
Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a writer, editor, and storyteller. He was born in Bo, Southern Sierra Leone. Started his primary school at the Bo District Educational Council Primary School, Abu Bakarr Jalloh was the top pupil from primary one to three. In 2005, his family relocated to the capital Freetown where he furthered his primary education at the Holy Trinity Primary School, Kissy Road. Abu Bakarr Jalloh became a force to reckon with throughout his primary 4-6 at the Holy Trinity Primary School. In 2008/2009, he enrolled at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Junior Secondary School where he started his JSS 1-3 and he went on to top the list of the best student in the 2011 Basic Education Certificate Examination and also 7th best student in the whole of Port Loko District. In 2011/2012 he attended the Government Municipal Senior Secondary School where he attained his West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination in 2015. Abu Bakarr Jalloh is now a student of the Njala University, Njala Campus pursuing a degree in Bsc Agricultural Economics. He is a very brilliant writer, editor, and storyteller that is passionate about telling Sierra Leonean stories undiluted using a mobile phone. He is also keen on highlighting national issues affecting Sierra Leoneans.
Festus Conteh. The Salone Messenger. He is a Sierra Leonean well-focused and ambitious young man, a creative writer, article editor, and Story Teller, born at The Aberdeen Women’s Center. Just like the popular saying by Oscar Wilde, who rightly said “Be yourself, everyone is already taken” Therefore, one’s own imagination or perception about one’s own self largely defines one’s personality. He has always learned how to live with different people in different places since he was raised by people in different places. Festus has been volunteering in writing stories for social affairs at both community level and the country at large. Festus was looking to secure a brand new opportunity in an innovative, friendly atmosphere where he can utilize his soft skills and in-depth knowledge in story writing. He can also write a project proposal of any kind. Writing, in particular, has been a way of expressing his feelings a way of telling people how to do positive things. When he was in primary two; he had wanted to tell his class teacher that he had a problem with his stepmom, but he was very shy to say it. Little did he know what he was doing he tore a piece of paper sharpen his pencil and started sketching out his inner feelings. He ended up drawing a beautiful image of a woman holding whipcord and a kid lying on the ground crying. He took it to his late primary two teacher who looked at the drawings and realized his inner feelings and the pain he was going through. That was the time he realizes storytelling can be a positive tool to change the fabric of this land and can as well do harm to the country when using it in the negative form.
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.