Former homeless Sierra Leonean woman now Radio Journalist and Advocate In Kabala

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Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay is Sierra Leonean Journalist, activist, and Humanitarian born in Kabala. She works for Radio Bintumani, 93. 7 FM as a volunteer radio presenter, DJ, and continuity announcer.

Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay attended the Holy Rosary primary school, Holy Rosary Secondary School Pujehun District, She later furthered her education at the Services, Juba in Freetown. She was class prefect and head girl at the primary school she attended, she was also the president of the Literally Debating Society at the Services school.

At a very tender age, due to the loss of her father, the relocation of her mother to an unknown location due to the unfortunate death of her husband, she was forced to experience difficulties with her younger brother, she and her younger brother slept at the car park, markets and did petty business like cassava for survival. She did farming at the Sebabuma lane, in Pujehun District. She walked seven miles every day to the market to sell Cassava just to be able to feed herself and her younger brother. She sometimes walks barefooted because she couldn’t afford much to buy sleepers. With all these trials and challenges she faced while growing up. She had always had the vision that she will someday be the first female president or president in the country. Knowing she lives in a community that doesn’t have access to quality education and opportunity, she had always questioned herself and prayed for an opportunity to travel out of the village to be able to achieve her dream. Fortune smiled on her when she got the opportunity to travel and live in Freetown through the support of a friend where she furthered her education and part of her journey. The sad experience of walking barefooted, sleeping at the markets, feeding on the leftover of some people at the market, and walking seven miles every day selling cassava just to be able to fend for herself and her younger brother. She felt she and that of many other children shouldn’t go through such a horrible experience for survival. She wanted to do something about that. She turned into using her voice through radio to advocate on social issues by going to the nearby villages, giving voice to the children and family voices and supporting them.

When she completed her education in Freetown and moved back to Koinadugu District where she volunteered as a radio journalist, an interest she got because she wanted to give a voice to vulnerable people in her community and raise awareness on how people can support the homeless in the communities.  She founded the Vulnerable Charity Foundation. A day before the country went on three days lockdown due to Government’s announcement in other to curtail the Coronavirus. Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay had a dream of people whose hands were lamed, disabled and mentally challenged people who came around her compound during the dream and told her that they wanted food, with no food at home, she divided the money she had with her and give it to them to go and buy food. Waking up in the morning, She used her money, prepared food, and went to the market and gave it to the homeless and mentally challenged people. She felt something needed to be done, she founded the organization to support homeless people through a feeding program she organized every day. She used her money to travel to the nearby villages looking for human interest stories that she will pitch to the station manager just to be able to uplift the voices of the vulnerable men and women. Traveling to these nearby villages exposed her to a lot of suffering, children going to school without sleepers, no food, sleeping on cardboard laid on the ground reminded her of her journey growing up. Kadiatu Bankoly Sesay felt so connected to the stories she told to the point that she used her money to buy used clothes and some cooking stuff that she brought along to the people whenever she went there to cover their stories.

Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay got support from a Sierra Leonean in the United States of America who got interested in her work and gave her support for three months to support the vulnerable people by preparing food for the homeless people.

The inspiring story of Kadiatu in Kabala and that of many other change-makers around our country is why we founded the Salone Messenger Platform to give limelight to their inspiring story. 

Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay is Sierra Leonean Journalist, activist, and Humanitarian born in Kabala. She works for Radio Bintumani, 93. 7 FM as a volunteer radio presenter, DJ, and continuity announcer.

Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay  attended the Holy Rosary primary school, Holy Rosary Secondary School Pujehun District, She later furthered her education at the Services, Juba in Freetown. She was class prefect and head girl at the primary school she attended, she was also the president of the Literally Debating Society at the Services school.

At a very tender age, due to the loss of her father, the relocation of her mother to an unknown location due to the unfortunate death of her husband, she was forced to experience difficulties with her younger brother, she and her younger brother slept at the car park, markets and did petty business like cassava for survival. She did farming at the Sebabuma lane, in Pujehun District. She walked  seven miles every day to the market to sell Cassava just to be able to feed herself and her younger brother. She sometimes walks barefooted because she couldn’t afford much to buy sleepers. With all these trials and challenges she faced while growing up. She had always had the vision that she will someday be the first female president or president in the country. Knowing she lives in a community that doesn’t have access to quality education and opportunity, she had always questioned herself and prayed for an opportunity to travel out of the village to be able to achieve her dream. Fortune smiled on her when she got the opportunity to travel and live in Freetown through the support of a friend where she furthered her education and part of her journey. The sad experience of walking barefooted, sleeping at the markets, feeding on the leftover of some people at the market, and walking seven miles every day selling cassava just to be able to fend for herself and her younger brother. She felt she and that of many other children shouldn’t go through such a horrible experience for survival. She wanted to do something about that. She turned into using her voice through radio to advacate on social issues by going to the nearby vilages, giving voice to the children and family voices and supporting them.

When she completed her education in Freetown and moved  back to Koinadugu District where she volunteered as a radio journalist, an interest she got because she wanted to give a voice to vulnerable people in her community and raise awareness on how people can support the homeless in the communities.  She founded the Vulnerable Charity Foundation. A day before the country went on three days lockdown due to Government’s announcement in other to curtail the Coronavirus. Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay  had a dream of people whose hands were lamed, disabled and mentally challenged people who came around her compound during the dream and told her that they wanted food, with no food at home, she divided the money she had with her and give it to them to go and buy food. Waking up in the morning, She used her money, prepared food, and went to the market and gave it to the homeless and mentally challenged people. She felt something needed to be done, she founded the organization to support homeless people through a feeding program she organized every day. She used her money to travel to the nearby villages looking for human interest stories that she will pitch to the station manager just to be able to uplift the voices of the vulnerable men and women. Traveling to these nearby villages exposed her to a lot of suffering, children going to school without sleepers, no food, sleeping on cardboard laid on the ground reminded her of her journey growing up. Kadiatu Bankoly Sesay felt so connected to the stories she told to the point that she used her money to buy used clothes and some cooking stuff that she brought along to the people whenever she went there to cover their stories.

Kadiatu Bankolay Sesay  got support from a Sierra Leonean in the United States of America who got interested over her work and gave her support for three months to support the vulenral people by preparing food for the homeless people.

The inspiring story of Kadiatu in Kabala, and that of many other change-makers around our country is why we founded the Salone Messenger Platform to give limelight to their inspiring story.

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