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Haja Mariama Bangoura Awarded Bombali District Fifty Most Influential Women In Leadership Award

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Haja Mariama Bangoura Awarded Bombali District Fifty Most Influential Women In Leadership Award

Young Sierra Leonean activist Haja Mariama Bangoura has been awarded with the  Bombali District Fifty Most Influential Women In Leadership at the 1st edition of the Bombali District Fifty Most Influential Women In Leadership making it the second time she is receiving such an award, taking on her Facebook, she noted “This is the second time i have been recognised as an influential person within the district. I want to dedicate this award to the women and girls that I have been working with at Restless Development Sierra Leone ”  Haja Mariama Bangoura  was recognized  among other influential women in Bombali.

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Haja Mariama Bangoura Awarded Bombali District Fifty Most Influential Women In Leadership Award

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Haja Mariama Bangura was born and raised in Makeni, Bombali District, northern part of Sierra Leone.  she became aware at an early stage of her life that women and girls face too much abuse inside and outside of their homes. She saw and experienced this abuse growing up as a young girl – waking up to the bitter realities of suffering in the daily life of women and girls in her neighborhood and she wanted to see things change.

At a tender age, She decided to be part of the change, by joining the Children’s Forum Network (CFN) in Makeni, a leading child advocacy organisation in Sierra Leone; it helps children to speak out on issues affecting them through media and outreach programmes

Haja Mariama Bangura award
Haja having a meeting with Leave No Girl Behind adolescent girls in Kawereh community. Credit: Restless Development Sierra Leone

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At junior secondary school, Haja Mariama Bangura continued pushing her passion for advocacy by introducing a School journal club. “We did news presentations on student issues in and around campus. I conducted assembly talks and I became popular for doing children’s programmes in schools, which earned me the opportunity to work for many organisations as a peer educator and a girl child mentor.” she noted during an artitle she wrote on Restless Development Sierra Leone

 

Taking on her Facebook award receiving the award, she said

“Dolly Parton once said

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.”

On this note I want to congratulate myself for being part of the first edition of the Bombali District fifty most influential women in leadership awards. This is the second time i have been recognised as an influential person within the district. I want to dedicate this award to the women and girls that I have been working with at Restless Development Sierra Leone . Being a female leader from the north is quiet challenging and difficult but I believed that A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. My passion and Allah’s grace have been the driving force throughout. Thanks to my family and friends for supporting me through my advocacy strides. I promise to continue to advocate for the welfare and protection of women in Sierra Leone.

#Greatfulsoul

#HerNASSIT

Congratulations to Haja Mariama Bangura

 

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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