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Reading: Sierra Leonean Prodigy James Samba Makes Waves with Double Acceptance in Prominent Innovation Competitions
Reading: Sierra Leonean Prodigy James Samba Makes Waves with Double Acceptance in Prominent Innovation Competitions

Sierra Leonean Prodigy James Samba Makes Waves with Double Acceptance in Prominent Innovation Competitions

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Sallu Kamuskay
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James Samba, a young Sierra Leonean innovator, recently shared some exciting news that has captured the attention of many. He announced his acceptance into not just one, but two prestigious challenges that offer the potential for a kickstart seed fund. This achievement has not only brought joy to James but has also ignited hope and inspiration in the hearts of many Sierra Leoneans.

The first challenge James will be participating in is the Orange Social Venture Prize (OSVP) 2023 Challenge for Sierra Leone. Out of 1,302 applicants, James was among the selected few who were chosen. This incredible opportunity allows him to showcase his innovative ideas and contribute to making a positive social impact in his country. James expressed his gratitude for being given the chance to participate in such a prestigious event and connect with other like-minded changemakers.

But that’s not all! James has also secured a fast-tracked position in the Fishbowl Challenge, thanks to the Pitch Room Africa, Fishbowl Challenge, and Sidi Saccoh for bringing this opportunity to him. The Fishbowl Challenge is known for its transformative power, and James feels honored to be a part of it.

Filled with gratitude and enthusiasm, James cannot wait to embark on these incredible journeys. He acknowledges the support he has received from everyone who has believed in his vision and encouraged him along his entrepreneurial journey. Their support has been invaluable to him.

James is no stranger to pushing boundaries, embracing creativity, and making a lasting difference. With these challenges ahead of him, he is motivated more than ever to give his best shot. He understands the importance of entrepreneurship, innovation, and social impact in creating a better future for Sierra Leone.

This news comes at a time when concerned citizens are urging President Bio to prioritize technocrats and indigenous businesses. James’ achievements serve as a reminder of the immense talent and potential that exists within Sierra Leone. By supporting young innovators like James, the government can foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation that will drive economic growth and create opportunities for the country’s youth.

As James prepares to take on these challenges, he represents the hopes and dreams of many Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs. His success will not only be a personal triumph but also a testament to the power of determination and hard work. Sierra Leoneans eagerly await the outcomes of these challenges, knowing that James has the potential to make a significant impact on his country and inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

With the support of his fellow citizens and the belief in his vision, James is ready to soar to new heights. The journey ahead may be challenging, but James is determined to push through, knowing that his efforts have the potential to shape the future of Sierra Leone. As he embarks on these incredible opportunities, Sierra Leoneans stand behind him, cheering him on every step of the way.

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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 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.