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Reading: Mariama Bah: The Visionary Sierra Leonean Who is Helping Empower Girls Through Cake Making
Reading: Mariama Bah: The Visionary Sierra Leonean Who is Helping Empower Girls Through Cake Making

Mariama Bah: The Visionary Sierra Leonean Who is Helping Empower Girls Through Cake Making

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Mariama Bah: The Visionary Sierra Leonean Who is Helping Empower Girls Through Cake Making
Mariama Bah: The Visionary Sierra Leonean Who is Helping Empower Girls Through Cake Making

Mariama Bah is a third-year student at the IPAM USL studying BSC procurement logistics and supply chain management, and also the CEO of Maria’s Cakes. Her journey as a baker began when she was in SSS 2 at the Annie Walsh Memorial School. Even in the face of molestation, Mariama never gave up on her passion for baking. After graduating from high school (Annie Walsh) in 2018, Mariama started baking cakes for friends and relatives without expecting anything in return.

Maria's Cake staff
Maria’s Cake staff

In 2020, Mariama began her search for a training center where she could learn and improve her baking skills. Despite the numerous challenges she faced in trying to raise money for the training, Mariama was undeterred. Two years later, her dream of being a professional baker and establishing an institution where she could train other girls is now slowly coming to pass.

Today, Maria’s Cakes is a registered business that not only trains young people to become professional bakers, but also caters to different types of events such as birthdays, weddings and graduations.

Maria's Cake
Maria’s Cake

Mariama Bah is an inspiration to all those who aim to achieve their dreams despite the many challenges they may face. She has shown us that if we remain committed and determined, even the most daunting of obstacles can be overcome.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.