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Mariatu Esther Kabba Named Among 50 Most Influential Women In Sierra Leone

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Mariatu Esther Kabba , Journalist and founder of Strong Women Strong Girls Sierra Leone working for the BBC Media Action, 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow with more than eight years’ experience in broadcast journalism has been named by twenty-two youth and women-led organizations supported by Kids Advocacy Network one of 50 Most Influential women in Sierra Leone. Just months ago, she was Among Top 15 Graduates From The Global Unites Master Trainers Academy

Mariatu Esther Kabba
Mariatu Esther Kabba

Mariatu KABBA is a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow with more than eight years’ experience in broadcast journalism.

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Her innovative radio programming skills give voice to the marginalized as she relates inspiring stories of women and girls who push boundaries to make a mark in traditionally male-dominated areas. Currently, Mariatu is a radio mentor at BBC Media Action Sierra Leone, where she works with community stations to enhance programming, gender mainstreaming, and safeguarding.

Mariatu Esther Kabba
Mariatu Esther Kabba

Known for her community service, peacebuilding, and gender activism, Mariatu is the co-founder and executive director of Strong Women, Strong Girls Sierra Leone, a non-profit mentorship initiative that strengthens the socioeconomic status of women and girls.

An avid writer with an interest in social accountability issues, Mariatu holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, and Civil Leadership certificate from Rutgers University-State University of New Jersey and a Certificate in Conflict Transformation from Global Unites Masters Academy where she emerged as one of the top 15 Graduates of the first cohort.

Mariatu is motivated to champion issues affecting the growth of women and girls and to provide them with the leadership skills to be successful in life. She is open to possible partnerships and collaborations that can expand her initiative to more regions across Africa and the world at large.

The Fifty Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award is an initiative of twenty-two youth and women-led organizations supported by Kids Advocacy Network to spotlight and recognize the important role women play towards national development in Sierra Leone and also award and celebrate those women and few institutions that are contributing towards nation-building. The award recipients represent the most influential women in Business, Government, Law, Education, Local NGOs, and Entertainment, etc.

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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