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Meet Aishatu Doudhal Jalloh, A Young Female Painter From Sierra Leone

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Meet Aishatu Doudhal Jalloh, A Young Female Painter From Sierra Leone

20-year-old Aishatu Doudhal Jalloh is a young painter and co-founder of the Bondumi art company working from Sierra Leone.  Aishatu is also the founder of the isa’sclothingline In a field largely dominated by men and disparaged by onlookers, Aishatu is determined to make a name for herself in her chosen field.

At age 4, Aishatu Doudhal Jalloh started drawing, whenever she is at school or at home studying, she would always find time to draw and present it as a gift to her friends at school. she grew interest in drawing and started getting food  from her friends in school who could give her food in return for her to draw for them. Her friends mostly use her drawings to present to their friends whenever they have birthdays.

This was Aishatu’s beginning as a painter. As her interest in drawing grew, her desire to be better also grew. Her fiancé who’s also a painter would create beautiful artwork and get credit for them. But Aishatu on the other hand was doing it for her personal amusement.

At age 16, Aishatu started painting, she didn’t go to any school or university to learn painting, during an interview with Ipro Multimedia, she said “ I didn’t learn painting, its just a talent from God” Aishatu loves the fact that painting is creation, it involves bringing life into a plain canvass.

After Aishatu completed high school, she decided to turn her art into a business, to earn a living from it. Though still a student, she nurses hopes of finding and connecting with the right people to enable her meet her goals, including her dream of teaching others about art. She team up with her fiancé started a company called Bondumi art, bringing young emerging painters from across the country to showcase their artwork. They are currently embarking on Annual art exhibition which is intended to bring young emerging painters from across the country to showcase their work.



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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 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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