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Meet Francis Turay: The First Sierra Leonean To Be Appointed At The Federation Of African Law Students (FALAS).

Meet Francis Turay: The First Sierra Leonean To Be Appointed At The Federation Of African Law Students (FALAS).

Meet Francis Turay: The First Sierra Leonean To Be Appointed At The Federation Of African Law Students (FALAS).

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BY: Sallu Kamuskay

At age 23, Francis Turay become the first Sierra Leonean to be appointed at the Federation of African Law Students as Public Relations Officer. Before his appointment at FALAS, Francis has been into voluntary work, in 2018, He joined the PLO Lumumba Foundation and became the Country Representative, the foundation’s headquarters is in Kenya, and the foundation later had a partnership with the Anti-Corruption Commission. During which, He used to join the Outreach Department during television and radio talk shows. Francis shared the stage alongside Professor Patrick Lumumba. Shortly before going for studies, Francis interned at a digital marketing company, owned by Vickie Remoe. Francis is currently serving as the Public Relations Officer appointed  by the Chief Justice of the University of Makeni Judiciary, a body set up by the Student Representative Council

FALAS is a body that houses law students from over 15 African Countries, as it has different heads for every country.

The organization organizes seminars, lectures, and workshops by inviting distinguished practitioners from various Bars in the continent, to have an intellectual community that discusses issues ranging from governance, politics, and the law.

Born in Freetown, Francis is a Sierra Leonean Activist, photographer, writer currently pursuing an LLB (Bachelors of Law) at the University of Makeni. Francis has written some stories, articles, and journals that have been featured on websites in Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Ghana.

Francis started his schooling at the St. Joseph’s Nursery School, where he completed his nursery schooling, He then got admitted at the D.T. Akibo Betts Municipal Primary School where he completed his primary school and moved to the Prince of Wales Secondary, where he completed his secondary education.

As a child, Francis grew up in an environment that’s closed to the heart of the capital city, with a lot of activities and attractions around, he was able to maneuverer, and pull through at school. He grew up with krios, which in turn, have some impact on his lifestyle and the things he is involved in.

 

 

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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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