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Meet James Momodu Dao Samba, One of Sierra Leone’s Fastest Fast Rising Tech-Prodigy.

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Meet James Momodu Dao Samba, One of Sierra Leone’s Fastest Fast Rising Tech-Prodigy.

At age 8, James Momodu Dao Samba started his creativity journey. James was a bright student in school who was so very much interested in technology and using any means through technology to be happy, James started building and repairing stuff for fun like, mini fans, motor-powered toy cars and many more; and since then, creativity has to be the thing he finds joy in doing.

Meet James Momodu Dao Samba, One of Sierra Leone’s Fastest Fast Rising Tech-Prodigy.

Now 19 years old, James is a student, self-taught Engineer and chief Innovation Officer, and founder of Wanjama Innovative-s.  Born and raised in Pujehun Town, in the southern provinces of Sierra leone, James attended Holy Family Primary School in Pujehun and later moved to Christ the King College (CKC) Bo where he did his secondary education.  James is currently studying International Relations at Milton Magai Technical University (MMTU) in his second year.

James is presently working on his revolutionary electric car that can operate without fuel/solar and needs not be recharged. It has a self-powered generating system that powers its operation. It is also incorporated with the functions of providing energy that could power an entire house without fuel, solar, or battery.

 

James is embarking on this project to ease the system of transportation and the issue of high costs of fuel. Many people in Freetown (mostly, none vehicle owners) constantly have their struggles in commercial transportation worse due to the everyday transport fare increment which is noticeably caused by the high cost of fuel in the nation; and many of these people are low-income earners.

 

James is trying to develop a cheaper transportation hub service system for the youths, that could operate without fuel and at cheaper transport fare operations.

 

Before this time, James innovative solution had include: FM radio transmitter, auto-intensity street light, non-fuel generator, remote control wheelchair, automated handwashing station, sanitizer dispenser, solar backpack, etc, have solved many problems in the community; ranging from light security, electricity, climate change, coronavirus prevention, to name but a few.

 

Like many innovators, James accounted numerous challenges trying to solve problems, speaking to Salone Messenger, he said

‘’The issue of funding has been the key challenge I’ve been facing lately. Getting materials to work with on a particular project is hard and many are to be purchased locally and sometimes ordered. 90% of all my innovative solutions are self-funded; I have to squeeze from my school allowance and sometimes even beg from friends and other relatives to assist me with some cash to buy the materials needed. ‘’Despite these challenges, James is hoping that his innovative ideas will make difference in the lives of people, he sees himself solving modern-day problems through his technology. This to James is his greatest achievement ‘’ My greatest achievement in the line of my work, innovation, has been, creating solutions to problems affecting people (or more precisely, me being a problem-solver). With extreme gratitude to the UNDP Accelerator Lab, I have been able to learn more on my pace of becoming a real-time problem-solver through their funded training program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Limkokwing University. He noted.

 

My message to young people aspiring to become innovators is, they are to follow their passion and love what they are doing; let them be original and become the best version of themselves.

You can get in touch with Josh on LinkedIn at James Samba or Facebook at James Samba 

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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 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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