Meet the 22-year-old Sierra Leonean female author tackling teenage pregnancy in her new book “Girlz Planete”

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Naffie Mustapha

As the corona pandemic enters its fifth month in Sierra Leone, learning in schools and universities remains paralyzed. Pupils and students in schools and universities in the country have not been attending schools and universities due to the corona pandemic in Sierra Leone. Even with these problems, some students have found a meaningful way to make use of their time. 22-year-old Naffie Mustapha is one of them. She is a final-year student at the Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone, studying law. Due to the increasing number of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone, She has authored a book that brings to light some of the causes of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone.

Eunice Naffie Mustapha is the Owner and Editor of Nafisa Magazine, an online writing platform that provides jobs for young female writers.

She fell in love with writing as a little girl. Eunice loves writing articles, short stories, poems, etc. She is also a public speaker; quite popular for her speeches during the Students’ Union Presidential Election in 2019 at Fourah Bay College, as she was the only female contestant.

She is the founder of both Emerald Leadership Initiative African Network (ELI AFRICA), popular for its weekly online discussions, and Strong Girls Evolution, which promotes personal development and networking among young female Sierra Leoneans.

During her school days, she was the Head Girl of The Annie Walsh Memorial School (Class of 2016), she believes in service. She also believes in hard work, as she uses her writing skills to earn and she also motivates other young ladies to do the same.

At age 22, she is a proud author. Her book ‘Girlz Planete’ is about providing insight in an exciting way about some of the causes of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone. She believes in educating and entertaining people at the same time.

Tell us about your book (Girls planete)?

N.M answer

‘’Girlz Planete is a short story that brings to light some of the causes of teenage pregnancy in Sierra Leone. The story presents a girly world with girls at the center, showcasing their daily lives & discussions’’

What inspired you to write the book?

N.M answer

‘’As an advocate, I observed that most times advocacy ventures were too formal. I decided to use my writing skills to help create an edutaining atmosphere, whilst advocating against teenage pregnancy’’

What else do you do now that the Corona pandemic is on?

N.M answer

‘’My activities during this pandemic are focused on writing and motivating my team of young female writers to write too, as I am their Editor at Nafisa Magazine.’’

What are your aspirations once you clear college?

N.M answer

‘’I will continue writing and motivating other young Sierra Leoneans to become go-getters and achieve their goals.’’

What would be your message to other students and young people in general?

N.M answer

‘’Young Sierra Leoneans should value every skill possessed by them. Even if people try to cry down your skills as irrelevant, work hard to groom the skills and prove them wrong.’’

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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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