Mahmoud Osman Gbessay is a practising Software Engineer and System Architect with interest in innovation and problem-solving.
He is a student of the Njala University pursuing a Bachelors degree in Computer Science with Honors.
Mahmoud’s current role at Salone Messengers is Web development and maintenance.
Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa – affectionately named “Mama Cancer” by her own community, she has experienced cancer on a very personal level. Shamim took her experiences as a sign and a push to help others and, hopefully, prevent them from going through what she did.
Shamim empowered herself and, armed with the technology and information available to the current generation, she incorporated artificial intelligence into medicine. With the inventions from her company she has managed to find ways to improve the livelihood of many Africans.
Mohamed Mansaray is writer and author at Salone Messenger. He is currently embarking on a journey to share the sad story of migrants on Salone Messenger global multimedia platform titled 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐉𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐌𝐢𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭
Mohamed Mansaray was born and raised in Sierra Leone, He holds diploma in accounting. He started his childhood education in Kailahun town and later continue schooling at St.Patrick Boys Second School Koidu Kono District.
He also attended the Government Secondary School Bo.
Human Interest Stories Desk Manager, Writer And Editor At Salone Messenger
Ms. Fatu Mansaray is young Sierra Leonean activist and blogger with over 5 years of working experience in several fields of youth and children issues. She has been interviewed by several national and international media houses and organization as well as online
Ms. Fatu Mansaray is part of Plan International’s youth network and sits on the guiding group of Transform Education, a youth led network hosted by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). The network uses advocacy to bring changes to communities. Fatu believes that transforming education will solve many of the inequalities in her country for example teenage pregnancy. For many years now, she has used her voice to challenge world leaders and local governments to invest in education for all.
In February, Ms. Fatu was appointed GPE Youth Leader by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). GPE youth leaders are young education activists based in GPE partner countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They are raising awareness of the barriers to education and aiming to increase the ambition of leaders for financing education and development. They are supporting GPE’s financing campaign to transform education systems in their countries and around the world.
For the past few years, Fatu has been serving as Regional Coordinator, Children and Youth Advisory Board for West and Central Africa region of Plan International. Fatu has also been on many international trips representing Plan International and has interacted and challenged world leaders on a number of issues touching on children rights and the involvement of young people on matters that affect them. Currently, Fatu is an intern at Plan International supporting the Youth Engagement, Movements and Campaigns Unit.
Henrietta Marie Foray is a passionate Sierra Leonean Writer. She is also the founder and Editor of Embracing HERstory, ( which is geared towards giving young people the courage to embrace their stories). Henrietta Marie Foray is currently a student at Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone.
Mary Kabay is the Human Interest Stories Desk Manager at Salone Messenger
Mary Kabay is a 23-year old Sierra Leonean practicing Journalist, activist, writer, entrepreneur and singer.
Mary Kabay is currently studying broadcasting and journalism at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Sierra Leone campus.
She is also working as a reporter, reporting on human interest stories related to women and girls.
Over the Years, Mary has greatly involved in advocating for women and girls both in print and organizing advocacy programs across the country.
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.