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Meet The Young Sierra Leonean Putting Sierra-Leonean Food On The British Map

Joe Faulkner is a British Sierra Leonean born in the United Kingdom to Limba and Krio Sierra Leonean parents. He is the founder of the Krio Kanteen, a West African catering company based in London that pride itself on being a family-run business that aims to provide authentic Sierra Leonean dishes to all of its customers.

Joe Faulker grew up in London with parents that were so connected to their route and wanted their children to know where they came from. For Joe Faulker, most of the time when he switches on his TV to watch news about his country where his family came from, all that he watched or listened to was about blood diamond, Ebola, corruption and a lot of negativities “ Everyone knows the Krio Kanteen for food, but I always insist on explaining that it is more than food, I was born and raised in the UK but my family has always been proud of their Sierra Leonean root and for me, it about promoting our culture, food is an important part of our culture and so when you speak to someone as British born Sierra Leonean like I am, when I speak to some about Sierra Leonean, all they know are the negatives. They know about war, they know about Ebola, anything that is bad, that is what they know, for me it is frustrating because I know on the flip side, there are a lot of amazing things about Sierra Leone that people don’t know. So this was my avenue to one give people food and to tell a different story” He told Stella Bangura on her popular program On the spot with Stella.

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Joe Faulker passion and inspiration for using food to promote Sierra Leone started from his dad that he learned a lot from. His Dad took them to the market to buy ingredients together and when they returned home, his dad will force them to stay around and watch him prepare food. With this opportunity, Joe Faulker moved to a community where people enjoyed the taste of the food he prepared, He then see the reality that he could turn his hobby which was cooking into business, he establishes the Krio Kanteen,  “Krio” is the name of a local tribe in Sierra Leone which he is part of. Since 2016, he has been running his business in London.

In London, you can locate them via their website or Facebook page

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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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