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All You Need to Know About Miss Kailahun Mariama MJ Kanneh, Miss Sierra Leone 2023

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Miss Kailahun Mariama MJ Kanneh, Miss Sierra Leone 2023
Miss Kailahun Mariama MJ Kanneh, Miss Sierra Leone 2023

Miss Sierra Leone 2023: Mariama MJ Kanneh is a young Sierra Leonean, advocate TV and radio presenter, event host, red carpet host, pageant coach, producer, content creator student, model CEO, founder of Hope For The Slum, founding member of Girl Champions and holder of Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Logistics and Procurement currently representing Kailahun District as a contestant for this year’s Miss Sierra Leone 2023 beauty pageant that will be held at the Bintumani Conference Center.

Miss Kailahun Mariama MJ Kanneh, Miss Sierra Leone 2023 profile
Miss Kailahun Mariama MJ Kanneh, Miss Sierra Leone 2023 profile

Mariama MJ Kanneh Early Life

From her early years in Kailahun District, Mariama MJ Kanneh showed a drive for success. She pursued her education diligently, earning a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Logistics and Procurement. Additionally, she obtained a Certificate in Cosmetology from a renowned aesthetic school in Ghana, showcasing her diverse range of skills and interests.

Mariama MJ Kanneh empowering girls

Mariama MJ Kanneh’s passion for empowering girls and women is evident in her various roles and advocacy work. She has been actively involved in pageantry, winning the Miss UNIMTECH pageant in 2018 and finishing as the 2nd runner-up in the Miss Sierra Leone 2019 competition. She also participated in the AYV Miss University pageant in 2018 and the Miss University Bo Chapter in 2019. Through these platforms, she aims to use her voice to uplift and inspire others.

Mariama MJ Kanneh role in the fashion industry

Beyond pageantry, Mariama MJ Kanneh plays a pivotal role in the fashion industry. She serves as the program coordinator and an active board member of the Freetown Fashion Week, showcasing her expertise and passion for the industry. Additionally, she holds the position of Pageant Director on the High School Most Beautiful pageant board and Head of Pageant at Miss High School Sierra Leone. Her involvement in these organizations allows her to mentor and guide young women towards achieving their dreams.

Mariama MJ Kanneh as advocate 

Mariama MJ Kanneh’s commitment to social progress extends beyond the realm of pageantry and fashion. She is the founder of Hope For The Slum, a registered charity-based foundation established in 2019. Through this organization, she aims to address issues affecting slum communities by providing skilled employment, talent advocacy, and other forms of empowerment. She believes in being a voice for the voiceless and working towards building systems of justice within these vulnerable neighborhoods.

Furthermore, Mariama MJ Kanneh is actively involved in various youth and children’s advocacy groups. She is a founding member of Girl Champions, an organization that works with Purposeful, and a member of the Youth and Children’s Advocacy Panel. Her dedication to advocating for the rights and well-being of young people is unwavering.

Mariama MJ Kanneh as musician

In addition to her advocacy work, Mariama MJ Kanneh is a talented musician. She has collaborated with prominent Sierra Leonean artists and has even worked with the Ministry of Sports on the AFCON 2022 theme song for Leone Stars. Her musical talent allows her to connect with audiences and spread messages of unity, peace, and positivity.

As the CEO of Pinnacle Multi Entertainment and Events Management Company, Mariama MJ Kanneh continues to make waves in the entertainment industry. She is a TV and radio presenter, event host, red carpet host, pageant coach, producer, and content creator. Her versatility and passion for entertainment shine through in all her endeavors.

In 2023, Mariama MJ Kanneh will be competing in the highly anticipated Miss Sierra Leone beauty pageant. With her multifaceted background and captivating presence, she is sure to leave a lasting impression. As an esteemed resident of Kailahun District and a proud citizen of Sierra Leone, Mariama MJ Kanneh embodies resilience, talent, and a commitment to making a difference in her community.

Through her various roles as an advocate, entrepreneur, musician, and entertainer, Mariama MJ Kanneh continues to inspire hope and create positive change in Sierra Leone. Her dedication to empowering girls and women, addressing social issues, and promoting unity and peace make her a true beacon of hope for the nation.

Miss Sierra Leone Limited is a national beauty pageant in Sierra Leone that was formed in 2001 12. The pageant is sponsored by the government of Sierra Leone in Freetown and is organized under the Miss Sierra Leone Ltd1. The pageant has had its first pageant in 2001 and has since organized more and improved pageants in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019, all of which were acknowledged as the best entertainment events of the years in which they were hosted 23. The winner of Miss Sierra Leone represents her country at Miss World pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. In 1986, Alice Matta Fefegula was the first Miss World contestant to represent Sierra Leone. In 1990, Sia Matturi became the first University student to win the title, and though she did not compete that year in Miss World, she became the first titleholder to win an international title by winning Miss Africa 1990 in Banjul, The Gambia 1. The Miss Sierra Leone Limited is not just about crowning a queen; it is a not-for-profit organization with a core objective of selecting a beauty queen who will embody strength, beauty, and intelligence. The winner will serve as a role model, inspiring young women in the country to become responsible and respectable citizens

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Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean communication strategist, fixer, blogger, youth organiser, event manager, spokesperson, and public relations expert. His work has been regularly referenced and published by national and international media and public policy institutions. Sallu Kamuskay was a child during the brutal war in Sierra Leone. Growing up in the midst of conflict, Sallu witnessed unimaginable abuse of children and gross violations of human rights. The horrors he witnessed during the Civil War had a terrible impact on him at a very tender age. But despite the shock of the war, Sallu never lost hope. He started on a journey of recovery, studying, and working for a better future. At age 15, Sallu entered into the world of activism and advocacy. Sallu Kamuskay was the Vice President of the Young Leaders Organisation, a member of the National Youth Council. The Young Leaders is one of the oldest youth-led organisations in West Africa. 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