All

My Tennis And Cricket Ball Journey: A Conversation With Our Own Davida Davies, Playing For The Bohlsbach Tennis Club Blue White In Germany

My Tennis And Cricket Ball Journey: A Conversation With Our Own Davida Davies, Playing For The Bohlsbach Tennis Club Blue White In Germany

My Tennis And Cricket Ball Journey: A Conversation With Our Own Davida Davies, Playing For The Bohlsbach Tennis Club Blue White In Germany

Tennis in Sierra Leone is referred to as a sport for the rich. That’s why it is only played by a few people who can afford the materials and equipment.

WhatsApp Image 2022 04 21 at 4.28.35 PM

During the colonial era, schools and universities ruled by our masters had tennis
courts and it was played by many. The game was played at both district and national level which later lead to the country being represented internationally. Amongst schools that had tennis courts were, Christ the King College in Bo (C.K.C), St. Francis secondary school in Makeni, Saint Edward secondary school and The Sierra Leone Grammar School both in Freetown.

Bad management, senseless war and lack of the government in promoting sport has left the game in despair. The Sierra Leone Lawn Tennis Association which is affiliated with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), has no structure in place for the running or development of tennis. A sport which was once loved by so many in the country.

Despite of all these challenges, many young people didn’t give up on their dreams of becoming a professional tennis ball player, Born in Lungi on August 8, 1999, Davida Davies is a 22 year old Sierra Leonean tennis and Cricket ball player playing for the Bohlsbach tennis club blue white in Germany, before she traveled to Germany, Davida was Sierra Leone’s under 16 long tennis champion who played the under 12, 18 and runner up for the ladies champion in 2015. Davida attended the bilingual elementary school where she completed her primary education and moved the Elim international Christian school where she completed her Junior secondary school.

My Tennis And Cricket Ball Journey: A Conversation With Our Own Davida Davies, Playing For The Bohlsbach Tennis Club Blue White In Germany

Davida’s father was a great fan of tennis and cricket ball, he wanted one of his children to play the sport, despite of the limited opportunities available, at age 11, Davida’s father use to take Davida to the national stadium where she had the opportunity to play both cricket and Tennis ball.

Slowly, Davida started growing interest in the sport, she went on to playing both at national and international levels. Davida was among the women who travelled to Gambia, played cricket and won the first women cricket African champion, Davida also participated in tournament in Ghana where she took six place,

Speaking to Salone Messenger about her interest to play for Sierra Leone if she is call up, she said

“I am available if my country needs me, I am currently playing for a German club but available anytime anywhere to represent my country and make my country proud”

 

Connect with Davida on her social media platforms

Instagram: Davida Davies

Twitter :    Davida Davies

Fcebook:  Davida Davies

 

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to top button