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On this day in Jamaican History Usain Bolt was born

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Usain Bolt

Usain St. Leo Bolt was born this day (August 21) in Sherwood Content in Jamaica. His parents were Wellesley and Jennifer Boll who operated a grocery store in the rural neighborhood. He has a brother Sadiki and a sister Sherine. During his childhood, Usain Bolt played cricket and football and said that while growing up he didn’t think about anything besides sports. He attended Waldensia Primary school where he first showed his talent for running in the yearly national primary school meet for his parish.

At 12, Bolt was the school’s fastest runner in the 100 meter distance. Upon entering William Knibb Memorial High School, Bolt remained interested in other sports, but his running speed was noticed by his cricket coach who encouraged him to give track and field a try. Bolt is the first athlete to hold world records in both the 100 meters and 200 meters. He is also the world record holder as part of a 4×100 meter relay team; He received Olympic gold in these three events and is considered to be the greatest sprinter in history. Bolt gained international recognition when he achieved a double sprint victory at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with record times. He is the only sprinter to win 100-meter and 20-meter titles at three consecutive Olympics. Before his retirement in 2017, Bolt won 11 World Championships, winning consecutive titles in the 100 meter, 200- meter and 4×100 meter relay from 2009 to 2015.

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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