, 751172, DIRECT, d4c29acad76ce94f

Salone Messenger

Reading: Pretty lady becomes first black deaf person to receive a Ph.D. in Canada
Reading: Pretty lady becomes first black deaf person to receive a Ph.D. in Canada

Pretty lady becomes first black deaf person to receive a Ph.D. in Canada

Post Views: 148
Festus Conteh
By Festus Conteh 176 Views 2 Min Read
2 Min Read
Pretty lady becomes first black deaf person to receive a Ph.D. in Canada
Pretty lady becomes first black deaf person to receive a Ph.D. in Canada

A pretty lady Janelle Rouse recently made history as the first Black deaf person in Canada to earn a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). She graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2020 with her degree in Applied Linguistics. Rouse also obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2016 and her Deaf and Hard Hearing Teacher Education Program from York University in 2008.

Follow us on Twitter for our latest posts


Rouse is an applied linguistics researcher and body-movement dance artist who tells stories through body movements. She is an advocate for deaf children learning sign language and encourages more people to learn. Additionally, she performs theater with sign language.

Read More: Redefining Journalism in line with best practice

Rouse joins a prestigious list of Black deaf scholars with doctorate degrees, including Dr. Alesia Allen, Dr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa, Dr. Onudeah Nicolarakis, Dr. Rezenet Moges-Riedel, and Dr. Slemo Warigon. The Described and Captioned Media Program estimates there are around 20 Black deaf scholars with doctorates. The first to achieve this milestone was Shirley Allen, who earned her Ph.D. in 1992 from the University of Rochester. She also holds a Master’s degree from Howard University and a Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University.


Stay Updated

Share this Article
Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.