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Reading: Sierra Leonean First Class- First Division graduate shares inspiring story of how he bagged a First Class Degree In the University of Makeni
Reading: Sierra Leonean First Class- First Division graduate shares inspiring story of how he bagged a First Class Degree In the University of Makeni

Sierra Leonean First Class- First Division graduate shares inspiring story of how he bagged a First Class Degree In the University of Makeni

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Sierra Leonean First Class- First Division graduate shares inspiring story of how he bagged a First Class Degree In the University of Makeni

A young Sierra Leonean man, Amb Bashir Koroma has taken to social media to share an inspiring story of how he rose from being a bike rider and cope like posting for individuals on his page as a form of advertising to graduating with First Class- First Division from the University of Makeni.
According to him, he graduated with a First Class- First Division from the University of Makeni.
Amb Bashir Koroma  said he  took 3 years off. he worked as a Secondary School Teacher during the day (7am-2pm) and retired to the aid his brother to rent bicycles during the evening hours (4pm-7pm)..
Amb Bashir Koroma then decided to joined Families Without Borders as a new Bee, got a scholarship to do one year of community service as a probationary stage and in 2017, he was fully admitted to study Mass Communication at the University of Makeni (UniMak.
University of Makeni first class student
University of Makeni first class student
Read his complete story below;

“I AM BASHIR FROM A HUMBLE BEGINNING!

After my Dad’s death in 2017, that led to the dropout of my 2 elder siblings, our elder sister never attempted school, I was traumatized if going to school was achievable. As a young boy in high School, I witnessed a transition from Middle class to lack as all our properties were sold to save many in the family and mom’s health which we are still battling with.
After Secondary school, I knew I wanted to attend the best University in Sierra Leone, the vision was clear even when the money was not there, I took 3 years off. I worked as a Secondary School Teacher during the day (7am-2pm) and retired to the aid my brother to rent bicycles during the evening hours(4pm-7pm). My weekends were the busiest, I organized classes for JSS1- SS2 (Saturdays) on Sunday I do rent bicycles and also visit the tailoring shop to learn, but each time I go to the track to rent bicycles and tailoring shop to learn, I remind myself that I don’t belong here, I cried many times due to the scorching sun, tattered clothes which we consider designers dress at that time, getting underpaid as a community teacher of le100,000 and I told God to help me.
Fortunately in 2016 I joined Families Without Borders as a new Bee, got a scholarship to do one year of community service as a probationary stage and in 2017, I was fully admitted to study Mass Communication at the University of Makeni (UniMak).
My parents and siblings were so happy for me but life didn’t get easier, I started Lectures with few dresses , I did part-time jobs to cope like posting for individuals on my page as a form of advertising, steal part of my studies to teach and do assignments for colleagues even when we aren’t not in the same department. Each semester break, I didn’t go home but be in the search for places to do my internship as the organization requires, I was fortunate to do internship with the Makeni City Council, Africa Young Voices, and many more….I did this even in the 3rd year as an undergraduate and it was still tough. My colleagues in Mile 91 said I’m deceiving them that I was in the university, they told my customers who do rent bicycles from me that I lied, but I was so desperate to transit from the “old me” It was terrible, I was utterly broken when issues of such do came up. I cried to God to help me complete my undergraduate degree.
Today, I’m happy that i have finally graduated at the University, the first in our family lineage, I’ve made my family and friends super proud. I can gladly go to that School and tell my colleagues that I’m done with school.
I finished with a First Class- First Division with Honors in Mass Communication, I held the highest leadership position a student can have, as the Student Union President with a population of over 7,000 , I led over 15 university students to impact their communities which transformed the lives of many youth and trigger many to valued education because I know what it means to have nothing and want to pursue your dream, bagged 8 Awards in the University event organized by various departments and the SRC, Led a team to Win competitions and Prizes for the University , Provided Job Opportunities for colleagues students,Organized events that will aid colleagues, volunteered in over 10 organizations, passed 140 examinations and got featured twice in a newspaper both national and International, served as a Guest Speaker in many leadership event both national and international.
Take a look at my picture and see the smile on my face, it’s a smile of victory, I pray the gown on my graduation day unlocks future degree + and celebrations.
You see, God didn’t fail me, I know he won’t fail you too. This story is to inspire you to focus on your dreams and stay True to God.
God kept to His words.
Families Without Borders
Makeni City Council
@AfricaYoungVoices”

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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. The organisation was formed by a group of young leaders, and launched by the then Head of State/President of Sierra Leone. Sallu was part of the group of young leaders who participated in and contributed to the establishment of the National Youth Council. The Commonwealth supported the training for trainers programme with line ministries and youth stakeholders in which key, representatives of youth council, student union and civil society/private sector youth platforms were engaged and empowered in the effective engagement and inclusion of youth. Sallu is co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm based In Sierra Leone. Sallu has worked on various developmental and policy issues such as Poverty, Climate Change, Human rights, Child Rights, Education, Health, Gender Equality, Civic Engagement, Government policies, Information Communication Technology for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and has also been contributing to various global events and advocacy campaigns. Sallu Kamuskay is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Salone Messenger, a global Multimedia and Public Relations Firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information, on top stories, business, politics, entertainment, and more. Sallu is working with a leading technology company in Africa, Techfrica, that has recently developed and launched a social media, messaging Supfrica with over 150,000 downloads on the Google play store in less than 4 days. He is the Adviser and Media coordinator for the App to give people the platform to connect and communicate to help shape their future with a very fast internet that allows users that live in deprived and hard-to-reach areas with poor internet facility to be able to communicate as it allows and stronger on 2 and 3 G network reception. Sallu has over 9 years of experience in youth engagement, inclusion, and coordination both at local and global levels, giving voice to young people and engaging young people to build a better world. He has served as coordinator for the Wave Alliance which brought together youth-led organisations who attended an international training in South Africa organized by the International Organization – Waves for Change. Sallu is working with the MLT, Waves For Change, and the Government to develop safe spaces for young people, with a view to contributing to the overall development goals of young people including health, as well as to community rebuilding. Sallu is currently the Programme Director for the Wave Alliance, which is a coalition of youth-led and community-based organisations that have successfully introduced evidence-based Surf Therapy programs to young people in communities, with a focus on mental health, peace building and sustainable development. Sallu is currently the focal point and face of Africa’s Faces Social media platform which is a global Social media platform that brings together people from across the world to share their moments, connect, share videos, and interact with friends giving more preference to excluded continents like Africa. Sallu Kamuskay has devoted his time to working for or contributing to a number of national and international organizations and companies, including the Techfrica Technology Company, United Nations, ECOWAS, European Union, Commonwealth Africa Initiatives. This work has led him to travel to a number of countries to contribute to global youth platforms. Sallu is the lead Coordinator for Peace Tour programme, an initiative supported by the European Union, Africa Union, ECOWAS focusing on uniting and empowering young people and local communities. 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. 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