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Reading: Smiling Through Light Receives National Business Award 2022/2023 from Sierra Leone Business Council
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Smiling Through Light Receives National Business Award 2022/2023 from Sierra Leone Business Council

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Smiling Through Light Receives National Business Award 2022/2023 from Sierra Leone Business Council
Smiling Through Light Receives National Business Award 2022/2023 from Sierra Leone Business Council

Smiling Through Light, a non-profit organization based in Sierra Leone, has recently received the National Business Awards 2022/2023 from the Sierra Leone Business Council. The organization was recognized for its outstanding performance over the years, entrepreneurship spirit, leadership, innovation, dedication to excellence, best practices, sustainability, and vision. The award identifies and recognizes companies, SME’s, and entrepreneurs based on quantitative and qualitative criteria with a focus on growth.

The National Business Summit & Awards ceremony was held on the 18th of March 2023 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. The event brought together the most influential business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals in Sierra Leone. The award was received on behalf of the Smiling Through Light team by Huldah Imah-Paul, who was praised for her hard work and dedication to the organization.

Mariama Smiling Kamara, the CEO and Founder of Smiling Through Light, expressed her joy and gratitude to the Sierra Leone Business Council and the National Business Awards committee. She congratulated the team for their exceptional performance and for making the country proud. Mariama Smiling Kamara also affirmed the organization’s commitment to improving the lives of people in Sierra Leone through innovative and sustainable solutions.

Smiling Through Light is a non-profit organization that provides solar-powered lighting systems to communities without access to electricity. The organization’s mission is to create a sustainable and equitable future for all Sierra Leoneans. Smiling Through Light has impacted the lives of thousands of people in Sierra Leone by providing them with access to clean energy and contributing to the country’s economic growth.

The National Business Awards 2022/2023 is a prestigious event that recognizes and celebrates outstanding businesses, SME’s, and entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone. The award is a testament to Smiling Through Light’s commitment to excellence and innovation in its operations. The organization’s success story serves as an inspiration to other businesses and entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone and beyond, encouraging them to strive for excellence, innovation, and sustainability.

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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.