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Stunned by artist’s portrait of her, Madam Asmaa James Kamara support artist in amazing gesture

David Musa Kargbo, a charcoal pencil artist, was stunned to see his favorite radio journalist respond to his work, let alone support him by sharing post on her Facebook page it.

When David, an artist from Sierra Leone, posted his work of his hero online, little did he realize that Asmaa James Kamara would reply, let alone support him and promote his work on her official Facebook page. David Musa Kargbo, a charcoal artist and Henna Designer, said that watching his favorite Radio presenter respond to his work felt like a ‘dream.’ David posted the image and wrote,

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” Hello everyone…

My name is David Musa kargbo am an artist and Henna designer too…..

I used charcoal pencils to create a portrait of mrs

Asmaa James kamara, the station manager of 98.1 and founder of black Tuesday movement. I spent 210 hours to put this art work together to celebrate this great woman. My only wish now is to someday meet and present this art work to her….

Pls…. Help me reach her…

+23230528910 WhatsApp…..”

. After  Salone Messenger posted it on their official Facebook page,some people retweeted to boost the visibility of the post, Asmaa James Kamara came across the artwork, which was as good as any black and white photo and replied “Hello David, you are amazing “

 

Madam Asmaa loved the portrat, She further took on her facebook page to promote the young artist by saying

 

“Dear David,

I’m in awe of your artwork.

Tenki to una all way send am to be. It’s indeed a beautiful work

David I bow

AJ “

David said it felt surreal that the Journalist and activist had contacted him. ” Thanks… Mrs Asmaa James kamara for your good recommendation….. And thanks everyone for your wonderful comment…. Really much appreciate……..,” he told Salone Messenger. David said a lot had changed in just a couple of seconds. “A few days ago I was just a local artist who loved drawing and would have loved the world to see my work, but I didn’t know it would happen so fast,” he said.

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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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