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The Power of Education: Sierra Leonean Twins Share How Their Grandmother’s Dreams Shaped Their Lives

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Festus Conteh
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The Power of Education: Sierra Leonean Twins Share How Their Grandmother's Dreams Shaped Their Lives

Jonathan Turner, a Sierra Leonean educator, recently shared his story on Facebook, detailing the dreams of his late grandmother, Mamie Liza, and the role she played in his academic achievements.

Turner and his twin brother, David Gerald Turner, were raised by their grandmother, who always dreamed of them becoming lawyers. Despite facing adversity and poverty, the brothers never gave up on that dream, and it remains alive in their hearts and minds to this day.

Recently, Jonathan Turner graduated from Limkokwing University, becoming the first generation in his family to graduate from such a prestigious institution. It was a dream that he and his brother had been working towards for nine years, despite facing numerous challenges along the way.

Turner credits his grandmother for instilling in him and his brother the importance of education and the belief that it is the key to a better life. Despite not being present today, her presence is still felt in their achievements.

On his Facebook post, Turner expressed his gratitude to God for his academic success, which includes two degrees from two prestigious universities, and he looks forward to earning his third degree in law from Fourah Bay College.

The story of Jonathan Turner and his brother is a testament to the power of determination and the unwavering support of loved ones. Mamie Liza’s dream lives on in her grandsons, and they are making her proud with their academic achievements.

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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.