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Why These Five Individuals Are the Most Famous People from Sierra Leone

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Why are these People the 5 famous people from Sierra Leone
Why are these People the 5 famous people from Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone gained it independence on April 27 19. The country used to be a British Colony and after a period of struggle and advocating, Today, We celebrate Five Individuals and why they are the Most Famous People from Sierra Leone

Idris Elba

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The British actor, DJ, and musician was born in East London to a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. He moved to America to find fame and has starred in several A-list movies including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Wire, and in the newest Fast and Furious movie yet to hit the screen. He has been nominated for many awards and has won a couple. Film lovers have even predicted that he would succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Michaela DePrince

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The American ballet dancer is only 24-years-old but she has achieved a great feat as one of the few black classical ballerinas on the planet. She had lost her parents as a child and had to grow up in a shelter with 26 other children. She was diagnosed with vitiligo which made adults tease her calling her “the devil’s child.” Looking at where she is today and what she has achieved it tells us the only limitations we have are in our minds.


Ishmael Beah

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The author and activist became famous for writing his own memoir which he titled “Long Way Gone.” In this memoir which he released in 2007, he spoke about the death of his parents and siblings to the civil war in Sierra Leone. He was adopted at some point to become a child soldier and was taken by the UNICEF two years later. He was taken to a rehabilitation home located in Freetown.

Franklyn Ajaye

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The actor and stand-up comedian was born 69 years ago in Brooklyn, New York to a Sierra Leonean father and an American mother. He was raised in Los Angeles and dropped out of law school so he could practice stand-up comedy. He was one of the most popular acts in the 1970s and he has acted in several movies. He bagged two Emmy nominations for his work on Politically Incorrect and In Living Color.

Nzinga Christine Blake

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The actress of Sierra Leonean and American origin used to be a host on Current TV. He has worked on several projects on television. Her father used to be the Minister of Information in her home country, Sierra Leone. She has also worked on several youth empowerment programs in Africa especially those focusing on fashion, entertainment, and the arts.

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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. 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 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.