A journalist is making a petition against Julie Tombo and Lady Nata to be disqualified from the Housemates Salone Season3 competition. According to the journalist named Editayo George Temple, the reason for the petition is for misbehaviour and public nuisance that happened between the potential two contestants. The incident happened on Monday at Krootown Road in Freetown. There is a video going around on social media where Lady Nata is saying Julie asked her fans to pour water on her and insulted her and also she went to that area to “borbor” Julie. Based on comments online, some are saying Krootwon is Julie’s territory therefore if Lady Nata is not looking for a fight or any issues what is she doing in that area to campaign for her Housemates journey?
The journalist is now calling on Africell, AYV and the organisers of the show to disqualified both candidates from the show. This petition came just few days that could potentially harm their chances of entering the house or continue in the Housemates Salone competition.
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I Rep Salone Media exclusive interview with Akeem Bundu Kamara, BBC Apprentice contestant from a Sierra Leonean background however born in the UK to Sierra Leonean parents. Akeem is the founder of Lockr Space a sportwear brand with comfortable clothing that are made from environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials.
1. What is your name or names? Akeem Bundu Kamara
2. Who are you? Tell us about yourself? I am the founder of Lockr Space – a platform to discover and buy sustainable sportswear brands across Europe. I founded the business in December 2020 and has since grown to 16 brands, 200+ products and featured on BBC1’s “The Apprentice”, The Independent and Evening Standard. Having bought a bad piece of sportswear, I embarked on a journey to showcase brands doing better in the space and launched Lockr Space. I was included in the first accelerator programme ran by Barclays Eagle Labs which has helped the continuous growth of the platform with more brands, customers and exciting partnerships including charities, community groups and sport clubs.
3. Where are you from? London
4. Tell us about your parents and where are they from? My mum (Cynthia Bundu-Kamara) and dad (Samuel Bundu-Kamara) are both from Freetown. My dad’s background is from Temne Tribe and my mum is from a Krio descent.
5. What are your challenges and what would you do differently to mitigate these challenges? I’ve been fortunate to have had an incredible upbringing and the only challenge I still have is a stammer that can make public speaking and pitching difficult.
6. Who is your inspiration/inspirations? My main role model is Barack Obama. I try to emulate all the qualities that made him successful as I believe we have a similar personality type.
7. What would you say is your proudest moment to date? My proudest moment to date was launching my business. Although the Apprentice was a fantastic achievement, it was only made possible by the success that Lockr Space has achieved in only over a year. It’s been a difficult road with many bumps but extremely fulfilling to see what I have managed to create.
8. Why do you apply for the apprentice show? I applied to the Apprentice for two main reasons: to showcase my personal brand and build Lockr Space. Unfortunately I did not secure Lord Sugar’s investment but the show has allowed me to complete the two things above.
9. Tell us about your apprentice journey: I applied for the show last summer as I wanted to scale up my business Lockr Space. After getting accepted, I knew I was in for a wild ride and it was as I had some incredible experiences with all the tasks and more challenging ones being in the boardroom. Being in the bottom 3 in the first episode was the most challenging moment I had as I came so close to leaving the process in the first episode. Ever since then, I knew I had to really prove what I was capable of doing and I started to grow in the process, winning tasks and proving my impact in the team.
10. What week were you evicted out of the show? Week 10 in a double firing after a task to create baby food.
11. What is your favourite part of the show? My favourite part of the show was winning my first task as the PM. It was surreal experience to know what I had accomplished and then to have the treat felt amazing.
12. What has it been like since you were evicted? It has been incredibly overwhelming to receive so many pleasant messages from friends, family and viewers of the show. Also, Lockr Space has seen great coverage and additional support.
13. What would you say for people that wants to apply for the show? Do it! It is a once in a lifetime experience that cannot be replicated. Stay true to yourself and be your authentic self. I am sure they receive many people who act too hard or pretend to be characters that they aren’t.
14. What is next for you and what do you plan to do next? I am focusing on building my presence in the sports industry as I continue to build Lockr Space. I am also planning on building the team and secure investment for the business too so that we can continue growing the number of brands, partnerships and marketing activity we are doing.
15. What is your future goal say in the next five years to come? My main goal is to build Lockr Space to a billion pound company that is the main hub for sportswear in the UK.
16. Any tips or final notes for the readers? None
17. How can people follow you online? Following me on Instagram @akeembk and also on LinkedIn to follow my journey.
Multi award-winning British Ghanaian singer and rapper got married to his long time Zimbabwean girlfriend Karen Tino Jonga after dated for over 10 years. The rapper born Nana Richard Abiona better known as Fuse ODG is finally off the market from other women as he tied the knot with his long time partner now wife.
According to reports the singer got married to the Zimbabwean entrepreneur at a private ceremony on Sunday, April 11 were attendees was strictly by invitation of family and close associates of the couple at the Oasis Gardens in Accra.
Fuse ODG became famous with hit songs like Azonto, Tina, Million Pound Girl, Dangerous Love and Antenna were he features acts like Sean Paul and Wyclef..
Celebrities presents at the simple and colourful ceremony are Sarkodie, Nana Cheddar, Majid, etc…
Wish the couple good luck and congratulations to them, wishing them all the best and happy married life.
Rashid Bangura, 50years old alleged of sexual penetration of 13years old Marie Sesay, at the same environment, formerly call (Compound, Calabatown Market opposite main bowl, Freetown, Sierra Leone.)
In an interview with the victim (Marie Sesay), she disclosed to this medium that she was sexually penetrated 6 times by Rashid Bangura aka Doctor inside his room. “I have no options when he asked me for sex, he forcedly have sexual penetration with me. He use to called me when the environment is quiet, he advised me not to tell my parent’s regarding the matter. Marie Sesay said.
According to Alimamy Bangura, Uncle of Marie Sesay (Victim), says the situation is highly unfortunate because much was expected from Rachid Bangura base on his status in the society. “I was in Lungi, when I received the sad news that Rashid Bangura aka Doctor, has penetrated our kid. Few weeks ago, I met Marie Sesay at Rashid Bangura parlor, I was panic and dismayed.
On Friday 29/01/2022, our investigative team visited the Calabatown Police Station (CPS), the Line Manager of the Family Support Unit, (FSU), Mr. Sesay told us that the matter had been referred to the Ross Road Police Station. Unfortunately, according to Mr. James who is in charged of the case at the Family Support Unit (FSU), Ross Road Police Station confirmed that the file are with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for Legal advise. Although, (Rashid Bangura the alleged person) has been granted bail. However, the family of Marie Sesay (the victim) are seeking for justice because the investigation process is very slow. And they’re calling on government and other humanitarian organisations to come to their aid in order to redress the situation because the matter is long over due.
One of Sierra Leone’s biggest international Film Producers Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce, who is based in the UK, is yet to arrive in Sierra Leone to shoot a Sierra Leonean blockbuster film, titled “Unpredictable Enemies”, aiming to be aired on Netflix platform. If successful, a Sierra Leonean film would now be on the highest international platform in the world and would be viewed by millions of people across the globe who don’t know about Sierra Leone and it’s beautiful landmarks/culture.
Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce emphasised that, it has always been his intention ever since he was awarded “Diaspora Movie Ambassador“ for Sierra Leonean films in the UK in 2015, to put his beloved country on the map, as the world doesn’t know us in terms of entertainment (especially film making) and also to let the world see the beauty of Mama Salone.
He decided to form a WhatsApp group in relation to the project, thereby including over 80 Sierra Leonean actors across the country in the group, aiming to give all of them a roles in the aforementioned film. He stated that this would not only give them jobs, but would also give them international recognition and an opportunity to showcase their individual talents outside the shores of Sierra Leone.
In order for the film to gain easy access to the Netflix platform, he was strongly advised to include at least one established “A” class Nollywood/Nigerian actor in the film amongst other criteria such as using Netflix recommended camera(s), good storyline and proper sound system.
He is pleased to inform Sierra Leoneans that he has contracted one of the biggest Nollywood actors to feature in the film by the name of Ken Erics, who should be arriving in Sierra Leone by the end of this month. Ambassador Collins Archie-Pearce should be arriving in Sierra Leone on the 22nd of this month and intends to start production immediately after.
Public education on Public Education: Getting to Zero Out of School Children in Sierra Leone
On the side lines of the Doha Forum, Sierra Leone has taken huge steps to universal primary school education.
Today, I signed an MoU on behalf of the Government that will ensure the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) provides support for 45,000 learners in Sierra Leone. This project will be implemented by the NGO Street Child on behalf of the government. The signing was done with Mr. Khalifa Al-Kuwari, the Director General of QFFD, as the Qatar Minister of Education and the CEO of Education Above All Foundation (EAA), watched.
Immediately after, we had a strategic meeting with the Director of EAA’s Educate a Child program, Dr Mary Pigozzi. We officially agreed to make Sierra Leone a Zero Out of School country partner. This means we are committing to developing a program supported by EAA, which will lead to universal access to primary school in Sierra Leone. The leadership of EAA will visit us in May to move the program along.
On my delegation also is Mr Mohamed Shaw- the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Basic and Senior Secondary Education. I believe it is imperative to collaborate across the government if we are to achieve our national development goals.
At Doha, I have also also gotten to connect with my dear friends and colleagues, including H.E Paula Ingabire, the Minister of ICT and Innovation from Rwanda. Paula is opening a center for 4IR in Kigali next week. I am proud of her work.
Yesterday, as Co-Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Transforming Education Summit Advisory Committee, we facilitated a discussion with 7 ministers of Education to develop a framework for national consultations and education financing.
Sierra Leone is doing this while laying the foundation and digging the well for quality education to flow. This week, we endorsed the Implementation Plan for Radical Inclusion with our partners. And this follows our Out of School Children strategy validated last week and our ongoing dissemination of the SSS curriculum.
Change is possible. Change is hard, but by God’s power, change is coming.
Meet aspiring Housemates Salone Season 3 Contender Hassanatu Julie Conteh aka Julie Tombo the Yagba Diva. This vivacious personality has already won the heart of the viewers who have already started calling themselves Team Tombolistics.
The beautiful Julie is a mother to six adorable children all residing with her in the United States of America. She’s contesting to be part of the most eagerly anticipated reality show ever in Sierra Leone Housemates Salone Season 3.
This year in particular has had so much buzz and online hype it’s unbelievable and already has not gone without its own share of drama, saga, publicity stunts, complete madness compared to the other seasons. This season has also been the most talked about reality show ever and one reason for that is mostly because of Julie. She is such an unforgettable character that everyone who meets her wants to know her more and see what she’s upto next?
In case you are wondering where the name TOMBOLISTICS comes from, here is a little some back story…. Julie took the name Tombo fondly known as team Tombolistics from a popular Sierra Leonean footballer named Musa Kamara or aka Musa Tombo. The story goes that one day his wife Hawa Kamara made a viral video post on social media that she no longer wanted to remain married to the famous Sierra Leonean footballer Musa Tombo and that she was divorcing him.
However less than an hour after posting the video Hawa came back on social media stating she was only joking and it was all a prank. Well Hawa it may have been too late the damage was already done especially shortly after her husband said something different in another video drama which went viral where he said he will not marry Julie type because she has six children.
Amidst the drama of the Tombo’s a pressing question many have asked is whether Julie has the right to use the name Tombo as her stage name. I will leave you to be a judge of that, but if I must say the average Sierra Leonean would argue that the name TOMBO doesn’t belong to Musa Tombo or his wife however Tombo is in fact a name of a place in Sierra Leone and so should Julie wish to use the name she has every common right to do so.
Let me just add for Julie this is all in the name of promotion, a strategy for the Housemates Salone competition and all she is doing is wearing her business cap and owning this. She sees using the name Tombo as an opportunity to get supporters and part of her Housemates Salone journey.
Even though the name has been causing a lot of social media outburst, drama and attention I would say its a very clever move which will gain Julie a lot of supporter’s and possibly win the show.
Julie is a very hard working individual, very outspoken, confident, an entrepreneur owning a fashion brand in America called Jujunova. Julie have been through so much in life especially at a young age making her one of the youngest mother at age 14. Despites all her challenges and difficulties she’s determined to make success of herself and her kids.
Age 29 soon to hit the BIG 30!! The possibility of a better life for her and her children is the motivation for her going into the house. Therefore she has so much banking on entering the house and she needs all your support.
When Julie wins Housemates Salone season 3 competition it will give her the chance to empower herself and of course her children, but also Julie wants to empower other young mothers who have been victims of stigmatisation. She also aims to raise awareness on early teenage pregnancies and educate young Women and Men on the importance of safe sex. She’s therefore calling on the public and Sierra Leoneans to join her in her pledge to enter the Housemates Salone season 3 House by voting for #teamtombolistic Aka Julie Tombo!
Julie and Musa Tombo
Follow Julie Tombo on Facebook D Yagba Diva and other social media platforms Julie Tombo. Don’t forget to buy her t-shirt and accessories which is available in the UK, Sierra Leone and America. For more information on how to get her merchandise contact her on her Facebook page (D Yagba Diva). You can also make money contributions on Zelle or cashapp# +1 (267) 495-7935 Africell money #+23288602939 Orange money #+23274897772, PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org 860-987-7025
Folk singer Fantacee Wiz took to Twitter and posted that she was raped twice. Because of that she hated men for years and started dating men very late unlike her peers due to these experiences. The first time she was raped was during the war at an early age and went through the same process again by someone she trusted.
Here is her post on Twitter
“I was raped during the war as a child by an opportunist that took advantage of the war. After that I got raped again by someone I trusted(spiked my drink and the rest was history).
I hated men and everything that comes with it because I had this anger inside of me that I held on to. I had to let go of that anger for me to move forward from the pain and be a better person. And I started dating late unlike my peers and men were disposable to me until quite recently.
DW (Deutsche Welle) is a German public, state-owned international broadcaster, for the first time ever I had to tell my story(Internationally) on DW 77 Percent.”
We are sorry to hear that and hope you are able to heal and move forward.
Fantacee Wiz is a Sierra Leonean award-winning, traditional folk singer born in Kabala however raised in Freetown where she finished her high school and went to college and studied ICT. She is one of the traditional singer among the new school of recording artists in Sierra Leone. She’s also an actor, dancer, designer, poet, children’s ambassador, activist and one of the most influential women in Sierra Leone.
According to close source, selected entertainers including Laj, Prezo Koroma, Dj Lawva, Foyoh and Henrietta Mbawah had a meeting at Mams in regards to singer Vida’s health. During the meeting, they noticed a police van pulled up at their location. Prior to that a call was made to a known person that Laj is going to be arrested. Laj went outside to find out the reason for his arrests and he was told a gentleman reported to them (police) that an iPhone was taken from him by the rapper.
According to Laj’s explanation to the police the gentleman is also in possession of his watch worth around £8000 plus some money totalling to three million Leones. To our understanding Laj and this gentleman used to hang out together and were cool at some point. He was given a bag to look after which had the money inside, the gentleman stated there was an incident where the money got lost in the process. After some time the gentleman and Laj met, he had an iPhone in his hand, Laj took it away from him and seized it since he could not produce his money and watch. However the phone doesn’t belong to this gentleman so the owner of the phone reported the gentleman for his phone to the police. The gentleman spent days in police net, when asked the whereabouts of the phone he told the police that Laj has it which led to the arrests of La.
Though some people and blog pages online are saying otherwise and that it’s politically motivated. Laj is currently in police cell for further questioning till later on for a way forward.
The phone in question
Note: some information were not disclosed due to names mentioned and how personal the conversation was.
Read Bashir Koroma story, despites his struggles and challenges he was able to graduate and in his own words made his family and friends proud. It was so inspiring to read which shows that anything is possible all is needed is determination and focus. Congratulations to the young man.
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 Honours 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.
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