1/3 My name used to be Mabinty Bangura and I was born in Sierra Leone during the Civil War. I was born with a skin condition called vitiligo, which made people believe I was cursed, and they would call me the Devil’s child. My parents realized that my future in Sierra Leone would be really hard. So from an early age on, they tried to educate me as much as possible. I was 3 years old when my father was killed by the rebels, while working in the mines. My mother and I had to go live with my uncle who believed I was cursed. Therefore, he would barely give us food. All the food that we got, my mother gave to me and she ended up dying of starvation. When she passed away, my uncle took me to an orphanage and I never saw him again. The orphanage was run by uneducated women, who were called “the aunties”. There were 27 children in this orphanage and we were ranked from number 1 to number 27. Child number 1 was their favourite and would get first choice of foods and clothes. Child number 27 would barely eat and wore rugs and because of my vitiligo, I was child number 27.
@headlinejamaica The #love is real for @morganheritage #Jamaica #Reggae and #Dancehall music in #Africa. As seen in this @bbcnews special about #Nairobi #Kenya on the #matatus works of #art. The energy from our people is magical. #Avrakedabra #Tanzania #Nigeria #Ghana #Ethiopia #Zimbabwe #Malawi #Rwanda #Cotedivoire #Gambia #Uganda #SierraLeone #SouthAfrica #CapeVerde #ReunionIsland #Seychelles #Mauritiusisland #Mayotte #diamondplatnumz #hallelujah
#herostatus 15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.
Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin and his life-changing journey - experiencing the US for the first time, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.
I come to you as I am. With no makeup, my black skin and natted hair. My wide nose and full lips wearing a plain cloth. Will you accept me as iam!?!? It doesn’t matter, I’ve accepted my self way long before. Loving my black skin.
#elephantchild #earthflower #findafallah #blackskin #westafrican #sierraleone
Before the sun had risen, before the world was told, we were there preparing and implementing. This time we were not going to be behind Ebola, we were putting up defenses and we were getting ready to fight.