One of Sierra Leone Young Vibrant Female Entrepreneurs

This week we have the pleasure of interviewing a young woman, who is doing incredibly well in the lives of so many children, while she continues to change the narrative of women can’t do it all. She is no less a person but our very own Kaata Minah, owner of JNAP Ventures, a strong feminist and a champion for gender equality…she said, of course, women can do it and they do it better. Sit, relax, enjoy and be inspired as you read along. For inquiries about all her programs please contact her on +23230218336 or the following social media handles; JNAP Ventures @facebook, twitter and on Instagram

Kaata Minah Owner of JNAP Ventures.

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: Please tell readers about yourself

Katta Minah: I am Kaata Minah, a graduate of Fourah Bay College. I have a degree BA (Hons) in political science. I am a wife and a mother to an incredible four-year-old daughter.

Party planning and coordination

Dasalonetiti_Rahyma: You study political science why entrepreneurship and why kids in particular?

Kaata Minah: So JNAP Ventures started about three years ago and we started with our holiday activities. Basically, JNAP ventures we are engaged in providing extracurricular activities for children. We are also into party planning and coordination. JNAP Ventures was born because I believe there are so many things kids can do beyond their conventional academic course of study. I noticed most kids only have their heads in their school books and most often because there are limited activities in Sierra Leone that kids could be engaged in; things they have an interest in or are passionate about which they could possibly do in the future. For me, I wanted my child to have all of that so she could be well-grounded in different areas including academics. Yeah, so that’s how JNAP came about. We started initially with just the holiday activities that we do every year when schools are closed. We do different activities from cooking, sewing, karate, dancing, swimming, excursions; for them to see historical sites and relics, keep them occupy and to also ensure they learn something from the experience.

Extra activities to keep the kids active and alert

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: How is it for you as a wife, mother, nine to five employee and a business owner?

Kaata Minah: Well running JNAP has not been easy. My husband and my sister had been my backbones in running the business. I handle the finance and administrative aspect of the business through them and we make decisions together. They are basically the brains behind everything. I have also managed to put together an incredible team. I have had the same people as staff for the past two years or thereabout. Some had been with me from the very start, they’ve given me all the support I could need. When we started, there were three caregivers; Agnes, Veronica, and Aminata they started the whole holiday activities. It’s just this year they’ve all gotten full employment someplace else, and they cannot be part of us. They had been very good with us and had helped structured our programs. Currently, I have Edwarda, who has been with me for a year, she has been amazing. She basically helped me run everything since I have a full time nine to five job.

Baking class

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: How do you scale through? We all know to joggle all this, is not an easy thing.

Kaata Minah: As a wife, a mother, a full-time employee, and a purposeful businesswoman, I would like to say it has been very challenging and had also been fun. The support I have or my support system has been incredible. It just makes it a whole lot easier for me. I have my Parents that are wonderful and help a lot with our daughter. My husband also understands that I am doing the things I love to do, so he supports me anyway he could. My awesome sister has also been good and one of my strongest support system. I think the support system for me, is the reason why I am able to do all the things I’m doing. The support system makes it very easy for me to do what I want to do.

Karate class

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: What has been your biggest achievements?

Kaata Minah: I would say my biggest achievement so far has been establishing my business. It has not been easy for the past three years; trying to get a clientele base, to create awareness about our business, and literally trying to get parents to know the importance of these extra-curricula activities. Now I can gladly say we have like a fair exposure in terms of the business. We have been doing the holiday activities for the past three years and I can proudly say the client we have now, know us for this and now they call to ask about all our programs. There are some clients who had been with us for the past three years, each year they send their children to be part of our holiday activities for which we are grateful. We started our games festival last year and we will be having it for the second time this year, as parents are excited and are asking we do it twice in a year. But I always tell them, we are taking it slowly, getting to know our markets, our strengths, and weaknesses and to further work on our weaknesses. We’ve managed to build a strong relationship of trust amongst our client base on the fact that, when it comes to their kid’s, their wellbeing is our utmost priority. For party events, it is not just about decorations for us. We plan with the parents, help them source things, we help them get vendors for different things that we cannot provide. So we basically taking the stress off our clients by doing everything for them whilst they get to relax, free their minds and enjoy the rest of the event. The party planning is another aspect, that people are mostly reaching out for nowadays. In all this, so far, I will say my biggest achievement would be establishing JNAP Ventures.

Kids doing the barbecue

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: Tell readers about some of your challenges.

Kaata Minah: I would say some of the challenges had been the constant increase in prices of things. Things are really expensive and some of the things we use such as party supplies and essentials are not even in the country so that means we have to outsource them. For us, our business is for the middle-class Sierra Leoneans. So, we are very considerate in pricing and charging our client bearing in mind the economic status of our clientele. As we all know the status of the economy right now is not pleasing and the fact that prices of things are constantly on the rise is very alarming. Our biggest challenge had been finding that balance between being reasonable and actually making a profit. Apart from making a profit, another challenge has been the process of delivering quality and giving our customers value for their money. This means going for quality items; that means buying things with prices a little bit on the high side, which further means a price increase for your customers. So, finding a balance in all this has been challenging.

Games Festival

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: Your advice to other women who think women can’t do it all.

Kaata Minah: My advice to other women with the thought or idea that a woman cannot do it all. I think that statement in itself is flawed and they need to get out of their heads. I think every human once you are determined to do something you will be able to do it. You just have to be passionate about it and pursue your dreams and just know there is no success without hard work. Whether you are a man or a woman you have to push, you have to work hard and you have to continue pushing to achieve what you want. I believe we all could do it.

Kids Learning how to wrap their exercise books with ankara

Dasalonetiti-Rahyma: Your general advice to the youth of this our beloved Nation Sierra Leone.

Kaata Minah: My advice to the youth of Sierra Leone generally would be; first of all you have to be determined to do the things you love to do. You also have to realize that in achieving certain things you have to think out of the box. Don’t just confine yourself and your thoughts to the traditional ideas or what people think. So, for instance, if you want to start a business, you need money to start such business, right? So hold on to your nine to five and save towards your goal. Don’t leave your job, because if you do, how would you raise money to start your business? As we all know financial institutions don’t favor startups in this country. I also want them to know that they should have their priorities in order. It’s okay to have fun! it’s okay to work hard you know. Just get a balance and get your priorities straight in life.

Kids having lunch

So here, you have it, readers. I hope we have been inspired by this strong hardworking woman. We all can do it irrespective of our gender. If Salone should go forward then we as citizens have to wake up and take the wheels of the economy and the country. It all starts with our mindset and thought process. Peace out ✌ and long live Mama Salone

Party coordination




Breastfeeding Week and the myths surrounding it in Sierra Leone

As we celebrate International breastfeeding week. I know the percentage of women who don’t breastfeed in this country is small, but notwithstanding we still need to create more awareness of the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months in the child’s life. Women in this country take pride in breastfeeding their children. Some women breastfeed for more than eighteen to twenty-four months. Our problems are how nutritious are these breastmilk for the development of the infant? Since most women in Sierra Leone do not have access to a well- balanced diet, this might be the reason for the high malnutrition rate in Sierra Leone. But this is a story for another day. Now let’s debunk some of this myth

Suckling mothers are been educated about the importance of exclusively breastfeeding for the first six months in Port Loko

Myth 1. The idea that too much breastfeeding can make a child dumb. “You go make dis Pekin fool oooo” “e go turn efulefu” they will tell you. This is totally false and a myth as this has never been proven scientifically by research as there is no correlation between this two, that too much breastmilk can make an infant dumb. This sometimes can scare the mothers and some will listen and stop breastfeeding instantly.

Myth 2. That having sex with another man different from your husband can affect the child and causes Malnourishment or as we called it in Sierra Leone “Bahnfa d Pekin”. This is totally wrong some men had divorced their wives base on these assumptions. I am not promoting promiscuity in any way, but this idea is totally untrue. Malnourishment or diarrhea of the baby might happen because the mother is not eating a balanced diet or might be eating food that is totally affecting the baby bowel but the lack of awareness in our societies had led to many homes been destroyed or women stigmatized.

Myth 3. That having sex with your husband can contaminate the breast milk for the baby. Young mothers, please ignore this as there is no connection between the virgina and the breasts. Breast milk is determined by what you eat as a suckling mother and how you eat them. You can still be breastfeeding and having a great sex life.

Myth 4. Cassava leaf can bring out the milk. Our people will give nothing to a new mother but cassava saying ” na for d Bobi wata” its for the breastmilk. Cassava leaf is just a vegetable. Which when cooked with other ingredients can be very tasty but it cannot directly increase the flow of the mother’s milk.

Myth 5. That if you are breastfeeding and sexually active you can’t get pregnant, This is not true my fellow women if you are a suckling mother and you are sexually active but do not want to get pregnant again so soon practice safe sex, use condoms or other family planning method. Otherwise, there is no guarantee you won’t get pregnant again.

Myth 6. That only starchy foods are good for suckling mothers. Sierra Leoneans everybody needs a balanced diet especially suckling mothers as they need all the nutrients for their babies development.

Myth 7. If a suckling mom is sick she should not breastfeed. This is totally untrue, you can be sick and still breastfeed as long as you are able to eat you can breastfeed. But take note; always informed your physician that you are a suckling mom to keep him/her in the know, and this will determine the type of medicine he or she will prescribe for you and the dosage. This can be helpful sometimes as the antibodies your system makes will be pass on to your baby, which will also be good for the development of their immune system. Some of the things that can affect the baby are;

1. Chemical characteristic of the drugs

2. Amount of milk the baby consumes at the time.

3. The time period between the moment the drug was taken and the time of the feeding.

But there are specific drugs as suckling mother you should avoid. These areas are as follows; hard drugs, alcohol, and marijuana. Though some type of cannabis is a clinically active substance. The negative side effects of taking these drugs can not be overemphasized. Drug use is on the increase and the same is true for women taking these drugs and alcohol. As mothers or suckling mothers our first priority is to take care of our babies and to make sure they grow healthy and watching what we eat, drink or smoke for six months is a little sacrifice we can pay to see them grow up strong.

Happy International Breastfeeding week my fellow women in SaLone@dasalonetiti



Young Entrepreneurs From Sierra Leone

Today we have the chance to meet Mohamed Junior Sesay. A young man born and raised in Sierra Leone. He attended Services Secondary School where he took the Wassce and proceeded to Milton Margai College of Education and Technology. He studied Accounting and Finance. He had just been accepted for a degree program at Saint Monica University, 241 Avon bridge drive, Townsend, DE 19734 USA. And of 31 Bolling street, Kingtom. He wants to study Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Mr. Mohamed Junior Sesay

He owns a business named Fishnet Enterprise which he started two years ago in July 2017, but Registered it in October 2018.

He is into growing our home products and vegetables such as; cassava leaves, potato leaves, Krain Krain, pepper, okra, and other foodstuffs like tola, fermented sesame seeds know amongst Sierra Leoneans as ogiri. He leased a four and a half acres of land at lungi which he uses for his farming.

Four and a half acres of Farm land in Lungi

This is the only thing he is doing and does not have any regular nine to five work. He has few sponsors who actually don’t offer any physical cash to him, but do provide support for him in other areas of his business especially in the agricultural and farming aspect; where he lacks expertise they then come in and offer help to take care of pest and provide control measures in the farming business, so that his products can meet the international standards of the European market. He has a Company from Belgium named “Bergamini Serge Scrl” that are into the supermarket and hyper stores business. They are currently sponsoring him through a project called “Fit For Market” that trains and teaches them; himself and his staffs to produce goods that meet all international standards and regulation, for European and United State market.

Green Pepper from Sierra Leone

There are times, like now when the rainy season is at its peak he sources some of his vegetables from out-growers if he does not have enough to supply from his farmland. As his land is swampy and too much rain can lead to water covering most of his leased land. It is during a time like this, he buys from out-growers that also produce under the same international standards

Frozen Cassava leaf

He ships his good to the United Kingdom and Belgium for now. But most of his shipment is for the UK. He has Sierra Leonean Vendors in UK like; Sabinah Food Store, of 8 Choument Road, Peckham, London SE154SE. He ships once every week to them. For Belgium, he ships supply as per request and they are foreign vendors; Germans that buy his products.

His Packaged good heading for ready to be shipped

He is currently using his mum’s place at waterloo as his factory site. Where is packaged all his goods and get them frozen? He then brings them to his place at Murray Town where he will continue to store them in the refrigerator until his next shipment. That is when he will take them to the airport, get them checked through customs and other bodies responsible for that. After this process, and when his goods had been approved he will then send to the appropriate countries.

Getting his goods through customs

Presently, he does not ship fish to the UK and Belgium, but fishes do go to America. So he is looking for strong vendors From USA that he might work with to be sending smoked stockfish. He gets his Fishes from the different wharves in Freetown such as; Goderich, Funkia, Sussex, Lakka, Bawbaw, Tombo and Mamah beach. He has local dryers in all these places who smoked the fishes for him following all standards and as we all know, smoking is a form of preservation too.

The flower pods from surrel called in Sierra Leone Shakpa
Local dryer called in Sierra Leone “Bandah”

Mohamed Junior Sesay is looking for competent, committed and reliable vendors to partner with or sponsors to promote him in his business. Anyone interested in working with him should do so by sending him an email.on or on his mobile phone +23276449222 for further information and discussion. He currently employs eight Sierra Leoneans and with more vendors, he would be able to employ more hands. As it is, he ships only once or twice a week if the weather is favorable as it is summertime, in most western countries sometimes he ships on Wednesdays and Sundays. If the weather is not favorable he ships only on Sundays. That is why he wants to get more vendors so he could possibly be able to ship thrice a week, expand and create more jobs for the youth of this country.

Raw fish waiting to be dried

Salone youth be like Mohamed Junior Sesay. Don’t just sit there and wait for hand out, hand me down or Bra you borbor de. Get on your feet and start something, no matter how small. It is never too late to turn over and challenge yourself. Let’s keep the spirit of the lion in us intact and take pride in what ours. ✌peace out

Fresh Krain Krain Leaves




Sierra Leone Fempreneur Owner of “Bead Up”

Today’s feature of Sierra Leone young entrepreneurs; is our very own Miss Jeneba Ruth Silvalie. Who actually turns her passion into a business. As a young girl, she loved beads and as she sees people around her doing beadwork she will stop, stare and observe. She had never gone through any formal bead training. It’s her gift, her talent, she said! so she started doing the beadwork for herself and some of her friends if there is an event they need to attend. Until she sat to the wassce and was unable to get the requirement; the five credit needed to enter university. She finally started looking at the business side of her passion for the first time. She does all her bead and craftwork herself and sells on wholesale to other retailers. She is not outsourcing any of her work and that why she takes pride in what she does.

Customized hand beads from Bead up

She watches a lot of you tubes videos to look for what’s trending in the bead world and will incorporate that into her beadwork. She says her line of business needs a constant update of herself and her work. She sells her items to her fellow student for competitive prices to attract them and to get them to keep buying from her and give referrals. As a student, she needs her transport and upkeep money and that strategy has been working for her. Most of her plans had been stalled or put on hold, so she can concentrate on her school work, after which she will focus on what next for her business.

Hand work of Bead up

Coming from a humble background, she had no one to help her pay for a re-sit of the wassce. She had to make the decision to turn her beadwork into a business. She went to the market with just Le 10,000 bought some beads and start her business, as she needed money to take care of herself and see herself through school. With just Le 10,000 she had been able to pay for herself to retake the wassce, this time she got her five credit and she is currently at The Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone studying.

Beaded slippers by Bead up

She buys most of her input materials in Freetown, few times she had bought materials online and she had made friends who are in the same business that helps her out if she needs any material that is not found in Freetown. These networks of people in the bead business had worked for her, and her relationships with them had been yielding fruits. Some of these friends will bring the gift of beads for her when they traveled out of the country to source raw materials. This has been a major blessing to her and her business. One major drawback is the accessibility to original or quality attachment and lockers for her necklaces, sandals, bracelet to give them that fine finish. Any counterfeit material can cause damage to the business as they might; react on the client skin, fade easily and lose their shine, or cause skin rash and allergies. So far she has been sourcing good materials to avoid these issues but it has not been easy.

Slippers and sandals by Bead Up

In the next few years, she would want to establish a school in Sierra Leone for art and craft. Where she would teach the art of bead making or embedding beads into products to other young Salone people. Part of the school will have a showroom of some of the work of the students. She is also interested in working with disabling and beggars, by empowering them so they leave the street and be self-dependant.

Bags by Bead Up

Her advice to young people like herself especially young girls is that they should get involved in whatever in their heart that they are passionate about. They should stop procrastinating and take the first step, that eventually everything will fall into place. Sleeping with men, promiscuity is never an option or excuse for poverty and hardship. She presently trains young people who want to learn the bead-making process for free. She said she believes in the quote that says ” from the small beginning comes big end”. Young girls should be content and avoid peer pressures. There are no easy way out or free ride. They should work the talk and be patient.

Bead Up

As a citizen of Sierra Leone, our job is to support young entrepreneurs like Jeneba of Bead Up. Buying from her means we are actually helping her build her dreams and helping Sierra leone economically. That money we spend on her product stays within our country. So let’s make it our obligation to support her and her bead business. She can be reached on the following numbers; +23278882055/ +23277993239




African Woman a Beautiful being?

African women, we are the most beautiful being ever to walk on earth. We have had all the features before they are approved by the west; thick thighs, big boobs, thick lips, hour glass shape. We have all these features before the west invaded and turn our world upside down….and we lost everything even Beauty now depends on how “they” perceive it rather than how we perceive ourselves…we have been brainwashed, the minds eye of our men have been rewired and reset to ignore us if beauty is the topic of we judge ourselves, our esteem is so low they are almost diminishing and we women our own worse enemies. The first to body shame our fellow women, to point their flaws; oooh look at her stretch marks,see her dangling breast,see her K or bow legs,see how big or thick her lips are,look at her elephant thighs,see her squinted eyes e.t.c just because we see ourselves more as competition/threat rather than sisters.

African women, we have so many barriers and obstacles working against us, so much so, that this above anything else should bring us together in sisterhood. let fix each others crown, let’s build our sisterhood..the bond we share should be stronger than any man, petty jealousy, envy, job rivalry, Business rivalry, politics and some of the other mundane things that divide us as women.there is strength in diversity, all of us can not be the same,we come in different size short, tall, thick, slim, fair, dark, big nose, tiny button nose, big mouth, smallmouth but at the end we are all beautiful because our foremothers told us so…because we know so because we believe so…let embrace our kinky hair, our melanin.

Teach the young sisters to stop bleaching it does not add any value to their beauty rather its takes away the beauty of their true self, self-worth, the radiance and natural glow of the skin. It causes health issues apart from the fact that bleaching does not look good on the eyes at all.

So let me share this story with you:

There was a little girl name Baindu in Lauwa Town. Whenever the parents are leaving for work they will ask her Baindu what can we bring you. she would reply a doll, of course, dolls, are cheap especially the ones we call “dry Memuna” her parent will gladly buy and bring home for Baindu.

She always wonders why are dolls don’t look like her or have the same hair, Baindu’s hair is coarse and sometimes she cries when her hair is been braided but her dolls hair are always so soft and so long that she wonders why hers is always short, curly and shrink down after combing.on top of that Baindu’s aunties, uncles, friends, and neighbors will tease her saying; oooh Baindu your child is way prettier, see her hair is long, yours is short, see how straight her nose is yours is broken, see her waist is so small…Baindu will cry and throw the dolls away. The next day her mother said, Baindu what can I bring you today? she replies nothing! the mother asks her, but Baindu why? She replies I don’t want a doll that is prettier than me or doesn’t look like me. She never asks for a doll again because as little as she is, she does not want to be the judge.

Let teach our kids, that they are beautiful irrespective of the color of their skin or texture of their hair. Let teach our girls self-worth and how to embrace themselves. LOW SELF ESTEEM is real SELF HATE is them dolls that look like them, don’t compare them with their dolls. Adult, parents are sensitive about to your kids, if our girls/women are healthy emotionally and physically we will have healthy homes, offices, communities because they will be confident to take on the world or any challenges they are faced with and not worry about how they look or how people perceive them. Beauty they say is in the eyes of the beholder. the most beautiful person to you will not be as beautiful to the next person. Let embrace ourselves. women allow other women to lean on your shoulder we all do need a shoulder, fix each other’s crown…catch them young let build our young girls, let’s start again with their generation, kids learn the most when they are young.

We can do it, if only we believe in ourselves let’s be our sister’s keeper, let’s build a sisterhood stronger than the protein fiber of the spider web, let build the way the Baindu story is fictional😂😉🤩😍Salone Uman unu no una sef#Salone women know thyself




It’s raining hailstone, mother Nature stoning destruction on her tenants. She is so high on anger an addiction it has become. She sends down pain that is icy cold on their backs. The dilapidated house she sees everywhere. what is left of once her glorious home? The Remnant of spoilt and decay is here to stay. She would not listen to all their pleas, not ever again. How wicked can these children be? Good people should be a reflection of the earth, but definitely not these ones.

Hail Stone

It’s earthquake time here and there again. She shook them with all her might. They tremble in fear and kneel in obedience before her. These treacherous beings had maimed and raped all her children so. On broken wings and bended knees, they cut them down anyway. Grown children she lost and can’t conceive again. She way past her prime, the heart is broken she swept in silence. The loneliness is her escape. How can all the strong trees be gone? Good people should be a reflection of the earth, but definitely not these ones.


Tornado she brought on them, now she becomes the evil stepmother. Most strong and violent forms funnel of dust in what seems as if she is filtering the dirt of this world from slipping through. Thunderstorm and heavy wind that uproots the tiniest weeds as it clears the path for a new beginning. Good people should be a reflection of the earth but definitely not these ones.


From her smile, you can feel the scourge of heat, as she tries to hide her pain. Rays of the sun that burns through the skin as black as coal. She cannot help herself from feeling lost. She breathes out the inferno wild and erases every greenfield to ashes. Hunger descends on them, the locust came and feed on all their plants. The lesson she teaches is still not learned a fail generation it is. How can her children turn out this way? Good people should be a reflection of the earth, but definitely not these ones.


It’s flooding season here again. No trees left to hold the rains, gutters too shallow and filled with dirt but their mother care less. She is tired of talking already lost her voice. Their actions are way out of this world she doesn’t know what else to do. She will keep sending her tears on them just to get their attention. She get that’s only when their buckets are full and all their exploit has gone. All their cries are that of the crocodile. She wants to forgive but her heart is full of doubt as they will go back to their old ways. Good people should be a reflection of the earth, but definitely not these ones.





Lipstick Red

Like blood it flows.

Stains and soils whatever it touches.

Every Vein it flows through form bonds Unbreakable.

Like the Mystery of it existence unshakable.

Where did it come from again?

They say it spits Passion.

They say it spills Love.

Yet the world is full of strangers.

Like river its flows through each of us.

Red Lipstick.

Lipstick Yellow

Like a furnace, it glows and dances into shapes undifine.

Burns whatever it touches, every path it treads with anger and thirst unquenchable.

Destroy everything or everyone for or against it.

Is that even fair?

Too much heat, you can’t be close.

Providing light and darkness at the same time.

The world of extreme, no place for middle.

They say it spreads death.

They say it spread ashes.

Like fire it destroys.

Yellow Lipstick

Lipstick Blue

Like the ocean, it moves with calmness when at peace.

Give lives to whatever it touches or came in contact with.

If crossed, beware of waves as high as the mountain will rock your world and shatter its foundation.

Every movement it makes with torrent unpredictable.

Can it even gently rock your boat?

They say it pushes you out with an unkind force.

They say it brings you in again into the coldest embrace.

Its voice can be heard,

when it hit the rocks and shape their life forever.

Echo’s it rage the mountains call back and roars like a lion.

Like the ocean, it moves with calmness when at peace.

Blue Lipstick

Poem by dasolonetiti