Binta Akibo-Betts has a career spanning over a decade, having worked in both the private and public sectors, starting her career as a Marketing Officer. In the public sector, she worked for several years as a Policy Adviser. Binta also has experience working as a Consultant with development partners focusing on Stakeholder Engagement and Private-Public Sector liaison. Binta is also an Entrepreneur with business interests in real estate, logistics and marketing. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Fourah Bay College and an MBA from the University of Wales. She is mother to two children and a wife. Her passions include social media, writing, mentorship and philanthropy.
Mina Bilkis is an educator, activist, feminist and social entrepreneur. As an embodiment of all four, she believes in nurturing and stimulating young minds and that no act of change is small and that everyone has a part to play to change their community to make it better.
She runs a consultancy and language service business called Mina Bilkis. She is also a blogger, photographer, public speaker and facilitator.
Mina serves as Founding Director of a community based organization that is a safe space for adolescent girls called Girl Up Vine Club Sierra Leone (Girl Up). As a problem solver, her social business that produces Shea butter based products for body and skin called Ori from Sierra Leone was born to support the projects at Girl Up.
She is passionate about Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR), digital rights, feminism, youth empowerment and writing. She loves all things digital and she is also a content creator and podcaster. She cohosts the podcast Y Square Pod that discusses living and working in Sierra Leone through a millennial lens.
Al-Hassan Bisru Shillyn Mansaray Jr. (Sanna Shyllin) is a professional photographer at WebMonster Photography and also chef and owner at HALAL KITCHEN; the home of affordable and crisp fries. He finds joy both at kitchen countertops and pushing pen geared towards telling stories that resonates with present day activities.
Fatmata Forster is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra. She graduated from
Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
Fatmata is also an entrepreneur, whose brand; Fatim’s African Shop sources and sells
unique and beautiful African fashion accessories. Fatmata loves all things African but is
especially fascinated by the fashion and style of its different people and so the products are
sourced from all over Africa; from Sierra Leone to Kenya, South Africa to Gambia and from
Ethiopia to Guinea. Her brand is meant for the modern African woman and so the pieces are
chic but practical for everyday use and for special occasions. Fatmata recognises the power
of social media and uses it to connect with her suppliers and customers from the comfort of
her home or office. Follow Fatim’s African Shop on Instagram
In addition to being a lawyer in full time private practice, Fatmata is a member of LAWYERS,
an organisation of female lawyers in Sierra Leone helping to combat domestic violence and
educate women and girls on their rights. Fatmata is a proponent of gender equality and
believes that a country and the world at large, cannot fully progress if girls and women are
not given the tools and opportunity to reach their full potential. She is also a member of
PowerWomen 232; a network of female professionals and entrepreneurs which aims to
create a space that promote career advancement and leadership development of its
members through the provision of opportunities for networking, professional and
leadership development, social events and community service. She served as the
organisation’s Secretary for the year 2017-2018.
Fatmata enjoys outdoor activities and the beach is one of her favourite places. She enjoys
cooking and hosting intimate events and welcomes any reason to celebrate her family and
friends. She is married and is blessed with 2 children.
Nana Araba is an Editorial Intern at Ariana Diaries and an avid advocate for all things women
and female. She graduated from the University of Ghana in 2017 and works with a STEM
organization in Ghana as a content marketer, handling social media and online activities.
Her passions include reading, writing, blogging and all things pink. She is multilingual and
speaks English and her local dialect Fante, as well as French and Spanish. She looks forward to a
future where girls everywhere will be able to discover and develop into their full potential, free
from societal and cultural limitations.
Drinking herbal tea was my saving grace tonic, because I was diagnosed with endometriosis and PCOS at the age of 26. To add to these hips of health issue, around the same time several fibroids, the size of an apple started growing in the outer lining of my womb. With all these health issues I suffered from chronic debilitating pains for 5 days every month. So, I used herbal teas to manage the debilitating pain because the prescribed pain killers gave me unwanted side-effect. In an effort understand and manage my health’s issues and help other women as well, this fueled my journey into studying pharmacokinetic and naturopath medicine.
We noticed that most herbal teas consumed across the world came from China which were a mixture of herbs plants gotten around the world from countries like Nigeria to make add-on for unique green teas.
With my knowledge in pharmacokinetic and naturopath medicine, we started our own herbal tea brand, using only the freshest herb plants which came straight from the local growers of herb plants in Nigeria. We are able to do this because we have our own farm in Ogun state to grow this herb plant, and we process and packaging them using renewable energy and recyclable materials. My Name is Oluwaseyi Raji and I am the founder of Gaia Farms. On this platform I will be sharing my entrepreneurship and wellness journey!
Francess Cowan is a communications and digital strategist who is also passionate about children and youth affairs. She is the founder of the non-profit organization called Africentric Art. An organization aimed to empower children and youth in the creative arts. Francess has over ten years of working in the marketing and healthcare industry. She has worked in various healthcare settings supporting at-risk youth, seniors and advocating for disability accessibility and inclusion. Francess enjoys story writing, poetry, and travelling. Her inspiration to write is influenced by her life’s story, social issues and individuals whose stories need to be heard.
Sidi Saccoh is an Operation strategist, helping businesses develop effective operation processes to deliver at their best. As a mobilization expert, he helps various institutions mobilise the wealth and expertise of Africans living in the diaspora. And as an entrepreneur, he has worked and executed projects on both national and international levels.
Sidi is the founder and lead strategist of InvestMe SL (Organizers of the seedstars world competition in Freetown, Sierra Leone), He also founded and pioneered the Gospel Academy Limited, an international brand focused on bringing Christian Art of all forms and across denominations to one platform to celebrate and Praise Jesus. Most recently he founded and lead the operations of Mentor X-Africa, a mentorship enhancement platform with presence in more than 20 countries.
Di Shawn is a genealogist, family historian, and public speaker. He is also an actor, playwright, and director. Di Shawn has created and curated content as a contributor and as a curator in the field for Ancestry.com. He has also been a guest blogger for African Ancestry. He is the creator of the website: www.myancestrychronicles.com: Front Porch Stories – The Recipe of Me. There, he blogs about the stories that have fascinated him since childhood, stories told to him by the Elders in his family about
their childhood and ancestors. He believes sharing his personal journey in discovering the recipe of who he is serves as a way to connect and inspire people to develop a stronger sense of belonging, and exploring the answer of why they are who they are. He is also the creator of the YouTube Channel: My Ancestry Chronicles where he creates “How To” videos on genealogical research, and creates content for
his Front Porch Stories – The Recipe of Me Series where he interviews others about their stories as told to them by their elders. Di Shawn is enthusiastic about the traditions, histories, and foods of his ancestors, who originated in Africa, specifically in Sierra Leone and Cameroon as he has just recently discovered, and in Europe. He and his wife are co-founders of Behind The Veil Productions, an award nominated theater production company of which he serves as president. He also serves as pastor of Love And Truth Ministries.
My name is Joshua John Woroniecki. I am a creative professional, graphic designer, and avid photographer.
I travel to third-world countries to work with those in need and help those who are suffering in many ways. I speak fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. I got into photography because I wanted to create beautiful time-lapse videos to capture the attention of audiences and project an educational, therapeutic and motivational message, as well as create inspirational posters to mass print and to give to those I work with, to put on their mostly barren walls, and be a daily inspiration for years to come.
I have since become very serious in photography and have garnered over 65 million views on my photos online in the past year and a half and have been featured in more than 2.7k sites across the web. I continue to travel and work with all those who are forgotten in third-world high schools, homeless individuals on the streets, prisons, and other areas of need. I detour as often as I can to a beautiful park, mountain, or landscape nearby to capture the beauty as best I can.