Being creative is often a very lonely road.
Most times, the majority of people do not necessarily understand your perspective of life but nonetheless admire your result.
But even before this admiration, there is often a strong need to have a mentor help you unleash your full creative side.
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Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented award winning performer and educator who has been working in arts education for over 20 years. His roots in multicultural Sierra Leone, and his long standing and close association with artists and audiences from a wide range of cultures, have lead him to develop a storytelling style which encompasses international languages, music, dance and story themes. He was born in Kamakwie in the Bombali District of northern Sierra Leone.
Usifu has a passion for motivating young people to educate themselves within the context of their culture. Along with Storytelling and music, he has established Maambena Fest through the Aruna Jalloh Foundation and National Storytelling Festival in Sierra Leone as the vehicles he uses to accomplish this laudable goal.
His production Africa’s Cowfoot and The Cowfoot Chronicles serves as a platform for promoting Sierra Leonean and African cultures as a whole by embodying them within the rich Oral heritages of his ancestry.
A keynote speaker at various UK Universities and often quoted in a variety of genre and publications including authors such as Frank Wynne (2006). He has co-written and co-published an epic play ‘Sweet Peter’ representing the experience of slavery, colonialism and war in Sierra Leone.
His latest film/documentary The Cowfoot Prince the film is a collaboration with director Bex Singleton and the National Film and Television School. His recent role in theatre includes the award winning play The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, at the Arcola Theatre, with acclaimed director Femi Elufowoju Jnr. He has performed at the Scottish International Storytelling festival and the ReImagined Storytelling festival in Kenya amongst others.
With extensive radio programs for BBC World Service as a judge for the African Play writers competition and BBC Radio 4 as a presenter and storyteller Usifu Jalloh paves the way for future Storytellers to emulate. He presented the successful radio program Pikin To Pikin Tok with the NGO Child to Child, designed for children in Sierra Leone addressing the issues of health, sanitation and teenage pregnancy. Usifu Jalloh has worked extensively globally, performing his stories and delivering workshops throughout the educational and entertainment sector. Countries include Argentina, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria, India, Bahrain, Germany, Jordan, France, Italy, Spain, Peru, Colombia and Kenya.
Clients include the BBC, WHO and Raedex incorporating, NHS Trust Cambridgeshire and Peterbrough, Restless Development, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, British Council Sierra Leone.
Nick Asgill is a filmmaker and creative practitioner working in digital social communications. Born in Freetown, the London trained media producer returned home to Sierra Leone to set up a media & communications agency focused on skills and capacity development of young creative whilst producing social communications content for Government, NGO’s, INGO’s and private sector clients. At one time a troubled street teenager, Nick went from being in trouble with the police to an almost model student through channelling his energies to learn about the creative industries. Nick Asgill’s introduction to media started off as a total novice with no media experience and previously never even having held a camera before. Enrolling unto a BTEC National Diploma course the young refugee soon found a knack for the digital arts and within the first 6months gained employment with the college department making videos for the college and supporting with curriculum development. By the end of the course he was co-hosting the school’s talent show and was recognised and awarded as one of the Students of the Year 2006 by the Council of South London Principals at the House of Commons. His time at the University of Bedfordshire continued in the same trajectory as he was made course representative, class representative, hall warden and voted “Media Personality of the Year” & “Most Dedicated Student” in 2009. Branching into independent media work, Nick has production credits for ITV UK, Channel 4, MTV Base Africa and WD. After volunteering to work as an unpaid intern for the Sierra Leone High Commission in London he became interested in using the digital arts to support and accelerate growth and development on the African Continent. In 2011 Nick returned to the African continent after over a decade away and established a base and creative partnerships. Nick currently runs a digital media production agency in Freetown that provides professional and skills training opportunities for young people. The agency has delivered successful media campaigns for organisations like Unicef, UNDP, Save The Children, GoSL, SOS, GOAL, ACF, GEF, Solidaridad, WHO, FCC and many more. An activist and Pan African thinker, Nick also made a reputation for shooting music videos for popular artists from the UK, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, USA and Singapore. Nick Asgill is testimony to the mentorship of many notable individuals over a 20year period. Awarded Youth Ambassador by the Ministry of Youth Affairs in Sierra Leone, he is also one of the 50 Most Influential Youth. He now works with a number of multi-national partners to develop and expand the creative space in Sierra Leone, the Mano River Union, The ECOWAS and the African continent as a whole.