By: Ilyasa Baa

Sierra Leonean movie star Mohamed Mokito Mansaray, currently based in the United States, has issued a rallying cry to Sierra Leoneans living abroad, urging them to actively engage in the country’s movie industry for the sake of national development. In a recent interview on social media, Mansaray emphasized the potential impact of a flourishing film industry on the nation, drawing parallels with the successes witnessed in Nigeria, Europe, and the United States.

Highlighting the wealth of untold folk stories waiting to be brought to life on the big screen, Mansaray acknowledged the existing hurdles preventing many talented individuals from turning their creative ideas into films due to resource constraints. He called on Sierra Leoneans residing overseas to step up and contribute to the development of the entertainment industry by supporting their fellow countrymen and women in the field.

Mansaray’s journey in the world of acting began during his childhood at JT Reffell French Friend Memorial School in Central Freetown, where he participated in school plays.

He later moved to the USA in May 1996. Following his graduation, Mansaray connected with the CEO of Iron Master Production, where he excelled and played pivotal roles in various movies, including “Perfect Plan,” “The Princess,” “The Beauty of a Woman,” “Two Face,” and “The Patriot,” among others.

In 2018, Mansaray returned to Sierra Leone and produced a movie titled “Botie,” which earned him the title of Best Actor at the Dr. Lois International Awards. His success story serves as an inspiration for others in the diaspora to actively contribute to the growth and success of Sierra Leone’s burgeoning film industry.



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