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Gambia: Mariama Sanneh, 15 wins Young Heroes Award for tackling racism and sexism

Bristol based Mariama Sanneh, 15 has won the National Lottery Award for Young Heroes for tackling racism and sexism. Mariama’s parents Fatou Jamba and Faal Sanneh are Gambians living in the city of Bristol.

Mariama Sanneh won the Young Heroes Award (Photo: BBC)

Mariama is trustee of the Integrate UK, a Bristol based charitable Organisation established in 2009 by a group of girls in Bristol to raise awareness about some of the inequalities, gender and race-related issues in society through workshops and the use of video clips, including but not limited to issues such as radicalisation, female genital mutilation (FGM), sexual exploitation and Islamophobia.


Reacting to the award, Bristol based SeneGambia Hidden Talents had this to say:


“Mariama, 15, is a very dynamic and community oriented teenager, who has been an instrumental member of Senegambia Hidden talents from 2013 and had played key roles the planning an execution of some of our recent events including our trips to Barry Island, Bristol University, the House of Commons and Buckingham.


We are once again incredibly proud of her achievement, and we hope and pray for her to achieve more successes in future, and for this to serve as inspiration to her peers in Senegambia Hidden Talents and the wider Bristol BME community.....


A hearty congratulations to you Mariam. Well done! And once again keep it up - the sky's the limit.”


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