Producing this magazine is the realisation of a dream for me.
I came to Australia as part of a group of fellow journalists seeking refuge from war ravaged Sierra Leone. Australia was not our first choice of destination, but it was the best kind of fate, karma, luck, or good fortune which brought us here.
Since my arrival in 2001, having overcome many challenges while adjusting to this new and strange country, and almost being overwhelmed with responsibilities during that period, my thoughts of journalism were cast aside. Over time I realised there is a need for an African-Australian magazine here.
What I hope to do with SALT Magazine is to shine a bright light on our African communities, to explore from all angles the settlement challenges we face, the adjusting processes we endure and the ultimate satisfaction of finding a new, safe home. I also want the mainstream, wider public to gain a better understanding of US – their new neighbours.
This magazine will act as a platform for each and every member of the African community to voice their views, spread their humour, promote their activities – and share their journeys.
Salt is a common ingredient amongst communities throughout the world. It remains a valuable trade commodity and was once a means of payment in ancient times. So too do I want this new born magazine to be commonly found among all Australian communities.
I want SALT magazine to be on kitchen tables, in restaurants, cafes and reading rooms around the country. I want it to be a valuable means of spreading our message, to open the paths of communication, to tell fellow Australians who we are, why we’re here and what we do. I want it to be, in just a small way, a means by which we can repay this country’s hospitality.
SALT Magazine is here, and I thank you for your support.