a little salt is good for all of us…

BaksSALT Magazine is a celebration for over 17,000 members of the strong African community in South Australia, who bring their rich cultural history, traditions and food from 44 countries.

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.

Sidique is the founder of Salt Magazine. He came to Australia in 2001 after fleeing a civil war in his homeland of Sierra Leone. He studied journalism at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone and worked as a reporter for the Statesman Newspaper. He studied a Bachelor of Arts specialising in Multimedia Studies at the University of South Australia.

  • Reply January 21, 2017

    Lady Skye Greig

    I think this is a wonderful idea. You are to be commended on your fantastic idea. Great work!

  • Reply October 23, 2013

    Eamonn

    Nice one Baks!

  • Reply October 19, 2013

    David Malinda

    Life communication and you will be at peace with yourself, even if not with everyone!

  • Reply October 18, 2013

    Ibrahim

    Great job bro and keep it up, u have our support and we’ll do anything to help promote it within the community

  • Reply October 17, 2013

    Amy Griffiths

    I am really excited about the launch of SALT magazine and connecting with the African community.
    I look forward to reading their stories and tributes to their people and reading about how Australians and the African community have worked collaboratively to bring people together.
    I look forward to what the future holds for our neighbours and hope this magazine will help Australians understand the struggles and challenges the African community face and at the same time read their success stories.
    Welcome SALT magazine!!!!

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