Sierra Leone Mission in China celebrates 51st independence anniversary
It was a moment of pomp and pageantry at the Sierra Leone Embassy in the People’s Republic of China, when, on April 28th dozens of Chinese and Sierra Leoneans gathered to celebrate Sierra Leone’s 51st independence anniversary.
Bringing together Sierra Leoneans from across Beijing, including Sierra Leonean media practitioners who are in Beijing on official functions, the programme also witnessed dozens of Chinese citizens attending to not only celebrate the country’s independence but to also welcome Ambassador Abu Bakarr Multi-Kamara, who recently arrived in Beijing as Sierra Leone’s new Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
Making a statement at the ceremony, Ambassador Abu Bakarr Multi-Kamara spoke that the 51st anniversary of Sierra Leone should be a special one for Sierra Leoneans in China as they should use it to renew their commitment to the present changes taking place in Sierra Leone. He disclosed, that “a lot of development is presently taking place in Sierra Leone under the leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma,” and therefore called on Sierra Leoneans to put history of the civil war behind them and concentrate on the development efforts of the government. He said, the need to rebrand Sierra Leone cannot be overstated, as well as the need to continue supporting President Koroma’s initiatives for a better Sierra Leone.
Speaking further, the Ambassador revealed that there is also the need to continue renewing the long standing relations between Sierra Leone and China, which he said, has lasted for years as could be seen in Sierra Leone’s role in China’s entrance to the United Nation’s Security Council, through its (Sierra Leone) vote cast. Ambassador Multi-Kamara ended by encouraging Sierra Leoneans to always comply with the laws of China so as to live in peace.
Statements were also made by the President for the Sierra Leone Community in Beijing, Lamin Turay and the Sierra Leone Students Union Secretary in China, Lucinda Kargbo. The meeting was chaired by the Head of Chancery of the Embassy, Paul A S Minah who spoke of the good intentions of the new Ambassador.
See photos from the celebration below:
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