SLCB Supports National Multi-Cultural Day
In order to revitalize the lost culture and tradition of Sierra Leone, the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) has thrown unflinching support to the FAYANDI Communications Team in the commemoration of the National Multi-Cultural Day.
The official launching ceremony which attracted the attention of tribal heads, who were given opportunity to address the gathering in their various local languages and members of the press was held at the British Council Hall, Tower Hill in Freetown on November 1st, 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the Corporate Affairs Manager, SLCB, Francis Caleb Hyde said it was a great honor for the banking institution to be part of the event adding that as a corporate entity, it is their duty to support national programs.
He described SLCB as the only banking institution, which is 100%, owned by Government and discussed that SLCB is the oldest banking institution is Sierra Leone
He highlighted that over the years, SLCB has been launching so many project to make banking easy for customers and mentioned that they have sixteen branches across the country with the largest number of customers than any other bank.
He assured organizers of the program, FAYANDI Communications Team their continuous support to achieve their aim of bringing back our culture and tradition in to action.
In his statement, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director, FAYANDI Communications Team, Dwarty B. Fayandi Koroma maintained that the high turnout of Sierra Leoneans in to the launching ceremony demonstrated that they love their culture and tradition adding that the project aimed at raising awareness through sensitization among Sierra Leoneans to know the essence of maintaining culture and tradition.
He frankly stated that we as a nation, have forgotten our culture and tradition and encouraged citizens to always dress according to the demand of their culture and tradition so that they can be easily identified as Sierra Leoneans in any part of the world.
He emphasized on how western culture have changed our way of life acculturation and further encouraged colleague Sierra Leoneans to always wear African dress especially on Fridays, noting that ‘Ronko and Country Clothes’ are our traditional dress.
He appealed to all citizens to stop relating Ronko and Country Clothe wears to society and emphasized on the important of our traditional dress which, he said portrayed our culture to the outside world.
The CEO and Director also encouraged eating African food like Foo-foo and wear cultural dress every Friday and spoke on their move for the multi-cultural day to be passed in to law in Parliament. He said prizes will be awarded to Sierra Leoneans that are maintaining their cultural dress.
In his brief statement, the Themne Tribal Head, Mountain Cut, Western Area, King Alhaji Hassan Bangura prayed for the sustainability of the initiative and thanked the initiator of the program, Mr. Koroma and team. He called for unity for the general prosperity of the country and described the multicultural day as strengthening unity by bringing people with different culture together for one motive, which he said, was to maintain our sweet culture and tradition.
In his deliberation, the Loko Deputy Tribal Head, Chief Alimamy Alpha Sesay said the program serves as an advice for children to know and respect tradition and culture through their way of doing things.
“Let us go back to our culture and tradition to enjoy ourselves”, he urged Sierra Leoneans.
The Bassa Tribal Head, Western Area, Chief Gladys Williams emphasized on the need to always remember our lost culture and discussed that it is only culture that would unite us together for the progress of the country.
Launching the National Multi-Cultural Day, Kono Tribal Head and Vice Chairman for the Council of Tribal Head, Chief S.O Gbekie saluted colleague chiefs and raised that the Council of Tribal Head have existed for over 200 years.
He recalled that it was the Prime Minister, Sahr Albert Margai that proclaimed in 1965 that Sierra Leone is Africa and therefore its people should wear African dress to signify their culture.
He further advised against relating ronko and country clothe to society and emphasized on the essence to take the message right across the country for young people to know their direction and for the aged to remember their past. He concluded by describing the program as very historic.
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