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Koroma’s 50th Independence Anniversary team starts work

Koroma’s 50th Independence Anniversary team starts work

Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Anniversary Planning Committee on Wednesday, July 28 commenced a four day provincial tour of the country to raise awareness on the country’s golden jubilee which will be celebrated next year. The Chairman of the Committee, Dr. William Konteh told Sierra Express Media that the essence of the tour was to inform and get the views and contributions of ordinary people across the country about the celebrations. He said the Committee would hold town hall meetings and radio discussion programs across the country to raise awareness on the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.

Dr. Conteh said they were aware of the fact that many Sierra Leoneans knew “little or nothing about the country’s national symbols.” He said they would therefore be conducting academic and civil symposiums, debates and seminars that would educate Sierra Leoneans about their cultural heritage.

President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed a national committee to organize year-long celebrations in 2011 to mark our Golden Jubilee with the theme “Sierra Leone: 50 Years Forward – celebrating a new Sierra Leone”.

At the Diaspora level, similar committees are being formed all over the world to mark the occasion.

In Washington, according to reports, the Embassy has taken the lead in setting up a non-partisan committee to organize the year-long celebrations in North America.

The Golden Jubilee Anniversary which marks the event of 50 years ago on April 27th, 1961 when the country asserted her rights as a nation to shape her destiny is an important milestone in the history of our country. It offers us a moment to step back and reflect on our trials and tribulations over the years; an opportunity to also celebrate our achievements through a variety of activities reflecting our social, cultural, artistic, religious, environmental and ceremonial events. Indeed, it is a moment to rebrand and showcase the touristic and investment potential of the country to the rest of the world.

Official release say “whilst it is inevitable that every state or city will be having its own local version of events, at the same time we believe that distance and other logistical problems cannot and should not be a barrier to one’s meaningful participation at the continental level.

To this end we call upon all Sierra Leonean community organizations in all states and at all levels, desirous of participating to take the first step and register with the Embassy, proffer suggestions and be partners in this historic occasion.”

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