Atlanta community hold appreciation award night
The Association of Sierra Leoneans in Georgia, USA held its first grand style and spectacular appreciation award night in College Park, Georgia, on April 2, 2011 in commemoration of the 50th Independence Day celebrations. It was indeed a remarkable show of solidarity and a sense of national unity of Sierra Leoneans living in Georgia.
The appreciation event was hosted and organized by the high powered Atlanta Award Committee members namely: Abdul Aziz Mansaray, Alusine Fofanah, Neneh Bengeh and Lionel Williams. The committee drew its nominees from various Sierra Leonean organizations, businesses, religious and professional institutions with the famous clarion call to service slogan: “we all can make a big difference.”
The event marked a moment of patriotism with the singing of the national anthem, a cultural dance performed by Rakaba International, a solo performance by famed Sierra Leonean artist Bosco Banks and the display of the flamboyant green, white and blue national colors among hundreds of participants.
Atlanta’s reputable community activist and Youth leader, Alpha Omar Jabbie chaired the banquet style event and called on every Sierra Leonean to help develop the country. He emphasized the need for national focus, the attitude of love for our country and why allegiance must be paid to Sierra Leone first and foremost before any political, tribal, regional or other affiliations.
He commended the organizers and thanked the community attendees, while paying special tribute to those Sierra Leoneans in Atlanta who contributed to the social and economic welfare of the community in particular, and Sierra Leone in general.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) presidential aspirant, Mohamed C. Bah was among the proud recipients who received an outstanding community service award for his contribution to the Atlanta community and the Sierra Leone Blind School at Wilkinson Road, Freetown. Other recipients included: Seek Ye First The Kingdom International Ministries, Sierra Leone Muslim Jamaat, Rakaba Institute of Arts, Mr. & Mrs. James Carew, Mr. & Mrs. Almany Wurie, Mr. & Mrs. Abdul Karim Kamara, Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Nabie, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Coffie, Mr. Salifu Sapateh, Mr. & Mrs. Abdul-Rahman Kamara, Mr. & Mrs. Nat Dawonde, Mr. Augustine Smith, Mr. Aiah Pessima, Mr. Ron Jusu, Mr. Ade Thomas, Mr. Alpha Si Kanu, Mr. & Mr. Khalil Kargbo, Mr. & Mrs. Dapae Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sannoh, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Goba, Mr. & Mrs. Bannister Koroma, Mr. & Mrs. Alusine Fofonah, Mr. & Mrs. Hassan Conteh, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Benga, Mr. & Mrs. Alpha Jabbie, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Sanu, Mr. & Mrs. Unisa Kanu, Mr. & Mrs. M Bala Aziz Bah, Mrs. Mabel Stevens, Mr. Amadu Massally, Mr. Alfred Kanu, Mr. Martin Williams, Ms. Betty Songowa, Mr. Shaka Bangura, Mr. Abdul Rahmman Bangura, Mr. Abu Bakar Bangura, Mr. Foday Sesay, Mr. Mohamed Salim Kamara, Mr. Alex Sesay, Mr. Albert Sesay, Mr. Sal Sesay, Mr. Solomon Fornie, Fullah Progressive Union-Georgia and The Sierra Leonean Community Association.
The vote of thanks was given by Neneh Bengah and Aziz Manasary who both graciously acknowledged the Atlanta community’s huge support in commemorating the 50th Independence Anniversary and the appreciation of Sierra Leoneans who have made a big difference in the lives of others.
The event was sponsored by the Sierra Leonean Business Community: Cymill Motors, Inc, Lewis Medical Mobility Services, Jameson Catering, Jah International, M & M Beauty and Hair Braiding Salon, Flamingo Beauty and Hair Braiding Salon and Al’s Carpeting.
By Abdul Aziz Mansaray, Atlanta, USA
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