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APC/SC Dallas Chapter ends it annual fundraising dance

APC/SC Dallas Chapter ends it annual fundraising dance

On Saturday December 10, the All People’s Congress and Social Cultural Group (APC/SC), the socio-political wing of the All People’s Congress was once again at its best when it held its first fund raising dance in Dallas, Texas under the new and dynamic leadership of Mr. Mambu Koroma.  (Photo: APC Social Cultural Group Dallas team)

In his remarks to all those who attended the event, the president of the organization, Mr. Mambu Koroma, said that despite Sierra Leone’s vision of political tolerance under the leadership of  President Ernest Koroma, individual rights should not be abused by causing animosity among us as Sierra Leoneans.  The softly spoken president addressed the gathering in the hall.   

The new leader, Mr. Mambu J. Koroma

He opined that many Sierra Leoneans do not understand the importance of changes this present government has brought into Sierra Leone, but it is clear that a significant level of development and respectable governance has been realized since president Koroma took over power three years ago. He added that “We have the right to oppose by expressing our views freely, but violent opposition is counterproductive to our socio-economic development and is also a cancer that is invasively ruining our valued cultural heritage.  

The Guest of Honor, Mrs. Florence Koroma Turay

 The dance was graced by a guest of honor, Mrs. Florence Koroma Turay, president Ernest Koroma’s sister.  It was the second time she has participated in the Dallas chapter function.  With the due honor that was accorded her by the chapter, Mrs. Turay has no fear to remind audience about what is needed to be accomplished in Sierra Leone which is the agenda for change – a program widely seem to be popular in the eyes of many Sierra Leoneans.  She spoke leisurely but stressed the importance of integration, education, economic development and investment.

 The Guest of Honor said that whatever has come our way, we have to give it meaning and transform it into something of value, adding that our personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.  She went on to say that we Sierra Leoneans have the responsibility to join hands in supporting development initiatives, attitudinal change and accountability.  “By investing our skills, time, and services to our country”, she said, “we have the right to hold our leaders to a higher standard of responsibility if we agree to be partners in development rather than spectators.”

 Mrs. Koroma Turay admonished Diasporans to educate their relatives back home to register to vote in the forth-coming general elections, saying that one of the most critical ways that individuals can influence governmental decision-making is through voting for the candidate of your choice. The goal of the campaign for registration, she added, is to get every eligible Sierra Leonean to be able to vote come 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The dance was held by members not only to raise funds, but also to revitalize the group by selling its relative worth to the oppositions and independents around the metroplex. The chapter was founded by Mr. Sheku Tejan Koroma, former Minister of Health and Sanitation in 2002 when he was trying to galvanize the Sierra Leone community to support Ernest Kroma for president. The chapter then became approval rating under an effective leadership of the “Iron Lady,” Ms. Nanette Thomas, now Second in Command for Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (ABC).


Houston President, Alex Bangs was marched to the stage by Jenneh and Juliana


As a result of the relentless cooperation of members of the group, the branch chapter in Houston came to support the parent body full fledge in order to strengthen the good-will of the party back home, according the Houston branch president, Mr. Alex Bangs. 

The dance hall was sparkling with spectacular costumes of members. The men were robed in dark suits with red ties, whilethe ladies were adorned in red blouses and white pants – colors that are symbolic to the APC party.  Food and drinks were abundant, cheaply sold by high school and college students also in red and white fashion. The student’s mom, Mrs. Soma Kabbah was elegantly dignified in the hall as an observer.  Several other observers were present in the dance, some of whom have swiftly signed up to join the group.

Mr. Patrick Walsh and Florence Coker Campbell were the masters of ceremony, while the best DJ in town, Mr. Mohamed Bio and his team, supplied the music.  Mr. Leslie Rickford was the photojournalist who covered the event. The organizing team headed by Mrs. Juliana Daboh did the hall decoration.

Notable organizations participation was the president of Tegloma, Mrs. Josephine Ladipo, Krio Descendant Union president, Mr. Patrick Jackson. The SLPP chapter president was noticeably absent due to bereavement.   The chapter is yet set a date for inauguration of the new leadership.

By Sanpha Sesay, Texas Correspondent

Photo Credit: Mr. Leslie Rickford

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