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UN Sierra Leone Club and Permanent Mission collaborate to organize 50th Independence Anniversary programs

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Sierra Leone’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations in America will not be organized by respectives states alone . Even the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone  to the United Nations and the UN Sierra Leone Club are also planning their own programs. In a meeting held at the Mission yesterday, the Permanent Mission and the UN Club decided to collaborate in organizing  the jubilee celebrations. Since  diplomats at the Mission are also members of the UN Sierra Leone Club, it will be easier for the Mission and the Club to work together.

Among decisions taken at the meeting were for both the Mission and the UN Sierra Leone Club to attend the Independence Anniversary programs organized by the umbrella organization –The Union of Sierra Leone Organizations of New York  and for the UN Sierra Leone Club to join the New Jersey Somerset Parade on Saturday April 23. The Club will then organize a tri-state Parade in September in conjunction with AMISTAD , whose ship will be docked in New York during the same time. It  is expected to be a massive parade that will atract Sierra Leoneans from the continental United States.

It was also discussed that organizations and the Mission and the UN Sierra Leone Club patronize each others’ activities.

The UN Sierra Leone Club will launch ‘Sierra Leone Week’ at the UN  on Monday April 25  at a program where the Permanent Representative, HE. Shekou Touray  and other personalities will deliver statements .The  club will launch its photo week, which will feature  pictures of significant events and personalities of Sierra Leone since she gained Independence from Britain in 1961 .  Sierra Leoneans and Friends of Sierra Leone who have vintage photos that will  usefully embellish those already in possession of the UN Club  are urged to provide them for the Photo Week, which will be lauched on that day.

On Independence Anniversay Day, Wednesday April 27, the UN Sierra Leone Club will stage its photo exhibition at the UN Delegates Entrance .On that day too, the Permanent Mission will have its 50th Anniversary Party at the UN.


On Thursday April 28, the  UN Sierra Leone Club will organize what was described as  ‘A Taste of Sierra Leone’  , which will be a Luncheon Sale at the UN , where Sierra Leonean dishes of all varieties will be available.

With all these exciting activities in the works, the 50th Independence Anniversary will be the biggest celebration ever undertaken by the nation since Independence itself in 1961.

Lamin Alharazim provides more details about 5oth Anniversary celebrations in New Jersey

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Chairman of the 50th Anniversary Celebration in New Jersey ,  Mr. Lamin Alharazim, has told COCORIOKO that the celebration is a joint effort with all the different organizations in NJ. As was disclosed to this paper two days ago by the Head of the Parade Committee, Madam Madina Rahman, New Jersey is putting together what may turn out to be one of the most thrilling jubilee celebrations.  To make this possible,  Mr Alharazim went on, “We are partners with  the Hamilton Street Business and Community Corporation in Somerset.( HSBCC ) and they are working diligently with us to make the program a big success “.

The enterprising Insurance and Real Estate broker of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage said he was very happy with the level of cooperation  the 50th Anniversary Celebrations Committee is receiving from Sierra Leonean organizations in New Jersey. He disclosed that all the organizations were giving off their best and he wanted to thank all of them so far for their sustained interest and participation . He  repeated what Madam Rahman said that New Jerseyans had impressively got together in a non-partisan spirit to pursue a common interest in their nation’s jubilee celebrations. He said that members of the All People’s Congress (APC), Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) and the People’s Movement For Democratic Change ( PMDC ) were all cooperatively working together to produce a truly national celebration.

In addition to the massive parade and cultural show scheduled for Saturday April 23, the program also includes a big dance that will be held that night at the Chinese Community Centre on School House Road in Somerset. Music will be provided by
DJ Dula and Bayoh .

It will be one of the biggest dances in the Independence Anniversary celebrations. New Jersey is also collaborating with New York and therefore the hall will be jammed with patrons and celebrants from the two states, not to mention the hundreds more who will come from different states. The Sierra Leone UN Club met today and decided to come to New Jersey to join the celebrations ( See report in a different column ). In a spirit of reciprocity, New Jersey will also join New York in their celebrations.



Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey plan memorable 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Posted by  on March 9, 2011

Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey are  putting together a well-knit program that will make for a memorable 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, one of the organizers told COCORIOKO in an exclusive  interview today. Madam Madina Rahman, one of New Jersey’s foremost community activists , disclosed that about 20 organizations and many members of the three leading political parties in Sierra Leone have come together in a national spirit of unity and cohesion to organize the jubilee celebrations.  She stated that what  is happening in New Jersey is worthy of commendation because  all the various organizations and the three parties –The ruling All People’s Congress ( APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) and the People’s Movement For Democratic Change (PMDC) –are working amicably together in a non-partisan spirit to make the 50th Anniversary celebrations one that people will talk about for long .


Some of the organizations that have united to organize the program are TEGLOMA, the Sierra Leone American National Organization ( SLANO), the Fulbe organization, the Creole Descendants Union, the Fourah Bay Community , the Foulah Town Comunity, Leone Stars soccer organization, the Sierra Leone Nurses Association and the political parties APC, SLPP and PMDC. They have joined forces with New York  organizations to make the celebrations big. Madam Rahman said that planning meetings are held every Friday  at the Somerset Fire House in Franklin Township. She praised members of the opposition SLPP and PMDC  who,  she said,  are performing well,  along with APC members ,  in all the committees they have volunteered to serve. Madina Rahman is in charge of the Parade Committee , while Mr.Suliman Kargbo heads the Dance Committee.

So far, New Jersey has planned a parade ,  cultural program and a dance.

According to the program for the parade given to COCORIOKO  by Madam Rahman, the massive Parade will be held on Saturday April 23 , 2011 .It will start  midday at Highland Avenue , turn right on to Hamilton Street , left onto Millstone Street to Matilda Avenue and end at the Naaman Williams Park. The cultural show will be held between 2-7pm.

For more information  or for food and non-food vendors interested in participating, the following  should be contacted :

MADINA RAHMAN   : 732- 309-8997 /

EFREN DATO : 732-873-2500  Ext. 400/


MEANWHILE, on April 15, 2011 , the Newark African Commission will be spearheading a honoring program for Sierra Leone to be staged by the City of Newark . The occasion will include a flag-raising program and a Proclamation , to be followed by a luncheon hosted by Mayor Cory Booker and the African Commission. According to one of the organizers, the program will start at 4pm. WE WILL ALSO BRING YOU THE DETAILS LATER.

Birthday Bash at Lawnside March 19 for Minister Plenipotentiary

Saturday, March 5th, 2011


 The Minister Plenipotentiary and Coordinator of C-10 , Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, will be 57  on Monday March 7, 2011. His father -in-law and Mother-In-Law, who live at Lawnside, New Jersey near the border with Philadelphia, have planned a  Joint Dinner for him and his wife, whose birthdayfalls on Tuesday March 8. The dinner,  to be attended by family and well-wishers,  will be held on Saturday March 19 at Lawnside. The party bash is held every year at Lawnside . One of the minister’s sons will also be celebrating his birthday on March 12.  The  Editor-In-Chief of the Daily Mail , Mr. Foday Morris, has since last week planned  full coverage of the occasion by the newspaper .

Every March and August, the Kabs-Kanu family celebrates multiple birthdays  . Two of the ministers’ children have the same birthday but are not twins while another child was born on the last day of July.

The household is interesting as everybody is a Pisces or a Leo.

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