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Cocorioko print edition going like hot cakes : You are welcome to advertise in the paper

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Cocorioko print edition going like hot cakes : You are welcome to advertise in the paper

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Editorial,Headlines |

The Cocorioko print edition , which  came out in the U.S. last week,  is moving  like hot cakes at the newsstands .  We have also circulated it in many of the foreign missions in New York and embassies in Washington DC.  We are working on plans to make Cocorioko one of the most interesting Sierra Leone newspapers .

We will make the paper very thrilling and interesting  by ensuring that we do not concentrate  on  political events alone  but  every facet of life–Culture, economics, society , sports and what-have you. We will cover your weddings, graduations , birthdays, Komojades, cook-outs , fundraising ceremonies, sporting events and funerals with photogenic color pictures you will be able to save as souvenirs for life . Would it not be refreshing to see your events in print newspaper for once, instead  of online only ? We will also conduct exclusive interviews and profile distinguished Sierra Leoneans playing  commendable roles  in the business, academic, political , musical and  professional realms of society. This will be done to encourage Sierra Leoneans  to give off more of their best for the betterment of society.

SIERRA LEONE’S INFORMATION MINISTER , HON. I.B. KARGBO ENJOYING THE FIRST PRINT EDITION OF COCORIOKO

We also invite businesses, companies and individuals to advertise in COCORIOKO. We want to assure you that with the kind of readership we have, your advertisements will reap fast dividends. For our readers in Freetown, let us assure you that we aim to go toe-to-toe with the cream of Sierra Leone newspapers. We are here to make a telling impact on the Sierra Leonean market. God willing, you will have a newspaper you will always rush to buy. Our engagement with  the people of Sierra Leone will be for a lifetime. Cocorioko , as many of you know , first appeared on the campus of Fourah Bay College in 1975.

PA . AZIZ NABE, THE POLITICAL GURU OF NEW JERSEY , READS COCORIOKO

We will bring you more details.

Meanwhile, those wishing to advertise in the print edition of Cocorioko are asked to contact  any of the following e-mail addresses :

kabbskanu@aol.com   KABS KANU

jacobconteh@yahoo.com  JACOB SAX-CONTEH

dkabatto@gmail.com   DENNIS KABATO

Brabanxx@aol.com    DR.WILFRED BANKOLE GIBSON

 

PICTORIAL : A beautiful bouquet of flowers for President Koroma on arrival in New Jersey

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

 The first highlight  of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s historic visit to New Jersey last Saturday September 24, 2011 was the beautiful bouquet of flowers he received on arrival at the Round Tree Hotel in Franklin Township, Somerset , from the hands of young and beautiful Fatimah Nabie, daughter of Khadija Tunkara and Mr. Nabie . It was a remarkable moment and set the tone for the regal and resplendent welcome the President received in New Jersey that will forever be commended in living memory. WE BRING YOU PICTORIAL HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE BOUQUET.

FATIMAH HOLDING THE BOUQUET OF FLOWERS WHILE WAITING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE PRESIDENT

FATIMAH PRESENTS BOUQUET OF FLOWERS TO PRESIDENT KOROMA ON ARRIVAL

FATIMAH AND PRESIDENT KOROMA AND THE FIRST LADY MADAM SIA NYAMA KOROMA AFTER SHE PRESENTED THE BOUQUET OF FLOWERS TO PRESIDENT KOROMA

A President for all people

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Filed under: Editorial |

President Ernest Bai Koroma is different from all other presidents we have ever had in Sierra Leone. Firstly because of his charm , friendly and pleasant dispositions , people never have enough of him. They are always drawn to him .When he left New Jersey for a tour of four other states, hoping to take off from Teteboro Airport in New Jersey after the tour , Sierra Leoneans who had been with him whole week while he was in New York, still  looked forward to meeting with him again ,to say goodbye to him.They were disappointed when it became known that President Koroma will no longer come back to New Jersey but will depart to Freetown from West Virginia.

Secondly, because of his being very approachable, humble and simple, everybody who wants is capable of having easy access to him. At his hotels in New York and New Jersey, there was nobody who wanted to have access to President Koroma who failed to do so. President Koroma is not the kind of man anybody can be blocked to  see because he is very accessible .Anyone who therefore complains that people tried to block him/her  from having access to the President is making wrong assumptions and conclusions.

The President’s attitude to the press is second to none in Sierra Leone’s history. It was virtually impossible to ever appear before President Siaka Stevens, not to mention General Saidu Momoh or President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Whenever our Presidents used to arrive in New York to attend the UN General Assembly, they lived in a virtual cocoon .In fact, the public never knew their hotels, not to mention have access to these facilities. The cause was firstly that some of these presidents were unapproachable and introverts. The other reason was that those around these leaders built a fortress-like cordon around them and went all out to deny access to them. Thirdly, some of these presidents, with the exception of Pa Shaki , lacked appeal and popularity. Today,Sierra Leoneans should be proud that they have a President who is a man of the people.  President Koroma draws people to himself like a magnet and those around him do not set impossible barriers to people who want to hob-nob with their President. It was gratifying to see APC stalwarts, visitors -some of them SLPP and PMDC members- family , diplomats and journalists alike  freely interacting with the President in his hotels, many even seizing the opportunity to take pictures with him sitting on the same sofa with him.  Messrs Foday Morris, Dennis Kabatto , the Patriotic Vanguard’s Anthony Kamara and other journalists who were with the President could attest to the truth of these statements. Sierra Leone has never had a President so friendly and accessible to media men and women.

We hope all these qualities of the President will be emulated by those who serve him. We have heard lots of complaints about some ministers and other public officials who are virtually impossible to see in Freetown. Diasporans who have been to Sierra Leone return home with lots of complaints that though they spent months in the country they were not able to see certain ministers or officials whose complaints at all times was that they are very busy. A public servant should never be too busy for his people.

Our leaders and ministers are public servants and should make themselves accessible to people who have genuine, credible and compelling reasons for wanting to see them. They must copy President Koroma who is never too busy to see people at State House  or hang out with them in his hotels abroad. The President is always smiling and prepared to meet those who have genuine reasons to desire to see him or who just want to hang around him. He should be emulated because that one moment somebody is provided with by a public servant might change his/her life or the country’s for good. Many people who want to see ministers and public servants have bright ideas they want to share or investment possibilities they want to pursue.

 

 

President Koroma and delegation to take off for Freetown tomorrow from West Virginia after successful tours of NJ, Boston, Georgia and WV

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

 

President Ernest Bai Koroma and delegation will be taking off for Freetown tomorrow from West Virginia after a very successful tour of  four different states apart from New York where he had attended the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. In New Jerseyover the weekend, President Koroma  was given a red-carpet welcome by Franklin Township officials and Sierra Leoneans, held meetings with members of the All People’s Congress (APC ) North America Branch and the APC New Jersey Chapter and attended a Fund-Raising Banquet at the Ukranian Cultural Centre .

PRESIDENT ERNEST KOROMA

From New Jersey ,President Koroma made  a State Visit to Boston on Sunday September 25 as guest  of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick . He then attended a Presidential Reception  at the Boston Marriot Copley in a  program  put together by members of the Sierra Leone Community, the Society for the Advancement of Sierra Leoneans in Massachusetts (SASLAMA, Inc.), APC New England/Boston Chapters, SLPP, PMDC, Muslim and Christian Organizations in Massachusetts, Tegloma of New England and Individual efforts.  The event was sponsored by the Akar Auto Inc, the Amistad Committee of New Haven, Connecticut and the 7 Hills Foundation.

President Koroma  next visited Georgia  on Monday September 26 where he held a crucial meeting with executives of Delta Airlines in plans to have the airlines start a direct U.S to Freetown flight , which will help to boost commerce and tourism  in Sierra Leone.

In Indiana today Tuesday September 27 , President Koroma delivered a  public lecture at the famous Notre Dame University. The theme of the lecture was :” Faith, Freedom, Religious Tolerance and Progress “.  The key issues in the theme make up the umbrella of good governance ,which is the hallmark of President Koroma’s stewardship. The President told the students and professors and lectures about the religious freedom and tolerance that exist in Sierra Leone with muslims and christians worshipping God peacefully alongside each other in an impressive multi-religious setting. He also highlighted his accomplishments in governance , encompassing his Agenda For Change program built around the pillars of  Energy, Agriculture,transportation and human development and also designed to reduce poverty, spur economic growth and consolidate peace and security. President Koroma also told his audience his plans to transform Sierra Leone into modern nation with a strong economy .

President Koroma is now in  West Virginia where he was invited by the Coal Mining and Timber Industries  which want to begin operating  in Sierra Leone. The Timber Company wants to go to Sierra Leone to explore the possibility of adding value to the country’s timber industry . Since the provision of energy is one of the centre pieces of President Koroma’s Agenda For Change, West Virginia, a state producing abundant coal, wants to explore the possibility of  doing business with Sierra Leone, which would see them export coal to the country to boost her energy aspirations.

Tomorrow morning, President Koroma will travel by helicopter to see sawmills and coal mining operations.

The President and party will leave later on in the afternoon for Freetown onboard the private jet that brought them to the U.S. for the UN General Assembly.

Sierra Leoneans in New York and New Jersey ,  who cannot have enough of President Koroma , received the news that President Koroma will not be taking off from Teteboro Airport in New Jersey (As originally planned ) with sadness.  Some members of the President’s delegation who had broken off temporarily to visit friends and relatives in Wasshing ton DC and Virginia were to have travelled back to New Jersey to rejoin the party for the long flight back home. This evening, they were on their way to West Virginia where they will now hook up once again with the delegation for the flight home.

In New Jersey, Diaspora Campaign Team presented to President Koroma

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

MOMODU BANGS SHAKES HANDS WITH PRESIDENT KOROMA

President Ernest Bai Koroma said in New Jersey on Sunday that when somebody has faith and belief in the values of an organization and is committed to these values, nothing will distract him. He stated that those who get distracted probably did not have faith and belief in the values espoused by an organization.

SOME MEMBERS OF THE DIASPORA CAMPAIGN TEAM POSE WITH PRESIDENT KOROMA

The President noted that the values of an organization are very important and when somebody gravitates towards an organization because of its values, it will be difficult for anything to shake him.He therefore advised supporters of the All People’s Congress ( APC ) to have faith, belief and commitment in the values upon which the party’s foundation was built. The APC, President Koroma went on, has a history as a wider establishment and has the common man’s appeal. The APC, he went on, is a party of the common and ordinary man, which is why it is popular. “If you don’t win an election, it is because your party does not have the common man’s appeal.”

OTHER MEMBERS

President Koroma , continuing his philosophical exposition of  what the APC stands for,  said that after faith and commitment to the party’s values, the next important thing is commitment to the job. He called on members to be committed to whatever they were doing for the APC that would not  only  benefit the party but bring positive changes to the country.  He said  through commitment to the job, you find people coming together with ideas that will bring changes to the country.

The President made these philosophical remarks while meeting with members of the APC Diaspora Campaign Team which was introduced to him in New Jersey before he left for Boston. The Team is chaired  by Mr. Momodu  Bangura , popularly known as M. Bangs , the Public Relations Officer of the Georgia Chapter of the APC . Mr. Bangura said that the group was formed to help devise  campaign  strategies to propel  the APC to victory in  the 2012 Prsidential Elections.

Opening remarks were made by Mr. Foday Mansaray who disclosed the purpose of the meeting. He also introduced Mr.Momodu Bangura who gave President Koroma a comprehensive description of the goals and objectives of the Diaspora Campaign Team. Mr. Bangura said the strategies of the team were designed to ensure that President Koroma wins the 2012 elections at the first ballot without a run-off.

Responding,  President Koroma  postulated that the reason there  are party strongholds is that the rival  party had not campaigned strategically  or changed strategies  in the opposition’s so-called strongholds.” The number of fanatics  will decrease when they are made to  see the good things being done by the other party. ”

President Koroma stressed that the key to any elections victory is effective electioneering campaigns. He denounced violence as a means of winning elections.  ”You don’t use fist fights to convince people to vote for you. You convince them by effective campaigning and addressing the needs of the people. ” The President emphasized that the APC Government does not need violence to win elections because the impressive record of the party speaks for it. President Koroma promised that his government will continue working in the interest of the common man.

He again admonished party members to be more committed and work together for the betterment of the country. He warned them not to do anything for the eye-seeing of men because those who do that will lose.” We will ensure that those who are here to benefit the common man will continue in leadership roles.”  He thanked the Team and assured members that government will support any worthy project that will benefit the people.

 

Pictorial Highlights (1) : Sierra Leoneans overwhelm President Koroma with love and appreciation in New Jersey

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Pictorial Highlights (1) : Sierra Leoneans overwhelm President Koroma with love and appreciation in New Jersey

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Lead Story,National News |

If Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma ever required further  proof that the depth , intensity and fervency of the love Sierra Leoneans have for him back home is equal to the tremendous love beating in the hearts of diasporans , the crusading President got the answers once again last Saturday when he arrived in  New Jersey  on a one-day visit . The President was virtually mobbed by enthusiastic Sierra Leoneans who came out in full colours to receive him.

President Koroma , who is  in the U.S. to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly , was invited by the New Jersey Chapter of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) and the North American Branch of the party for a Retreat and Banquet –and if the outpouring of love and appreciation the President received is anything to go by, President Koroma is safely the most loved Head of State Sierra Leoneans have ever had in 50 years of nationhood. Never before has any Sierra Leonean president or Head of State received such an overwhelming  support and welcome  from diasporans. during visits to the U.S .  Just a week after he was literally  mobbed in Downtown Freetown by surging  crowds when he made one of his unannounced visits to the city centre, President Koroma had cause once more to savour how much his people love him , this time in New Jersey.

As he and his delegation alighted from their motorcade that drove them in from New York , the whole atmosphere around the Round Tree Hotel at Davidson Avenue, Somerset, where the welcoming ceremony was held and where the President and delegation stayed , was converted into a seething holiday  carnival of festive excitement as Sierra Leoneans demonstrated to President Koroma that they really love him for the positive changes he is bringing to the socio-economic and political landscape in their country. Citizens waving small flags , many of them dressed in the red colours of the APC , screamed repeatedly : “Welcome, Mr. President ! ! We love you ! ! !” .The Secret Service and Police had problems keeping the crowd still during the welcoming ceremony  which consisted of the playing of the national anthems of Sierra Leone and the United States,  a welcome address by the Mayor of Franklin Township, Mr. Brian Levine , who along with other top-ranking officials of the township , received the President on arrival ,and a response by President Koroma which was greeted repeated by earsplitting applause . President Koroma later in the evening attended a huge Banquet staged by the APC at the Ukranian Cultural Centre at the same Davidson Avenue.

Amidst our very busy schedule , while waiting to publish full reports of the events, we bring you some pictorial highlights of President  Koroma’s visit to New Jersey . It will be the first of many reports and pictorials on the New Jersey visit.

PRESIDENT KOROMA AND THE FIRST LADY, MRS.SIA NYAMA KOROMA ,  ARRIVING IN NEW JERSEY : THEY ARE BEING WELCOMED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE  APC -NA , MR.AZIZ TURAY (LEFT ) AND NEW JERSEY CHAPTER PRESIDENT MR. ALLIE BADARA KAMARA.

A SMILING PRESIDENT KOROMA AND THE FIRST LADY ENTER THE LOBBY OF THE HOTEL TO CHEERS FROM THE WELCOMING CROWD

MAYOR BRIAN LEVINE AND TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS GREET PRESIDENT KOROMA

 

PRESIDENT KOROMA CHEERFULLY SHAKES HANDS WITH SIERRA LEONEANS

A SECTION OF THE CROWD THAT WENT TO WELCOME PRESIDENT KOROMA

WOMEN IN RED DRESSES WERE AMONG THE WELCOMING PARTY

PASTOR FLORENCE KOROMA AND QUEEN ABIE BANGALIE-MANSARAY (RIGHT ) AND THE BOSTON CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE  APC -NA (LEFT ) SALLIEU CONTEH AMONG THE WELCOMING CROWD

FROM LEFT : MADAMS MARIE SALIM, ROSETTA ZIZER AND POSSEH KANU –THREE WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE IN THE APC-NA- AMONG THE WELCOMING CROWD

FROM LEFT : PA. AZIZ NABE AND TWO APC STALWARTS  AMONG THE CROWD

PRESIDENT KOROMA AND MAYOR LEVINE SHAKING HANDS ON THE STAGE

PRESIDENT KOROMA ADDRESSING SIERRA LEONEANS

A SECTION OF THE CROWD AT THE BANQUET

FROM RIGHT : NEW JERSEY FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP COUNCIL MEN AND A SECTION OF THE HIGH TABLE. IN GREEN HAT AND SHIRT IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE OPPOSITION SLPP, MT. JERRY GEORGE

PRESIDENT KOROMA BEING GREETED AT THE BANQUET : ON THE RIGHT IS THE FIRST LADY

PRESIDENT KOROMA IS GREETED AT THE BANQUET BY AN OLD SCHOOL MATE, PASTOR KUYATEH

FROM  LEFT : MR. FODAY MANSARAY AND PA. AZIZ NABE–TWO OF THE KEY ORGANIZERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT–POSE WITH THE HEAD OF STATE YESTERDAY AT HIS HOTEL BEFORE THE PRESIDENT LEFT FOR BOSTON.

WE HAVE VOLUMES OF PHOTOS AND WILL PUBLISH THEM INCREMENTALLY AS CHANCE PERMITS US. IF YOU WERE IN NEW JERSEY AND DID NOT APPEAR IN THESE FIRST SET OF PHOTOS, DO NOT DESPAIR. MORE PHOTOS ARE COMING.

 

 

 

 

President Koroma storms Boston and calls on Sierra Leoneans to return home and take advantage of new possibilities

Monday, September 26th, 2011

By KABS KANU :

After a very successful one-day visit to New Jersey where he was overwhelmed by the depth and intensity of love he received from Sierra Leoneans and officials of Franklin Township in Somerset County at the weekend , President Ernest Bai Koroma  yesterday  Sunday September 25 stormed Boston, Massachussetts where he was again given a memorable welcome by Sierra Leoneans residents.

The President, accompanied by the First Lady, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma  and  his delegation to the UN General Assembly was  on a State Visit to Boston as guest  of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick. The Sierra Leonean Community in Massachusetts mobilized to welcome President Koroma at the Boston Marriot Copley hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116 , followed by a  Presidential Reception starting at 5:30 pm prompt.

According to the President of the All People’s Congress ( APC ) Boston Chapter and Vice-Chairman of the APC-NA, Mr. Sallieu Conteh, “The ceremony at the Boston Marriot Copley was put together by members of the Sierra Leone Community, the Society for the Advancement of Sierra Leoneans in Massachusetts (SASLAMA, Inc.), APC New England/Boston Chapters, SLPP, PMDC, Muslim and Christian Organizations in Massachusetts, Tegloma of New England and Individual efforts.”  The event was sponsored by the Akar Auto Inc, the Amistad Committee of New Haven, Connecticut and the 7 Hills Foundation.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was Mr.Francis Thomas jr. Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Chairman of  SASLAMA, Inc.), made the welcome remarks followed by remarks by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , Mr. Bockarie Kortu Stevens . Also making remarks were Senator David Magnani, friend of Sierra Leone and  the Chairman of the AMISTAD Committee of New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Alfred Merder. Greetings to the President and his delegation were provided by Mr. William Hawkins , King Lion of the Lions Organization ; former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. Tom Hull  and Dr. David Jordan of 7 Hills Foundation Project in Bo. A presentation to the First Lady was made by Ms. Geneva Anthony-Barwoh while the Rev. Albert Senessie gave a brief history and the aims and aspirations of SASLAMA, Inc.).  The SASLAMA Organization provides immigration assistance ,funeral benevolence , Life Insurance, educational service assistance , job placement and legal referrals to Sierra Leoneans.

The President and his delegation were then introduced by the Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs, Hon. Alpha Kanu after which President Koroma captivated his audience as usual with an authoritative, inspiring and instructive speech.  President Koroma , after extending thanks and appreciation to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachussetts , organizations and Sierra Leoneans for the great welcome accorded him, gave a comprehensive report about events back home.

President Koroma informed the crowd that his government has created an enabling environment in Sierra Leone for business and investment and said that Sierra Leone now ranks 4th as the easiest country to do business. He spoke about the revival of mining activities and the abundant opportunities now existing in the country’s extractive industries. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to come together and form cooperatives whereby they can go back and take over and run the government corporations that are up for privatization, e.g The Ports Authority, Rokel Bank,SIERRATEL etc. He urged Sierra Leoneans to demonstrate more commitment and patriotism towards their nation. He said that elections time should be the only time for politics when Sierra Leoneans have to elect their leaders but that once the elections are over everybody should join hands to help the government develop the country.

President Koroma assured the crowd that the recent political disturbances in Kono and Bo were being fully investigated by Government and the full force of the law will be brought on anybody found culpable ,  regardless of their positions.

President Koroma acknowledged the fact that many Sierra Leoneans have come to the U.S. and acquired education and skills that would be useful in Sierra Leone. He called on them to come together to form cohesive groups so that they can return home and transfer their education and skills to their country and realize the dream of a Sierra Leone that provides donor support to other countries instead of being a perpetual receiver.

A question-and-answer period then followed during which President Koroma also provided answers to questions of national interest from the audience.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Abdul Sesay.

TODAY, President Koroma will be presented to the State Senate and he will be guest of the Governor of the State of Massachussetts . Also, the Boston/New England combined APC Chapters will present President Koroma a plaque in appreciation of his hard work and commitment to progress in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

Pictorial Highlights (1) : Sierra Leoneans overwhelm President Koroma with love and appreciation in New Jersey

Monday, September 26th, 2011

If Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma ever required further  proof that the depth , intensity and fervency of the love Sierra Leoneans have for him back home is equal to the tremendous love beating in the hearts of diasporans , the crusading President got the answers once again last Saturday when he arrived in  New Jersey  on a one-day visit . The President was virtually mobbed by enthusiastic Sierra Leoneans who came out in full colours to receive him.

President Koroma , who is  in the U.S. to attend the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly , was invited by the New Jersey Chapter of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) and the North American Branch of the party for a Retreat and Banquet –and if the outpouring of love and appreciation the President received is anything to go by, President Koroma is safely the most loved Head of State Sierra Leoneans have ever had in 50 years of nationhood. Never before has any Sierra Leonean president or Head of State received such an overwhelming  support and welcome  from diasporans. during visits to the U.S .  Just a week after he was literally  mobbed in Downtown Freetown by surging  crowds when he made one of his unannounced visits to the city centre, President Koroma had cause once more to savour how much his people love him , this time in New Jersey.

As he and his delegation alighted from their motorcade that drove them in from New York , the whole atmosphere around the Round Tree Hotel at Davidson Avenue, Somerset, where the welcoming ceremony was held and where the President and delegation stayed , was converted into a seething holiday  carnival of festive excitement as Sierra Leoneans demonstrated to President Koroma that they really love him for the positive changes he is bringing to the socio-economic and political landscape in their country. Citizens waving small flags , many of them dressed in the red colours of the APC , screamed repeatedly : “Welcome, Mr. President ! ! We love you ! ! !” .The Secret Service and Police had problems keeping the crowd still during the welcoming ceremony  which consisted of the playing of the national anthems of Sierra Leone and the United States,  a welcome address by the Mayor of Franklin Township, Mr. Brian Levine , who along with other top-ranking officials of the township , received the President on arrival ,and a response by President Koroma which was greeted repeated by earsplitting applause . President Koroma later in the evening attended a huge Banquet staged by the APC at the Ukranian Cultural Centre at the same Davidson Avenue.

Amidst our very busy schedule , while waiting to publish full reports of the events, we bring you some pictorial highlights of President  Koroma’s visit to New Jersey . It will be the first of many reports and pictorials on the New Jersey visit.

PRESIDENT KOROMA AND THE FIRST LADY, MRS.SIA NYAMA KOROMA ,  ARRIVING IN NEW JERSEY : THEY ARE BEING WELCOMED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE  APC -NA , MR.AZIZ TURAY (LEFT ) AND NEW JERSEY CHAPTER PRESIDENT MR. ALLIE BADARA KAMARA.

A SMILING PRESIDENT KOROMA AND THE FIRST LADY ENTER THE LOBBY OF THE HOTEL TO CHEERS FROM THE WELCOMING CROWD

MAYOR BRIAN LEVINE AND TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS GREET PRESIDENT KOROMA

 

PRESIDENT KOROMA CHEERFULLY SHAKES HANDS WITH SIERRA LEONEANS

A SECTION OF THE CROWD THAT WENT TO WELCOME PRESIDENT KOROMA

WOMEN IN RED DRESSES WERE AMONG THE WELCOMING PARTY

PASTOR FLORENCE KOROMA AND QUEEN ABIE BANGALIE-MANSARAY (RIGHT ) AND THE BOSTON CHAPTER PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE  APC -NA (LEFT ) SALLIEU CONTEH AMONG THE WELCOMING CROWD

FROM LEFT : MADAMS MARIE SALIM, ROSETTA ZIZER AND POSSEH KANU –THREE WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE IN THE APC-NA- AMONG THE WELCOMING CROWD

FROM LEFT : PA. AZIZ NABE AND TWO APC STALWARTS  AMONG THE CROWD

PRESIDENT KOROMA AND MAYOR LEVINE SHAKING HANDS ON THE STAGE

PRESIDENT KOROMA ADDRESSING SIERRA LEONEANS

A SECTION OF THE CROWD AT THE BANQUET

FROM RIGHT : NEW JERSEY FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP COUNCIL MEN AND A SECTION OF THE HIGH TABLE. IN GREEN HAT AND SHIRT IS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW JERSEY CHAPTER OF THE OPPOSITION SLPP, MT. JERRY GEORGE

PRESIDENT KOROMA BEING GREETED AT THE BANQUET : ON THE RIGHT IS THE FIRST LADY

PRESIDENT KOROMA IS GREETED AT THE BANQUET BY AN OLD SCHOOL MATE, PASTOR KUYATEH

FROM  LEFT : MR. FODAY MANSARAY AND PA. AZIZ NABE–TWO OF THE KEY ORGANIZERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S VISIT–POSE WITH THE HEAD OF STATE YESTERDAY AT HIS HOTEL BEFORE THE PRESIDENT LEFT FOR BOSTON.

WE HAVE VOLUMES OF PHOTOS AND WILL PUBLISH THEM INCREMENTALLY AS CHANCE PERMITS US. IF YOU WERE IN NEW JERSEY AND DID NOT APPEAR IN THESE FIRST SET OF PHOTOS, DO NOT DESPAIR. MORE PHOTOS ARE COMING.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “Pictorial Highlights (1) : Sierra Leoneans overwhelm President Koroma with love and appreciation in New Jersey”

  1. Alie Formeh KamaraSeptember 26, 2011Edit

    Thanks for posting some pictures from the Banquet. The pictures are very nice and colorful giving the semblance of a raimbow coalition of colors wich incidentally is also the best description of the characteristic of the APC party that has become the melting pot of all ethnic groups in Sierra Leone.
    The President, Ernest Koroma, is playing in the big leagues and this close association with the big guns is expected to produce venerable results for Sierra Leone.
    The banquet was by my assessment very successful. The atmosphere was cordial, the food was good and drinks were plentiful in supply. I liked the President’s speech in which he recapitulated development projects in Sierra Leone that has touched all districts within Sierra Leone and is impacting agriculture, tourism, health, industrial developments and other facets of the lives of Sierra Leoneans in positive ways.
    We are blessed to have EBK as our President.
    Cheers to Cocorioko for the splendid job it is doing in publishing meaningful articles that reports on the core issues of growth and debvelopment in Sierra Leone under EBK.

President Koroma storms Boston and calls on Sierra Leoneans to return home and take advantage of new possibilities

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Headlines,Lead Story,Talking Point |

By KABS KANU :

After a very successful one-day visit to New Jersey where he was overwhelmed by the depth and intensity of love he received from Sierra Leoneans and officials of Franklin Township in Somerset County at the weekend , President Ernest Bai Koroma  yesterday  Sunday September 25 stormed Boston, Massachussetts where he was again given a memorable welcome by Sierra Leoneans residents.

The President, accompanied by the First Lady, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma  and  his delegation to the UN General Assembly was  on a State Visit to Boston as guest  of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick. The Sierra Leonean Community in Massachusetts mobilized to welcome President Koroma at the Boston Marriot Copley hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116 , followed by a  Presidential Reception starting at 5:30 pm prompt.

According to the President of the All People’s Congress ( APC ) Boston Chapter and Vice-Chairman of the APC-NA, Mr. Sallieu Conteh, “The ceremony at the Boston Marriot Copley was put together by members of the Sierra Leone Community, the Society for the Advancement of Sierra Leoneans in Massachusetts (SASLAMA, Inc.), APC New England/Boston Chapters, SLPP, PMDC, Muslim and Christian Organizations in Massachusetts, Tegloma of New England and Individual efforts.”  The event was sponsored by the Akar Auto Inc, the Amistad Committee of New Haven, Connecticut and the 7 Hills Foundation.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was Mr.Francis Thomas jr. Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Chairman of  SASLAMA, Inc.), made the welcome remarks followed by remarks by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , Mr. Bockarie Kortu Stevens . Also making remarks were Senator David Magnani, friend of Sierra Leone and  the Chairman of the AMISTAD Committee of New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Alfred Merder. Greetings to the President and his delegation were provided by Mr. William Hawkins , King Lion of the Lions Organization ; former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. Tom Hull  and Dr. David Jordan of 7 Hills Foundation Project in Bo. A presentation to the First Lady was made by Ms. Geneva Anthony-Barwoh while the Rev. Albert Senessie gave a brief history and the aims and aspirations of SASLAMA, Inc.).  The SASLAMA Organization provides immigration assistance ,funeral benevolence , Life Insurance, educational service assistance , job placement and legal referrals to Sierra Leoneans.

The President and his delegation were then introduced by the Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs, Hon. Alpha Kanu after which President Koroma captivated his audience as usual with an authoritative, inspiring and instructive speech.  President Koroma , after extending thanks and appreciation to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachussetts , organizations and Sierra Leoneans for the great welcome accorded him, gave a comprehensive report about events back home.

President Koroma informed the crowd that his government has created an enabling environment in Sierra Leone for business and investment and said that Sierra Leone now ranks 4th as the easiest country to do business. He spoke about the revival of mining activities and the abundant opportunities now existing in the country’s extractive industries. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to come together and form cooperatives whereby they can go back and take over and run the government corporations that are up for privatization, e.g The Ports Authority, Rokel Bank,SIERRATEL etc. He urged Sierra Leoneans to demonstrate more commitment and patriotism towards their nation. He said that elections time should be the only time for politics when Sierra Leoneans have to elect their leaders but that once the elections are over everybody should join hands to help the government develop the country.

President Koroma assured the crowd that the recent political disturbances in Kono and Bo were being fully investigated by Government and the full force of the law will be brought on anybody found culpable ,  regardless of their positions.

President Koroma acknowledged the fact that many Sierra Leoneans have come to the U.S. and acquired education and skills that would be useful in Sierra Leone. He called on them to come together to form cohesive groups so that they can return home and transfer their education and skills to their country and realize the dream of a Sierra Leone that provides donor support to other countries instead of being a perpetual receiver.

A question-and-answer period then followed during which President Koroma also provided answers to questions of national interest from the audience.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Abdul Sesay.

TODAY, President Koroma will be presented to the State Senate and he will be guest of the Governor of the State of Massachussetts . Also, the Boston/New England combined APC Chapters will present President Koroma a plaque in appreciation of his hard work and commitment to progress in Sierra Leone.

 

 

President Koroma storms Boston and calls on Sierra Leoneans to return home and take advantage of new possibilities

Monday, September 26th, 2011

 

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By KABS KANU :

After a very successful one-day visit to New Jersey where he was overwhelmed by the depth and intensity of love he received from Sierra Leoneans and officials of Franklin Township in Somerset County at the weekend , President Ernest Bai Koroma  yesterday  Sunday September 25 stormed Boston, Massachussetts where he was again given a memorable welcome by Sierra Leoneans residents.

The President, accompanied by the First Lady, Madam Sia Nyama Koroma  and  his delegation to the UN General Assembly was  on a State Visit to Boston as guest  of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick. The Sierra Leonean Community in Massachusetts mobilized to welcome President Koroma at the Boston Marriot Copley hotel, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116 , followed by a  Presidential Reception starting at 5:30 pm prompt.

According to the President of the All People’s Congress ( APC ) Boston Chapter and Vice-Chairman of the APC-NA, Mr. Sallieu Conteh, “The ceremony at the Boston Marriot Copley was put together by members of the Sierra Leone Community, the Society for the Advancement of Sierra Leoneans in Massachusetts (SASLAMA, Inc.), APC New England/Boston Chapters, SLPP, PMDC, Muslim and Christian Organizations in Massachusetts, Tegloma of New England and Individual efforts.”  The event was sponsored by the Akar Auto Inc, the Amistad Committee of New Haven, Connecticut and the 7 Hills Foundation.

The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was Mr.Francis Thomas jr. Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Chairman of  SASLAMA, Inc.), made the welcome remarks followed by remarks by Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States , Mr. Bockarie Kortu Stevens . Also making remarks were Senator David Magnani, friend of Sierra Leone and  the Chairman of the AMISTAD Committee of New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Alfred Merder. Greetings to the President and his delegation were provided by Mr. William Hawkins , King Lion of the Lions Organization ; former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. Tom Hull  and Dr. David Jordan of 7 Hills Foundation Project in Bo. A presentation to the First Lady was made by Ms. Geneva Anthony-Barwoh while the Rev. Albert Senessie gave a brief history and the aims and aspirations of SASLAMA, Inc.).  The SASLAMA Organization provides immigration assistance ,funeral benevolence , Life Insurance, educational service assistance , job placement and legal referrals to Sierra Leoneans.

The President and his delegation were then introduced by the Minister of Presidential and Public Affairs, Hon. Alpha Kanu after which President Koroma captivated his audience as usual with an authoritative, inspiring and instructive speech.  President Koroma , after extending thanks and appreciation to the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachussetts , organizations and Sierra Leoneans for the great welcome accorded him, gave a comprehensive report about events back home.

President Koroma informed the crowd that his government has created an enabling environment in Sierra Leone for business and investment and said that Sierra Leone now ranks 4th as the easiest country to do business. He spoke about the revival of mining activities and the abundant opportunities now existing in the country’s extractive industries. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to come together and form cooperatives whereby they can go back and take over and run the government corporations that are up for privatization, e.g The Ports Authority, Rokel Bank,SIERRATEL etc. He urged Sierra Leoneans to demonstrate more commitment and patriotism towards their nation. He said that elections time should be the only time for politics when Sierra Leoneans have to elect their leaders but that once the elections are over everybody should join hands to help the government develop the country.

President Koroma assured the crowd that the recent political disturbances in Kono and Bo were being fully investigated by Government and the full force of the law will be brought on anybody found culpable ,  regardless of their positions.

President Koroma acknowledged the fact that many Sierra Leoneans have come to the U.S. and acquired education and skills that would be useful in Sierra Leone. He called on them to come together to form cohesive groups so that they can return home and transfer their education and skills to their country and realize the dream of a Sierra Leone that provides donor support to other countries instead of being a perpetual receiver.

A question-and-answer period then followed during which President Koroma also provided answers to questions of national interest from the audience.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr. Abdul Sesay.

TODAY, President Koroma will be presented to the State Senate and he will be guest of the Governor of the State of Massachussetts . Also, the Boston/New England combined APC Chapters will present President Koroma a plaque in appreciation of his hard work and commitment to progress in Sierra Leone.