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TOMORROW IS SIERRA LEONE’S DAY IN NEW JERSEY

As the planning committee puts final finishing touches on arrangements ahead of tomorrow’s massive  51st .Independence Anniversary parade and dance, the public works  employees were busy hanging the Sierra Leone flags along the Parade route , signaling the beginning of the long -awaited day.
HAMILTON STREET, ONE OF THE PRINCIPAL STREETS OF SOMERSET , WITH SIERRA LEONE FLAGS FLYING
Speaking to the Chairman,  Mr Lamin Alharazim this morning, he was humble and thankful to all those who had worked so hard to see this come to pass. Dr Abdul  Rahman Kamara,  one of the organizers of the event , who also doubles as President of Sarbeh Inc,  will lay the groundwork, hopes and aspirations in his message tomorrow highlighting the short and long term visions of this Organization . Dr Kamara commented briefly that it is high time we move this community towards economic empowerment . Mr. Mansaray agrees with him that it will be the one thing that will complement growth and development in our communities here in the United States and back home.
The Chairman, Mr Lamin Alharazim,  concluded by saying  that the planning committee over the past two years has been diverse and composed of representatives across the board. He named  a few of the representatives from about twenty organizations that make up  SLCNJ  and represented by Dr. Abdul  Rahman Kamara, Dauda Bangura, Mr Melborne Garber , famed historical research and Structural Engineer who also doubles as President of NOSLINA; President of the Prince of Wales Old Student Association and so many others organizations  ; Mr. Rudolph Jackson , Dr. John Samba, Mr Jerry George, Ms. Susan Bona , Madina Rahman,  Mr Chernor Abdulai Ben Jalloh,  Mr Allieu Badara Kamara ,  Mr Jerry George, Ishmeal Taylor kamara,  Mr Busari Savage,  our own producer and movie director, Mr Abdul Gabisi,   our indefatiguable Secretary General who is currenlty nursing a broken leg due to an  automobile accident last week,; Mr Sulaiman Kargbo, Mr Mr Sulaiman  Bayoh, Mr Ibrahim koroma,  Mr Sanusi kargbo , Mr Dauda Jawara Mansaray and Hope for Salone-(the youth wing of the organization) who has been very instrumental in many ways to  keep our youths together and in check ; Alhaji Ibrahim Conteh, Imam of DAWATUL ISLAMIA (Alhaji Conteh is a foundation committee of  Sierra Leoneans’  first Islamic Center in New Jersey some twenty five years ago );  Alhaji Ibrahim  is a strong advocate for SLCNJ to take the initiative of togetherness for the betterment of Sierra Leoneans

Among the long list of dignitaries and invited guests heading to the Garden State this Saturday April 21st , 2012, 12 PM PROMPT  are Officials of Sierra Leone Embassy in Washington DC and also from the Sierra Leone Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Notable members of the delegation will be local resident and former teacher at Franklin High school, the Publisher of Cocorioko.net newspaper  and now Minister Plenipotentiary and Coordinator of the African Union Committee of 10 African States on UN Security Council  representing Sierra Leone at the United Nations, H.E. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu .  Among the expected high – powered invited guests will be include  the Surprise Grand Marshalls –  two well known members of our  community and around the world ( Guess who ? )
Mr. David Vandi of Voice of America will be our guest for the event and  keynote speaker for the Parade.
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Other very important guests  in attendance will be Sierra Leone Policy Watch founder Mr. Jesmed Sumah.  We will also have in our midst Madam Sarah Gulama , a  deserving , accomplished and yet humble woman ;  Famed Musicians Abu Whyte,  Salone Ismeal,  BIG RAY, SIDIKIE JABATEH ,PAPA O, D.J Sly and the entire crew at SLM-TV. We are also expecting the seasoned Performer, Professor  and lecturer,  Prof. Richmond Garrick.  Also expected to attend is Alhaji Saramadi Kabba, formerly of the Sierra Leone Daily Mail . The entire event will be captured on camera and Video,  thanks to the professional services of our camera man, Mr. Ahmad Mustapha.
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Other dignitaries will include local council and state official, the President and members of Newark African Commission, a full delegation from the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in New York State , headed by President Mr Ahmed Deen Kargbo .
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Also ,  an array of different cultural groups will be in attendance to grace the occasion and to entertain us to the best of our satisfaction.  We will also have  our cultural experts in the planning committee Messrs Busari Savage and The big-man himself  and former detective BB,   formerly of the Sierra Leone Police. Also on our invited list is the anointed Man of God,  soon to be Bishop , the right Rev. Emmanuel Kuyateh, Bishop PNK Manages, Ms Agnes Banya,  a Clergy and community elder, Mr Alusine Deen- President American and Africa friendship society , BOSTON   and so many others individuals and organizations .
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We will be bring you live  our Parade route , COURTESY OF SLMTV AND ITS PRODUCERS AND SPONSORS .
Keep a date with this newspaper .
Written by  Foday Mansaray
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP , SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY
ABDUL HARDY GABISI
SECRETARY GENERAL
SLCNJ

 

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FLASHBACK : LAST YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS

Culled from Cocorioko

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The world at their feet : New Jerseyans stage what is being described as best jubilee

celebrations so far

 

April 24, 2011 | Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Headlines | Posted by: 

 

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By KABS KANU :

 

Whenever Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey  get together to stage a function, it often turns out to be the best. When President Ernest Koroma, who was then opposition leader , brought his electioneering sensitization and campaign programs to the United States between 2004 and 2006, it was New Jerseyans that  provided the best rallies and dinners where the then aspiring President’s blueprint for the present transformation of Sierra Leone was showcased to the whole world. It was in New Jersey that the erstwhile opposition leader conducted his first newspaper interview about his plans and dreams for Sierra Leone. It was New Jersey that staged the first town meeting where President Koroma stirred hundreds of Sierra Leoneans about the marvellous changes taking place in the country under his leadership.

 

 

LAMIN ALHARAZIM : CHAIR OF THE PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

It was in New Jersey that political experts saw the tremendous and magnificent outpouring of  passion and enthusiasm for the future leader of Sierra Leone that they predicted that “This man is headed for glory :The next time he talks to Sierra Leoneans , he might do so from the throne at State House ! !” . Even outside the political sphere, New Jerseyans have staged the best Sierra Leonean weddings and birthday sessions in the United States.

 

 

SIERRA LEONE PRIDE IS CELEBRATED IN NEW JERSEY AS ORGANIZERS DANCE ON THE STAGE DURING THE PICNIC AS ABOU WHYTE OF ORCHESTRE MUYEI FAME ROCKS THE CROWD

 

Yesterday, living up to their billing as perhaps the best organizers of social functions, Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey had the world at their feet as they staged what is being described as perhaps the best 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations so far in Continental USA. As people who were absent from yesteday’s celebrations in New Jersey are being told, they missed the treat of a lifetime. They missed seeing history being made right under their noses .

 

 

MADINA RAHMAN AND ALLIE BADARA KAMARA

 

The Sierra Leone Community has established an amazing and fascinating foothold in New Jersey, which admittedly in the past was the land of their afflictions ,  a strange country where they arrived to pursue ambitions of self-advancement and had to work  the soles of their feet off to establish themselves.  Today, many of them are contributing brilliantly to the socio-economic and political development of New Jersey. Today, they have moved a significant step up by having  the national flag of Sierra Leone  flying high in the state and there is a proclamation that has made every April 27 Sierra Leone’s Day in New Jersey. Things cannot get any better  than this for Sierra Leone in New Jersey and anybody who loves his/her country and is proud of her nation should have been there.

 

 

The Independence Anniversary Parade and Picnic overcame earlier threats  of disruption by pouring rain ( It ceased later ) to become a celebration of epic proportions with Sierra Leonean organizers  making their fellow citizens proud of their nation once more .We have our differences in New Jersey but  such differences must never stop us from giving credit where credit is due. Tears of pride and joy came to my eyes yesterday morning when I drove through Franklin and saw the green-white-and-blue national flag of Sierra Leone proudly flying aloft in the cool, crisp wind  on many poles of the business street of Central New Jersey–Hamilton Street. One of the organizers, Mr. Foday Mansaray, told COCORIOKO : “I mobilized some young boys to work with me and hang all those flags on the streets last night . We wanted today to be truly Sierra Leone’s Day in New Jersey and we succeeded ”

 

 

THE PARTY WAS SO CROWDED THAT YOUNG GIRLS HAD TO SIT AT THE EDGE OF THE STAGE

 

A  fresher at Fourah Bay College in 1972  emotionally lost it all while describing the enjoyment on Mount Aureol in the FBC of old glory when asked to describe life on the campus . He told the AUREOL TIMES : “It is a kaleidoscope of endless varieties  ! ! ” So was it in New Jersey yesterday. It was a kaleidoscope of endless varieties. From the parade to the Picnic and cultural show to the big dance in the night, New Jerseyans delivered a 50th Independence Anniversary classic that will not be easily surpassed by other states.

 

 

THE CROWDED PICNIC AND CULTURAL SHOW

 

No wonder organizers , the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr. Lamin Alharazim; his deputy , my former classmate  at CKC, Bo from Forms 1-5 , Mr. Joe N’gaojia ; Madam Madina Rahman , Susan Bona, Khadi Sillah, Messrs Abdul Hardy Gabisi, Mohamed Aziz Nabe,  Busairi Savage, Jerry George,  Sanusi Kamara, Suliman Kargbo , Dr. Abdul Rahman  Kamara, Foday Mansaray, Dauda Shekou Bangura, Alhaji  Allie Badara Kamara   were on top of the world during yesterday’s memorable programs. They deserved to be , because they successfully organized an occasion which has put Sierra Leone on the map in America.

 

 

‘HUNTING DEBUL’  AND SUPPORTERS DANCING AT THE PICNIC

 

Thankfully, COCORIOKO  is producing a  video documentary of yesterday’s events which will help to keep these functions fresh in the minds of Sierra Leone and for children yet unborn to see how their predecessors created whatever benefits will emerge from the establishment of a Sierra Leonean constituency through these jubilee celebrations in New Jersey.

 

 

SOME OF THE ORGANIZERS : FROM LEFT ; JOE NGAOJIA , MADINA RAHMAN AND DAUDA BANGURA

 

As for the dance, it was one of the most jampacked occasions ever in New Jersey. The hall was so crowded that there was hardly elbow room. Young girls had to sit on each others’ laps or on the base of the stage. The patron tables on the big stage were all filled up and you had to time your steps to avoid treading on the feet of other people. The last time I saw such a jam session was during those frenetic and memorable nights at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre during freshers’ dances at FBC. The music was exhiliarating and kept the holiday crowd on its feet constantly. Everybody was in jubilant mood and it was one celebration they will never forget.

 

Yesterday’s events cannot  be effectively described in a single article and so COCORIOKO will produce its reports in series, covering the Flag-raising ceremonies in Franklin Township and Newark , the Parade and Picnic and the big dance. Keep a date with Sierra Leone’s biggest and most widely read newspapers. Also watch our pictorial display in series too.

 

 

SUSAN BONA AND HADJA POSE FOR COCORIOKO

 

 

SULIMAN KARGBO

 

* If you helped to organize these programs and your name is not mentioned ,please do not despair. All of you will be featured.

 

 

FROM LEFT : FODAY MANSARAY AND BEN JALLOH

 

BELOW : SANUSI KAMARA

 

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