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President Declares Friday As ‘Sierra Leonean culture Day’
By Abdul Karim Kabia
Oct 13, 2008, 12:19
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President Ernest Bai Koroma on Friday 10th October 2008 declared that every Friday should be a day of Sierra Leonean culture when all Sierra Leoneans must wear Sierra Leonean attire, eat Sierra Leonean food and dance to Sierra Leonean music.

"Our cultural renaissance will enhance the rebranding of our nation. It will rekindle faith in our abilities, generate revenue for our people and enliven our streets with the colours of our heritage," President Koroma said at the Chamber of Parliament Building, Tower Hill in Freetown while addressing parliamentarians during the State Opening of Parliament.

Speaking on the need to revitalize the country’s culture, President Koroma says Sierra Leone’s culture is the mark of the citizens’ identity.

"It is an inheritance from our forefathers that must be enhanced for transmission to the future generation," he emphasized, urging that people should dedicate themselves to utilizing the rich cultural heritage of the country.

"Let us dedicate ourselves to utilizing our rich cultural heritage; let us make a pledge to enliven our society with the dazzling traditions of Africana on Friday," the President said, adding that Sierra Leonean music is once more popular in most places but much is needed to be done to improve the present situation.

Ernest Koroma also called on Sierra Leonean writers to write the country’s stories and bring alive the souls of the people.

He says the country’s fashion designers should start a process of creating the Sierra Leonean wear for convocations, parades, thanksgivings and anniversaries.

"Let us not only wear Africana, but a Leona, or a Sierra; the Ronkos of Koinadugu, the Kondee gulay of Bo and Kailahun, the Gara of Makeni, the Gabaslot of the Western Area," President Koroma says, while emphasizing that Sierra Leoneans should put Friday aside for wearing Sierra Leonean attire.

His Excellency also called on the musicians and producers to get on the Shegureh, the Balanji, the Kondi, the Kili and the Bata.

"Energies the Bubu, the Gombay and the Poromende. Revive the Ambasgeda and the Alimania; recall the music of Calenda, Salia and Bassie Kondie," the President emphasized, adding "my call to artists is to choreograph the Sierra Leonean dance. My call to our writers is to write the Sierra Leonean stories and bring alive the souls of our people."

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