By KABS KANU :

The Rose Hill Campus of the prestigious Fordham University at the Bronx , New York, vibrated with Sierra Leone-styled festivities on Wednesday April 27 when the Union of Sierra Leonean Organizations (USLO) launched the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations on New York.

Moderated by two remarkable ladies, Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith , an assistant professor at City College of  City University of New York and Dr. Wilma Jones, a professor and Chief Librarian of the College of Staten Island, the occasion was rich not only in cultural activities but  inspiring speeches from a wide range of distinguished personalities, including Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Shekou Touray , the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative Sir Mark Lyall Grant, Commissioner Fatima Shama of the New York City Office of Immigration Affairs , Community leader Mr.Sidique Wai, Film makers Madams Melonie Kastman and layna Fisher ,  Health Care specialist planning to work with pregnant and suckling mothers in Sierra Leone, Dr. W. Susanna Dodgson ; Messrs Donald George and Gregory Belanger of AMISTAD America.Inc, Dr. Mark Naison of Fordham University , the Asantefuohene of New York , Nana Okokyenedom Acheampong -Tieku, who arrived with his courtiers, golden stool and accompanied by the Queen Mother Nana Afuah Bemah; the founder of the Sierra Big Apple Football Club, Mr. Sentu Johnson, the Chair of NOSLINA, Mr. Melbourne Garber and the President of USLO, Mr. Ahmed Kargbo. We have already published the statement by Ambassador Shekou Toure .We will bring you statements by the British Permanent Representative and some of the speakers.

THE CROWD THAT ATTENDED THE USLO EVENT

There was a soukous musical performance by three young girls belonging to Diamond Remedies and a cultural performance by Mr. Oriss Papa O Kamara , but the most dramatic moment came when it was announced that Tegloma would be presenting a show and all women should leave the hall. In a country where women’s rights and the participation of women in social and political events are almost a religion of their own, the instruction was puzzling. But the riddle was solved when the women danced in later with a Bondo Devil of the female secret society of Sierra Leone variously referred to as Sande or Bondo. The Bondo devil and supporters kept the crowd at the edge of their seats with their exciting native dancing.

USLO PRESIDENT AHMED KARGBO AND DR. AKINSULURE- SMITH

The jampacked program was attended by diplomats, academics, distinguished personalities and nationals of some African countries. After all the speeches , cultural performances and dinner, it was party time with DJ Eric Sam Kabba dishing out some thrilling Sierra Leonean music which spurred ecstatic scenes of revelry and dancing.

WE WILL BRING YOU PART 2 OF THIS STORY WHICH WILL CONTAIN THE SPEECHES AND MORE PHOTOS

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