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"Out of the huts of history's shame, I rise. Up from a past that's rooted in pain, I rise. I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide. Welling and swelling, I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear. I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear. I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave. I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.
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This is so cute! 😘

Sierra Leonean female dancers


Taken in 1968 behind the Sierra Leone Museum in Freetown.


Taken in 1968 behind the Sierra Leone Museum in Freetown.

I pledge my love and loyalty to my country Sierra Leone;
I vow to serve her faithfully at all times;
I promise to defend her honour and good name;
Always work for her unity peace, freedom and prosperity;
And put her interest above all else. So help me God.

Happy 51st Anniversary Sierra Leone!!! April 27th, Independence Day!

On February 18th, the British council will kick off  ‘Opin Yu Yi’ (Open Your Eyes), a 5-day Human Rights Film Festival in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The festival which will coincide with World Social Justice Day and is joint effort between Reuters Videographer Idris Kpange, and Advocaid‘s Executive Director, Sabrina Mahtini.

The documentaries shown will highlight prisoner rights, the death penalty, women’s issues, corruption, and the environment. After “Opin Yu Yi” is launched the festival will move to two additional locations in the City, including the slum community of Kroo Bay and Globe Cinema. These two locations were selected to make the films more accessible to the masses. The first screening at the British Council will target secondary school and college students.

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Salieu Jalloh | Joseph Abboud F/W 2012

"The Cotton Tree is an historic symbol of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. According to legend, the “Cotton Tree” gained importance in 1792 when a group of former African American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, settled the site of modern Freetown. These Black Loyalist settlers, called “Nova Scotians” or “Navitians” in Sierra Leone, founded Freetown on March 11th 1792. According to tradition, they landed on the shoreline and walked up to a giant tree just above the bay and held a thanksgiving service there, gathering around the tree in a large group and praying and singing hymns to thank God for their deliverance to a free land. Its exact age is unknown, but it is known to have existed in 1787."

I appreciate that we get a whole month to acknowledge and celebrate our history but what I don’t appreciate is that we were given the shortest month to do so. But in all things, give thanks. At least we get a month. Some other races don’t get anything at all. I celebrate my race and culture and heritage everyday. Proud African; Sierra Leonean to be exact. I’m happy to have a whole month to celebrate it with other people, other races.

Happy Black History Month to everyone! Celebrate bring Black, celebrate being You!


A tailor in his shop in Africa. They always hung clothes up all around the store, displaying their work.

Old school kerosene lamp. I remember having these back home :)

Old school kerosene lamp. I remember having these back home :)

Market place in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Students of the Annie Walsh Memorial School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. (

Blood Diamonds…

Blood Diamonds…

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Wow, this is amazing! Spoken word performance by Sierra Leonean, Alim Kamara, about the war/terror in Sierra Leone. This was nicely done. Well done!

Verbalizm: Alim Kamara