This Is Dee

"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


Sometimes as Christians we wonder why ‘good’ people have to die? Sometimes we question God when tragedies take place in the world because it seems as if it’s unfair that these things happen to normal people just like you and me. A flight within a country lasting only 45 minutes turned into a tragedy killing over 190 people. It’s a very sad situation but things like this make me appreciate the fact that I’m still alive today because I am no better than the people on that plane. Neither do I deserve to be here today any more than any of them, it’s only by God’s grace that we are all still alive today. We take a lot of simple, everyday things for granted such as waking up in the morning. But things like these are a gift from God, they are blessings which we should embrace and take upon ourselves to at least say ‘Thank-you’. I pray that God will comfort the families of those in Nigeria. It’s sad to see something like this happening in one of the countries I hold as heritage but I truly believe that we should never blame God for what happens in life. God is good. Sometimes things happen which we can’t explain, but God knows why.

May their souls R.I.P.

Youssou N’dour - Birima

Angelique Kidjo - Wombo Lombo

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!


Cassava Leaves

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One of my favourite songs by Asa, Fire On The Mountain. Listen to the message in this song.

Hey Mr. soldier man, tomorrow is the day you go to war
But you are fighting for another man’s ‘cause and you don’t even know him

What did they say to make you so blind to your conscience and reason?
Could it be love for your country or for the gun you use in killing?

So there is fire on the mountain and nobody seems to be on the run
Oh there is fire on the mountain top and no one is a’ running.

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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Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson. Beautiful.

Photographer: Moussa Moussa
Stylist: Ezinne Chinkata
Make-up: Banke Mashida Lawal for BMPro
Hair: Bayo for Gorgeous

Mansa Sissoko, Malian Kora player and Griot.

Mansa Sissoko, Malian Kora player and Griot.

Becca - Push ft King Ayisoba & Trigmatic

Market place in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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

A woman from the Dseu Renaissance de Pikine theater group wearing traditional Toukouleur make-up and chewing a stick toothbrush waits for rehearsal to begin at a local community center at the slum neighborhood of Pikine in Senegal’s capital Dakar

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