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business Mr Turay’s assumption of office in 2010, the High Commission won the African Category of the Ben TV Diplomatic Awards 2010. This was for Diaspora Growth, Development and Involvement; and Good Customer Services at the High Commission; Promoting the country image abroad and the Country’s Human Development. Early this year 2012, the High Commissioner was invited to launch a special event on Reanimating Cultural Heritage and Development of Sierra Leone, a booster for tourism in the country The march to Independence started in 1960 when Sir Milton Margai was appointed the first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone. At the conclusion conference held at Lancaster House in London, where the modalities to grant Independent status to Sierra Leone were set out, the Secretary of State for the colonies of West Africa at the time Mr Iain McLeod, after signing the Instruments paving the way for the country’s Independence said, ‘ By signing this report I am so happy to speak registering the birth of an Independent Sierra Leone, which has been a friend of the British for 150 years and Leah Hammler and Dr Jumoke @SL 50th Anniversay-Porchester Hall Foreign dignataries at the Golden Jubilee most of us who have taken part in the talks see no reason why we should not remain close friends for many years to come’ To this, Sierra Leone’s first Prime Minister said, ‘ This indeed is a memorable day, we have been able to discuss things with friendship and cordiality and we will never be in a position to let you regret what you have done and Sierra Leone will forever be friends of Britain. It may be recalled that there were a few dissenting voices among members of the Sierra Leone delegation at the conference which resulted in some political activists marking the lowering of the Union Jack and the hoisting of the Green White and Blue on the 27th of April 1961 from their Prison cells. From 1961 to 1974, the country enjoyed an atmosphere of uneasy calm because of the cool and calculated nature of the first Prime Minister. But when Sir Milton Margai died in 1964, the boat quickly drifted into turbulent waters with his younger brother, Sir Albert, at the helm. Mamadu Guests at SL Golden Jubilee Anniversary issue nine | Calabash Magazine | 13