Calabash_Issue 9 Apr. 2014 - Page 16

business From the curse of ex Brigadier David Lansana’s declaration of marshal law in March ‘67, Sierra Leone became plagued with different scenarios of strife, unrest, coups and counter coups. The worst being the eleven year sobel/ rebel war which brought the country to its knees and sent a large number of Sierra Leoneans rushing for the exit. However, two men with some sense of direction helped create some semblance of peace by accepting the wishes of the people in democratic elections held in 2007 which saw the All Peoples Congress Party and the Peoples Movement for Democracy forming a government. Sandra Floode, President St Joseph’s Ex-pupils Association and Kevin Mcphillips , Owner of Mcphillips Travel Ltd The climax of the 50th Anniversary was the visit of His Excellency the President of Sierra Leone, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma ,and representatives of the Open Government Initiative, a partner in government’s policy for the free flow of information in Sierra Leone’s visit to London. At a well attended meeting of Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora, political parties, functionaries, dignitaries, the business community and friends of Sierra Leone in United Kingdom and beyond held on the 5th of November, 2011 at the Globe Academy in South East London., the President outlined policies adopted by his government since the assumed office. Introducing President Koroma, the Sierra Leone High Commissioner ,Mr Edward Turay described the Sierra Leone leader as a well known personality to the United Kingdom as well as globally who in such a short time in office has transformed Sierra Sia Nyandemo, Daisy Bona, and other guests at Golden Jubilee Celebrations 14 | Calabash Magazine | issue nine