As promised our readers, we bring you the pictorial highlights of the massive 51st Independence Anniversary Celebrations Dance in New Jersey staged by the Sierra Leone Community in New Jersey ( SLCNJ ) on Saturday April 21, 2012.
The dance was held at the Somerset-Bridgewater Hotel on 110 Davidson Avenue in Somerset . It was jammed to capacity and unlike past practices, the music and dancing flowed uninterrupted this time. There were no speeches or side events; just continous dancing to the exhiliarating music. This made the dance one of the most enjoyable ever held in the Garden State. According to officials of SLCNJ, it was decided to make the dance an all -action affair because speeches had already been during the big Parade and carnival held earlier during the day at the Naaman Williams Park in Somerset, NJ. This gave the DJ, Mr. Sly, the opportunity to prove his mettle as he kept dishing out the music that kept the dance floor packed and rocking all night.
SOME OF THE CHIEF PATRONS : FROM LEFT MR. JASABE AND MINISTER KABS-KANU AMONG OTHERS
The Chief Patron of the dance was the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sierra Leone to the United Nations , Hon. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu . The galaxy of distinguished personalities at the dance also included the SLC NJ Chair, Mr. Lamin Alharazim; the Chairman of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) North America, Mr. Jerry George , the President of SLPP New Jersey Mr. Saidu Amara , party stalwarts Mr. Brima Alpha, Mr. Lansana Jasabe, Mr. Suliman Baryoh, and several other officials who will be announced later.
Top members of the ruling All People’s Congress ( APC ) New Jersey, including Mr. Foday Mansaray, Mr. Santigie Koroma, Dr. Abdul Rahman Kamara , Mr. Dauda Bangura , Ms. Susan Bona, Mr. Dauda Mansaray , Ms. Madina Rahman, Alhaji Noah , Mr. Suliman Kargbo and others.
FROM RIGHT : SLPP NA CHIEF JERRY GEORGE AND NJ OFFICIAL BRIMA ALPHA
The youth organization HOPE FOR SALONE officials led by their Chair, Mr. Nabie Tarawallie , Vice-President Albert Lassayo and other officials of the group were in attendance. Also present was the Chair of the SLPP Young Generation, Mr. Hindolo Barnett. The Family Club of New Jersey, an organization in Jersey City, was represented by a 12-man delegation led by their President , Madam Salaymatu Sesay , the Vice-President Ms. Mariatu Sesay, the Social Secretary, Mr. Ballah Kargbo and others. Ibrahim Kargbo of USLO New York was also present as did Mr. Bishop Manages jnr of the Creole Descendants Union. The Fulbe Organization was represented by Mr. Mamadu Jalloh.
TWO OF THE ORGANIZERS -FROM LEFT SUSAN BONA, WHO GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED THE CUISINE AND MS. MADINA RAHMAN
The MC was Madam Mariam Deen, an eloquent and engaging public speaker.
CELEBRANTS ENJOYING THEMSELVES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DANCE
THE JAM-PACKED DANCE FLOOR
SLPP NJ PRESIDENT MR. SAIDU AMARA
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