Posted by Cocorioko Newspaper on March 9, 2011
Sierra Leoneans in New Jersey are putting together a well-knit program that will make for a memorable 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations, one of the organizers told COCORIOKO in an exclusive interview today. Madam Madina Rahman, one of New Jersey’s foremost community activists , disclosed that about 20 organizations and many members of the three leading political parties in Sierra Leone have come together in a national spirit of unity and cohesion to organize the jubilee celebrations. She stated that what is happening in New Jersey is worthy of commendation because all the various organizations and the three parties –The ruling All People’s Congress ( APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) and the People’s Movement For Democratic Change (PMDC) –are working amicably together in a non-partisan spirit to make the 50th Anniversary celebrations one that people will talk about for long .
PHOTO : MADINA RAHMAN
Some of the organizations that have united to organize the program are TEGLOMA, the Sierra Leone American National Organization ( SLANO), the Fulbe organization, the Creole Descendants Union, the Fourah Bay Community , the Foulah Town Comunity, Leone Stars soccer organization, the Sierra Leone Nurses Association and the political parties APC, SLPP and PMDC. They have joined forces with New York organizations to make the celebrations big. Madam Rahman said that planning meetings are held every Friday at the Somerset Fire House in Franklin Township. She praised members of the opposition SLPP and PMDC who, she said, are performing well, along with APC members , in all the committees they have volunteered to serve. Madina Rahman is in charge of the Parade Committee , while Mr.Suliman Kargbo heads the Dance Committee.
So far, New Jersey has planned a parade , cultural program and a dance.
According to the program for the parade given to COCORIOKO by Madam Rahman, the massive Parade will be held on Saturday April 23 , 2011 .It will start midday at Highland Avenue , turn right on to Hamilton Street , left onto Millstone Street to Matilda Avenue and end at the Naaman Williams Park. The cultural show will be held between 2-7pm.
For more information or for food and non-food vendors interested in participating, the following should be contacted :
MADINA RAHMAN : 732- 309-8997 /firstname.lastname@example.org
EFREN DATO : 732-873-2500 Ext. email@example.com
WE WILL BRING YOU DETAILS ON THE DANCE.
MEANWHILE, on April 15, 2011 , the Newark African Commission will be spearheading a honoring program for Sierra Leone to be staged by the City of Newark . The occasion will include a flag-raising program and a Proclamation , to be followed by a luncheon hosted by Mayor Cory Booker and the African Commission. According to one of the organizers, the program will start at 4pm. WE WILL ALSO BRING YOU THE DETAILS LATER.