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NEW BAI BUREH PORTRAIT UNVEILED

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The Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Sierra Leone National Museum and Gary Schulze, an African-American on the 25th May, 2018 unveiled the mural of the great Bai Bureh, one of the illustrious hero of the Hut Tax War of 1898 at the National Museum along Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown.

Mr. Foday Jalloh, Director of Cultural Affairs, served as Chairman of the occasion. In his address, he recalled the historical importance Of Gary Schulze, a Hon. Paramount Chief of Kagboro Chiefdom, on our cultural history.

Mr. Mohamed Jalloh, Director of Tourism in his address maintained that there is need to have more of such attractions for tourists to see; adding that Sierra Leone heritage is not just on Trans-atlantic Slave Trade but also an historical and cultural heritage.

Gary Schulze recalled that a British man once took Bai Bureh’s photo and that very photo has become the new Bai Bureh. He commended Mr. Bangura who drew the portrait of this great hero.

The Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Madam Memunatu B. Pratt thanked Gary on behalf of His Excellency Julius Maada Bio for his keen interest in digging into the history of Sierra Leone.
“We need more Garys in Sierra Leone to champion our cultural history,” the Hon. Minister confirmed. She explained that Bai Bureh signifies a symbol of the first resistance to colonialism.

Meanwhile, Dr. Adonis Abboud, the Serbian Consul, who doubles as the Proprietor of Trans -national Sierra Leone, reiterated that Tourism is the future for Sierra Leone’s economic development.

The Curator of The Sierra Leone National Museum, Madam Josephine Kargbo gave the vote of thanks.

BY: MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM.
MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS

TOURISM MINISTER VISITS MUDSLIDE SITE AT REGENT

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The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt visited the mudslide site at Regent on Friday May 18th, 2018.

The essence of the visit was to observe the present situation in the site after almost two years and with the aim of transforming the mudslide site into a memorial site which will serve as a touristic attraction and also as a place to provide a space for those who lost their relatives during the August 14th 2017 mudslide disaster.

She stated that the visit was also to know how they would be able to explore the possibilities of planting trees through UNOPS at the site.

‘’The site is very important in our history because after the war we were unable to develop a memorial place and we want to promote a touristic attraction area by establishing a park and a memorial site for people to visit’’ the Tourism Minister said. She mentioned that in Rwanda there is a genocide museum where people and tourists can visit to reflect on the ethnic war that led to the mass killing of people in that country.

‘’When you visit New York they will take you to the site where the 9-11 incident took place’’, the Tourism Minister said.

According to the Minister of Tourism, His Excellency ,the President Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio is very much concern that they should be able to transform and translate the site not only as a touristic area but also as a place where people can go and pay homage and respect to the dead.

She added that a prevention Disaster Agency Committee has been set up to work collectively in a bid to proffer solutions to further prevent the reoccurrence of the mudslide disaster at Regent. The minister also disclosed that they are going to embark on a community engagement and sensitization with the people who are still living within Regent for them to relocate to safe areas as climate change has a very huge impact that is unpredictable. She thanked DFID and the World Bank for their support and aid towards their effort of transforming their aspirations for the development of the said site.

In attendance of the visit at the Regent mudslide site were Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Dr.Memunatu Pratt, the Chief Minister Prof. David Francis ,Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Mr. Joseph Ndanema, the Minister of Lands and Country Planning Dr. Dennis Sandy, Environmental Protection Unit (EPA) Madam Jatu Jalloh, UNOPS Representatives, World Bank Representatives, National Association of Certified Tourists Guilds, The Media Units and some representatives of the Regent Community.

The Minister of Lands and Country planning, Dr. Dennis Sandy, said that they wanted the mudslide site to be a dedicated area where people will come and visit in remembrance of their lost families. Dr. Dennis Sandy disclosed that on Monday they will organize a meeting at State House in a bid to map out the way forward to prevent the reoccurrence of such a disaster in the future. He maintained that they were focusing on the issue of mitigating the disaster. ‘’Our visit has sent a message that our government cares’’ Dr. Sandy stated.

 

NEW MINISTER FOR THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS – MRS. MEMUNATU B. PRATT

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NEW MINISTER FOR THE MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS-

 

MRS. MEMUNATU B. PRATT

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs welcomes its new minister in the person of Mrs. Memunatu B.Pratt. Mrs. M.B. Pratt is a professional and long standing lecturer with correct track records in Fourahbay College, University of Sierra Leone, who has a proficient academic background in Research and Peace Building and conflict Studies.  She served as Head of Department for Peace and Conflict Resolution or Management Department. Over the years of serving in the University she also served in various relevant capacity as: Visiting Professor – University of Hiroshima for two years as External Researcher. She furthered her studies in PhD Research-Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Bradford (UK), Master’s Degree with Thesis M.A Library Information and Communication Studies (Fourah Bay College). While serving as Head of department she was opportuned to gain Affiliations as Executive Board Member – The Sierra Herald, Board Member – WANEP-SL. Chairperson Sierra Leone Peace and Cultural Monument, Ministry of Defense and the State and Ministry of Tourism, Monuments and Relics Commission, Vice-Chairman and founding Board Member, ICCO West Africa Regional Board, EU Headquarters, Bamako Mali, Chairperson – Rehabilitation and Development Agency (RADA) Bo Southern Region, Commonwealth Fellow – Distinguished Awardee from the Commonwealth Foundation. Dr. MB. Pratt also served in the capacity as Board Chair for Fambul Tok International. Reaching these heights and services rendered, His Excellency Dr.  Rtd. Brigd. Julius Maada Bio thought it wise and fit to appoint Dr.  Pratt to fully serve in his government as the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.

Upon this, it is now crystal clear that the mantle of responsibility is incumbent upon her to ensure the vision of the president is achieved looking at the highlighted points in the presidential Manifesto, which is a priority to increase revenue, create opportunity for jobs, and raise the tourism and destination profile, to attract tourists and also increase occupancy levels of hotels.

Despite the high potential in the Tourism sector, the tourism sector remains one of the most underdeveloped and underfunded sectors of the economy. The critical challenges include lack of a Master Plan for the development of the sector, weak policy and regulatory framework, limited human capacity, poor, infrastructure as well as unfavorable country image.

In the New Direction, the Minister has been assigned with the duties of laying down proper strategic objectives to increase revenue, provide jobs and promote the cultural heritage of the country.

The specific policy actions will cover:

  • Specifically, improving policy and legal environment will entail reviewing and upgrading all tourism-related laws, regulations and policies to ensure consistency with regional and global best practices, developing a master plan for the tourism sector and establishing a Tourism Information Register (TIR).
  • Must also ensure the administration rehabilitate and develop historic and cultural sites, establish Public-Private Partnership to manage historic sites, at designate tourist attraction areas and provide them with the needed infrastructure including water, electricity and communications and develop tourist infrastructure (such as beach resorts, eco villages and research camps).
  • In the area of promoting marketing and improving the international image of Sierra Leone, the  administration will (i) develop an improved web portal for tourism promotions (ii) participate in international tourist activities and (iii) collaborate with Embassies/Missions to showcase the tourist sites and potentials.
  • In developing skills in tourism, the administration will conduct skills audit of the tourism sector, prepare a Labour Force Development Plan for the Tourism Sector, and upgrade the existing training school for hotel Management, support private colleges pursuing tourism-related disciplines in terms of materials, equipment and staffing and introduce higher education programmes for tourism training.
  • Finally the diversification of tourism products will include adventure tours such as safaris, jungle tours, mountain trekking and support local entrepreneurs to promote tourism-based activities to link with the rural economy, harvest seasons, wildlife, farming practices, art, culture and religions.

On this note, the Management and staff of the National Tourist Board humbly welcome the new Minister and the Board will give all the necessary support in executing these responsibilities. Wish you all the best in this new endeavor.

 

MONUMENT AND RELICS COMMISSION DISCOVERS Chief Mani Sundu’s grave recognized as a National Protected Historic Site. By Mohamed Faray Kargbo

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“National Historic Protected Site-Chief Mani Sundu-1902-1984”

“This plaque placed over his remains by the Monuments and Relics Commission in recognition of his philanthropy.”
This day of our Lord January 19th 2018.

The plaque bearing these words was unveiled by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon Sidie Yahya Tunis to mark the official recognition of late Chief Mani Sundu’s grave as a National Historic Heritage Site on Friday 19th January, 2018 at Sundu Bar junction, Koidu city, Kono District. Not only was the event historic but also colourful as well. A certificate of recognition was also presented to the stakeholders in Kono.

Never before had solemnity and festivity being blended so perfectly in one occasion. The traditional dancers displayed their enviable skills, the school children marched with their banners, the chiefs and traditional leaders poured libation and invoked the spirits, the Minister and his entourage graced the occasion whilst the Mani Sundu family hosted the guests with humility.

Such is the significance of Chief Mani Sundu’s contribution to the regional development of Kono that the Koidu New Sembehun City Council recommended that Sundu Bar junction be renamed Mani Sundu Square.
The school children could not help but grabbed the opportunity to ask the Monuments and Relics Commission to recommend the inclusion of the history of Mani Sundu into the school curriculum.

“The Research/Development Unit of the Commission did an extensive research to verify the claims made by the Sundu family to justify that recognition,” remarked Isatu Smith, Chairperson of the Monuments and Relics Commission.

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Hon Sidie Yahya Tunis had this to say: “This singular act of recognizing this historic asset is an indication that cultural heritage and national development go hand in hand. It is enough to bring tourists to this part of the country and boost the local economy. We will remain restless until cultural tourism and ecotourism become an integral part of our development agenda.”

Sahr Sundu,the eldest son of late Chief Mani Sundu expressed gratitude whilst encouraging other families to seize the opportunity to get their indigenous heroes recognized by the MRC.

The event, first of its kind in the history of Kono district, was witnessed by various personalities from the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board, the Sierra Leone National and Railway Museums, Paramount Chiefs in Kono, the Monuments and Relics Commission, the media, the Sundu family.

HISTORY OF CHIEF MANI SUNDU- 1902-1984

Chief Mani Sundu was an indigenous pioneer Kono businessman, diamond dealer, people’s banker, philanthropist, Master Farmer, and property developer, owner of Mani Sundu Buildings in Koidu city and Town Chief of Yigbeda/Manjama, Soa Chiefdom.

He was born at Kamadu Village in Soa Chiefdom, Kono District in 1902 and died on the 2nd July, 1984 aged 82 years. His father Kpakuwa was a fearless warrior. Chief Mani Sundu was a revered hunter and marksman (shot birds in the air) a feat he was widely recognized for.

The most striking quality of this historical figure was his rise from the bottom as servant for the District Officers in the Colonial era to become the richest Kono man of his era.
After his tenure at the District Commissioner’s Kitchen, he went into business as a grassroots trader and subsequently diversified his business ventures. During his tenure at the District Barracks, he witnessed first-hand the yearly gruesome communal labour of the Kono people carrying bundles of thatched palms from very distant Kono country to roof the Colonial Offices and Quarters.

Chief Sundu’s philanthropic feat of voluntarily changing the thatched roofs of the District Officers’ Barracks to corrugated iron sheets remains one of the greatest achievements ever in the history of Kono. Additionally, Pa Mani Sundu has a legacy of developing settlements in Kono District including Bendu 2, Tombodu, Kamara Chiefdom, Kissy Town boundary in Gbense Chiefdom and Bullom where City Council Offices are, and the Gbense Chiefdom Council Offices.

Chief Mani Sundu strategically positioned himself to enhance the socio-economic and cultural life of his people as evident in the many diversified business endeavours he pursued. He was instrumental in setting the pace for the present weekly trade fairs at Manjama/Yigbeda in Soa Chiefdom and Komba-Yendeh in Lei Chiefdom respectively.
His legacies abound in the Kono District and even beyond.

For further information: Please contact
The Education and Outreach Unit
Monuments and Relics Commission
23 Pultney Street, Freetown
+232 76 387711
www.mrcsl.org
info@mrcsl.org

RE-BRANDING OF SIERRA LEONE TO THE NORDIC COUNTRIES

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The National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone ( NTB), has been doing tremendously well in terms of Rebranding of Sierra Leone across the globe, in order to ensure that, the positive name of the Country is amplified and projected.

Collaboratively, the NTB has been partnering with different organisations and individuals who has the potential of helping to achieve this main aim.

Apparently, Ismeal Kargbo, a Sierra Leonean who has lived in one of the Nordic countries, Sweden to be specific, has decided to join forces with the NTB, in order to ensure that, Sierra Leone is aggressively marketed to these countries and also derive income from them.

On Tuesday, 16th January 2018, Mr. Ismeal Kargbo met with high personalities in the Tourism Industry including senior staffers of the NTB and Hoteliers at the Board Room of the NTB where he expounded through power point presentation the benefits Sierra Leone stands to gain from the Nordic countries. He illustrated all the compendium of things Swedes are looking for in a country before visiting that country.

In his response, the General Manager of the NTB, Mr Yassin Kolleh Kargbo, extolled, Mr. Ismeal Kargbo for his laudable venture and innovative idea which is geared towards developing the Tourism Industry and by extention Sierra Leone. He called on all Sierra Leoneans to emulate the same.

Meaningful contributions were made by senior management Staff of the NTB such as the Deputy General Manager, Madam Fatmata Abe-Osagie, Planning and Product Development Manager, Mr. Umaru Woody, Marketing Manager, Madam Lucinda Mariam Kargbo, License, Classification and Quality Control Manager, Mr. Abrahim Turay which was buttressed by the Hoteliers.

Nordic countries are a group of countries in Northern Europe . These countries include Denmark , Finland ,Iceland , Sweden , Norway, and the territories of the Aland Islands and the Faroe Islands . Though often
confused as such, Scandinavia is not equivalent to the Nordic countries. Scandinavia is a peninsula
while the Nordic countries are recognized states. Sweden and Norway (and a small part of Finland) rest on the Scandinavian peninsula. Scandinavia and Finland together belong to a larger peninsula. Fennoscandia Finns speak a non-Germanic language.
Nordic countries have similar state, law and culture. Historically, Nordic countries have maintained close
connections. Nordic countries are primarily socialist democracies. Nordic countries have some political
cooperation, such as the Nordic council . Cooperation with a larger group, the European Union, makes
the Nordic cooperation even smaller.
Nordic countries have long, cold winters with warm days in the summer, but only a small part of
Northern Norway and approximately half of Iceland is arctic .
Of late, many Nordic countries have been facing issues with immigration, mainly Sweden. Their relaxed
immigration policy has allowed many Middle Easterners to seek refuge from their war-torn countries
there.

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