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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.


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


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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



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Present day Sierra Leone, women are been empowered hence appointed to higher public positions of trust where they are performing exceptionally well.

One typical example of these iron ladies making all females in Sierra Leone and the World over very proud is Madam Fatmata Abe-Osagie, who happens to be the Deputy General Manager of the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone (NTB). Her outstanding performer and unique contribution in the tourism industry and towards the development of Sierra Leone cannot be overemphasized.

Her proven track record is a clear testament that, women should be given more powers and should also be trusted with the mantle of leadership of this country. “What a man can do, a woman  can do even better”.

Professionally, Madam DGM has adequately and positively represented this country in different fora both National and International in the process robustly making Sierra Leone to the wider world.

Apparently, she is in Bonn, east of Germany for the second phrase of the Paris agreement on climate change where she is a member of the committee coordinating meeting on the global stock taking of the implementation of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement (French: Accord de Paris), is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020.


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Situated at the outskirt of Makeni city, at #258 Makeni – Magburaka highway, with an eco-friendly and wide serene environment, Makambo Village Resort is ideal for camping, business adventure meets and leisure lodging which virtually offers the customers an array of unique attention and pleasure while having the perfect opportunity to access a panoramic view of sweeping and varieties of flora and fauna as the establishment’s garden possesses it all.

The resort has 28 standard bedrooms in all of which 4 of them are Executive suites, 2 Conference rooms, a Restaurant, a spacious car park which can accommodate over 100 cars at once, a beautiful wide Garden, 2 giant standby generators, a Bar and a Borehole for consistent water supply.

Security and Sanitation are highly prioritized at the resort which also offers 24/7 electricity and so much other facilities to all it’s valuable customers.


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Makama Lodge Hotel is located at No.3 Conteh drive off Aginoled street, Makama in Makeni City, Northern Sierra Leone. With 20 Presidential Suites, 23 Standard rooms, 2 Conference rooms and a Restaurant, Makama Lodge Hotel has circa one of the most outstanding and sophisticated edifices and facilities in Makeni city.

The establishment offers its precious customers 24/7 electricity and pipe born water supply, hot and cold water facility in all the self contained rooms, breakfast, 24/7 electricity supply, laundry service and strong internetaccessibility coupled with all types of dishes.


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Introducing the Best Hospitality in Makeni City and the entire Northern Region.

Mommy’s Lodge at #6 off Magburaka highway, opposite Arabic Clinic is arguably the establishment that offers the best hospitality in Makeni City and even beyond.

Mommy’s Lodge, offers it’s precious customers all type of exotic dishes including, Continental, African, European, Chinese, Lebanese and American. The Lodge guarantees its customers 24/7 Security, Electricity, running pipe borne water, strong internet accessibility and laundry facility.

Of course, in order to ensure that, guests adequately and efficiently enjoys its eco-friendly, clean, serene, beautiful and exquisite fully fenced compound, Mommy’s Lodge has prioritized *Security and Sanitation* which have seen the establishment record hundreds and thousands of guests since it started full operations three(3) months ago.

There are *Executive suites and Standard rooms* of international standards for a minimal and affordable price per night. Mommy’s Lodge also has a state-of-the-art conference room and restaurant.

Mr. Mahmoud Koroma, a vibrant young Sierra Leonean Entrepreneur is the proud business owner of Mommy’s Lodge. He is a reservoir of knowledge who has done exceptionally well in all the various entities he has worked upon graduating from University with distinction. “I am a passionate young Sierra Leonan who is very much eager to see my country develop, and that is more so, I choose to be an entrepreneur having many other businesses through which I will be able to augment value on my country’s economy. I hereby call on all my young compatriots to emulate such developmental oriented habits for the betterment of our dearest beloved motherland” he told this writer while wearing a beaming smile.

Apparently, Mommy’s Lodge is virtually your *home from home* in terms of *service delivery and high standards*



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It’s not a mistake for the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to rate Sierra Leone as the fastest growing tourist destination in the world with a remarkable and ground breaking percentage of 310%, which is due to the quadrupling of Sierra Leone in terms of tourism and leapfrogging many nations to the top.

Patriotically, the sprawling developmental achievements in the tourism industry of Sierra Leone is as a result of the relentless and tireless efforts of the formidable managements of the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone(NTB) and it’s line ministry, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs(MTCA), which has immensely contributed to the socioeconomic development of the country as well as employment for thousands of Sierra Leoneans more especially the youths.

Apparently, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs with its two subverted agencies, the National Tourist Board and the Monuments and Relics Commission are participating in an international marketing trade fair and exhibition in Paris, France.

The International French Tourism Market (IFTM) Top Resa Exhibitions will commence on the 26th and ends on the 29th September, 2017. Many countries and tourism agencies are participating, selling their nations or products and services to attract tourists and businesses to people from all over the world. The events attracts participants from nations in Africa, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas.

An estimated 31,000 visitors are expected to participate. These include travelling journalists, tourists, heritage protection agencies, countries and many others.

This is the second time in recent years that Sierra Leone is taking part in this world class tourism marketing. It is expected that the events will attract many more tourists into Sierra Leone. This will undoubtedly translate to economic development.

Read more in subsequent editions!!


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Nice Ice Cream is the best Italian Ice Cream in Sierra Leone which is manufactured under strict hygienic conditions with sophisticated and state-of-the-art machinery operated by professional staff.

Nice Ice Cream shop is opened to the public 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The shop is well equipped with beautiful decors, 24/7 CCTV Cameras operation, and Security Personnel.

Visit Nice Ice Cream Shop and have your Cup or Cone of Ice Cream for a minimal amount. There are varieties of delicious flavors, such as Vanilla, Strawberry, and Chocolate. See you at the Number one(1) Ice cream Shop in the country.


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Tourism in Sierra Leone is getting better day in and day out with the HOSPITALITY SECTOR which includes, the Hotels, Restaurants, Nightclubs, Pubs, Casinos and Bars are all upgrading in their facilities and quality of service delivery every time of the day so as to fit the comfort of Customers and Maintain International standards.

One of the Hotels that is presently doing extremely well in terms of living up to expectations of the Customers as well as meeting the standards set by the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone (THE REGULATORY BODY), is the FAMILY KINGDOM RESORT.

THE FAMILY KINGDOM RESORT is situated at a Strategic location which happens to be one of the major touristic sites in the Country, LUMLEY BEACH ROAD, ABERDEEN IN FREETOWN.

THE FAMILY KINGDOM RESORT offers varieties of facilities to customers in order to suit their comforts. The Establishment is situated in a fully fenced Compound with a FOUR (4) STAR HOTEL of Ninety (97 ) spacious Bed rooms and Seventeen (17) Rooms, a Fanfare Ground (Play Ground) a Gymnasium, A Swimming pool, A Modern Restaurant and different other Beautiful Structures.

The Hotel offers one of the Best Hospitality, reminiscence to that of First World Countries. At the Family Kingdom, every Customer is entitled to FREE BREAKFAST, FREE LAUNDRY AND FREE INTERNET.

Each BED ROOM has a rest room, a dining room, a kitchen, One Air Conditioner, Sattelite and TV, Fridge, Microwave, Hot and Cold Showers and 24/7 uninterrupted Water and Electricity supply.

Family Kingdom Resort is one of the entities upholding the *Local Content Policy* , over 90 Sierra Leoneans are gainfully employed by the Family Kingdom Resort with their NASSIT and NRA fully paid. The Establishment is one of those adhering to all the compliances of the Government of Sierra Leone in terms tax payment and the likes.

Due to its Outstanding Quality Service Delivery, the Family Kingdom Resort has garnered plethora of National and International Accolades, just recently, it has been labeled as the *NGO HOTEL*, because, most of the Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Lodgings and all forms of other Bookings of the many NGOs in this Country are done at the Family Kingdom Resort.

“We do everything in order to ensure that, our customers acquire the maximum satisfaction they deserve, also to let you know that at the FAMILY KINGDOM RESORT Security is at its Best, there are CCTV cameras installed all over the compound, we also have security personnel deployed right around the Compound during the day as well as at night” opined Mr. M. EL Makkaoui, Manager, Family Kingdom Resort.



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The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs ( MTCA ), Honorable Sidie Yayah Tunis, has expressed his deepest satisfaction on  cooperation between him and staff of his Ministry and Management of it’s two subvented Agencies, the National Tourist Board of Sierra Leone ( NTB), and the Monuments and Relics Commission (MRC) “I can Boast of having the Best Management in the Country, all the staff at my Ministry, the Management of the NTB and MRC are very much cooperative and understanding, that is why Tourism is at it’s trajectory height in the Country, a peak this country had never experienced before, this is as a result of the synergies we have formed in the Tourism Industry” the Minister stated.

He furthered that, as a Young Dynamic and Result Oriented Minister who is militating in favour of President Ernest Bai Koroma ‘s Agenda for Prosperity and also towards the Development of Tourism in the Country, he will do everything within his powers to ensure that Sierra Leone becomes the Hub of Tourism not only in Africa but the World Over, adding that “I am hereby calling on all MDAs across the Country to emulate by positive theorem (foot steps), we can only help H.E Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma achieve His dream of making Sierra Leone a Paradise when we work amicably with our Deputies, Staff and Management in our different institutions” he noted.

The Minister made this statement on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at the Foyer of the NTB, while addressing the Media, staff of NTB and Sierra Leone Red Cross Society on the ground breaking partnership between the NTB and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society which resulted to a perfect gentle man’s agreement over three (3) Boats with one hundred and fifty (150) horse powers each to bolster domistic tourism and uncover the beauty of Sierra Leone ‘s Riverine.

The Honorable Minister onbehave of the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma received the three (3) Boats and expressed his profound thanks and appreciations to the entire Management of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, and rained praises on the General Manager of the NTB, Mr. Yassin Kolleh Kargbo for the facilitation of the process ” I have the best General Manager in the World, He is very hard working and innovative, he is working day in and day out for the development of Tourism in the Country, I can never ask for a better GM” he eulogised.

He furthered that, Tourism has been placed under Pillar One (1) called the “THE GROWTH PILLAR” of the *Agenda for Prosperity*, this is because, there are enormous potentials in the Tourism Industry, explaining that “most of our beautiful and touristic sites are found within our riverine areas and we will use these Boasts to reveal these places to the entire world through explorations and excursions, since I assumed office as the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, I have approached various MDAs for help and this is really yielding dividend, by the time we reaches December, Tourism will Propondrant all other sectors in the country” the Minister stated, he concluded that, “since we are in the low season (rainy season), the Boats will be kept at Cape Light, Aberdeen, until we arrive at the high season (Dry Season) then they will be used along our riverine” he concluded.

Also making a statement at the gathering, the General Manager of the NTB, Mr. Yassin Kolleh Kargbo, heaped praises on the Young Minister, for his arduous and assiduous work since his appointment as the Minister, which has seen Sierra Leone climb the Ladder at its highest rung as the *FASTEST GROWING TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE WORLD* “After the Ebola Epidemic, people were still afraid of visiting the Country, but the Minister have helped to Rebrand the Country, now tourists a flowing, he played a pivotal role during the scourge which triggered the President to appoint him as the Minister of Tourism so he can help to market the Country adequately” the GM, noted.

He said that, Tourism is multi – functional , that is more so the MTCA and NTB have partnered with so many other MDAs, and that, the parnership with the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) came about the three (3) Boats.

After Introducing all members present at the gathering, the Head of Resource Mobilization of the SLRCS, Mr. Steven E. B. Koroma, noted that, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society is not an NGO as people normally perceive, but an institution established by an act of Parliament, hence a government body “We are an auxiliary to government, we are the errand boys to government, we were established for immediate relieve service and we are also committed to the development of this Country, thus will partner with any organisation gravitating towards the betterment of this Nation and the NTB happens to be of these organisations in the country” he reiterated.

Mr. Koroma, furthered that, the parnership with the NTB is one of the best and most fruitful parnership his institution has undertaken, because, according him ” everything worked well as planned”

However, it behooves Sierra Leoneans to note that, the three (3) Boats were donated to the SLRCS by the *International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crecent Movement* to help fight the Ebola Virus Disease at the Riverine Areas of the Country but because the Boats were customised mainly for the Coastal Areas of Sierra Leone so they can navigate properly, there was delay at the factory in the manufacturing of the Boats, hence arrived in the Country late, when Ebola had almost been conquered. Therefore the SLRCS decided to partner with NTB for the three (3) in order to help boast Tourism the Country.

In another development, a team comprising of senior staff members of the NTB led by the *Deputy General Manager, Madam Fatmata Abe-Osagie*, received the Boats at Phillip street junction, Eastern of Freetown on the same day. The NTB and SLRCS staff members escorted the Boats in a unified convoy along the streets of Freetown to the Head Office of the NTB amid public jubilant, applause and praises. The Boats were later escorted at the Cape Light, Aberdeen for safe keeping till the High Season or Dry Season.