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Sierra Leone’s Independence Takeover, This Weekend in Washington, DC

Nobody does it quite like Sierra Leone when it comes to independence celebrations. In an unmatched effort, the DMV area, home to the highest population of Sierra Leoneans in the US, will be overrun this

Sierra Leone Indpendence GWB Commission 2016

Nobody does it quite like Sierra Leone when it comes to independence celebrations. In an unmatched effort, the DMV area, home to the highest population of Sierra Leoneans in the US, will be overrun this weekend with a rich, unifying celebration of Salone heritage. The GWB Commission, which hosts the annual GWB Ball, will this year also host the GWBX–the GWB Experience–which features a number of events leading up to the highly anticipated annual ball.

 

This week’s events include a screening of the film, Am I: Too African to be American or Too American to be African by award-winning Sierra Leonean filmmaker Nadia Sasso, tonight–Wednesday.

 

Thursday’s schedule includes The Fashion Experience in which leading Sierra Leonean designers will be featured, including internationally renowned Madame Wokie and Sumarie Collections.

 

The GWB Commission & SLEN Happy Hour networking mixer will take place on Friday and be an opportunity for Salone entrepreneurs and professionals to build lasting connections before the ball.

GWB Commission - Sierra Leone Independence Day

GWB Commission – Sierra Leone Independence Day

To crown it all, with one of the few US events to feature an impeccable showcasing of bespoke black-tie African fashion, the Green White Blue ball takes place this Saturday, April 23. The theme for this year, ONE Sierra Leone, is a call to action to bring Sierra Leoneans together as ONE heart, ONE country, and ONE people first and foremost in the name of Sierra Leone’s betterment, prosperity and future. This year, GWB celebrates the Tribe of ONE. As defined by the GWB, a tribe is “a conglomerate of individuals that identify themselves as a distinguishable entity and whose aesthetic sense, common to all members of the entity, serves as a sanction of their nationality in their struggle through the natural process of evolution.”

 

GWB Co-Chair Sarran Lan Jabbie states, “This campaign is a representation of what we want to see Sierra Leone as, but also keeping true to our respective traditional cultures and traditions. After all, what makes Sierra Leone special is the fact that we are a tiny melting pot of differences yet we are very tolerant of one another.”

 

A portion of GWB Commission proceeds will go to Emergency USA, a non profit organization that has has served 530,000 Sierra Leoneans through their surgical, pediatric, and most recently ebola centers.

 

To RSVP for all GWBX events, click here.

To learn more about the GWB Commission, click here.

Partners of the GWB Ball and #GWBX events include: Prince Zamira Photography, Restycle, Khristopher Aiyeh, Bee Sistars alongside media partners Applause Africa, BellaNaija, Parallel Magazine, African Luxury Magazine, All Things Ankara, Leone Consulting & Marketing Group, AFWDC, Swit Salone and LOFA Magazine.

Featured image courtesy of GWB Commission.
Lolade Siyonbola
Lolade is an author, techie and serial entrepreneur. She is an MA candidate at Yale University where she is pursuing research on immigration, cultural identity and social health.
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