Healing Our Nation: Miss Sierra Leone USA (MSLUSA) Delegation Homecoming to Freetown for 50th Independence Celebrations
May 3, 2011 — From April 19th to May 3rd Miss Sierra Leone USA 2011, Marie Mansaray, made her first formal trip and homecoming visit to her country of heritage, Sierra Leone, for the Jubilee Independence Celebrations under the exclusive sponsorship of Koidu Holdings, S.A., a diamond mining company based in Koidu, Kono District.
The Miss Sierra Leone USA delegation also included:
- Natasha Beckley, Miss Sierra Leone USA 2009-2010, who on April 29th scooped up the Miss Sierra Leone World title and will represent the nation at the Miss World Pageant in Trinidad later this year;
- Isata Songowa, Miss Kono-USA 2011 who also made her first homecoming trip to Kono and met with local officials, traditional authorities and residents of the resettlement area in Koidu;
- Jeneba Daramy, Miss Sierra Leone International 2005 who represented Sierra Leone at the World Expo in China for six months last year;
- two of the founders of MSLUSA, Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu and Mrs. Jenneh Bondu Borbor,
- as well as the legendary Sierra Leonean musician, Freddy Cole Shabaka, who recently released his new 50th Anniversary theme song called Heal Our Nation.
Marie performed the national anthem on her cello and Freddy sang Heal Our Nation at the official State Banquet before His Excellency Ernest Bai Koroma, the First Lady, Madame Sia Nyama Koroma, the Vice President, Honorable Sam Sumana, the Second Lady, Madame Kadia Sam Sumana and their distinguished entourage including Heads of State and other representatives from Africa and beyond.
Marie also led the national anthem on her cello alongside two other vocalists at the red carpet Women of Excellence Awards Ceremony. The Miss Sierra Leone USA delegation participated in several other Jubilee festivities before departing.
This trip marked the first ever corporate/community/diaspora partnership in Sierra Leone: A model collaboration between a major investor in Kono, Koidu Holdings, the community affected by mining in Tankoro Chiefdom, and a nonprofit organization serving Sierra Leone girls and women founded by Kono descendants in the U.S.
In August 2011, a press conference and cocktail brunch will be held to present Miss Sierra Leone USA’s campaign on improving the birth experience of pregnant women in the country as well as Miss Kono USA’s platform to address the dire problem of teenage pregnancy in Kono District.
For more information on MSLUSA’s maternal health and education initiatives in Sierra Leone please contact Dr. Fuambai Sia Ahmadu (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the website: www.msldc.org.
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