It was 27th April 1961 that a politician Sir Milton Margai led Sierra Leone to independence from Great Britain and became country’s first Prime Minister. Thousands of Sierra Leoneans took to the streets in celebration.
Officially Sierra Leone is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea to the north-east, Liberia to the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south-west.
Sierra Leone has a tropical climate with a diverse environment ranging from savannah to rainforests.
Sierra Leone has a total area of 71,740 km (27,699 sq mile and a population of 7,075,641 based on 2015 national census.
Rich in minerals countless, it has secured independence some 56 years ago, yet has had nothing to show as a nation and as a people.
As at year ending 2016, the ruling ALL PEOPLES CONGRESS party imposes austerity measures which certainly have made no impact some six months down the line.
And as we speak, it was recently told that a diamond weighing 709 carats was found in the country’s diamondiferous Kono district in the eastern province.
Whether or not such a diamond has the potency of changing the face of a poverty, remoteness, undeveloped country, etc, is but the hundred plus questions unanswered.
Anyhow, and not wanting to waste breathe on what’s now a Sierra Leone at 56, allow me here present to you a pictographic explanation of things as seen and observed though.
Read cartoon below: