Nabeela Farida Tunis writes: Be a part of our Gateway to Freedom and Liberation this April


As we step into the fourth month of our year-long Tourism for All Campaign, join us in commemorating Sierra Leone’s profound historical legacy with our theme for April: Gateway to Freedom and Liberation.

As we commemorate our Independence Month, we are deeply moved by the enduring legacy of emancipation and self determination epitomized by our revered figures like Bai Bureh, Sengbeh Pieh, Kailondo, Madam Yoko to name a few. Their courage and steadfastness serve as timeless reminders of the indomitable spirit of Sierra Leoneans. During this special time, we also pay homage to Sierra Leoneans who have distinguished themselves in diverse fields at home and abroad, bringing added recognition to the land that we love.

We are harnessing our nation’s rich history as the “Gateway to Freedom and Liberation” this month to reshape our narrative through the lens of Tourism. Stemming from our people’s resilience, optimism, and ambition, we have a compelling story to share – one that truly reflects who we are as a nation.

We are delighted to see that the world is embracing our message, with Sierra Leone receiving prestigious international recognition from esteemed media outlets such as CNN, Forbes, National Geographic, and most recently The Times, solidifying our position as one of the “World’s Greatest Places” to visit.

In celebration of Sierra Leone’s uniqueness, we reflect on a country blessed with abundant natural beauty, a vibrant history, and exceptionally warm and hospitable people. From our lush green rainforests teeming with wildlife to our inviting islands and beaches embraced by our creative populace,

Sierra Leone offers a range of experiences waiting to be explored so delight your taste buds with our authentic cuisine including cassava leaves, groundnut soup, the legendary jollof rice, and many more organic dishes, earning accolades in gastronomy. Immerse yourself in our rich culture and heritage, where every corner tells a story that captivates and inspires. Traverse our mesmerizing landscapes, perfect for birdwatchers, mountain trekkers, and water sports enthusiasts alike.

Experience the pulsating rhythms of our local music, especially the traditional beats of “Bubu” and “Gumbay” resonating with audiences worldwide. The melodic voice of our very own Amie Kallon accompanied by the Segbureh, a locally crafted musical instrument, fills our heart with love. The performances and songs from our local rap artist and Entertainment Ambassador, Kao Denero, the National Dance Troupe, Freetong Players, Jimmy B, Emerson, LAJ, Natasha Beckley, Star Zee, Famous, Drizilik, LXG, Zainab Sheriff, Boi and our Reggae Union Artists’ among others are also trumpeting mama Salone too. Admire the beauty and intricate craftsmanship of our kontri cloth, gara, and print style, which embody our cultural grandeur. Witness our unwavering commitment to religious tolerance, a hallmark of freedom and liberation in Sierra Leone.

To honor our deep connections, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs extends a warm invitation to our global community – from African Americans to our brothers and sisters across Africa, and from Asia to Europe and beyond. Join us to appreciate the pivotal role our country has played in shaping the future and contributing to the socio-economic development of nations around the world.

Our goal is not only to attract tourists from around the globe but also to provide a platform for local businesses and communities to thrive. Therefore, in partnership with the private sector, we have developed a diverse array of activities for every type of traveler including our domestic tourists. From cultural festivals and historical tours to adventure expeditions and culinary explorations. Experience the vibrancy of our street carnivals or participate in initiatives to protect our natural landscape and serenity of our beaches in our Tourism for All Campaign.

Come and discover the beauty of Sierra Leone and create memories that will last a lifetime. Follow us on our social media channels to stay updated on all the latest news and events.

Did You Know that during the transatlantic slave trade era, Sierra Leone became a beacon of hope for those seeking liberation, attracting liberated Africans and repatriated freed slaves from around the world. Many found refuge in the Province of Freedom, now Freetown.

Did you know that Sierra Leone played a pivotal role in the British colonial project in West Africa. In 1866 it served as the administrative headquarters for the colonies of Lagos, the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and Bathurst the Gambia.

Welcome to Sierra Leone where authenticity is assured. Explore Freedom and be Liberated!

Enti Una Know Say Tourism Na All Man Business!

The writer, Nabeela Farida Tunis is Sierra Leone’s Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs


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