Friday, May 30, 2008
Trip To New Jersey
Earlier this month we were in New Jersey for the annual Tegloma Mini-Convention. This was of course my first trip to New Jersey, although I had the opportunity to pass through the Garden State on my way to Bridgeport, Connecticut sometime last year.
Although we had some glitches at the Newark Liberty International airport upon arrival, the whole program was generally well planned and executed. The details of the program I will not delve into as I have no legal authority to do so, the transmission of details falling under the authority of the Tegloma Federation executive. Generally though a new Federation Board was elected with Alhaji Mustapha replacing Chairman Saidu as the new Board Chairman.
The best thing about the occasion for me, not counting all the meeting resolutions, was hearing from the head of the NAACP in New Jersey and meeting friends I've not seen since our "bonga Kanda" days in Sierra Leone. I was glad to see friends from my Bo School, Wesley Segbwema and FBC days and genuinely pleased to see the progress some of these noble men and women had made in educational, political, diplomatic and economic spheres of life both in USA, Canada and Sierra Leone.
Given the generally negative things propagated about Sierra Leoneans, this was a pretty much an above the average group.
The tragedy of this trip was that I had left my camera charger in Minneapolis and when I ran out of batteries after just a few pictures, I was sorely disappointed. I was however able to use my cellphone to take some pictures.
at May 30, 2008