Monday, July 26, 2010
On Saturday July 17th 2010, a sizable number of the Sierra Leone community in Minnesota descended on Saint Paul to attend the bridal shower of Esther Ellis, Assistant Social Secretary of Tegloma Minnesota Chapter, who is to wed Mr. Dennis Fitz-john in August.
Tegloma members turned up in full force to support one of their own. Esther's bridesmaids organized a wonderful shower that embraced both the American cultures. Ms Esther Ellis and Mr. Dennis Fitz-john both hail from the small diamond rich West African nation of Sierra Leone, one of the beacons of democracy in Africa. Esther's mistress of ceremonies guided the occasion along and did an enthusiastic and remarkable job. We are all getting ready for the wedding in August. Still waiting for my handcrafted suit from Paris.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
On June 22nd 2010, we were in the windy city,
Chicago, to attend the inaugural ceremony of the first female Tegloma Chief from Illinois, Mrs Francess Turay. After a 600 mile journey from Minneapolis, The Tegloma Minnesota Chapter, led by Chief Hassan Kamara and wife Safia, and accompanied by Tegloma Federation Board Asst Sec. General Sheku Sheriff (Segbwema Moi) and Mrs. Kadie Kamara arrived at the residence of their hosts Mr Andrew and Mrs laura Banya late in the evening. The Minnesota Delegation was treated to a sumptuous dinner the likes of which can only be seen in high budget movies.
After dining and bathing, the Minnesota delegation headed for the inaugural hall, a Tegloma member owned establishment, to attend the inaugural ceremonies.
Chief Turay's inaugural ceremony was a masterpiece, as the Chicago chapter members spared no expense to put on an elaborate show. The ceremony, steeped in Sierra leone culture and tradition, was ably conducted by Chief Alfred Jamiru, the ever enthusiastic Tegloma International Federation Chairman, under the watchful eyes of the traditionally vast and exceptionally knowledgeable Alhaji Allie Mustapha, Chairman Board of Directors, Tegloma federation. All the Chiefs of the Tegloma Midwest Coalition; from Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Chicago, Wisconsin, Indiana, and new chapter Missouri were present, and delegates came from all the four corners of the Tegloma Federation. Unfortunately, the Segbwema blogger was unable to charge his digital camera battery, and it died before the lord of the dance, the Goboii, came out to perform. the performance of the Chicago Goboii was magnificient, but that story will have to wait for another day. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures.
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