Monday, September 24, 2007

Emmerson in Minnesota-Twin Cities

On June 23rd, Tegloma Minnesota chapter had its annual fundraising dance at The Higher Ground Academy in Saint paul. Coincidentally, Emmerson of 'Borbor Belleh' fame was also due to play here the same night.

We the members of Tegloma were in a real dilemma, as Emmerson is such a popular musician in the Sierra Leone and Liberian community here in Minnesota. We ultimately decided to go ahead with our fundraising, considering the amount of time and effort that we had already expended in preparing for the dance.

Some of our members were however able to get in touch with Emmerson, who promised to visit our fundraiser after his concert. Being the gentleman he is, he came and everybody was so excited to have him there. He was one of the highlights of the occasion, in addition to the Tegloma 'Gorboi' and 'Sowei'. As usual yours truly was there with my camera, and took some pictures. Please reproduce only with my permission. Contact is Enjoy a cross section of some of the pictures I shot that night. Hope you will see some long lost relatives.

It was a joyous occasion and in spite of Emmerson's presence in town, our revenue exceeded our expenditure, which means ,we turned a profit! There was also tons of free traditional food; Cassava leaves, Potato Leaves, 'Krain Krain', 'tola', Pepper soup, rice and beans, to name but a few. The DJ stepped up to the occasion with lots of traditional and contemporary Sierra Leone music. All in all, it was a successful occasion. Thanks for reading, got to run.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

This year in Minneapolis, we as usual, took some time off our usual monotonous work routines to have us some fun. There were bridal showers and wedding showers, weddings and celebrations of wedding anniversaries, barbecues and pot lucks, graduations and open houses, and sometimes, just plain old fun. I was able, as usual to tag along, my camera handy and take some shots. Here are some of them. I have hundreds more that i would be publishing on a daily basis. Please get my permission at before you print any.

Anyway, Emmerson of Bobor Belleh, Tutu party fame was here on June 23rd and permitted me to take pictures of him and Sierra leoneans here. I would be publishing those shortly. The guy is a real talent and deserves much praise for the quality of his music. I appeal to all to buy his music and not pirate his Cd's. We have to give these guys a chance to make money from their music

Hey I want to also take the opportunity to tell all about the Wonderful state of Minnesota. I know most of you would just have heard about it being very cold. Though I do not want to deny this, there are many other things that more than compensate for our cold winters.

Minnesota has the Mall of America, which is arguably the largest shopping mall in the world. We also have the Mayo Clinic in Rochester which is at the cutting edge of Medical technology. 3M, Boston Scientific, Medtronics, are also based here.

The University of Minnesota is one of the best in the world. The State has a stable and prosperous economy and the people are very friendly. There are lots of educational and job opportunities and after some years, YOU GET USED TO THE COLD!!!!!

Hey let me not forget, houses here are very spacious compared to the east coast and not that expensive. We also have lots of cold, for those who detest heat. Our summers here are quite warm. Hey Target Corporation is also based here. So is Northwest Airlines. So is Sheku Sheriff for those that want to be near me. Ha ha ha.

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