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Thursday, 28 February 2019

10 February Highlights from Freetown, Sierra Leone

Fambul Makit 2019 
Here are a few highlights of what I got up to this month in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Enjoy the post!

1.    Travel L’afrique Takeover 

At the beginning of the month I had the opportunity to showcase Sierra Leone to Travel L’afrique’s Instagram audience as I took over their Instagram account for the first two days of the month. It sparked a lot of great conversations about Sierra Leone and put the West African country on the map. Travel L'afrique are a platform that encourages potential tourists and visitor to go and explore the continent of Africa through visuals. Thanks again Travel L’afrique! Check out their website and Instagram page.

2.    Blogging Salone

Earlier this month Sierra Leonean blogger and host of the Vickie Remoe show Vickie Remoe hosted a free blogging master class for local and inspiring content creators at The Africanus Hotel. The three-hour course was insightful and a great opportunity to meet with like-minded people. I loved the emphasis on Sierra Leonean citizens taking control of their own narrative and to manifest #localcontent. Check out her show and blog, SwitSalone.

Blogging Salone - Photo by Vickie Remoe

3.    Fambul Makit

Fambul Makit by Emily Fanday presented a meet and eat school carnival at Vine School, Congo Cross. The event was like any carnival meets market event with multiple vendors, face painting and activities for children, I was not there for very long but it seemed to be a nice way to spend the Saturday. 

4.   The V Monologues

Without a doubt this was the best event I attended this month. Femme Collective of Sierra Leone organised the first V monologues in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The event was a fundraiser for Rainbo Initiative with the ticket proceeds going to their cause as The Rainbo Initiative are one of the few organisations that offer free medical and psychosocial services to survivors of gender based violence in Sierra Leone. The V monologues inspired by Eva Ensler episodic play, has started an incredible dialogue and created many renditions of the Vagina Monologues around the world. This was the first one of it's kind to be hosted in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The production of poetry and spoken word by various female Sierra Leonean poets and performers explored the relationship, the highs and the lows with our female parts. The night was very entertaining, with raffles and vagina cupcakes, just in case we forgot the theme of the night. It really was like no other. I am looking forward to what Femme Collective has planned next!
The V Monologues 13/02/2019 - photo from Twitter

5.    Pivital Salone 

I was invited to take part in a panel for Pivital Salone alongside four phenomenal women doing amazing work in Freetown. Pivital Salone launched on 15th February at the British Council in Sierra Leone. With the platform already being established in the UK. The founders were persistent on launching the movement in Salone also. The aim of Pivital Salone is to encourage young girls to consider STEM career choices. Also to bridge the gap between students and professionals, creating a platform where school girls can access the information they need to make the right and next step.

6.    Trying Foodbly

 I tried Foodbly for the first time this month. I ordered the Milano Chicken which came with rice and vegetables. It was delicious, a solid eight out of ten from me. However, I must try the local dishes from Foodbly first to give it an honest approval. Foodbly offer daily menus and healthy snacks at reasonable prices, alongside homemade juices such as ginger beer and bissap. Keep up to date with their offers and appetising food images here.

7.    Tok U Tok 

Tok U Tok Is a monthly event that takes place at Two Guys Restaurant in Freetown is curated by Marco Koroma. The Thursday night event allows anybody and everybody to showcase their talent at the open mic event accompanied by live music. Most people who participate usually perform a spoken word/poetry piece or perform a song.  It’s the perfect social setting if you want to get out but not necessarily reach Lumely.

8.    Climb Salone

Climb Salone is leisure activity offering indoor climbing. They are located in Hill Station within the compound of the German Embassy, it’s easy to find as the logo is painted on the gate, (its huge, you can’t miss it!). I went recently for the first time with my @ysquarepod co-host, Yasmine and we had such a blast. It’s fair to say the bespoke made wall obstacles are not as easy as they appear. Climb Salone provide climbing shoes then you are good to go once you have paid your day pass fee or monthly membership fee. Climb Salone is exactly the kind of activities we need in the city! They also have climbing walls for kids and do private bookings. For more information about Climb Salone, click here.

 9.    Ethiopian Cuisine

The last weekend of February Yidu and co prepared an authentic buffet of Ethiopian food at Toma Boutique Hotel. This was my first time trying the Ethiopian Cuisine and it did not disappoint! That being said, I'm not a fussy eater. The buffet included a variation of stews. The event cost 160,000 Le per person excluding drinks.

 10.     Young in Freetown – The Table 

Last but not least, Abu and I were asked to join the Young In Freetown discussion series The Table, as we discussed our likes and dislikes, aspirations and time spent in Sierra Leone with Elaine of Young in Freetown. This was recorded at the end of January but the clip aired early this week. Here is the video clip below! Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed February's highlights from Freetown, Sierra Leone. Do you want to know what events to discover next month in the city? Check out Yasmine of blog, she has a post that will keep you busy this March! Take a look at 7 things to do in Freetown in March.

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Y SQUARE POD: S01E03 Suffa posh & Gentri

On the third episode of Y Square Pod, Yasmin and Yasmine share more about their ethnicity and identity that then leads into the main topics of discussion where the duo define and speak on ‘Suffa Posh and Gentri’. Yasmin describes the term ‘Suffa posh’ as going beyond your financial lane to perceive an image that is untrue. The term coined by Sierra Leonean singer Innocent insinuates the notion of living as false life, they go on to quote a few of his lyric within the podcast. Y Square touch on a number of subject matters throughout this episode from classism to junx clos (second hand clothing). As two ladies of the diaspora, they also speak on that question of ‘where are you from?’ and the unpacking of a question that shouldn’t be complex but it is for so many of us. The ladies talk about what the term gentry means here in Sierra Leone in 2019.

 I could tell you what else we speak about but you should probably listen to #YSquarepod instead of reading a bias attempt of a review!

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