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Make Sierra Leone Famous
Make Sierra Leone Famous with Vickie Remoe - Conversations that expand your understanding of Sierra Leone's history, culture, and identity.
Oct 29, 2020
How Sierra Leone invented the world’s first self-adhesive stamp and Other Independence Years Stories
In conversation with Journalist, and Historian Ade Daramy we discuss his life’s work documenting Sierra Leone’s history and excellence from Pre-Independence to Post. Born five years before Sierra Leone gained Independence, Daramy shares his childhood memories going back to a time when Sierra Leoneans believed they could do anything under the leadership of the First Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai. It was Sir Milton who one day asked his cabinet why there were no stamps that one did not have to lick with that the country would invent the first self-adhesive stamp before the US and the UK. From a place of innovation and possibility (a Wakanda) in the 60s, Daramy takes us through his personal experience of the first coup d’etat, the troubling signs that led up to Siaka Stevens tightened grip on power and the making of Sierra Leone into a one-party state. Note: This is a Part 1 of a two-part conversation about with Ade Daramy To listen 'Di World Don Lef Na Wi Han' by The Kabba Brothers: https://bit.ly/3owHjo2 For more on Sierra Leone's self-adhesive stamp: https://bit.ly/2HI5mzF For more on Sir Milton Margai: https://bit.ly/3ejDsGt
Oct 16, 2020
Fambul Tok for Girls
Fambul Tok for Girls - A special Make Sierra Leone Famous community radio program in partnership with Save The Children to mark International Day of the Girl 2020 in Sierra Leone. The average pass rate for National Primary School Exams in the Southern Province is 65% but in Save The Children's Accelerated Education Program in Pujehun 91% of students pass. In this community radio program in Pujehun, Vickie Remoe is in conversatin with the parents of the three girls who scored highest in NPSE 2020 in Gbundapi. If parents in at the last mile in Gbundapi, can prepare girls for excellence in education so can we! Wi g3t fo luk to wi s3f fo mek wi go ebul safkip wi gyal Pikin d3m. Safkip Gal Pikin fo Tumara en Salone im B3t3 wan. Host: Vickie Remoe, Girl Ambassador, Save The Children Sierra Leone
Aug 18, 2020
The Untold Story Of The Mandingos Who Became Temne Chiefs In Port Loko
Vickie Remoe travels to the village of Magbele--her maternal homeland-- for a conversation with Bai Suba Bolt III, a chief from the Kabia ruling family of Lower Marampa in Port Loko District, Northern Sierra Leone. Listen for stories that explore how Port Loko got its name, the beliefs and secret societies of old that continue to this day, and how families in line for the chief's throne wait for their turn to rule.
Aug 4, 2020
Slavery, Rebellion & Religion: Freetown's Maroons from Jamaica to Sierra Leone
Inside Freetown's Oldest Church built by Jamaican Maroons travel back in history as we explore slavery, freedom, and architecture from 1808 to present day Sierra Leone. In conversation with Aron Strong of St. John's Maroon Church we discuss religion, identity of the Early Settlers, and cultural preservation. For more information on St. John's Maroon Church: https://bit.ly/3fmoApy To listen to Doniie Major's "Freetown City" : https://bit.ly/2BWQ2MS
Jul 21, 2020
Krio: An African Language with Roots Abroad
In conversation with Mrs. Daphne Barlatt Pratt we explore the orginations of the Krio language, its influence on the identity of Krios, and its growth as the primary spoken language in Sierra Leone. Mrs. Pratt is a poet, and a Krio language teacher. She is the founding principal of Limount College, which was established in 1996 after she left the International School. For More Writings & Poetry from Mrs Pratt 1. Krio Salad By Daphne Barlatt Pratt: https://amzn.to/3hr6zrD 2. Soso Parebul By Daphne Barlatt Pratt: https://amzn.to/3hlVgRj For Ajuba & The Sounds of Dr. Oloh: https://bit.ly/2CQXx8m For More From Vickie Remoe: www.vickieremoe.com/bio Make Sierra Leone Famous Production Notes: Host: Vickie Remoe Producer: Frankvin Bob McEwen
Jul 14, 2020
War & Peace: How the Golas Came to Speak Mende
In conversation with Mohamed Lumeh, Gola Historian & Conservationist at Sierra Leone's last remaining site with primary forest in Kenema District. We visit the ancient Gola Gravesite to learn about the legend of King Fombo who chose freedom over submission during the 16th Century Mane Invasion, and discuss the mysticism of Mende Warriors. We also explore the rich flora, fauna, and ecotourism at the Gola Rainforest National Park. *References* For more information about the Gola Rainforest: https://golarainforest.org/ For more on the music and life of Salia Koroma: https://bit.ly/2CvMxNx For more on offsetting carbon emission with the Gola REDD Project: https://bit.ly/3gVlpWY For a more accurate and detailed review of the History of the Manes Invasion to Sierra Leone please see: Rodney, Walter. "A Reconsideration of the Mane Invasions of Sierra Leone." _The Journal of African History_ 8, no. 2 (1967): 219-46. Accessed July 14, 2020. www.jstor.org/stable/179481. The Manes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mane_people
Jul 7, 2020
Yelibas in a Koinadugu King's Court
In conversation with Medo Kuyateh and Alpha Kandeh, Yeliba Praise Singers from the Court of King Alie Balansama Marah III of Koinadugu District, Northern Province. We discuss Sierra Leone’s Yeliba Culture, Oral History, the mythical origin of the Balangi. Yeliba singers keep the history of kings also known as paramount chiefs through song and spoken word; from one generation to the next.
Jun 29, 2020
Unpacking 200 Years of Krio Identity
A conversation with 92-year-old Cassandra Garber, President of the Krio Descendants Union. We discuss freedom, identity, religion, and the culture of the Krios of Freetown from the Early Settlers to the Post Colonial Era. Mrs. Garber is an educator, a historian, and one of Sierra Leone's most brilliant minds.