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Sierra Leone News: Amistad Network launched

The Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Memunatu Pratt, on Wednesday 20 June 2018 launched the National Chapter of Amistad Network for African Leaders (ANFAL) Sierra Leone at a ceremony at the conference hall of the Ministry, King Harman Road, Brookfields in Freetown on the theme Engaging Leaders for Sustainable Development.
Minister Pratt furthered that the Ministry has laid down a road map, that Sengbeh Pieh, who fought against injustice, is a national hero and appealed that the Amistad film be screened on local television stations, that Amistad is a global movement.
The Minister continued that plans are underway for the Ministry to erect the statues of historic Sierra Leoneans in various parts of the city for which she has held discussions with the Mayor of Freetown reiterating that statues tell a lot of story and observed that there are no leadership schools in the country named after prominent Sierra Leoneans reiterating that the leadership schools would help us understand the roles of prominent citizens including mentorship asserting that a good number of people lack leadership qualities to transform communities and create the required impact.
Dr. Pratt also noted the blend between leadership and the Amistad movement that is very strategic underlining that tourism is at the center of today’s development as it is linked to sports, investment and other spheres and therefore cannot be separated from the overall development of the country in addition to the fact that it provides jobs and that the sector would involve as many youths in various activities.
The Minister also disclosed plans to strengthen tourism and cultural education in the country starting with the Hotel and Tourism Training Center and introduction of a B.Sc degree at Fourah Bay College concluding that there is a strong absence of research in cultural education.
Earlier, the chairman of the ceremony, Mr. Mohamed Koroma, a youth activist, reiterated that some of the aims of ANFAL are for young leaders to use their potentials to advance their communities and country, bring different professionals together for national development, engage government on critical national issues revealing that ANFAL has been launched in other African countries like Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Burundi and concluded that the Minister of Tourism is ardent about the development of the country to make unemployment a thing of the past.
The Founder and Global President of ANFAL, Samuel Hinga Pieh the Amistad film depicts how our ancestors fought for their rights before other leaders like the former American President, John Quincy Adams came to their rescue and that later the freed slaves were sent to Sierra Leone and reiterated the strength in unity and unity in diversity affirming that he is yearning for a better Sierra Leone with dynamic young people but underscored the need for Sierra Leoneans to have confidence in themselves.
He went on to recall that Sengbeh Pieh did not only free himself but other captive slaves, that our ancestors fought hard to free themselves from oppression and abuse and never gave up enlightening that the main objective of ANFAL is to empower young people, the best resource, to take leadership positions, build friendship and partnership but stressed the need to empower and motivate them adding that we can do anything.
Highlights of the program were the presentation of the Amistad Charter, prepared in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and a copy of the autobiography of Samuel Hinga Pieh to the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs by Samuel Hinga Pieh.
By Saidu Bah
Friday June 22, 2018.

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