Freetown, December 25, 2023
In a departure from tradition, His Excellency the President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio, and First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio celebrated a uniquely inclusive Christmas Day at the presidential lodge. Beyond high-ranking officials, their festive celebration welcomed unsung heroes—dedicated staff, security personnel, and cleaners—fostering a spirit of camaraderie that transcended roles.
Decked in festive attire, the First Family’s entrance into this appreciation party marked a rare opportunity for personal connections with those often overlooked for their behind-the-scenes contributions.
Throughout the evening, genuine camaraderie flourished as conversations flowed freely, breaking down barriers and highlighting gratitude for the collective effort.
President Bio’s sincere thanks to security personnel carried a message of deep appreciation, resonating with a commitment to facing challenges with unwavering determination: “No retreat, no surrender.” The event, beyond a mere dinner, celebrated unity, gratitude, and the shared success of the presidential residence.
As laughter and applause filled the air, the Christmas appreciation party concluded with top entertainers introduced with gospel songs by Khadison Duwai, weaving a vibrant tapestry of shared joy. This was followed by others such as Lord Mo, Empress Pee, Fine Face, Rozzy, Kao Denero, Vida, The Wan Pot Comedians, Yemata, Desmond Banya, Star Zee, and others. Their performances not only added glamour but also created a lasting memory, symbolising the inclusive spirit that unites a nation, transcending political distinctions, and showcasing the power of shared experiences.
Strategic Communications Division,
Office of the First Lady ,
Republic of Sierra Leone.