𝐒𝐢𝐞𝐫𝐫𝐚 𝐋𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞’𝐬 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐅𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐲

𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞, 𝐀𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐥 𝟐𝟕, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟒.

On April 27, 1961, Sierra Leone achieved a significant milestone as it gained independence from British colonial rule, embarking on a journey of self-determination and progress. Under the leadership of Sir Milton Margai, the nation embraced its newfound freedom with optimism and resolve, laying the foundation for a society built on the principles of democracy and inclusivity.

His Excellency Dr. Julius Maada Bio, accompanied by his beautiful wife Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, led the nation in commemorating this historic occasion through an interfaith prayer ceremony at Sierra Leone’s esteemed State House. This symbolic gesture highlighted the government’s efforts to foster unity and respect for religious diversity across the nation.

The State House, serving as a beacon of national leadership, welcomed leaders from various faiths to join in prayer and reflection, emphasizing the importance of religious tolerance as a cornerstone of Sierra Leone’s identity. This inclusive approach not only celebrates the nation’s cultural heritage but also reaffirms its dedication to promoting harmony amidst diversity.

Against the backdrop of Sierra Leone’s rich religious tapestry, including Christians, Muslims, traditional practitioners, and others, the interfaith ceremony served as a poignant reminder of the nation’s resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

Despite challenges, such as civil unrest and natural disasters, Sierra Leone continues to draw strength from its diverse communities, united in the pursuit of progress and prosperity.

As Sierra Leoneans, both at home and abroad, let us unite to mark this Independence Day, as a reflection of the values that bind us as a nation – unity, diversity, and resilience. Through collective efforts and shared aspirations, we honor the legacy of independence and strive toward a future filled with peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.

Happy Independence Day to all Sierra Leoneans.


Strategic Communications Division,

Office Of The First Lady,

Republic Of Sierra Leone.

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