maj 01-2012 | SkandikAfrik | People and Events

      Some special clothes you may never get to see them in Scandinavia countries on ordinary days, neither will you be able to see some unique traditional dancing steps in the clubs, except when these people gather together to celebrates their country independence day. These clothes, dancing steps, special food and exchange of pleasantries in different languages other than Swedish language is part of some of the unique identities that make these individuals share a common value on their independence anniversary.

     The Sierra Leoneans living in Gothenburg area in Sweden came together to mark their 51st Independence Anniversary from the British colony. It was a night filled with traditional dance like Bondo ( which was displayed by Connie, Aminata, and Kadiya ), outstanding traditional Sierra Leonean clothes called Ronko which was worn by Ismeal Kamara and different types  of food like  Akara cake, roasted chicken and of course rice were served to all that was present.  There is a usual saying that if a Sierra Leonean has not eaten Rice, then they have not eaten. Rice is considered a staple food in Sierra Leone which is often combined with light or thick sauces together with fish or meat.

   Even though not all the seventy Sierra Leoneans living in Western part of Sweden (according to Alhaji K. Karoma, an active Sierra Leonean member in Gothenburg) were present but it was a remarkable night as traditional dance from Sierra Leone was showcased to the people present and “Salones” dancing steps to prominent musicians like Emerson, K-man etc. were displaced. Above all united and happy members that organized this year event took a family picture. Most of these Sierra Leoneans have been living in Sweden peacefully for over a decade and have contributed to the economy of the Swedish country positively, either through their works, establishment or their trades with their home country.

Skandik Afrik, shares with our audience, the traditional values of Sierra Leoneans living in Gothenburg, Sweden. See the pictures below and have a glimpse of how the Sierra Leoneans celebrated their independence anniversary and share your thought with us.



Kadi dancing "Bondo" traditional dance



Ismail Kamara in Ronko dress                    Tamba Fillie komeh  in traditional clothe



Akara Cake from Sierra Leone                       Roasted Chicken- a favourite menu



Posing behinde national flag                          Cake to mark the 51st birthday


Sierra Leone planning committee in western part of Sweden



Photograph by ; Katrin Nilsson

Text by ; Kenneth Fagbe




2012-05-03 01:13:42 | Alinda

I missed the event

Oh see the faces of great Saloners. I missed this year event but definately will have to be part of it next year. Good to see my people coming together in Sweden.

2012-05-02 21:46:01 | Tamba

Wonderful presentation

SkandikAfrik is doing a remarkable job by presenting the cultural richeness of Africa to Europeans,especially the Scandinavians.Tamba Sesay name in the country cloth should be change to Tamba Fillie Komeh.Keep up the good work.

2012-05-02 16:05:20 | Salone Boy

Great coverage!

Skandik has done extremely well in trying to provide readers with such an informative article.They managed to penetrate and eventually dug out a lot about Sierra Leone culture. The dance referred to as the BONDO dance is actually known as the 'SAMPA' dance and is very popular among women.The name Aminata should replace that of Tamba as there was no such person among the dancers.Tamba should take the place of Samba Sesay in the picture.The dancer in the picture is Kadi and not Connie.

2012-05-02 09:19:08 | John

Good and very informative

I like this concept :)

2012-05-02 03:35:45 | Akintade

Good job Skandik

This is a beautiful culture.nice job.

2012-05-01 15:55:51 | Tony

Very nice work

It is really nice seeing people come together to celebrate. I like the traditional clothes. Really nice job Skandik Afrik team

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