On Saturday 27th April 2013 the Sierra Leonean Diaspora in the USA celebrated their country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary. Hosted by The GWB Commission, the classy and patriotic 5th Annual Green. White. & Blue. Ball was held at the Historic Howard Theatre, Washington DC. The ball was not only attended by Sierra Leoneans but by fabulous guests from other African nations and friends from the Caribbean.
The night started with the presentation of awards honouring exceptional Sierra Leoneans making an impact in Diaspora and in Sierra Leone. The awards segment was hosted by Farai Gundan. Awardees included Director General of UNIDO Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella (Lifetime Achievement Award), International Ballerina Michaela DePrince (Arts and Entertainment Award), Ola Dpt (Sports Award), and Liesel Renner (Humanitarian Award).
The theme was Hollywood inspired with cultured elegance. Performances included traditional and cultural music by Janka Nabay and Vicki Forna, while DJ Lebbie and DJ No Name kept the atmosphere going with great sounds throughout the night. Commemorating the event were delectable green, white, and blue cup cakes and cake pops provided by Kulture Kakes.
The successful event was sponsored by Arik Air, Jabs Group, Face 2 Face Africa, and Miss Jessies. Partners included BellaNaija, Restycle, Prince Zamira Photography, Because I Am Fabulous, Runaworks Studios, Applause Africa, Ms. Dunnie O. and African Limelight.
Partial proceeds will go to non-profit organization Throne Room Orphanage Educational Center. www.troec.org.