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Dramatic Ball Gowns, Dapper Studs & the Ankara Vibe! Photos from the GWB Ball in Washington DC



GWB Ball - BellaNaija - May20130022On 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.

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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 FabulousRunaworks Studios, Applause Africa, Ms. Dunnie O. and African Limelight.

Partial proceeds will go to non-profit organization Throne Room Orphanage Educational Center.

For more information please visit or email [email protected] or [email protected]

Photography: Prince ZamiraPaul Hance


  1. CynthiaA

    May 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Wow!!! Amazing dresses

  2. comment awaiting moderation!

    May 9, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    No bleaching fellas..nice to see fellow African people

  3. Mafia

    May 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Love the dresses!!!!!

  4. Gorgeous

    May 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm


  5. beeess

    May 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm


  6. ze Greo

    May 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    The trains for the dresses reach to design a whole collection.. Them try sha.

  7. Hurperyermie

    May 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    No be small tin oooooooooooooooo

  8. noni

    May 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    lovely dressess!!!

  9. Godslove22

    May 9, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Beautiful…..I love most of the women dresses……

  10. DeContee

    May 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Very niceeee!!!

  11. Mama

    May 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Nice… They look decent.

  12. chinco

    May 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Please why is that guy’s leg up?(Picture 17), lmao.


    May 9, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Loving the general styling very African, classy and refined.

  14. Autoprincess

    May 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Beautiful ladies in beautiful dresses, nicely displayed boobies (Is this where I say “no homo?), hian!

  15. Crimson

    May 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Wooow Sierra Leoneans did that! Beautiful nothing but beautiful! Truly Diamonds of our great continent!

  16. Anne

    May 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I must admit I went through the pics before reading the story thinking it was a Nigerian event,naturally. So going through I was wondering how come so many black-skinned beautiful sisters without any bleached ones then I was like maybe they’re Ghanaians… wait a minute lemme check…. Sierra Leoneans! POM!!! Nice dresses btw.

    • Lovia

      May 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Aren’t u tired of being ignorant? not all ghanaians are dark skinned. same way not all nigerians are fair skinned. in fact if you take out the number of nigerian bleachers, you will realize that majority are dark skinned just like any other west african country. i dont know why a lotta nigerians think its cool to be ignorant.

    • Naija talk

      May 10, 2013 at 5:08 am

      Lovia, I understand your irritation, but you’ve just about done the same things you’re accusing Anne of by making this statement “i dont know why a lotta nigerians think its cool to be ignorant”
      just saying

    • Naija talk

      May 10, 2013 at 5:11 am


    • whizkids baby

      May 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      If anything that was a compliment she was making. What’s wrong with being known for beautiful skin. Or are you offended by being considered dark skinned? Lets love ourselves and our ppl.

    • Coco

      May 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm


  17. reallyyyyyy!!!

    May 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Big and beautiful booties, I want!!! help a sister.

  18. Chic

    May 9, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Mi Salone fambull una well done yah!

  19. Jarai

    May 9, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Can’t get over how classy, refined, and tastefully done they all look. Happy Independence Sierra Leone.

  20. Evilicious

    May 9, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Lovely dresses

  21. Joyce

    May 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Beautiful dresses, but the trains long oo, lol.

  22. A

    May 9, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Heart this pic! The hair, pose, dress, train… everything on point like a freaking decimal #lovesit! BN, are you guys sure she’s not Nigerian? #justasking lol 🙂

    • salone titi

      May 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm

      Lol @ A nope! She’s all sierra leonean

    • chris

      May 9, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      100% Salone titi!!! lol

    • A

      May 12, 2013 at 12:11 am

      She’s Nigerian jor! looool #justplaying 🙂

  23. simi

    May 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    lovely dresses

  24. Nice Anon

    May 9, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Lovely and the body on some of these women=awesome!


    May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    me salone fambul dem who nah do well everything correct who nah day inside cane cane me like no bleaching for us sierra leoneans we love our dark chocolate self

    • intheoverseas

      May 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm


  26. Amanda

    May 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    beautiful !

  27. BellaYankee

    May 9, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Dresses? Rubbish and nonsense. Lol. By-force Oscar attendees.

  28. NNENNE

    May 10, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Positively African! I love the dresses.

  29. jay

    May 10, 2013 at 3:30 am

    very nice!! this is what you wear to balls. Not the short party dresses , most Nigerian ladies wear to balls.

  30. iamfascinating

    May 10, 2013 at 7:08 am


  31. comment awaiting moderation!

    May 10, 2013 at 7:53 am

    @ Vee…well capture explanation,such a lovely physique!

  32. Deedee

    May 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Lovely dresses, Happy Independence Sierra Leone

  33. amarachi

    May 10, 2013 at 9:51 am

    9ic one

  34. viv

    May 10, 2013 at 10:24 am

    nice dresses!!

  35. Bella

    May 10, 2013 at 11:50 am

    well well well, SL’s are giving Naija’s a run for their money – and this is how you do it. So refreshing to see no cellulite riddled thighs, boobs popping out of badly fitting dresses, bleached skin and horrendous make up. Kudos to SL. We appreciate o


    May 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm


  37. ProudSalone African titi

    May 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Go Salone…una make me proud…lovely dresses…classic event…I’m balled over

  38. Berry Dakara

    May 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    The red dresses are BANGING!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. 9throse

    May 16, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures and your personal experience. These details Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures and your personal experience. These details will surely help many readers looking stylish and trendy in this lovely ball gown’s dresses.

  40. Oba Judith

    March 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    how was she able to get a hair like that the picture with two ladies the tall one.

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