A love letter to struggling Sierra Leone

A love letter to struggling Sierra Leone
May 17, 2018 bolu

Chude Jideonwo’s article titled; “A love letter to struggling Sierra Leone” was featured in ‘Mail and Guardian’.

You can read the full post here: https://mg.co.za/article/2018-05-17-a-love-letter-to-struggling-sierra-leone

 

Excerpt:

The only candidate who appeared to symbolise change, the relatively young and charismatic Kander Kolleh Yumkella (not the candidate we were advising) had been hobbled by spurious but sticky questions about his citizenship. He was unable to emerge from that to build a winning coalition. That broke my heart, even as it broke the hearts of many Sierra Leoneans.

Despite the lack of attractive options on the ballot, many citizens were excited to be able to go to the polls and vote. They made it clear they would exercise their power to determine their future, even if it wouldn’t lead to the change they desperately wanted and needed. It doesn’t make any sense — except, of course, to me it does.

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