`“Educational Resurrection of the Athens”.

Sierra Leoneans amaze me when they say tribalism does not exist in the country. The recent onslaught in Kono after the last general elections, in which northerners mainly themnes, were hounded and driven out of the district, was an indication to me that tribalism does exist. The Konos are one of the most peaceful people in the country, and one has to ask what brought about this change of attitude, before concluding, it has nothing to do with tribe. Some observers paint a rosy picture of how tolerant we are when it comes to religion, but Pastor Ajesafe’s church would have been destroyed without the intervention of our security personnel. One thing I have noticed about my countrymen, is that they always pretend not to take notice when issues develop, until they explode, then they find quick fix measures to cover up. I have nursed the idea that most Sierra Leoneans are dishonest and do not want to face realities in life. I was in the Republic of Guinea as a refugee during our civil conflict, during which period my countrymen flooded all the bars in Conakry from dawn to dusk, dousing themselves in liquor, while extolling the virtues of the land that they love so dearly; Sierra Leone. One popular saying among us then, was that Guineans were backward people and that their country was more developed than the people’s mentality and outlook. This feeling of superiority made me retort that as backwards as Sierra Leoneans think Guineans are; they were profoundly involved in the infrastructural development of their country, especially Conakry where I settled for about three months. This was about twenty-five years ago.

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