November 1, 2016
Sierra Leone’s music icon, Jimmy Bangura aka Jimmy B, has called on post- conflict Liberia, Sierra Leone, La Cote d’lvoire et al to be selfless in ensuring that there is sustainable peace in the once war-ridden West African sub-region.
Speaking at the Kokatonor (We Are One) Peace Concert hosted by the Crusaders for Peace at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia last week, the Sierra Leonean Star, who was also pivotal in awareness- raising programs during that country’s Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration and other peace efforts in the early 2003/04s said: “It is important that we live this world a much better place than we found it for the sake of our children and children’s children.”
Energised by the huge turnout which also featured performances from top Liberian musicians, Willy J from Sierra Leone and others from Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea as well as Cote d’lvoire, Jimmy stressed: “We must put in the work to ensure sustainable peace here in Liberia, in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Cote d’lvoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and the rest of the ECOWAS states.”
In reference to the brutal past the countries had gone through, Jimmy opined that to make war is easy but to achieve and maintain peace is the hardest and most difficult thing to do.
He also called on Liberians to be civil in their quest to gain power or political mileage against opponents.
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In attendance was the Vice President of Liberia, Ambassador Joseph Boakai and at least five major party presidential hopefuls.
Jimmy, who has since returned to Sierra Leone, also addressed a Ministry of Information organised Press Conference in the Liberian capital.
In his entourage were; Henrietta Mbawah, top Sierra Leonean actress, Hurai Bangura and Michaella Sallu from AYV.