Yoni Excellence Awards Board to Stage First Heritage Conversation in Sierra Leone
One of the greatest ironies about Sierra Leone and the entire African heritage is that, despite being priceless, it is often ranked very low in government’s priority scales. The expectation from this priceless tag is that the benefits of heritage conversation to society are so immense that they need not be neglected.
Heritage is a public good, essential for national identity, national cohesion, motivation and inspiration, education, and cultural and moral values. The current dispensation of Sierra Leone culture and heritage amongst its various social groups threatened the survival of our prolific folk cultural heritage. Thus, the reason the divergence of opinions among romantic historians beckons Yoni Excellence Awards Board to explore some of the most silence features of cultural heritage conversation out of curiosity to meltdown myths about various cultures in Sierra Leone.
The 2019 Yoni Excellence Awards will examine the crucial roles Yonians are playing in the development of the world and particularly Sierra Leone as efforts and sacrifices made by these indigenous people of Yoni in the global workforce should not go unnoticed, uncelebrated and unhonoured. And to acknowledge and appreciate this vital role Yoni plays towards the furtherance of our beloved country, Yoni Excellence Awards Board is pleased to announce the hosting of the first ever Year of Yonians Homecoming sandwiched with a Heritage Conversation and Excellence Awards Ceremony.
Also, this event would capture the link between Yonians and the Carriacou Themnes believed to have been separated for over two hundred and fifty years. A small group of people on the Caribbean Island of Carriacou in the state of Grenada who still identifies with the Themne people of Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although more than 250 years have passed since the last enslaved Africans were taken to Carriacou, the members of that group still call themselves ‘Temnes’ and still remember their ancient homeland in Africa. Folklorists have believed that these Carriacou Temnes could have a relation with the oldest Themnes in Sierra Leone Known as the Yoni Themnes.
Join us in this cultural heritage conversation and excellence awards ceremony that will recognize, acknowledge, celebrate and honour Yonians of excellence and exemplary achievements.