Krio descendants big reunion celebration in the USA

Dennis Kabatto

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 September 2015

KDU Global Family Reunion Flyer

Members, friends and well-wishers of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) in the USA, will congregate in Durham, North Carolina, USA, this weekend for a grand global family reunion.

In the UK, a Thanksgiving service is being organised by the members of the UK Krio Descendants Association, to celebrate the tradition, history and culture of the Krios on Sunday, 20th September 2015.

This weekend’s historic family reunion in the USA commenced yesterday, September, 4th, and will end tomorrow Sunday, 6th September, remembering five centuries after Sierra Leoneans first arrived in the Carolinas as slaves to work on rice plantations, and as domestic servants.

“While we are thrilled and excited to be coming together again this weekend, we are mindful that our planned homecoming to Freetown last year was postponed because of the Ebola Virus Disease that killed and affected so many of our fellow Sierra Leoneans and we are extremely delighted that it appears we are finally seeing the last of this disease,” said Melbourne Garber, Chair of KDU Global in a statement.

Melbourne Garber Chair of Krio Descendants Union GlobalMr. Garber (Photo) said in accordance with KDU’s mission their intention during the three day reunion is to “foster unity and enhance the collective activities of the respective chapters with regards to promoting and preserving the history, culture and heritage of the Krios of Sierra Leone through reflection, education, charitable giving and to pass on this culture and heritage to the younger generation.”

The three day program kicked off yesterday Friday, with a Meet & Greet evening of socializing and networking at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.  Today, Saturday, 5th September, there will be a symposium featuring The Akintola Wyse Lecture “Exploring the Krio Heritage and Culture.”

An ‘Awujoh,’ a ceremonial feast in remembrance of our ancestors at Fred G. Bond Metro Park (Sertoma Amphitheatre) in Cary, North Carolina will precede a Dinner & Dance at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel.

Members of KDU Congregate

The reunion wraps up on Sunday, September 6 with a Thanksgiving Service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Durham, NC followed by a Farewell Bash at Cary Senior Center in Cary, NC.

“At the conclusion of this weekend, we hope to be re-energized, more cohesive and more determined to ensure we contribute to the post Ebola recovery of our country, the elimination of discrimination, tribalism and promotion of fairness and equality for all Sierra Leoneans, especially now that the constitution is being reviewed.  Please join us for an experimental weekend,” Mr. Garber said.

KDU, previously known as the Settlers Descendants Union was reestablished in 1990 to help unify the causes of the Krios.  The organization has Chapters in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, London and six Chapters in the United States of America.

Visit the KDU website here for a complete program schedule:

www.kdunorthcarolina.org

 

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