To mark the start of Greek consular representation in Sierra Leone, the Greek ambassador Haris Dafaranos Friday unveiled the Benaki Museum of Athens photographic exhibition at the Victor Stresser-King building at Fourah Bay College.
The vice consul to Greece, Sansui Deen, explained that “Sierra Leone is the Athens of West Africa. Some people say it was I say it is. You cannot rewrite history”.
He explained that,” Sierra Leone is where higher education originated in sub Saharan Africa so it will always remain the Athens of West Africa just as Athens is the home where higher education originated in Europe and in the western world.”
The relationship between Sierra Leone and Greece, he described as an ‘excellent’ one. “Greece is a small European country but they are trying to establish relationship with Sierra Leone my appointment is part of that effort,” Mr Sansui said.
He disclosed that Greece had assured Sierra Leone of her support and that she was “very anxious to develop this relationship.”
The Greek ambassador explained that the unique thing about the exhibition was that the pictures were high quality black and white 1930-1960 Greece.
“You are going to see a Greece with virginity, with purity, it monuments and cultures,” he said.
He emphasized that the reason why the exhibition was being held at Fourah Bay College was because it was one of the oldest higher educational institutions in West Africa and a focal point for the all the scientists and experts.
“You cannot think of democracy without academic institutions,” he said
The ambassador also noted that the role of the media was very important in democratic Sierra Leone as it should be the eye-opener. “Sometimes the media can be the fire extinguisher,” he said.