An identifying symbol to represent the newly established Human Rights Commission was unveiled on Friday at the Commission’s Wellington Street head office in Freetown.
The commission had previously advertised that Sierra Leoneans send in graphic suggestions for a logo which would be used by the commission.
Yasmin Jusu-Sheriff Fofana, one of the Human Rights Commissioners, said the commission received many entries to the competition.
She said they were surprised to see how much depth and thoughtfulness Sierra Leoneans had, and that that surfaced in the art work from the log submissions to the commission.
However, three submissions caught the eyes of the commission which, according to commissioner Yasmin Fofana, were combined to develop one logo which was unveiled by Aminata Fofana, a woman whose legs were amputated during Sierra Leone’s civil war.
The logo is a key which was the central concept of Mohamed Kamara who works at Wisdom Graphics, and he was the winner of the logo competition grabbing the star prize of a million and five hundred thousand Leones.
Black hands inside the map of Sierra Leone cradling a burning torch is inside the key and that was the concept of Tamba R. Kargbo of 20 Mudge Farm at Aberdeen Road in Freetown.
Explaining the logo, Mrs Yasmin Jusu Sheriff Fofana said the key represented the opening of human rights in Sierra Leone, and the fact that a key with a keyholder meant that every Sierra Leonean could carry it and that the commission could be accessible to everybody.