As Sierra Leone’s Independence anniversary draws closer, the annual bonfire and barbeque party at Lumley beach is the biggest talk in town. Organized by the John Akar Independence Trust the event attracts the city’s ‘who is who’ to a party that is like no other in the country. Attendees are treated to dinner and side attractions, while dancing throughout the night. After midnight there is a cultural ‘bubu’ dance and bonfire on the beach. In the last five years since the event was started the bonfire and ‘ bubu’ dance on the beach has become the centerpiece attraction.
A member of the John Akar Independence Trust has told this press that there are now individuals from abroad who plan their visits to Freetown around Independence Day celebrations specifically to witness the ‘ bubu’ dance and bonfire on the beach. The John Akar Independence Trust is a non- profit charity that supports civic mindedness, and nationalism building projects. The name of the organization honours the first Sierra Leonean to head the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, founder of the Sierra Leone National Dance Troupe, and composer of the music of the National anthem.
Tickets for this year’s event which are already out are sold for Le. 50, 000 and will be available at the gate at Chez Nous Beach Bar and Restaurant. Given the organization’s focus this press has learnt that key officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture will be gracing the occasion.