The Old Bo Boys Association which was formed in 1929 has come to face harsh criticisms from all sectors of the society in this nation. People accost the association as a “group of men who have refused to grow” and also as “a group of able powerful men who can assist others.” The people also argue that the association is a “potential pressure group” that can help in solving the problems of this nation. First to mention this was the Chairman of this year’s OBBA anniversary Kotor Sulay B Sesay of the Decentralization Secretariat.
He even joked of a time while driving in Freetown when a woman from the market told him “OBBA please help us in solving the problems of this nation” OBBA he said has got a fair share of criticism but that the members of the association should now sit to ponder on the ways of facing and addressing these criticisms.
The association has also faced the criticism that it is very much political and is full of members belonging to the Sierra Leone Peoples Party. But it was this chance that the Guest Speaker Dr Prince Harding of the Fourah Bay College took to tell the whole world that “OBBA is not SLPP.” He explained that the Old Bo Boys Association was formed in 1929 while the Sierra Leone Peoples Party came about in 1949.
He said that being that the palm tree is found “in every region” of this country and being that Bo School is the melting point of all the tribes of this nation, thus the association chose the symbol of the palm tree to be on the emblem of OBBA .He explained that the palm tree “represents morality” and being that Bo School Boys are expected to be good examples of the axiom “Manners Maketh Man” which is in fact the school’s motto, the association decided to pick the palm tree up.
He also took the opportunity to tell the audience that politics was not a game of hatred, rather of love. He outlined ten features of good politicking amongst which were that politics is “self-fulfilling, interesting and safe” amongst others. He warned that politics should be a field where to meet challenging ideas in fulfilling the needs of the people. Ending the 10 features was that in politics “you should do the right thing and damn the consequences.”