As Sierra Leone prepares for the Golden Jubilee Celebrations an indigenous Sierra Leonean Karefa Kargbo a retired soldier has returned home from the US to add value to the tourism sector by constructing a first class restaurant, Jazz Lounge and a Banquet hall named Shangri La at 92 Kingston upon Hall Way along Lumley Beach Road in Freetown.
The rich, famous and the average will be attracted by the quality design of the building and customary wood paneled sits and tables placed carefully in a spacious elegant curved storey glass wall overlooking the breathtaking crescent white coral Lumley beach sand.
You can see the Atlantic Ocean from the front terrace while the Aberdeen Creek with mangrove swamps full of different kinds of spices and birds lay beneath the back terrace, with a full view of admirably placed skyscrapers hanging over the mountains of the West end of Freetown.
Shangri La is just the best place for all kinds of event hosting customarily suitable for conferences, weddings and relaxation for a life time luxurious break. It has an elite lounge for exclusive drinks and a unique Jazz Lounge at the basement with adequate parking space for over fifty vehicles.
Clean and Glittering tiles with a refreshing air conditioned atmosphere and well dressed dinner tables on each floor of the complex and cushioned chairs offers an impressive comfort and value for money. DSTV Channels viewed on Plasma TV sets are tacked above the walls while memorable African carvings are pleasantly steering at guests.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the National Tourist Board were thrilled by the magnificent investment of Karefa Kargbo and did everything possible to make available the piece of land for development that will contribute to socioeconomic development of the tourism sector.
Emerica Kargbo -wife of the pioneering and development-oriented Karefa Kargbo, says she was very instrumental in convincing her husband to invest in the country, citing that when she left her Lagos furniture shop to open another in Sierra Leone she faced challenges to get a shop space for rent.
But due to her excitement and vision to invest, she convinced her husband to support Shangri La project in Sierra Leone. She explained to guests at the official opening ceremony on Friday night, which was graced by Government Officials, private sector executives, family friends and relatives.
She said “I have had sleepless nights for the past two weeks for the quest to see this place open with meaningful support from the contractors and consultants of the project at IDEAS Limited, furniture designs and window cuttings were all done by Sierra Leoneans.”
She expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the implementation of the project by serially calling their names and the roles they played. Emerica encouraged the guests and the general public to visit Shangri La from Tuesdays to Mondays for maximum satisfaction in relaxation and entertainment, disclosing that their drinks, food and other facilities are affordable.
During the cutting of tape for the official grand opening, Karefa Kargbo said “I am here to revitalize the tourism sector by adding value added service in the entertainment industry with the hope that my brothers and sisters can patronize my business.”
He said “I have invested in this country with good spirit and hope to do more by improving on the facilities available and also expanding the business to meet the demands of our cherished customers.”
He said Shangri-La is the latest entertainment centre that will be offering quality and affordable services for both locals and visiting tourists than any other spot along Lumley Beach.
The Manager of National Tourist Board Cecil Williams commended Karefa Kargbo for the investment and spoke about the role played by the National Tourist Board to secure the land for the entertainment complex which was completed within three years.
He promised to support the investment venture because it will create employment for many Sierra Leoneans and revenue will be generated for the government.
Siray Timbo of NATCOM who spoke on behalf of IDEAS Ltd assured that the complex was constructed with local materials and guaranteed that the structure will stand the test of time. He urged Sierra Leoneans to support Shangri-La for the business to flourish.
Shangri- La hotels, restaurants and banquet hall are found in most parts of China and around the world.
By Saidu Bah