Thousands of Sierra Leoneans residing in the United States are still celebrating the success of Barack Obama, the first ever African American to be elected to the White House after a convincing victory over Republican John McCain this past Tuesday.
All over America, Sierra Leoneans were seen queuing for hours to cast their vote under the unpredictable weather, but their determination to achieve their dream made them overcome all the obstacles.
Speaking to a Sierra Leonean residing in Baltimore, Ayo Warburton, he said they have to support Obama as his close links to Africa will definitely benefit the continent.
He averred that it was high time that an African American takes the White House, as about 30 percent of voters are African Americans and he believes that they too have a say now in the affairs of America.
Another Sierra Leone living in Boston Massachusetts Hawa Kabba said she is certain that Obama would start scaling down the troops in Iraq as she has been having sleepless nights for the past one year when her brother was sent to Iraq.
She went on that Democrats are peace loving people and also based their philosophy on a strong domestic policy.
“We know that we will be able to get better jobs with good salary that will enable us to repay our mortgage loans” she averred.
It is not a hidden fact that almost all Africans were looking forward to an Obama victory and it has happened.
In another related development, President Koroma has joined world leaders in paying homage to the first African American to have won the Presidential race in the United States.
President Koroma in his message noted, “You have emerged as a symbol of hope to America and the world. Through your election as President of the United States, you have inherited the mantle of responsibility and the enormous challenge of leading the greatest democracy in the world,” the message reads.
“The Government and people of Sierra Leone join me in wishing you a prosperous tenure of office and we look forward to building a strong working relationship.”
President Koroma further affirmed that, “In my capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ten of the African Union on UN Reform, I look forward to working with your administration in reforming the United Nations, as that institution moves into intergovernmental negotiations”.