Concord Times (Freetown)

14 October 2008

Sierra Leone: President Koroma is 'Wesleyan Hero'

The President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, was yesterday crowned "Wesleyan Hero" at a special Sunday service in his local church, the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone (WCSL), Kissy Dockyard, in Freetown.

Explaining the need for such a ceremony, the preacher, Rev. Moses Kanu of the Baptist Convention, said it is biblical to honour on earth those people who have been raised up as leaders by the Lord. Taking his text from the book of Esther Chapter 6, Rev. Kanu said God's people should set the pace in honouring their leaders. "His Excellency is obviously a choice of God, and Wesleyans should be proud of having one of their members as Leader of this nation," he noted.

The President was presented with a certificate of achievement and decorated with a specially embroidered ribbon.

President Koroma's father, Pa Sylvanus Koroma, also received a posthumous hero award for distinguished service in WCSL where he served in various capacities, including School Headmaster, Bible School Lecturer, and National Secretary. It was received by Mrs. Admire Sesay, the President's sister.

The late Rev. Y.M. Kroma, who brought great initiatives to WCSL as National Superintendent, also received a Wesleyan hero award. His daughter, Martina Kroma of the Law Reform Commission, was also given an award as a Wesleyan heroine. The current National Superintendent, Rev. J.Y. Konteh, also got an award.

Among other recipients of the Wesleyan hero award were Deputy Minister of Finance and Development Dr. Richard Konteh, Press Secretary to the President Sheka Tarawalie, former parliamentarian Rev. A.F. Kamara, World Hope International Country Director Saidu Kanu, Executive Director of NACSA Dr. William Konteh, Executive Secretary of Regimanuel Gray Daniel Kanu, UNDP Country Director Dr. Stephen Bainos Kargbo, former Njala University Principal Prof. Harry Turay, Agricultural Researcher Lovel Thomas, Special Court Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Kamara, and Evangelical School Principal Rev. Abu Conteh, all of whom have distinguished themselves as members of the Wesleyan Church who have been blessed by the Lord in their various positions.

Officiating the ceremonies at the full-to-capacity church was Bishop Abu Koroma of the National Pentecostal Church.

Special prayers were offered for the recipients, especially for President Koroma in whose hands the Lord has placed the leadership of the nation.

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