Fambul Tik (krio for family tree) promotes heritage connections as a way of life.
Starting off with Sierra Leone’s shared heritage with the African Diaspora, particularly those in America that we have been nurturing over the years, we plan to pursue other connections between West and Central Africa and their Diaspora in the future.
After doing tours to Bunce Island in Sierra Leone operating as Fambul Tik Tours with a focus on heritage tourism, we expanded a bit into cruise tours and hosted G Adventures, one of the largest adventure tourism companies in the world, twice before Ebola broke out. However, we are a diaspora tourism organization and our plan is to bring the awareness of our linkages to the Americas (including the Caribbean). So that is what we are going to be doing in earnest. We are hoping in the near future to start doing heritage tours from all of these places to Sierra Leone particularly; and in partnership with others to other relevant countries like Gambia and Guinea.
“Since Ebola, we have spread the concept of reconnection beyond just African Americans, but also to descendants of Sierra Leone in the Americas, at large. The idea is to reconnect with descendants of Sierra Leone who we know went to almost all the islands, definitely the larger ones (but smaller ones too), and one country at a time we will connect and open doors up to possibilities. These reconnections can go beyond just tourism as we have tried to do in both TT and Jamaica.”
Fambul Tik reconnected the government of Sierra Leone with the Maroons in Jamaica in 2016, after about 170 years. We have a Maroon connection that we can tap into for tourism to and from Sierra Leone. Over and beyond the Maroon Connection, approximately over 150 ships may have left Sierra Leone for Jamaica during slavery, and a few more post-emancipation as indentured servants. This history, coupled with new DNA trends can go a long way into driving tourism, especially the heritage kind, towards Sierra Leone. See the following story: http://westafricanchronicles.com/2017/03/locating-and-reconnecting-with-sierra-leonean-descendants-in-the-diaspora/
We also did something similar with Trinidad and Tobago where we rediscovered Sierra Leone Road in a city called Diego Martin. There are descendants of Sierra Leone in Trinidad and Tobago that we can do trips with back and forth. Already we are working with Trinidad and Tobago to start taking Sierra Leoneans there on tours. But the big picture is to go to Sierra Leone, once we identify descendants of hers in TT. https://youtu.be/cJvBL83ZsGo
You can also see a short article here on the story: http://westafricanchronicles.com/2017/03/gems-collected-a-sierra-leoneans-trip-to-trinidad-tobago/
Similarly, we reconnected our government and people of Sierra Leone by coordinating a visit to Grenada, and specifically Carriacou. A smaller island where slaves from Sierra Leone where taken to from Bunce Island in Sierra Leone. We hope to facilitate tours to Carriacou by Sierra Leoneans and you can see what we did there: https://youtu.be/JC2tVfSrIOw