Dec 31

12:30 am

07:00 am

10:00 am

Visit Rogbonko

A small village in rural Sierra Leone where Sierra Leoneans make the “shuku blai” that is similar to the Gullah “sweetgrass” basket. Gullahs are known to sew not weave these baskets. What does Sierra Leoneans think?   

Makeni Town

11:30 am

Arrival in Rogbonko

See a Gullah woman ‘sew’ a sweetgrass basket in front of Sierra Leoneans in Rogbonko for the first time ever. Also, watch a Gullah woman start a basket that a Sierra Leonean will complete and observe the differences.  Or the similarities.

Rogbonko

03:00 pm

08:00 pm

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Sierra Leonean performances on songs and stories depicting the two-way connections.  One or two Gullahs may perform too to acknowledge or respond to the Sierra Leoneans.  A private affair.

Freetown

11:00 pm

Watchnight Church Service – A watchnight service is one of the most important events in Gullah culture.  

As a matter of fact, the Gullah-Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission considers it one of their most important events of the year.  It is fitting that we show them how we do New Year’s Eve in Sierra Leone.

Freetown
Jan 02

08:00 am

09:00 am

10:00 am

LECTURE: The African American Odyssey of John Kizell

 A Sierra Leonean, a Gullah, an African American, a Black Loyalist and a Nova Scotian.  Author Kevin Lowther will reveal this new discovery of a remarkable character to both Sierra Leoneans and our Gullah guests

Freetown

12:00 pm

02:00 pm

LECTURE: African Americans and Africa

Author Dr. Nemata Blyden will talk about her new book that is getting a lot of attention and she will sign purchased copies on site

Freetown

04:00 pm

08:00 pm

Jan 05

07:00 am

08:00 am

11:30 am

01:00 pm

Arrive in Senehun Ngola and observe discussions, activities and performances in the Mende culture

In 1997 the Moran family visited this remote village and established lasting relationships.  This year it will be the Relafords’ turn to experience their connection firsthand.  Along with their cousin, Wilson Moran who is now a veteran in these affairs.  The Relaford’s are relatives on the Amelia Dawley side and it is as much as their story as it is the Morans.  Isn’t that cool?

Senehun Ngola

05:00 pm

07:00 pm

Jan 07

08:00 am

10:00 am

03:30 pm

Arrive at Lungi

Freetown International Airport (FNA)

06:00 pm

Check into Lungi hotel/resort

Freetown International Airport (FNA)

07:00 pm

Dinner starts through 9 p.m

Freetown International Airport (FNA)