Yonkers City Mayor Mike Spano has proclaimed June 22nd as Ambassador Amara Sowa Day, honoring His Excellency Ambassador Amara Sowa, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in New York.

Ambassador Sowa was recognized for his outstanding advocacy, diplomatic efforts, and unwavering dedication to strengthening Sierra Leone’s presence in the international diplomatic community. His inspirational leadership and exemplary service within the Yonkers community were also celebrated.

The proclamation was made during the Juneteenth Celebration 2024 at the Messianic Baptist Church in Yonkers, where Ambassador Sowa and his family were guests of honor. Juneteenth commemorates the abolition of the slave trade and the emancipation of African Americans throughout the United States.

Mayor Mike Spano praised Ambassador Sowa for his commitment to public service and expressed gratitude on behalf of Yonkers City residents. He called upon the community to join in honoring Ambassador Sowa for his lifelong dedication to creating a better world for future generations.

Ambassador Sowa received Certificates of Recognition from the Office of the City Council – City of Yonkers and the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Majority Leader of the New York Senate, Andrea Stewart Cousin, and Congressman Jamaal Bowman of the NY 16th Congressional District also commended Ambassador Sowa for his leadership and service.

In response, Ambassador Sowa expressed his gratitude to the people of New York, particularly the residents of Yonkers, for the honor bestowed upon him. He viewed the proclamation as a source of motivation to continue his efforts in enhancing Sierra Leone-US relations and contributing to global diplomacy.

During his address, Ambassador Sowa highlighted the historical significance of Freetown in the abolition of the slave trade and its connection to Juneteenth celebrations.

He encouraged New Yorkers to visit Sierra Leone, describing it as a beautiful country with resilient and welcoming people. He also emphasized Sierra Leone’s progress from the ravages of civil war to its current position as an active member of the international community, including its seat on the United Nations Security Council under the leadership of President Julius Maada Bio.