The Mayor of Freetown, Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE shared brief history of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone as the city celebrates its 230th anniversary.

Her Worship explained why the city was named ‘Freetown’ and how it gained it name. She called on Freetonians to celebrate the anniversary of Freetown. Here is the beautiful story she said about her city.

“230 years ago on January 15th, 1792, 15 ships with 1,196 Black Loyalists set out from Halifax, Nova Scotia, in today’s Canada, on the long journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Their journey was arduous and difficult, but their hearts were full of hope and longing for a better future. On March 11th, 1792, almost two months later, those Black Loyalists finally reached their destination – their promised land – and they dropped the anchors of their ships for good.

Tradition has it that after they arrived, they gathered around the Cotton Tree and prayed, celebrating their first thanksgiving in their newfound home.

They called it Freetown: the city of hope, the city of liberty, the city of freedom. And together with the people already living here, they built the foundation of our beloved city.

230 years on, Freetown has become the heartbeat of our nation, Sierra Leone. Freetown is now the driver of Sierra Leone’s economy, it is home to our nation’s legal, business and diplomatic communities and it is the melting pot of all our ethnic groups. Its cultural richness, bustling population and natural splendour make it potentially one of the most captivating destinations in West Africa.

This year, from the 7th to the 13th of March, we will be celebrating the 230th anniversary of the foundation of Freetown and invoking the spirit of hope and determination that gave birth to our wonderful Freetown.

Freetonians – save the date!

Let’s celebrate our history, our culture, our roots, our future, our city, OUR FREETOWN!”