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By Abu Bakarr Biggie Kamara

The Sierra Leone Nationals Association of Manitoba (SALNAM) on Saturday, September 10, 2016, participated at the 3rd annual Culture Fest held at the Bethel Heritage Park in Winkler. The organization was represented by young girls from Winnipeg's Sierra Leone Community. These girls, known as the SALNAM Dancers, put on an energetic and electrifying performance that enlivened the crowd and left them yearning for more.

Dressed in their green, white and blue costume, and in true Sierra Leonean style, the girls proudly showcased Sierra Leone's cultural heritage in the form of a dance. During their performance, it was a sight to behold, as the girls, amidst thunderous applause, displayed their God-given talents dancing to Sierra Leonean tunes like Da Bondo and Sweet Africa.

The event featured the culture of about twenty countries this year, including  performances, arts, food and music from places like El Salvador, Russia, Ecuador, Pakistan, Congo, India, China, the Philippines, and so on.

Indeed, the SALNAM girls put Sierra Leone on the map in Winkler, and left the event's spectators delighted. "Wow you guys really rock, your dance is a delight to see, and it simply appears you came to spice up the show", one spectator observed. Indeed, these girls did not fail to exceed expectations as reliable and exemplary volunteers. What a way for one to showcase their skills, and to show their commitment and love for their community.

SALNAM would like to thank the girls for their time and commitment to represent their community. SALNAM also wishes to thank the parents for allowing the girls to come to Winkler to showcase Sierra Leone in a town that is very new to new Canadians.