Why Bangla is an official language in Sierra  Leone 

  • Why Bangla is an official language in Sierra Leone

Tribune Online Report​

Army troops walk to the UN-chartered plane at Dhaka airport, 05 December 2000 prior to leaving Dhaka to join UN Assistance Mission in Sierra Leone AFP

Bangla is currently an official language in Sierra Leone.

The language Bangla and its speakers in Bangladesh have been pioneer in bringing one’s love for mother-tongue and linguistic identity to a global platform in 1952.

On February 21, 1952, six young men sacrificed their lives to stand up for their rights to speak in their mother-tongue – Bangla.

These men have been noted in history as language martyrs and the day is now observed as the “International Mother Language Day” by the United Nations.

About half a century later, Bangla has come to be celebrated once again.

In 2002, Bangla was announced as one of the official languages in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa.

Between 1991 and 2002, Sierra Leone had suffered a long time of internal conflicts, during which the Bangladeshi peacekeepers, who were the largest part of the force deployed by the UN played a significant role in confining the conflict and in restoring peace.

So, after peace was restored in 2002, in recognition and appreciation to the contribution made by the Bangladeshi peacemakers, the country’s president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah announced that Bangla would be considered an official language in Sierra Leone.

About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Salone.com Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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