Episode 2 of Fashpack: Freetown introduces the world to upstanding members of the Freetown community – Great Hero and The Councillor. If you’ve watched the show you may already be in love with these ‘Great Pretenders’, if not press play on your IView now and be blown away by the striking originality of these two darlings.
While in many ways similar, they each have their own distinct fashion preferences, The Councillor loves a brass button and uniform while Great Hero has an eclectic wardrobe that represents all corners of the globe. What they have in common is widespread adoration from the people of Freetown, they represent the underdog, the everyman, they unite people and give their community hope.
I crossed paths with Great Hero for the first time several years back in downtown Freetown. Dressed in full military garb with flavours of Buffalo Bill (the Cuban heeled boot!), this sartorial dream boat soon became a Fashpack star who was featured regularly on the blog.
The day I introduced him to our film crew we paraded around the streets of PZ market together like Kanye and Kimmy, we were both feeling all kinds of famewhore special. The crowd just couldn’t get enough of ‘EEEERO’ and he couldn’t get enough of the attention. On top of that the camera sent him into high octave performance mode.
In our next meeting we headed back to PZ market for one of Hero’s Friday morning street sermons. Check out this ‘pure theatrical Viagra’
One of Hero’s minions in the middle reading from the Koran, Hero adds his interpretation and another pal recites Hero’s words into a crackly loud hailer. The fans were lapping it up.
We wanted to know more about this ‘administrative colossus*’ and wondered what the private life of this public figure looked like? So we headed back to his digs in Horton St. Expecting to walk into a lavish Robert Mugabe style compound, we soon discovered that Hero’s really not all that different to you and me.
*What the hell is that?
Hero lives in a humble home with his family, a goat and a vicious caged dog. When he’s not preaching or brokering peace deals he’s driving his delivery van and annoying his wife.
But what sets Hero apart from the average man on the street is his unwavering confidence, breathtaking self belief and a wardrobe to match. He wakes up every morning and dresses himself in threads that allow him to live life in a way that is 100% authentic.
Immerse yourself in the magic of Great Hero in Episode 2!
Fashpack: Freetown is a six part short form documentary series that delves into the colourful world of Freetown’s most stylish people. For those in Australia you can watch it on ABC Iview, for everyone else, I’m afraid you just have to be patient. It will be coming your way in about six months.