The people of Sierra Leone were offered some brief respite from last weekend’s nationwide lockdown when the Government allowed all Muslims and Christians across the country to leave their homes and attend their respective Friday Jumah Salat prayer and Palm Sunday Service. Freetown beautician Aisha took full advantage of the opportunity to get out of the house and trotted off to her local parish’s three-hour gathering without hesitation.
Church is not only a place where you can say hello to god, it’s also a great opportunity to dress the hell up and flirt with whoever you have your eye on that particular week. While Aisha didn’t meet her future husband in the pews of St Antony’s Church, there’s no denying that she looked glamorous while trying. Aisha’s glittery blue Africana came from over the border in Guinea and she shopped the spectacular matching head wrap in Freetown. The exotic furry animal dangling from her arm is actually a handbag leftover from her own last season stock (she is also a fashion trader). Aisha refers to the look as ‘Beauty Queen’ and I have to agree, those words sum her up perfectly.
And how does Aisha feel about the lockdown? “I am ok with the lock down if we have a good result from it. We will do anything extra if it means Ebola is finished in this country, we just want it to GO!”.