No palavars, only respect

A vision in white, Alhajee Tamba Senessie is wearing the same outfit he wore seven years ago when he travelled to the Hajj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. “It was beautiful nice and holy and everyone was wearing white”. When I spotted him, he was leaving his Mosque after Friday prayer in Congo Town. IMG_4259
This quiet man with a distinguished background is not only a local politician, he is also a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner for Oaths. Someone with this much repsonsibility recognises the importance of dressing with reverence and respect, “White clothes like this distinguish you, they force you to conduct yourself politely and control your mood and behaviour. I avoid making a palaver when I am wearing these clothes”.

IMG_4255And how do you keep those whites so white Alhajee? “Washing carefully, ironing and being respectful to your clothes. My wife usual helps me do this”.

Ramadan accessories

Yep, it’s that time of year again, the holy month observed by millions around the world – Ramadan. For those partaking, the next few weeks are in many ways a fun free zone (daily fasting, early morning prayers, steering clear of your boyfriend/girlfriend, staying off the sauce and fags), but that doesn’t mean the fashions have to suffer as well.

While half of Freetown is fasting, the city is certainly not starved of style.  Check out government worker Alimamie who will be exercising constraint, discipline and general holiness this month but is also determined to keep his wardrobe up beat. The key to his great outfits are his red hat and matching beads.

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“I’m from the Loko tribe, these beads are part of my culture. The hat I wear to the mosque. We are peaceful people and we are known for our style, “says Alimamie.

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A different two-piece but same beads and hat, these accessories are a go-anywhere choice.”Loko men are also very nice to women, women like Loko men,” he adds. Call me after Ramadan Alimamie.