Peace and style at the polling booth

In line with the chillaxed vibe of election day, smart casual seemed to be the general dress code at polling stations in Freetown. In contrast to the fashion lunacy demonstrated at the rallies (see here and here and here), most folk were happy to put their party colours aside and peace-out in something a bit more chill. Big air kisses to all Sierra Leonians who voted, you did it with nothing less than grace and style.
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Adama’s sexy androgynous look served her well at the polling booth. The pinky finger is not a reference to an ex-boyfriend. Adama is actually showing us where she, like all other voters, got inked after casting her vote.
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Animata, you could be buck-naked and frankly all I would notice is your wonderful smile. It’s a good thing you’re not because then we wouldn’t get to see this cracking outfit, a perfect Africana print dress and matching headwrap accessorized with some chic silver dangly earrings. And yes, that’s Animata’s inked finger you can see on her left hand.
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Animata’s sister Fatimata also kept it relaxed in this yellow Africana matchy with head wrap. It looks like Animata is telling me to ‘talk to the hand because the face ain’t listening’. But  of course Fatimata is just showing us her inked finger.
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It’s a two finger peace sign from Cleo who was yet to cast his vote when the shot was taken. Cleo kept it simple in his classic hipster uniform in which he added a pair of Birkenstocks. Take note hipsters of the world, Birkos are back.
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Dressed in an outfit that appears to be a radical shift away from matchy, Kadijatu Jalloh (sister in-law of Freetown tailor Unisa Jalloh) gives us the inked finger salute. The mushroom print top clashes perfectly with the striped shirt and contrasting head wrap. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t beat a three piece Africana suit but a mixed up clash like this is also a winner.

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Ojukwu could pass as one of Lindsay Lohan’s close protection bodyguards in his giant t-shirt, Kangol cap and ID tag. He specifically chose the colour of peace for election day and it was a popular choice with many of his fellow countrymen and women.

Fashion rivalry builds as the election looms closer

With just one day before Freetown fashionistas walk down that catwalk to the polling booths, the election rally style just keeps getting better. The SLPP were out in force again yesterday showing off their cutting edge creativity and a committment to green at the National Stadium.

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Someone needs to call the Guinness Book of freaking Records, this is surely the world’s biggest tie. Hanging 1.2 meters from the neck, and measuring 30cm at its widest point, Mr Samuel Koroma made it himself from fabric he purchased at PZ markets in town.
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Theresa brings some Mende* magic to her SLPP get-up with a traditional country cotton shirt in party colours. She’s not holding back on the accessories either, with a stetson, Chanel quilted handbag, fabulous green earrings, party sash and some kind of bicycle pump with green highlights.

*Mende is a Sierra Leonian tribe.

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Freetown hipster Shek Rogers looks totes amazeballs in his party colours. But what was truly hip about Shek were his dance moves. He had been shaking his skinny-jeaned ass for three hours when I snapped this and planned to keep going into the night.

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Unfortunately I caught Mamiabu at a solemn moment in this photo. The second before this snap was taken she was actually having a ball, and who wouldn’t be in that outfit. Mamiabu is looking like a pimped out gangster in the africana headwrap worn underneath a jaunty hat. And note the faces of her party leaders printed on the fabric of her dress.