Paramount Chief Alie Badara Sheriff of Jong Chiefdom in Sierra Leone Visits Wisconsin!
Paramount Chief Alie Badara Sheriff is the elected traditional head of Jong Chiefdom, Bonthe District. Chief Sheriff will visited Madison, Wisconsin as a guest of the Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (AYM) from April 20 through May 23, 2004. The Chief’s visit followed a Sierra Leone visit undertaken by two members of AYM, Nikki Staab, former AYM Director of Information and Vice President Dennis Glover. That trip lasted from January 8 through the 18, 2004.
As part of the Chiefs visit, two welcoming events have were planned. The first event took place in Madison on Friday, April 30, 2004 from 7 PM to 1 A.M. at the Province Hill Apartment Complex Club House, 7602 Midtown Road. The other welcoming event took place in Chicago on Saturday, May 1, 2004 at the residence of Dr. Sam Kormoi. Both events were free, however individuals are encouraged to RSVP, bring food and drinks to share.
During his one-month long stay on his first trip to the United States, Paramount Chief Sheriff spoke at various engagements around the state, including schools and colleges like UW-Platteville, St. Norbert College, MATC, and the Medford and Chippewa Falls School Districts. The Chief was treated to a special dinner in his honor at UW Platteville, followed with a reception before giving a rousing speech to an audience of five hundred.
The Chief’s presentation was both educational and persuasive. It was persuasive in the sense that students (and other audience members) were compelled to look beyond their immediate community and take action to make a positive difference in the lives of people around the world.