TEGLOMA FEDERATION ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN

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Defeated? - There Is always another time to win!
Defeated? - There Is always another time to win!
Mustapha Sheriff, Tegloma's new chairman carried high by members. Photo: (c) The AfricaPaper
Mustapha Sheriff, Tegloma’s new chairman carried high by members. Photo: (c) The AfricaPaper

 

The AfricaPaper | Minnesota

MINNESOTA – Meeting in the Twin Cities for its annual National and International Convention on Aug. 3O through Sept. 1, 2013, Tegloma members from all chapters voted and elected Mr. Mustapha Sheriff as new Chairman of  Tegloma Federation, Inc.

VOTE

Mr. Sheriff, an accountant by profession will serve a two-year term in office leading Tegloma and all its 25 chapters. He defeated Julia Hawa Conteh, former president and chief of Tegloma New York and New Jersey Chapter. Sheriff won 87 votes, and Conteh gained 49 votes. Mr. Sheriff  was sworn in on Sunday evening and handed the organization’s staff  to  symbolize his authority.

TENSE EVENING

It was a tense evening that ended in a cultural celebration as Sheriff was carried shoulder-high. The hall erupted into a traditional dance to honor  Tegloma’s new leader.  Sheriff’s supporters and majority of those present congratulated him after Conteh delivered a graceful concession speech promising to work with the new chairman and all members of the organization.  Tegloma, one of Sierra Leone’s most vibrant social organizations abroad, was formed in Washington, D.C. in the mid 1970s  to assist Sierra Leoneans (mostly southeastern) in the US. It is now viewed by many as a pressure group for development in the country.

The Election Commissioners, Chief Madam Josephine Ladipo (Dallas); Mr. Shcku Sheriff (Minnesota); Mrs. Angela Bhonapha (TONCA) and Chief Victor Tarmoh (DC) were praised for conducting an election that Conteh said was “fair and transparent.” TAP

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TEGLOMA’s ELECTION EVENING 

 

Julia Hawa Conteh, former president and chief of Tegloma  NY/NJ chapter
Julia Hawa Conteh, former president and chief of Tegloma NY/NJ chapter
The victor - Mustapha Sheriff
The victor – Mustapha Sheriff

 

Every vote counts
Every vote counts

 

Voting
Voting
Members wait for the result
Tense moments: Members wait for the result

 

Sheriff receiving the Tegloma staff
Sheriff receiving the Tegloma staff

 

Defeated? - There Is always another time to win!
Defeated? – There Is always another time to win!

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