Updated: Sep 1, 2019
The Liberian Swedish Association, LSA hosted Liberia 172 Independence Day celebration in Stockholm, Sweden on August 10 - 11, under the leadership of Mr. David Ford and officials. The event brought together Liberians, supporters and well-wishers of LSA from around Sweden, Norway, Finland and other countries to commemorate the celebration.
The event kicked off on Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 15:00 - 18:00 with mingling and sporting activities at Hägerstensåsens BP in Stockholm. Several Liberian ladies turned out in their numbers during this time to play Kickball among themselves - kickball is a local Liberian female sport, Afterward, LSA football team featuring its president, Mr. Ford played a friendly football match against their Sierra Leonean counterpart and won 4-2.
Later on during the night, a grand ceremony/party was held at Subtopia in Alby, Norsborg from 22:00 to 04:00 A.M. where Master Queen, a Liberian radio presenter, and talk show host served as the MC for the night along with Kinderick Thompson, a Liberian entertainer living in Sweden. In order to maximized the amusement of the night, DJ Junior of Stockholm and DJ Sporting of Umeå city dropped the latest hits music on two dance floors. More spectacularly, there were live performances by Moshedee, Kinderick Thompson and LSA kids dance group, and designer Mel of the Liberian community showcased some of his African clothes. According to several attendees, the party was well attended and is considered as one of the best African parties to be hosted in Stockholm in a very long time. Speaking at the ceremony, was the former president of the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA). In his speech, Kingston Wleh called on the government of Liberia to open a Liberian embassy in Sweden. He noted that by establishing an embassy in Sweden, this will help to alleviate the struggle that Liberians living in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavia go through to obtain the needed services which are offered by the Liberian embassy in Germany, Moreover, Mr. Wleh also added that Liberians in the diaspora are prepared to contribute to the development of Liberia. Mr. Mayango Arku, EFLA newly-elected president also speaking at the event called on Liberians in Sweden to forgive and reconcile with one another in order to have a united community for the sake of a better Liberia, Other speakers were EFLA secretary-general Mr. Francis Mensah and Mr. David Ford, Mr. Ford acknowledged and thanked all those who helped to make the day a success.
On Sunday, August 11, 2019, the celebration ended with a barbecue and after-party at Fittja äng. Although it was a rainy day, Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and others turned out in record number to close the two days festivity.