• Mina Bilkis

Top 7 Things To Do In Freetown in August โ˜”

Back again! I know it's been a rough 24 hours without me. ๐Ÿ˜„


Before we delve in, today has been a tremendously rainy day in Freetown. To all my Freetownian & Sierra Leonean based readers - I hope you all were & are indoors and safe.

If you haven't already received them, please note that Freetown City Council has circulated a series of response team hotline numbers via WhatsApp. They are as follows:


Stay safe this rainy season, please! Because if you don't who else will read my content? ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜ซ ...I'm kidding. On a serious note do take extra precaution this rainy season as flood predictions and warnings have been forecasted and as we experienced today it has already started. ๐Ÿ˜”

Hope this didn't kill the mood too much ๐Ÿ˜… #SafetyMatters

So you're here for #Top7 things to do in Freetown in August โ˜”๏ธ! Let's keep it light, short to the point & informative!

Without further ado, je vous prรฉsente (I present to you) the #Top7 for this month! And as usual...in no particular order:

1. Jack & The Feminist by Femme Collective ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพ

This event is a perfect practical example of #HeForShe !


Jack & The Feminist is organized by feminist led organization Femme Collective. Femme Collective aims to amplify the voices of women through capacity building, community outreach and advocacy in Sierra Leone.


The event taking place today Friday, August 2 2019 at Pearl Hotel & Residence, Lumley Beach at 5:30pm was sent out weeks ago and is strictly by RSVP due to limited seating. Jack & The Feminist aims to debunk myths and misconceptions of gender & further aims to address the misconceptions of the term feminism and to those who identify as feminists.

As stated, the theme of the evening is to enlist men as allies in feminism i.e educating their fellow men folk on feminism and stand alongside women in combating sexism, misogyny, misogynoir and structural and systematic forms of gender based violence in Sierra Leone and the world at large.


For more information on Femme Collective's work, click here. To stay tuned to the conversation remotely, check out the hashtag #JackAndTheFeminist

2. ACUMEN Fellow Information Session ๐Ÿ“

"We invest in early-stage companies whose products and services enable the poor to transform their lives. We also support our companies with the tools, networks, technical assistance and strategic guidance needed to succeed and scale into long-term solutions to poverty." - Acumen Fellow Website


Acumen will be having their informational session on the Acumen West Africa Fellows program on:

Date: Saturday, August 3 2019

Time: 1:00pm

Venue: New Brookfields Hotel, Brookfields

For more information check out their website at: www.acumen.org/fellowships

To RSVP, kindly fill out the Google doc here.

3. Freetown Pitch Night ๐ŸŽค

Freetown Pitch Night which typically takes place on the third Wednesday of the month is back this August with its theme "Fashion and Creative Arts".

Date: Wednesday, August 21 2019

Time: 6:00-9:30pm

Venue: British Council, Towerhill

Freetown Pitch Night gives the platform to entrepreneurs with an idea or existing business to pitch to an audience of investors, enablers, partners and their peers. Facilitated by a panel of experts who provide valuable feedback in addition to an experience team to help pitchers prepare.

Do you have a business idea? Send your pitch to Freetown Pitch Night here.

4. Nanah's Tayt Styu Kษ”na ๐Ÿฅ˜

Foooodiieesss oooo, weh wi??! (Foodies where we at?!) ๐Ÿฅ˜ ๐Ÿคค #Foodies

For all the foodies out there! Nanah's Tayt Styu Kษ”na is a monthly pop up kitchen that offers authentic yummy Sierra Leonean dishes by chef in charge Nanah Jalloh.

To attend this month's pop up on:

Date: Saturday, August 17 2019

Time: 4:00-10:00pm

Venue: Hill Valley Hotel, 34 Signal Hill Road - Signal Hill

Cost: Le 180,000 (includes a complimentary bottle of water but drinks are sold separately)

Kindly RSVP with a 30% deposit to +23230103333 or +23276103333.

For your foodgasm ๐Ÿคค check out their instagram page here.

5. Country Lodge Sunday Brunch ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿณ

It's official!Foodie activities are taking over August in Freetown! ๐Ÿ“ฃ๐Ÿ“ฃ


The Country Lodge Hotel hosts their Sunday brunch from 11:00am-3:00pm at the scenic neighborhood in Hillstation. If you've been craving pancakes ๐Ÿฅž, eggs made to your liking ๐Ÿณ , desserts ๐Ÿง and more. Then Country Lodge has you covered!

I will be there eating my crepes and sipping my orange juice ๐Ÿฅค, so if you see me, don't be shy - say hi! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ If you aren't in Freetown, check out my Instagram stories. ๐Ÿ˜‰

To join me in this lovely experience overseeing picturesque Freetown, see below the details to get your munch on!

Cost: Le 250,000 (without mimosas โŒ๐Ÿฅ‚) or Le 300,000 (with mimosas ๐Ÿฅ‚) and Le125,000 for children ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿป๐Ÿง’๐Ÿพ.

Shisha ๐Ÿ’จ is also offered at a 50% discount ๐Ÿค—

For bookings, kindly call or WhatsApp at: +23277693000.


6. Breast Feeding Week ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿคฑ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿพ

World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 120 countries by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments. World Breastfeeding Week is from August 1-7 annually.

This year's theme is "empower parents, enable breastfeeding".

"In line with the policy actions advocated by the WHO-UNICEF-led Global Breastfeeding Collective, we also call for greater investments in comprehensive breastfeeding programmes, improved breastfeeding counselling and support for women in health facilities and the community, and an end to the promotion of breast-milk substitutes to enable parents to make informed decisions on the best way to feed their infants." - WHO

This year's theme advocates for friendly family policies such as paid paternity leave and extended maternal paid leave. This also extends to nurturing work environments for mothers who return to the work force such as affordable childcare, hygienic storage for breastmilk etc. WHO advises exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life

and continued breastfeeding until age 2 or longer โ€“ practices that can boost childrenโ€™s immune systems, shield them from disease, and provide protection from noncommunicable diseases later in life.

According to Global Times, Sierra Leone has improved up to 62% in exclusive breastfeeding and the New Direction administration aims to complete 80% of exclusive breastfeeding by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

#BreastIsBest

7. Warehouse comes back! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

And to end it all, dance all those calories rom wining and dining away with The Warehouse by Evoque. ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿพ

As humans do, clubs also need to recharge and strategize. Join the Warehouse by Evoque on Friday, August 30 2019 as they start their third anniversary off in business with a bang! ๐ŸŒ€

Check their Instagram stories for updates!

That's all folks!

Which #Top7 activities will you be doing and why? Please leave your comments below in the comment section.


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Check us next month!


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