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Top 7 Things To Do in Freetown: January 2022!

Happy New Year!

Api Nyu Yia!


We made it to the new year with Corona in tow and its several relatives aka mutations. Anyways, na so. At least we made it, and just in time for the return of Top 7 Things To Do in Freetown!

As usual, in NO particular order, I present to you some things to do in Freetown this January. Are you ready?

1. An evening with Ishmael Beah! 📖

Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist will be gracing the public with an evening talk.

Ishmael is known for his memoir A Long Way Gone (2007). This memoir is a firsthand account of Ishmael's time as a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Spend an evening with one of our most celebrated writers:

Date: Saturday, January 8 2022

Time: 6pm

Venue: Barla Beach Café, Lumley Beach Road

2. Sip & Paint 🎨

Fancy yourself a painter or want to tap into your creative side? ☺️ Why not give it a go with The Chilled Canvas tomorrow?

They promise to bring a chilled vibe with food and drinks and of course a canvas to paint on!

Paint with The Chilled Canvas on:

Date: Saturday, January 8 2022

Time: 5pm

Venue: Spur Loop by Chinese Embassy

Cost: Le 250,000

Contact: +232 79 217 490

+380 633 509 832

Or catch them on Instagram at

*This is a partnership sponsored post*

3. Fritong Luma 🛍️🇸🇱

Fritong Luma is Freetown's newest monthly local pop up market!

It debuted in November 2021, Fritong Luma showcases all made in Sierra Leone products: from Shea butter cosmetics like The Ori Project 😊 to clothing, shoes, cashew nuts by Bers' Nuts and more!

The agenda has always been to buy local, we are merely reiterating it.

Buying local is sustainable

Buying local boosts the local economy

Buying local contributes to national development

You can catch the next Fritong Luma:

Date: Saturday, January 29 2022

Time: 9am

Venue: Atlantic Lumley Hotel Car Park, Lumley Beach

Entrance: FREE

4. Salsa in Freetown by Couchsurfing Sierra Leone 💃🏽

Salsa dancers and enthusiasts, this is your time to shine!

Salsa in Freetown organized by the ambassador of Couchsurfing Sierra Leone Alusine Kamara Jr, welcomes beginners, enthusiasts and two left feet holders (such as myself) to take the dance floor.

Date: Every Wednesday evening

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Nameless Bar and Restaurant, Lumley Beach

Entrance: Free

Contact: +232 78 043 464

5. Stay at Country Lodge! 🏨

Country Lodge Hotel situated in Hillstation aka the Beverly Hills of Freetown ☺️ has one of the most extraordinary views the city has to offer. From great customer service to lovely rooms, Country Lodge has a lot to offer and I was left very happy when invited for a short stay. I really enjoyed the salmon sandwich!

Check them out on Instagram at @_thecountrylodgehotel and tell them Mina sent you!

*This is a sponsored partnership post*

6. Stay Safe, Corona Dae o! 🦠

Corona is real o!

Some of you came into the new year claiming "Flu" and "Malaria" 👀

Ok o ...

Let's safeguard one another by getting tested if we exhibit any Coro-like symptoms, social distance, wash our hands frequently et al.

Corona na wi ol fet!

7. Domestic Tourism 🏝️

Now with the JCs (Just Cam - holiday comers) going back to Babylon, why not take this opportunity to get out of the city and see some of our many beautiful islands?

Last week I spent the day at Banana Island and went for a historical tour, there's so much to learn within your borders. There are other islands such as Bunce, Tasso, Turtle etc which I look forward to visiting sometime this year!

And that's it!

Happy new year again!

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Till next time,

Mina Bilkis.

ergo sum cogito


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