About sixteen ethnic groups inhabit Sierra Leone, each with their own language and customs. The two largest and most influential are the Temne and the Mende people. The Temne are predominantly found in the north of the country, while the Mende are predominant in the south-east. Although English is the official language spoken at schools and government administration, the Krio language is the most widely spoken language in the country and unites all the different ethnic groups in the country, especially in their trade and social interaction with each other.
The Commonwealth realm of Sierra Leone, officially known as "Sierra Leone", was a predecessor to the present-day Republic of Sierra Leone. It was the African country with the longest tenure as a Commonwealth realm, existing between 27 April 1961 and 19 April 1971.
When British rule ended in 1961, the British Crown Colony of Sierra Leone was given independence as a Commonwealth realm under the Sierra Leone Independence Act 1961, While a Commonwealth realm, the British monarch, Elizabeth II, remained the head of state of Sierra Leone and was represented in Sierra Leone by a Governor-General. Sierra Leone shared the Sovereign with the other Commonwealth realms. The royal succession was governed by the English Act of Settlement of 1701. The following Governors-General of Sierra Leone held office:
Despite their 1983 first single, "Sierra Leone", hitting the top five, and the band being named Most Promising Group of the Year at that year's RIANZ Awards they split up in 1984.
The band was formed in 1982 by lead singer Andrew Snoid, formerly with New Zealand bands The Whizz Kids, Pop Mechanix and Australian-based New Zealand group The Swingers, and guitarist Mark Bell. Bell later joined Snoid in a reformed Pop Mechanix. Other member were Dennis "Choc" Te Whare, keyboardist Stuart Pearce and drummer Paul Hewitt - and later guitarist Bones Hillman They decided on the name "Coconut Rough" based on a type of sweet treat popular in Australia and New Zealand.
The band's biggest hit was also their first single - "Sierra Leone" hit the top five in the 1983 New Zealand pop charts. The song was aided by one of the first New Zealand music videos with special effects. In 2001, Sierra Leone was voted the 94th best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA.
(I was spendin' too much time alExplainone) Spendin' too much time alone... (And I just ran outta Trojans) Horses gallop to her throne (We were behaving like teenagers) We're behaving like teenagers (Makin' less than minimum wage) Still inside our parents' homes (No I don't live in Denver) No I don't live in Denver (I grew up in Sierra Leone) And her pink skies will keep me warm Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Tid bits of intuition that I be gettin' abandon admission (Sierra Leone) Abandon mission, you must be kiddin', this shit feelin' different Shit feelin' too good to me Glistening, shimmerin' underneath the sunlight, the sunlight (Sierra Leone) And a new day will bring about the dawn And a new day will bring another cryin' babe into the world (girl now) Our daughter's reachin' for the nipple cause it's time for her to eat Tonight I'll lay her in the cradle if it's time for go to sleep I sing a Lennon lullaby, she can have a pretty dream Baby girl if you knew what I know, knew what I know Na, na na, na na, na...
On March 28, a group of about seven people kicked, choked, and beat Tokowa, manager of radio broadcaster FOP 89.7FM Moyamba, as he attempted to cover an event by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party...