Sierra Leone’s hip hop legend, Pupa Banja, urged Alhaji Amadu Bah, also known as ‘Boss La’, to let go of the past and move on from his jail time. Bah was among the beneficiaries of a presidential pardon issued on January 1st, 2024, after serving more than a year of his nine-year sentence. Boss LA’s freedom caused a stir in Sierra Leone, sparking nationwide jubilation and excitement, especially among music lovers.
Banja, who is famous for his 90s hits, was thrilled by the news. He shared a message that touched many people, saying, “No one should be in jail… We just have to learn to forgive and forget… Love, forgive and forget. We welcome you brother. You are not supposed to be inside there and nobody is supposed to be in there.”Boss LA, who was still visibly emotional, thanked the President for giving him another opportunity in life. His words, “I appreciate the president for giving me another chance in life,” echoed across the nation.Boss LA’s release was not the only reason to celebrate. Over 300 prisoners were also pardoned on the same day, making it a historic day for Sierra Leone. The President’s gesture of mercy brought happiness and hope to many families and showed a dedication to second chances and rehabilitation