The new Sierra Leonean passport design, featuring a chimpanzee holding a branch, has sparked a wave of mixed reactions. While some applaud the new design for its creativity and eye-catching appeal, others have criticized it for its negative implications.
It features a chimpanzee holding a branch in the forest, with an outline of other designs in the background. Though the design has been hailed by many, some have criticized it for its negative connotations. Critics have argued that the design reinforces the idea of humans being superior to animals, which is a concept that most people find outdated.
They also point out that chimpanzees are endangered species, and that the government should not be promoting their exploitation. Some also stressed that many Sierra Leoneans will face rapid racist slurs from around the world.
Regardless of the criticism, the new design has been praised by other parties for its creativity and eye–catching appeal.
They also point out that the design is meant to represent peace and unity, which is something the country desperately needs after years of civil war and unrest.
Some of the reactions are: