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Reading: New passport Design with Chimp spikes mixed reactions

New passport Design with Chimp spikes mixed reactions

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New passport Design with Chimp spikes mixed reactions
New passport Design with Chimp spikes mixed reactions

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that the design reinforces the idea of humans being superior to animals, which is a concept that most people find outdated.

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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 eyecatching 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.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.