Sierra Leone’s Chief Minister, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, has recently made headlines after he cut off his signature dreadlocks, which he wore for several years. Though he has not revealed the motivation behind his decision to go bald, The Award-Winning Minister took to his Facebook page to update his followers that his middle name Moinina means “New Man”.
The news of his haircut has been met with mixed reactions from his followers on social media. While some welcomed his new look, others who were fans of his dreadlocks criticized him for shaving off. Favour Mela, a follower of the Minister’s Facebook page, commented, “My President in the making woow I’m super excited about this Change. Congratulations Sir,” while Muctarr Thakbirr also commented, “Not Cool was a big fan of the locs”.
Just imagine u wake na morning en see dis as wi first post of di day, u go tak wi serious, well wi know say una nor ever tak wi serious but aw Chief Minister ei barb biznez for mak breaking news🤔
Mak ei nor be say na LAJ advice am for barb oh bicos LAJ very influential right now
Love D Maria
Me Crush don cut e dreadlocks
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ACC Boss Francis Ben Kaifala
Me thinking of ways to ESCAPE as I keep hearing people talk about CUTTING HAIRS in the Republic
Dr. Sengeh is known for his work in prosthetic limbs and data science, and he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Sierra Leone by President Julius Maada Bio in 2023 2. He has been a role model for many in Sierra Leone and Africa, especially for his stance on gender equality and his support for women’s rights 3.
Dreadlocks, also known as dreads or locs, are rope-like strands of hair formed by matting, which is done by not combing the hair and allowing the hair to mat naturally or by twisting hair. Over time, the twisted hair will form into matted locs 1. The history of the name “dreadlocks” is unclear. Some authors trace the term to the Rastafarians, coining it as a reference to their wearing the hairstyle as a sign of their “dread” (or fear) of God 1.
Dr. Sengeh’s decision to cut off his dreadlocks has sparked a conversation about the significance of hair in African culture and the politics of black hair. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact his political career and whether it will inspire others to follow suit