By: Daniel Bangura.
A Sierra Leonean filmmaker currently based in German
It was my first time traveling abroad, and I had finally saved up enough money to take the trip. I had planned everything out carefully, but I had overlooked one important detail: where I was going to stay while awaiting the visa processing.
As soon as I arrived in Ghana I did a night at Greenfield hotel which was fortunately very close to the embassy, I passed the night and went for my visa interview the following day. Upon leaving the interview I realised that it was going to take longer than I expect. I had no idea where I was going to sleep the other nights the hotel was $45 per night and I could afford to stay there for a week, I was starting to panic. I didn’t know anyone in Ghana my cousin who used to live in Ghana relocated to Sierra Leone weeks before I left and I didn’t speak the Ghanaian language as well, more fire lol.
Just when I was starting to feel hopeless, I remembered that my friend Tanu Jalloh had a friend who lived in the city (Accra) So, I called him up, hoping that him would be able to help me out. To my relief, he answered the phone and was more than happy to lend a hand. He told me to come over to his apartment and stay with him for as long as I needed.
He took me in without hesitation and made me feel welcome in his home. He even helped me navigate the city and find my way around. The gave me Free wifi, he had Playstation console (my favourite ) Apparently, he is a software developer. Super hardworking guy. He took me to his church, we saw different places, went shopping and also introduced me too few Ghanaian ladies you know 😉haha that’s not important.
But at the end of the day I don’t know what I would have done. He literally saved me from a difficult and potentially dangerous situation, and I will always be grateful for that. I will never forget the kindness and compassion he showed me during my time of need. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have such an amazing friend.
Happy new year I’m grateful bro. GAMEL OSMAN. GAMEL SOLUTIONS
About Daniel Bangura
Daniel Bangura is an Experienced Documentary storyteller that has Worked with NGOs United Nations, BBC World Freelance, Media Action, World vision, Rain initiative) also worked for local television/news broadcasting channels
STAR TV (Senior graphics editor)
Daniel is Skilled in storyboarding, filming, editing, Special effects, Animation, photography and cinematography with a Bachelor’s degree focused in Mass Communication (Multimedia) from Fourah Bay College.