Freetown newspaper criticized Sir Milton Margai's close British ties
Shekpendeh, a Freetown newspaper criticized Sir
Milton Margai for seeking permission from Britain before Guinean
Sekou Toure could visit Sierra Leone in 1960.
While tipping their hats to Margai for inviting
Toure, whom the editors described as a great African brother, they criticized
him in a June 30, 1960 editorial for doing so only after first seeking the consent
of a white monarch thousands of miles away who had never visited Sierra Leone.
According to Ahmed
Sékou Touré (1922-1984), Président de la Guinée de 1958 à 1984, a book by André
Lewin, a former French ambassador to Guinea, following Sierra Leone's recognition
of Guinea in November 1960, Toure paid an official visit to Freetown in
December of that year.
Queen Elizabeth visited Sierra Leone in late November
and early December 1961. Ten years later in April 1971, Sierra Leone became a
republic, dropping the queen's role as ceremonial head of state.