There is a Krio proverb about modesty that translates literally to: “if your yams are white (i.e. of high quality), you should cover them.”
Not true at the agricultural trade-fair in Yogomaia, Kabala. The three day event – from December 1st to the 3rd – featured the biggest and best in agricultural produce and husbandry from all across Koinadugu district.
Farmers hailing from every chiefdom in the district presented has their goods on display. Each farmer had a separate, labeled booth, proudly displaying their yams, rice, peppers, squash, turkeys, and cows.
Alongside the farmers, NGOs operating in Koinadugu set up booths to provide information about locally based programs, and local vendors served up fish balls, pepper soup, roast cassava, ripe fruits and other West African fare.
True to its name, the Agro-Cultural fair included foot-stomping displays of local culture, with dancing devils, drumming, gymnastics, juggling and pageantry of all sorts. Every chiefdom was given a chance to put its best cultural performers on the center-stage near the grandstand. On the final day of the fair, celebrating lasted well into the night, as young people crowded together to dance and mingle in the moonlit fairground.