The Place at Tokeh Beach

Henry Koroma - Former Waiter

The Place at Tokeh Beach believes in providing opportunities and developing skills, which is one of the main reasons why the resort was built in the first place, to help boost the tourism sector of Sierra Leone.

One former staff member has took full advantage of this opportunity and is now representing SaLone overseas.

Henry ‘High Tide' Koroma first started working at The Place Resort in 2013 as a waiter. Over the years he has impressed staff and guests with his enthusiasm, work ethic and smile.

In 2015 Henry was made Restaurant Supervisor to our beach bar & restaurant ‘High Tide’. He continued to show great promise within hospitality and his talent was soon recognized.

Recently Henry was rewarded for his service with an exciting prospect, the chance to work at the beautiful Cerf Island Resort in the Seychelles, an Island in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa.

“I’m really enjoying my new job, it is a great experience and I am learning a lot,” stated Henry.

“Through my hard work and commitment at The Place Resort, they were able to help me achieve my dream of working abroad and helped me find my current job in the Seychelles.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity and really want to make the most of my time here before one day returning to Sierra Leone.”

 

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Abu Bakaar Conteh – Fisherman

Whilst eating breakfast at The Place at Tokeh Beach, one of the most fascinating spectacles to watch from the beach side balcony is the workmanship of the local fishermen.

Pulling in the daily catch is a long and tough process, with a net over 100m long it can take up to four hours to get to shore and yet still come with little reward.

A team of 16 set off in the Baniwick Wary Express, meaning ‘use the talent that God has gave you and express thanks’, in the cover of darkness, sometimes as early as 3am to search for their daily income.

Tokeh fisherman Abu Bakaar Conteh explained that on a good day the boat can bring in up to 100 fish, which can result in a tidy profit of 2-3 million Leones. However on a bad day the group might have to share just 170,000 Leones ($23) between all of them.

Once the catch is reeled in, Abu Bakaar is responsible for selecting which fish to sell and to whom. Usually the bigger fish such as Barracuda, Spanish, Mackerel, Snapper and Grouper are all sold to the fishmongers who then travel to nearby Waterloo to sell on the market.

The Place at Tokeh Beach try to support the local community, so we wait in line to purchase a lot of the fish that you see on our menu from Abu Bakaar and his team.

The smaller fish is kept for the families of the fishermen and used in cooking local dishes such as Cassava Leaf and Groundnut Soup.

Though Abu Bakaar has worked for over 25 years as a fisherman and learned his trade from his father, he is keen for his son to pursue a different career and encourages him to study hard at school. He only allows his son and his friends to join in with the work on a weekend when school is closed.

Abu Bakaar explained that the beach in front of the resort is ideal for fishing as a lot of the fish seek shelter around Tokeh Island, which is why the nets are cast and pulled in on a fairly calm tide.

So the next time you hear the chanting of “hoooo, hoooo, hoooo” over your morning coffee at The Place Resort, you will know that Abu Bakaar and his team are focused, the chant is to engage them in their activity and hopefully bring in a good catch of the day.

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Patrick Kanu – Head Gardener

On your next visit to The Place Resort make sure to take a walk around the grounds and admire the beauty of the flowers and the lush scenery.

Head Gardener Patrick Kanu and his team take great pride in keeping the resort in pristine condition, a high standard worthy of our location.

Tokeh Beach is for sure one of the best beaches in the entire world, with golden white sand, clear blue water and high rising mountains in the backdrop, our beautiful array of flowers certainly add to the surroundings.

Patrick (Pah) Kanu has worked at The Place Resort for almost 2 years and in that time he has helped transform our gardens. Having worked for the Ministry of Agriculture in Freetown for over 39 years, he has an abundance of experience and knowledge of what grows well in Sierra Leone.

Every day Patrick and his team Ramdene, Sara, Sembu and Tallan take great care of our gardens, watering the plants, trimming hedges and removing weeds.

Most seeds are planted in May or June, just before the start of the rainy season to allow their roots to spread. Once the soil is wet enough, stems will start to appear in a matter of weeks and soon enough flowers will bloom.

Pah Kanu explained that The Place currently has a selection of flowers and trees including:

·      Yellow Bell

·      Ibiscus (red, pink and white)

·      Frangipani (white and pink)

·      Grandmother in law tongue

·      Acassia

·      Palm trees

·      Coconut trees

If you would like to find out more about the flowers and plants on display then feel free to ask Pah Kanu for a guided tour on your next visit to The Place at Tokeh Beach.

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Bai F.S. Kamara – Vice Principal

The Place at Tokeh Beach strongly believe in working closely with the local community, which is why we are committed to supporting the village secondary school.

With over 20 years of experience in education, Mr Kamara moved from Lungi to Tokeh in 2013 to take over as Vice Principal of the Kulafai Secondary School in Tokeh after The Place Resort helped build and develop the new school.

Ever since Mr Kamara started, The Place at Tokeh Beach have contributed greatly to the school and he had this to say on their support:

“We have a very good relationship with The Place Resort, they have helped provide a lot of materials for us over the years, including the building and maintenance of the school.

“The children and staff of this school are very grateful to The Place Resort for their continued support and hope that it continues, because donations like this help motivate the children to attend class.

“Due to the support of The Place Resort, some of our pupils these last few years have been able to get a good education and have now gone on to university, we hope more will do the same.”