By: Aruna Dumbuya



In this year’s DiasporaFOCUS dinner and award night hosted at the prestigious Bintimani Hotel on the 19th December 2023, the leaders of the organization recognized institutions, other sectors and key personalities who are working tirelessly with unwavering commitment and are contributing positively to the development and growth of Sierra Leone as a nation.


The DiasporaFOCUS award is a National Annual Award conducted at the end of every year through a rigorous and transparent process to applaud and encourage individuals, institutions and other sectors to do more in their areas of specialization. The decision to be nominated as an awardee is certified by the committee of ethics and standardization of the organization to enhance equity and reduce familiarity threat.


On the 12th edition of the DiasporaFOCUS National Development Awards Night, the Managing Director & CEO Dr. Walton E. Gilpin and three staff garnered five awards including the Bank of the Year award 2023. The eligible awardees were:

  1. Dr. Ekundayo W. Gilpin – Managing Director of the Year
  2. Mrs. Mariama Jajua – Exceptional Award for Community Development
  3. Mr. Lithin Nasani – I.T GURU of the Year
  4. Mr. Aruna Dumbuya – Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Year

The Bank of the year award emanated not only from the ethics and standardization committee but also from the decisive reached of the legitimate vote casted from the general public.

The prestigious honor awarded by DiasporaFOCUS is a reflection of the Bank’s outstanding reputation and its consistent efforts in providing outstanding banking services to its customers. With a strong focus on customer centricity and innovation, Rokel Commercial Bank has emerged as a trusted name in the financial space.


As one of Sierra Leone’s top financial institutions, Rokel Commercial Bank has played an essential role in driving economic growth and development in the country.


This accolade serves as a testament to Rokel Commercial Bank’s untiring commitment to excellence and its significant contributions to the financial sector.

Dr. Gilpin and awarded staff dedicated their awards to the bank and applaud staff of the RCBank for their various contributions and support that led them to be nominated by DiasporaFOCUS in the 12th Edition of the 2023 dinner and awards ceremony. In Dr. Gilpin’s short statement of appreciation, he referenced the vision of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Rtd. Brig. Dr. Julius Maada Bio, the Board, Management and Staff of Rokel Commercial Bank (RCBank) and thanked Dr. Emmanuel J.M Stafford and the leadership Team of DiasporaFOCUS for their continued quest to distinguish hard working Sierra Leoneans and other Nationals working in the country.

RCBank – The Bank of Choice!!!


Copyright –Published in print in Expo Times Newspaper on Friday, December 24th, 2023 (ExpoTimes News – Expo Media Group (