ADEYEMI Johnson, a refugee originally of Sierra Leone, has lived in Lismore for five years now, and this Australia Day he has something very special to look forward to - officially becoming an Australian citizen.

"I can't wait to call Australia home," he said.

Mr Johnson said he sees Australia Day as a significant and symbolic day when everyone comes together.

"It's very important because it's a time, like Christmas, where so many people come together, united - it's a form of unity. It's a bond that unites the whole of Australia. That's why people are so happy when it comes to Australia Day, they celebrate it how you would celebrate any other very, very important holiday."

Adeyemi Johnson, originally of Sierra Leone, has been living in Lismore for five years and is to officially become an Australian Citizen this 2013 Australia Day. Photo Marnie Johnston / The Northern Star
Adeyemi Johnson, originally of Sierra Leone, has been living in Lismore for five years and is to officially become an Australian Citizen this 2013 Australia Day. Photo Marnie Johnston / The Northern Star Marnie Johnston

Mr Johnson, along with his daughter, son, and his cousin will become Australian citizens on Australia Day 2013 and he said they can't wait.

"I will be very, very much delighted to take the solemn vow to become an Australian citizen."

And the best part about living in Australia, according to Mr Johnson?

"The freedom - absolute freedom. The atmosphere is so conducive for everyone," he said.

"Moving from one continent to another can be very difficult, but I find the Australian people to be very accommodating.

"I've not seen anyone become a racist to me or my family.

"Coming here, I'm not missing anything. There are no regrets coming to Australia.

"Thank you to the Australian government and the people of Australia who have accommodated us."



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