Is President Koroma Responsible for the Prevailing Disunity in SLPP?

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Othman Sheriff, author While glancing through my timeline this morning, my eyes ran into a very attention-grabbing piece written by someone I hold in high esteem, Dr. Julius Spencer. The piece was commented upon by dozens of concerned citizens but the most interesting comment which triggered me to engage my own keyboard, was written by Mr. Sidie Sheriff, another noble scholar who unknowingly inspired...

Sierra Leonean Soul Star Azania to Spend Equal Time Between Geneva and New York in 2017

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Sierra Leonean soul star Azania articulates her career move for 2017 during a recent interview in Lido Restaurant in Harlem, New York Despite the heavy rain, Sierra Leonean soul queen Azania braved the wet and cold weather last Tuesday just to keep a scheduled interview appointment at Lido Restaurant in the heart of Harlem in New York City.  Many other artists would have simply cancelled the interview...

SLPP Reaches a Cross-Road: Either to Victory or Total Dissolution

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From L to R: Kandeh Yumkella, Earnest Domahina, John Benjamin, Adrew Keili, Alpha Timbo There has been a seismic shift in power in the National Executive Council (NEC) of Sierra Leone’s main opposition SLPP party tonight, after the council voted at its meeting in the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown to expel and suspend some of its most senior executive members. Among the list of those that have...

RANDOM MUSING: May 2017 Be Rough for Us.

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In the midst of our economic fog and descent into bleak house in slow motion, I had planned to reflect in absolute silence as 2016 gave way to this New Year. I mean we all know that we have a messed-up country and are equally aware that the damage is phenomenal, so the annual charade that surrounds the festive period is for me, very disheartening because of the sheer hypocrisy of it all.  I’m sure...

Donald Trump’s Dilemma of the Ghost of Obama.

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016. When the three Wise men visited baby Jesus at this time of the year, they brought with them gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense (incense) as a symbol of deity, and myrrh embalming...

Peace is Costly, But is it Worth the Expense?

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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh meets  with the West Africa heads of delegation during the election crisis mediation at the presidential palace in Banjul Gambians all over the world are spending Christmas like every other person. But unlike others, the champagnes are on ice. The festivities are on hold and even the Christmas turkeys are marinated with ingredients of uncertainty and trepidation. This...

Charity Begins at Home: Does that include politics?

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Abdulai Mansaray, Author When President Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh conceded defeat in the recently concluded democratic elections in The Gambia, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. But it was not the “jovial” and satirical manner in which he declared his acceptance of the result, in a widely publicised telephone conversation with President elect Adama Barrow that shocked...

Here we go again – Thunder In Paradise: Episode 2

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“We rode over what they have called the longest bridge in the world, which is over 40 kilometers and these are all inspirational visits. They have inspired me to work very hard on seeing the commencement of the Mamamah project”. President Koroma, on his recent visit to China. There you have it. A grand failure to learn to be pragmatic. An illustration of what I mean by money or fantasy projects...

The “No Vacancy” APC Mantra: a Recipe for Disaster?

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Farook A. K. Sesay, author PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH’s inglorious defeat in last week’s presidential elections in the Gambia is a manifestation of a new wave of people’s power and a hard knock lesson in over confidence and underestimating the general political will of the electorate! Beleaguered mama Sierra Leone’s governing party, the ALL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS party should be au fait with this...

Is it time for a Third Political Party in Sierra Leone?

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Abdulai Mansaray, author The growing sense of disillusionment across the social and political landscape is fast becoming palpable. From official to unofficial, private to public, and all along the diversified strata of our society, there are pockets of dissatisfaction that is slowly simmering under a political façade that “ALL IS WELL”. No it is not, and has not been for a long time. When President...

Maada Bio Frowns at the SLPP’s 10 Man Committee

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Brig. Rtd. Julius Maada Bio 32 Juba Terrace, Juba Freetown December 1, 2016 Chairman and Leader Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) 15 Wallace Johnson Street Freetown Dear Chief Kapen,  Conducts of Lower Level Elections and the Role and Composition of 10-Man Committee Let me start by thanking your administration for all the efforts made to conduct lower level elections amidst some challenges. I...

The American Presidential Elections: An Autopsy.

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It took a while to recover from the political coma that was induced by the surprising outcome of the American Presidential elections. But now that Donald trump has been elected by the American Electoral system, it may be time for all to come together and move on. Unfortunately, the need for the country to move on as The United States of America is now weighed down by the albatross -like sense of The...

YAD Celebrates ITC Graduation and Youth Cohesion Match in a Grand Style

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YAD organized today its long awaited certification and graduation ceremony in Kenema city.  The ceremony which took place at the organization’s headquarters at Duawoh Street, attracted hundreds of participants from diverse sectors of the society including academicians,  traditional, religious and political leaders, and  respective families of the graduates. Cross-section of Graduates and YAD Staff Presenting...

THE KENETICS OF KHANISM: A REQUIEM FOR 2018

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Two new words that will profoundly and predictably be in the 2017/18 lexicography of Sierra Leone presidential race will be: khanism and Khanistas. For those out of the loop – Khanism is a new ideological philosophy to holistically uphold, adhere, and energise President EBK’s legacy, full throttle. And Khanistas means – those who subscribe religiously and ready to defend the ideologue and philosophy...

Part 2 – A Country of Pain and Penury: Let’s Face The Real Issues

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As more and more programmes for the agenda for austerity, oops; sorry, I mean prosperity, are rolled out by the government and my mind wonders to the goings-on in Sierra Leone, my silent prayer is that may the God that designed us with a thinking box, not be the same One that deactivates it. The panic and painful mixing of the proverbial oil and water, after the government had for long disconnected...