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...

YAD Signs Revolving Loan Contract With Young Photographers in Kenema District

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Programme Coordinator, Othman Sheriff, awarding the best photographer in Kenema Youth in Action for Development has on past Friday supported young photographers in Kenema district. The colourful ceremony which took place at YAD’s Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre at Duawoh Street in Kenema on Friday 28 October 2016, was witnessed by countless dignitaries anddecision-makers including Madam Esther...

Government to Implement Policy Measures to Tackle Economic Slowdown

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 President Ernest Bai Koroma The government today agreed to implement a wide range of policy measures to address the current economic challenges facing the country following an emergency Cabinet meeting this morning at State House. It would be recalled that on March 9, 2016, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma established a Cabinet Subcommittee to proffer short to medium term measures on expenditure rationalization...

They Say “Youth are the Future Leaders”, When, Where and What is the Future?

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Othman Sheriff, author Postcolonial Sierra Leone has experienced endless unenviable history ranging from dictatorship rule,  brutal civil war, military putsches to a staggering democratic system that is riddled by graft, tribal, regional and selfish interests.  Unfortunately, youth, women and children who are hardly considered in decision-making process, have always been the expendable victims. While...

UNAOC Launches Young Peacebuilders Programme in West Africa

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On International Youth Day 2016, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) launched the Call for Applications for the Young Peacebuilders in West Africa programme. The Call is open to participants between 18 to 25 years old, from West Africa, with a strong interest in growing their ability to act as agents of peace in their community, region and beyond. Up to 20 young women and young men...

Dr. Sylvia Blyden Drops a Bombshell at Ministry of Social Welfare

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Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Sierra Leone’s Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs – Dr. Sylvia Olayinka Blyden, previously known for her investigative journalism at the Awareness Times newspaper in Freetown, is now putting her journalistic craft to work to clean up one of the most corrupt ministries in the country. Since her...

Ambassador Kamara Clarifies the Smear Campaign over the Kuwaiti House Maids Issue: My Rejoinder

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Othman Sheriff, author I’m a Muslim to the bone and can read Quran without a hiccup but I find it disgusting and unimaginable, the way and manner poor African women are being treated by Arab families in the Gulf region and all intellectual pieces that are aimed to downplay or undo the negative effects, including the recent publication by the Sierra Leonean Embassy in Kuwait, are baseless.  The fact...

Ambassador Kamara Clarifies the Smear Campaign over the Kuwaiti House Maids Issue

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 Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara, Sierra Leone Ambassador to Kuwait  The issue of maltreatment of Sierra Leonean House maids in the State of Kuwait is a subject that has been circulating over the social media for some time now and the conditions reported by the House Maids themselves have been a source of serious concern not only to their relatives and friends at home and abroad but more so to the Government...

Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend; Except if You Live in Kono District,

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Abdulai Mansaray, author The Kono descendants have called for a worldwide demonstration on the 23/04/16 at the offices of Tiffany & Co in London.  According to information, Tiffany & Co is sharing a financial partnership with OCTEA; the sole owner of Koidu Holdings Ltd. Koidu holdings is known as the largest mining company in Sierra Leone. The District seems to literally subscribe to the James...

President Koroma Has Reshuffled His Cabinet, But…

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT IN REVIEWING THE OVERALL GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE, IT HAS PLEASED HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT DR. ERNEST BAI KOROMA TO ANNOUNCE THE FOLLOWING MINISTERIAL, AMBASSADORIAL, STATUTORY AND OTHER APPOINTMENTS SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF PARLIAMENT WHERE NECESSARY:   Ministers Name Ministry MOMODU L. KARGBO              Minister of Finance and...

Workers Sacked at Lungi International Airport

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A total of four people including a police officer from the Operational Support Division [OSD] of the Sierra Leone Police have been dismissed from work. They were relieved from their duties at the Sierra Leone Airport Authority [SLAA] on criminal related matters. This was confirmed by the Safety and Compliance Manager, Mr. Lawrence Conteh in an interview with the Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA). He...

Moinina Fofana Re-arrested in Sierra Leone

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The President Justice Philip N. Waki of the UN backed Special War Crimes Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Wednesday 9th March ordered the arrest and detention of former Civil Defence Force Coordinator Moinina Fofana for allegedly violating conditions of his early release from detention. Moinia Fofana was granted conditional early release on 10th February 2015, after serving two-thirds of his jail...

Abie’s Ailment Was a Lesson for Me and You

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Othman Sheriff, author Good morning my noble readers. I disappeared from this column 3 months ago due to unavoidable reasons and I owe you apology for any disappointment. I was busy implementing development projects in remote communities in Kenema district, eastern Sierra Leone, where I was born and raised. The lack of reliable power supply and internet facility in that part of the world made it impossible...

If Voting Changed Anything, They’d Abolish It

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You don’t need an Einstein, a Pythagoras or Darwin to figure out that western Democracy is a semantic anomaly that only works in the West. There are a lot of factors that can contribute to this. There are cultural, historical and interest based types of democracy, but not as we have been told. Even the layman in the street can summarise the tenets of Democracy as “a government of the people, by...

Sierra Leone Officially Declares Ebola Free

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Today, 7th November 2015, Sierra Leone has been officially declared Ebola free by the World Health Organisation, after meeting the standard requirement of 42 days without a new case of infection. Today’s declaration may have come one day earlier than expected, but who cares, certainly not the six million people of Sierra Leone, who have watched and mourned as over 4,000 of their compatriots died...