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On the sweetness of a fake book

2014-12-11 07:55:18

Credit: Pambazuka News
By Karim F Hirji, Tanzania*
Retired Professor Hirji, a book addict, has bought copies with frayed, half-torn or missing pages. He has on occasion received via mail a book other than the one ordered. But buying a fake book? Only in Dar es Salaam!
You shop in Dar es Salaam at your own risk. Purchase a `quality’ light bulb at a stiff sum; three days later, it goes `poop.’ Get breakfast cereal in an attractive box; inside you find coarse, odd tasting stuff, (...)

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Sylvia Blyden’s Judgement Call

20 May 2009

By Dr. Kayode Robbin-Coker, United Kingdom.
Yesterday’s Awareness Times (AT) Newspaper carried a piece by Dr Sylvia Blyden quaintly titled "Antecedent of My Piece on Kailahun Mess has nothing to do with Sia Koroma or John Benjamin": [ ]. It was Dr Blyden’s detailed explanation cum justification for AT’s recent publication of an article captioned “After False Portrayal as (...)

The Sierra Leone Mining sector: Past and Present

11 May 2009

By Engineer Pierre Lightfoot-Boston, USA.
Previous leaders have not only done a dismal job with the Sierra Leone mining sector, but betrayed the trust of the Sierra Leone populace that supported and voted them in office and subjecting the good people of Sierra Leone into abject poverty. The Sierra Leone mining sector can be tied to many of the systematic problems currently plaguing the nation, which include, but are not limited to the following; lackluster leadership, lack of vision, no (...)

Sierra Leone’s tourism troubles

4 May 2009

By Patrick S. Bernard, Lancaster, PA, USA.
The Sierra Leone media and some in England were abuzz last week covering former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s visit to Sierra Leone to highlight Sierra Leone’s tourism potential. Blair’s optimism for a thriving tourist industry must be, however, tempered, as he did in some of his statements, by the very sobering realities that hinder the growth of tourism in the country.
Here are excerpts from an essay I wrote on the (...)

Somalia: Pirates or Patriots of the Sea?

27 April 2009

By Alie Kabba, USA.
It is disheartening, once again, to see the butchery of truth by an oversimplification of complex phenomena in a place that has become a metaphor for the grave ills of post-colonial Africa - Somalia.
As we say out here, don’t believe the hype! Or, as Bob Marley and the Wailers succinctly put it, half the story has never been told.
Let’s get through the debris of Gaza, the wasteland of Eastern Congo and the blighted plains of Darfur to get to the facts (...)

Sierra Leone at 48: A Historical, Political and Cultural Assessment

20 April 2009

By Sekou Daouda Bangoura,USA.
April 27 1961 represents a political watershed in the history of Sierra Leone. On that momentous day Sierra Leone regained its independence from Britain. Unlike other countries in Africa whose march to independence was marked by a violent struggle, Sierra Leone attained independence peacefully; independence was virtually handed over to us on a silver platter. It was a moment that was greeted with euphoria - the entire country was agog with festivity to herald (...)

Political violence in Sierra Leone: Is the red flag up again?

17 April 2009

By Joseph Cabineh Howard, Indianapolis, USA.
It was all history - for a good reason though - when in the 2007 elections the incumbent Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) conducted an election in Sierra Leone, and peacefully transferred power to the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC), albeit, with some murmur.
In a continent where political transitions are too often visited by traumatizing violence and eventual collapse of the state, the Kabbah government deserves high marks for its (...)

Sierra Leone is a good place to visit and retire

15 April 2009

By Essa Thaim Kurugba, The New Rising Sun, USA.
Due to its political tranquility and its safe haven reputation the British colonialists called Sierra Leone “The Cradle of Africa”. Sierra Leone is truly blessed by our forefathers and it is an amazing country, with a reputation for hospitality and a tranquil place for retirement.
The climate is excellent with equatorial rain forest. Private clinics and healthcare are inexpensive and of better quality compared to other African (...)

I have a Real Dream!

10 April 2009

By Dr. Foday M. Kallon, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
International public opinion has learned with indignation about happenings in Freetown and Sierra Leone in general. This demonstrates that there is still the absence of political tolerance in Sierra Leone. The people seem not to have learned from the past "deep down in the bones” but only “in the flesh". They pay lip service to democracy and democratic practices. They do not believe in agreeing to disagree. They believe in "my (...)

Challenges to democracy: The military in Guinea

3 April 2009

Dadis Camara of Guinea is an example of ’militariat’ rule in West Africa, writes Jibrin Ibrahim, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development. Camara has been avoiding elections, with claims for the need to challenge drug networks and end corruption, but, says Ibrahim, this is an agenda to legitimise his rule. The drug networks, Ibrahim suggests, are closely linked to a military ruling class that is kept in place by the state’s high expenditure on the military and (...)

A sobering political lesson for SLPP mavericks

28 March 2009

By Sekou Daouda Bangoura, USA.
The swift and drastic response by supporters of the ruling All People’s Congress to stone-throwing hirelings and hoodlums of the Sierra Leone People’s Party two weeks ago generated a firestorm of condemnation from SLPP sympathizers worldwide.
The SLPP headquarters in Freetown was severely damaged while some supporters of the grand old party including the recently elected chairman of the Western Area Lansana Fadika were seriously manhandled for (...)

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Re-opening of schools in Sierra Leone: Another big challenge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

I know a lot of people will be apprehensive about the re-opening of schools in our country just when we are beginning to witness the death throes of the dreaded ebola virus disease. I am one of (...)


The truth about reporting corruption

By Abdulai Saccoh, Anti-Corruption Commission, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As a specialized anti-graft agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been (...)