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Terri Lyne Carrington at Chan Centre

2014-11-18 12:47:14

American Jazz musician Terri Lyne Carrington will play at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for the Contemporary Arts February 15, 2015.
According to information from the Centre’s website, the "dynamic drummer, prolific composer, and influential bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington leads her GRAMMY Award winning Mosaic Project, a platform that brings together a diverse range of influential female jazz artists. This performance’s all-star band includes vocalist Lizz Wright, saxophonist (...)

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My Golden Lady

11 July

By Cillaty Daboh, USA.
We say in the United States of America that there are only two things guaranteed in Life. They are death and taxes. My book of faith, the Holy Quran, never mentions taxes as something guaranteed to us but did say to us:" INA-LILAAHI-WA-INA LILAAHI-RAAJIOON." From Allah we came, and to Allah we shall return. On the 2nd of July 2014, my son’s 22nd birthday Allah decided it was time for my Golden lady to return to him.
My Golden lady, my mom, Madam Fatu (Fofie) (...)

From Creoledom to Kriodom: A Rejoinder

10 July

By Professor Cecil Magbailey-Fyle, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
I believe I have to respond to this disappointing presentation by Ibrahim Abdullah so that the records can be set straight. This lecture, published in Awoko starting June 17, 2014, roams around major issues in African History, would need some context so that readers can follow some of the more cryptic statements made by Abdullah.
At the heart of this issue are our attitudes and epistemology about African History, more (...)

Religion and Grassoots Politics in Sierra Leone

by Gibril Koroma - 9 July

Bakarr King Conteh is one of the television journalists making an impact in Sierra Leone with his BACS Production linked to the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation.
Bakarr has a knack for bringing out interesting aspects of Sierra Leone’s cultural, social and political heritage in a way that is unique, with a style of his own.
We shall be bringing you from time to time Bakarr’s work but we would like to start the ball rolling with this video clip of a ruling (...)

Ebola: Updates on Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia

8 July

Between 18 and 20 June 2014, there were no new cases of Ebola virus disease, but 3 deaths were reported from Gueckedou (0 cases and 2 deaths) and Telimele (0 case and 1 death). This brings the cumulative number of cases and deaths reported from Guinea to 390 (260 confirmed, 87 probable, and 43 suspected) and 270 deaths.
The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 226 cases and 177 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and (...)

Profile: Professor Osman Sankoh

6 July

By Bai-Bai Sesay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.*
From September 17-20 last year, the INDEPTH Network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) research sites in currently 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the African University College of Communication (AUCC) organized, in Accra, Ghana, a four-day workshop on the theme “Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation in the Sahel and West Africa regions." This INDEPTH-AUCC collaboration was funded by the UNESCO Office in (...)

New Novel by Syl Cheney-Coker

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 5 July

Sierra Leone’s leading and best-known writer, Syl Cheney-Coker (photo) has written a second novel called Sacred River. His first novel was the award-winning Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar.
Cheney-Coker’s writing is complex and can be enormously difficult and easily misunderstood by the less careful reader. I would say there is a similarity of style between him and Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in their use of language and constant attention to their countries of (...)

Police Investigate Rangers Manpower Solutions

4 July

By Titus Boye-Thompson, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Senior police officers in Sierra Leone are currently investigating a limited liability company registered in Sierra Leone with foreign nationals as shareholders that has collected moneys to the tune of around Le 1.4billion from students and unemployed young people in this country for the purpose of finding them work placements in Canada, Finland and Australia.
The company was publicly launched with much fanfare with the directors (...)

London Mining supports public education campaign on Ebola

4 July

London Mining has announced a donation of Le 115 million (US$ 26,497) as an emergency support to help stem the spread of the Ebola disease outbreak in Sierra Leone. This is part of London Mining’s ongoing support to communities, local authorities and government to prevent the spread of the disease and a purely precautionary action plan with the locus of the Ebola outbreak in a completely different part of the country.
The Company has donated Le70 million to (...)

Musician of the Week: Sam Fan Thomas

30 June

Sam Fan Thomas is a Cameroonian musician associated with Makossa (also known as Makassi). He began in the late 1960s and had his first hit with Rikiatou.
His African Typic Collection would be an international hit in 1984 and is perhaps his best known album.
Thomas began his career in the early 1970s as a guitarist in the Cameroonian band Tigres Noires. He stayed with that band until 1976, when he decided to launch a solo career.
About Makossa
Makossa is a noted Cameroonian popular (...)

Program Reminder of "Freetown Bond" by Eldred Jones

28 June

Program Reminder of Freetown Bond By Eldred Jones.
This Saturday, June 28 from 2 to 6 pm at the Holy Family Seminary (Social Hall) 401 Randolph Road (Colesville), Silver Spring, MD 20904. The program is 2 to 6 pm, the formalities are from 3 - 4 pm as follows: Welcome/Introduction of MC - Amelia Fitzjohn Broderick (Host) MC’s opening remarks - Professor Nemata Blyden
Deputy Chair, Department of History
The George Washington University. MC introduces Professor Mbye Cham (...)

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Government Should Investigate Ebola Surge

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

It is sad and very unfortunate that while the Ebola scourge seems to be receding in the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, Sierra Leone is facing a dramatic increase with hundreds 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 (...)