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Alphaka Foundation Establishes Six New Ebola Centres

2014-12-19 08:26:16

By Septimus Kanu and Hassan Bruz in Port Loko.
The Alphaka Foundation and its partners have set up six Ebola care Centres in Lokomasama,Sumbuya,Feredogu,and Makoleh (Port Loko District ) and Kwama near Newton (western Area Rural district).
The two facilities were commissioned by Hon. Minister of Information and Communications, Alhaji Alpha Bakarr Sahid Kanu (photo) Wednesday 18th December as a part of the six centres established to provide a total capacity of 200 beds, each carrying 50 (...)

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Stay at Home Day: Freetown Streets Deserted

4 August

By PV Staff
The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is now fully in the consciousness of the Sierra Leonean, from the President to the ordinary man, woman and teenager.
In fact President Koroma last week announced new measures to mitigate and eradicate the epidemic which has killed over 200 people in Sierra Leone alone. The death toll is also high in neighbouring countries like Guinea and Liberia.
Among the measures announced in the speech by the President was to put aside Monday August 4 (...)

Edmonton: Ebola problem inspires ‘Mano River Union’ response

by Abayomi Charles Roberts, PV General Editor, Edmonton, Canada - 3 August

Guinean, Liberian, and Sierra Leonean residents of Edmonton, Canada, came together on Saturday August 2, 2014 to brainstorm and decide on concrete contributions toward the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease now troubling their respective home countries. Clearly a replication of the tri-partite spirit of West Africa’s regional body, the Mano River Union, this Edmonton initiative sets out to explore different options in alleviating the suffering of Ebola survivors and collectively (...)

Liberia Independence Day: Celebrating What?

27 July

By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II, USA.
July 26 is the independence day of Liberia, Africa oldest republic. It is an important day in Liberia and important for Liberians in the Diaspora. As a boy over 40 years ago in Liberia, independence day was like Christmas …. and it is still viewed that way.
Back then we kids went to the children’s dance on independence day. The big shots’ children would dance at the old Executive Mansion on Ashmun Street and the ordinary kids would (...)

Musician of the Week: Manu Dibango

27 July

Emmanuel ’Manu’ N’Djoké Dibango (born 12 December 1933) is a Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. He is a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 afrobeat single "Soul Makossa".
Dibango was born in Douala, Cameroon. His father, Michel Manfred N’Djoké Dibango was a civil servant. The son of a farmer, he met his wife (...)

Musician of the Week: Asa

21 July

Aṣa (pronounced "Asha"; born 1 September 1982) is a Nigerian French singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her stage name "Aṣa" means "Hawk" in Yoruba.
Early life
Born Bukola Elemide, Aṣa was born in Paris, France to Nigerian parents. She was two years old when her family returned to live in Nigeria. Aṣa grew up in Lagos, in the south-western part of Nigeria.
She states that the city is "buzzing with energy but also home to a deep-rooted spirituality. (...)

The Ebola Threat in Sierra Leone: Initial Lessons to Be Learnt

18 July

Commentary
By Dr. Mohamed Kanu, USA.*
In a world of globalization when travelling across the world has become so fast and easy, disease transmission has correspondingly become much more rapid. A few decades ago, disease transmission took much longer to occur from one place to another – not anymore, especially with the advent of air travel. Even in less developed countries like Sierra Leone, where travel is predominantly, if not exclusively, by road (vehicular or otherwise), (...)

Musician of the Week: Sorie Kondi

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 18 July

Sorie Kondi, Sierra Leone’s famous blind kondi player, who is in many ways the country’s Stevie Wonder (although not rich or internationally famous).
He is a household name in his native land where he taught himself to play the kondi instrument at an early age, and due to his prowess and ingenuity in playing the instrument, earned the name, Sorie Kondi.
His music and performance will never stop to amaze his audience, after escaping and emerging from the ruins and wreckage of (...)

Alpha Kanu: A Study in Oratory

by Gibril Koroma - 13 July

Today, we bring you yet another story from Bakarr King Conteh and his BAC Productions programme on Sierra Leone TV (SLBC). Please note that Bakarr’s work is mainly pro-government but we are interested in its news and entertainment value.
In the video clip that follows we see President Koroma and a high powered entourage on a visit to Antwerp, Belgium. The President and delegation are ina town hall meeting with some members of the Sierra Leone community in Belgium and others from (...)

PTI sends a 40ft container to Sierra Leone

13 July

A UK registered international development charity based in Portsmouth has sent a 40 ft container of tools, books, wheelchairs and medical equipment to Sierra Leone. The items will support post-war community schools, young offenders’ institutes, local hospitals and maternity clinics, disabled groups, and skilled artisans.
Practical Tools Initiative, a charity set up by the Sierra Leonean human rights activist and campaigning journalist James Fallah-Williams, and other professionals in (...)

Haja Khadija Savage: The Passing of a Colleague Journalist

11 July

Tribute
By Bai-Bai Sesay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Today, I am writing a tribute with tears in my eyes and great sadness in my heart for a dedicated, humble and great journalist who has great respect for elders and colleagues in the field of journalism and Islam in particular.
Her passing is a great loss to the journalism profession in Sierra Leone and to her Islamic brothers and sisters who have had the fortunate opportunity of sharing this great woman’s knowledge and time.
Haja (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

OPINION

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 (...)