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Conference on Ebola at Kalamazoo College

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An interdisciplinary conference hosted by the African Studies Program, Provost’s Office, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and the Community and Global Health Concentration.
Ebola in Perspective: Our Roles as Global Citizens
January 30-31, 2015
Friday, January 30th
7pm Keynote: The Ebola Virus: Beyond Fear.
Dr. Alhaji Njai, Research Fellow in Pathobiological Sciences,
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
(Olmsted Room – Mandelle Hall) (...)

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SEAGA Thanks Australian Government

23 August 2014

Commentary
By Mustapha Bangura, Sydney, Australia.
The Salone Ebola Action Group Australia (SEAGA) has expressed thanks and appreciation to the Australian Government for their financial assistance towards the Ebola fight in West Africa.
The deadly Ebola virus has affected families within the Sierra Leone community in Australia who have lost relatives and loved ones in Sierra Leone from the outbreak. The Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness in humans.
Since the outbreak (...)

Kambia District Urged to Sustain Ebola Fight

22 August 2014

By Hassan Bruz, reporting from Kambia, Northern Sierra Leone.
The Kambia District Health Management Team has been encouraged to sustain the fight against the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. This was the conclusion of a statement by the Resident Minister of the Northern Province, Honourable Alie D Kamara (photo).
He was on an assessment visit to the district with regards the prevalence of the dreadful Ebola disease. He used the opportunity to stress the need for the people of Kambia to (...)

Emergency Preparedness: Considerations for Ebola and Future Disease Outbreaks in Sierra Leone

22 August 2014

Commentary
By Mohamed Kanu, PhD, USA.*
The magnitude of the current Ebola outbreak (largest recorded in the world so far) has left the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone—and in other affected countries—scrambling for answers. To be clear, infectious diseases are not unique to developing countries, but the sometimes shaky public health systems in these countries make them claim more lives and reduce citizens’ quality of life more than they are supposed to. I have (...)

International conference gathers in Richmond to discuss big ideas

21 August 2014

Scholars and students from around the world will share their ideas at Kwantlen University’s Richmond campus, near Vancouver, Canada, August 20-22, on how to develop intellectual, social, economic and cultural opportunities for people of African heritage, and engage the global African community to make those opportunities happen.
The third Biennial Kwame Nkrumah International Conference (KNIC) – named after Ghana’s first president who helped lead the country to (...)

Rolal Cemetery Road Under Self-Help Reconstruction

20 August 2014

By Hassan Bruz, in Port Loko, Northern Sierra Leone.
The Rolal Road cemetery in Port Loko is undergoing some self help reconstruction work. The work is being done by members of the ‘Rolal Community Youths’ with support from the Resident Magistrate for Port Loko and Kambia Districts , Abdul Sheriff (shown in photo). This is the road that leads to one of the very few cemeteries that have survived from the indiscriminate land grabbing and subsequent selling in the Maforki (...)

Nigerians Selling Unused Items on MoboFree.com

18 August 2014

MoboFree said it expects the total volume of items for sale in its marketplace to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015
MoboFree.com, the leading African social marketplace, today announced that the total volume of items currently for sale in its marketplace is worth USD 526 million and is expected to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015.
With 3.3 million registered users, including 2 million in Nigeria and a strong footprint in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Ghana, MoboFree.com is among the largest and most (...)

Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara’s Health Status

16 August 2014

By Adeyemi Paul, CEO, Sierra Express Media.
As a personal friend, and in order to put to rest gossip and lies spreading like wild fire around the world, the latest information on Mr. Usman Boie Kamara, (UBK) Minister of Trade and Industry, Sierra Leone, is that he has not been feeling well and has decided to travel to the United Kingdom for medical attention.
Mr. Kamara (photo) left the shores of Sierra Leone recently and will be returning to Sierra Leone after his medical treatment.
The (...)

Musician of the Week: Alpha Blondy

11 August 2014

Alpha Blondy (born January 1, 1953) is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Alpha Blondy was born Seydou Koné in Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). He sings mainly in his native language of Dioula, in French and in English, and sometimes in Arabic or Hebrew. His lyrics convey serious political attitudes and a sense of humuor.
First son of a family of 9 children, Seydou Koné (Alpha Blondy’s name before he changed it to Alpha Blondy) was raised by his (...)

"Tribute to Mandela" celebrates 20 years of South African independence

11 August 2014

To mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa, academics from around the world will gather in Richmond, Canada, to talk about post-secondary education, homophobia and xenophobia, citizenship and identity, and the state of South Africa after Nelson Mandela
To be held August 21 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Melville Centre for Dialogue in Richmond, the “Tribute to Mandela” will feature cultural events that showcase South African music and drumming, a featured (...)

Protect Our Healthcare Workers

5 August 2014

Commentary
By Marie Umar-Kamara, DNP
Assistant Professor of Nursing,
South University,
Richmond, Virginia, USA.
Let me start by recognizing the heroic sacrifice of the nurses, doctors and staff that are in the frontline battle against the Ebola outbreak. On behalf of my family and all Sierra Leoneans, I would like to offer condolences to the families of those healthcare workers that have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. I urge President Koroma and the nation to consider (...)

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

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 (...)