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NOSLINA elects Dr. John Davies-Cole Chairman of the Board

2014-10-19 21:52:09

Sent by Kwame Fitzjohn, Washington DC, USA.
The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) wishes to announce it has elected Disease expert Dr. John Davies-Cole (pictured) to succeed Mr. Minkailu Jalloh, an IBM engineer of 25 years standing, as the Chairman of the Board for the 2014-16 term.
At the completion of the Election this month, Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Sierra Leone Honorary Consul of New England States and NOSLINA Board Member aptly remarked, "Sierra Leone and (...)

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Musician of the Week: Ballake Sissoko

2014-10-15 10:49:07

We are pleased to present this week Paris-based Malian musician Ballake Sissoko. Balloke, who needs no introduction among most francophone West Africans, plays the Kora, an ancient harp, with 21 strings that produces a soothing kind of music.
Ballake, like most traditional West African musicians, comes from a long line of Kora playing griots or traditional singers and oral historians.
The griots are in fact a special group of musicians who hand over their skills from father to son (...)

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Book Launch of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival

2014-10-20 20:10:38

The launching ceremony of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival, by Liberian-Canadian BC resident Jerry Gbardy will take place on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the UNIFOR Building, 326 12th Street, in New Westminster, British Columbia from 5pm to 9pm.
Painful Journey is about the traumatic experiences of Jerry, his family, relatives and other Liberians as they escaped from the brutal carnage of the Liberian civil war and crossed over to neighbouring Sierra Leone where horrible (...)

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    Book Launch of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival

    20 October

    The launching ceremony of Painful Journey: A Story of Escape and Survival, by Liberian-Canadian BC resident Jerry Gbardy will take place on Saturday November 1, 2014 at the UNIFOR Building, 326 12th Street, in New Westminster, British Columbia from 5pm to 9pm.
    Painful Journey is about the traumatic experiences of Jerry, his family, relatives and other Liberians as they escaped from the brutal carnage of the Liberian civil war and crossed over to neighbouring Sierra Leone where horrible (...)

    NOSLINA elects Dr. John Davies-Cole Chairman of the Board

    19 October

    Sent by Kwame Fitzjohn, Washington DC, USA.
    The National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) wishes to announce it has elected Disease expert Dr. John Davies-Cole (pictured) to succeed Mr. Minkailu Jalloh, an IBM engineer of 25 years standing, as the Chairman of the Board for the 2014-16 term.
    At the completion of the Election this month, Mr. Mohamed Barrie, Sierra Leone Honorary Consul of New England States and NOSLINA Board Member aptly remarked, "Sierra Leone and (...)

    Musician of the Week: Ballake Sissoko

    by Gibril Koroma - 15 October

    We are pleased to present this week Paris-based Malian musician Ballake Sissoko. Balloke, who needs no introduction among most francophone West Africans, plays the Kora, an ancient harp, with 21 strings that produces a soothing kind of music.
    Ballake, like most traditional West African musicians, comes from a long line of Kora playing griots or traditional singers and oral historians.
    The griots are in fact a special group of musicians who hand over their skills from father to son (...)

    BC Premier Christy Clark Leads Trade Mission to India

    15 October

    Premier Christy Clark is leading her sixth trade mission, this time to India, to expand international trade and investment. She is joined by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk and a group of registered delegates.
    The Premier is travelling to New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh October 9th -18th for face-to-face meetings with key business and government officials. Minister Virk will also travel to Bangalore to raise awareness of the great potential for secondary and post-secondary (...)

    SLLG Atlanta-MRU African States Declare War Against Ebola

    14 October

    By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Columbus, Georgia, USA. . News on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the home front is not comforting, despite the best efforts of governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and ordinary citizens and friends of the affected countries: Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The (...)

    EDITORIAL

    Sex in the Time of Ebola

    By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)

    OPINION

    Sierra Leonean Women and the Ebola Pandemc

    By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson.* As the dreaded ebola virus disease (EVD) ravages across West Africa with a vengeance, afflicting young and old with merciless impunity, it is unfortunate to note (...)

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    Meet Liberian Writer Jerry Gbardy

    by Gibril Koroma - 13 October

    I met Liberian community activist and writer Jerry Gbardy (photo) in the early 90s in Freetown, Sierra Leone, while I was one of the editors in the now defunct Freetown newspaper, the New Breed. It was one of the best newspapers in the country at the time but was hammered by the NPRC military junta in 1995 after the publication of a report of diamond smuggling by some members of the junta including then junta leader Captain (Rtd) Valentine Strasser. Most of the senior staff and management (...)

    Sierra Leone: Learning through the Airwaves

    13 October

    Commentary
    By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson, London, UK.
    Apart from the health and environmental woes that ebola has brought upon us, we now have the added problem of it producing a new generation of illiterate citizens.
    Over the last few days, the world has finally woken up to the realities of the ebola virus disease (EVD), acknowledging that it poses as great a risk to humanity as HIV/Aids and at long last, something is being done to contain the scourge.
    At a recent meeting of Finance (...)

    Message from OKSA Financial Secretary

    12 October

    Fellow Alumni and Friends of Kolenten,
    It is my pleasure to once again report to you the wonderful news of another record-setting OKSA-USA fund-raising season that came to a climax around the events of 22-23 August 2014. Notwithstanding the plethora of fund-raising activities and free events every weekend in the Washington DC metropolitan area, and the continued scarcity of committed event organizers, we are on course to make $20,000 in profit.
    Acknowledgments On behalf of the Chairman, (...)

    Yaya Toure, Nissan’s New Global Ambassador

    11 October

    Nissan announced, October 8, that Yaya Touré, the Ivorian soccer wizard and three-time African Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League winner, as its newest global ambassador. The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder has agreed to a deal which will see him work alongside Nissan’s global UEFA Champions League and Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 partnerships.
    Yaya joins Nissan’s star-studded team of UEFA Champions League ambassadors, which includes the recently (...)

    Immigration Boss to Put Sierra Leone on World Map

    by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 8 October

    The Immigration Service in Sierra Leone is planning to introduce biometric passports that will replace the currently used machine readable ones. The news has been widely welcomed in the country and in the higher echelons of government.
    The Head of the Immigration Department Kholifa Koroma (pictured) has been credited as the brain behind the new initiative and has also been praised for many other initiatives that have been introduced to put the Immigration department at par with other (...)

    British Columbia, Canada: Speech from the Throne

    7 October

    In her speech from the throne ( yesterday), Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon set out the government’s intention to pass a comprehensive legislative framework for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry that will transform British Columbia’s economy for generations to come.
    Legislation to be introduced in the fall session will provide increased certainty for proponents of potential LNG projects, ensure fair benefits for British Columbians, establish B.C. as a competitive (...)

    Musician of the Week: Sulaiman Kutay Turay

    7 October

    Sent by Zina Craft, Atlanta, Georgia.
    World- renowned artist, master drummer and cultural activist Kutay Turay has released his latest single, Ebola Wahala. This iconic single is a provocative expose and depiction of the ill effects of the Ebola epidemic in his native country of Sierra Leone.
    The contemporary global rhythms and provocative lyrics are sure to invoke a wide range of emotions as he tells of the tragic story of the disease and other injustices associated with the lure of (...)

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    Power Women 232 Launches "All Hands on Deck"

    1 October

    Credit: Brand Sierra Leone. Power Women 232 is a newly formed network for women professionals in Sierra Leone. The network aims to bring professional women and entrepreneurs together to promote career advancement and development in all fields, through networking, leadership development, social (...)

    African News »

    Message from OKSA Financial Secretary

    12 October

    Fellow Alumni and Friends of Kolenten, It is my pleasure to once again report to you the wonderful news of another record-setting OKSA-USA fund-raising season that came to a climax around the events of 22-23 August 2014. Notwithstanding the plethora of fund-raising activities and free events (...)

    Africa-Canada »

    BC Premier Christy Clark Leads Trade Mission to India

    15 October

    Premier Christy Clark is leading her sixth trade mission, this time to India, to expand international trade and investment. She is joined by Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk and a group of registered delegates. The Premier is travelling to New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh October 9th (...)

    Sports »

    Yaya Toure, Nissan’s New Global Ambassador

    11 October

    Nissan announced, October 8, that Yaya Touré, the Ivorian soccer wizard and three-time African Footballer of the Year and UEFA Champions League winner, as its newest global ambassador. The Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder has agreed to a deal which will see him work alongside (...)

    World News »

    SLLG Atlanta-MRU African States Declare War Against Ebola

    14 October

    By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Columbus, Georgia, USA. . News on the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the home front is not comforting, despite the (...)