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Haja Khadija Savage: The Passing of a Colleague Journalist

2014-07-11 06:29:32

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 (...)Read the full story »

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): The Key is Prevention

26 June
By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Oncology Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus, Georgia USA. Introduction News of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) and the deaths of two Sierra Leoneans from the virus in neighboring Guinea spread like wild fire during the harmattan season. I spoke to relatives in Sierra Leone and they were worried about EVD because they don’t know what causes it or how to prevent its occurrence. EVD is caused by a virus that was first discovered in 1976 (...)

Freetown: Police Complete COS Investigation

24 June
By Titus Boye-Thompson. The Sierra Leone Police have completed their investigations on the timber case involving former State House Chief of Staff Richard Konteh (photo) and others. This announcement was made by the Head of Crime Management at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Chief Superintendent Ibrahim Koroma Tuesday 24th June 2014 at a press conference at Police Headquarters George Street Freetown. The files concerning the investigation and the police report accompanying (...)

Africa and Foreign Intervention

22 June
By Zapman, USA. As a continent, Africa remains under the constant threat of destabilisation along with numerous internal, intractable crises aimed at fuelling suspicion and exploiting differences amongst the populace. These threats are aimed at creating fractious states that will be ripe for foreign intervention and ultimately the division of countries. As a general guideline, the development of tensions along with destabilisation and revolution follows a predictable pattern in (...)

John Benjamin says Maada Bio should Support Him

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 20 June
John Oponjo Benjamin (photo) commonly called JOB is among the numerous people vying for the flagbearership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), the country’s oldest party founded in 1951. He has been a Chief Secretary of State in the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) , former leader of the National Unity Party (NUP) and one time Minister of Finance in the government of (late) President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and is currently in private business holding the position of (...)

Ebola: Frank Timis Reassures Workers

16 June
By PV Staff. Frank Timis (photo), chairman of the African Minerals company that is involved in iron ore mining in the Bumbuna area, Tonkolili district, has arrived in Sierra Leone and has been meeting with workers to reassure them that he is in solidarity with them regarding the Ebola menace in the country. According to a press release from Tanu Jalloh, AML press officer, Timis told his workers in Tonkolili and Pepel that he will do everything to keep them safe and has put in place (...)

Isolating and Managing Ebola

14 June
Commentary By Felix Sesay, Virginia, USA. When the Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Leone Dr. Brima Kargbo, made the clarion call to action against the dreaded Ebola virus on April 9, 2014, he specifically advised the public against the consumption of bush meat (standard precaution , because one may never know which bush meat is infected with the Ebola virus) and coming into contact with infected remains of Ebola victims (the internal hemorrhage caused by the virus can sometimes manifest (...)

When a Nine-year old Dies under forced FGM

8 June
Commentary By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK. It was with sombre dismay I learnt of the death of a nine-year old girl allegedly during a Female Genital Mutilation process on the 17th of May this year, in a village called Bongama in Eastern Sierra Leone. I was not shocked by the location because that part of the country is known to be very intransigent when it comes to stopping harmful traditional practices like FGM or Cutting. While the global picture indicates that FGM/C is becoming less (...)

Child Marriage Still Prevalent in Sierra Leone

26 May
Commentary By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK. Namisa (not her real name), bowed her head, with a shy smile, a shiny face and dressed in a traditional blouse and lappa and her head covered with a white head scarf. She waved goodbye to friends and family of Madogbo village Number One as she was carried on a motor cycle by her husband and escorted by her aunty who had cared for her since she was a child.They headed towards Madogbo village Number Two in the Koinadugu district, northern Sierra (...)

Help Save Number 2 Beach in Sierra Leone!

22 May
Our attention has been drawn to a nefarious activity going on at one of Sierra Leone’s finest beaches, Number 2 River beach near Freetown, the capital. According to a Facebook posting by a representative of the River No.2 community, CSE (Compagnie Sahelienne d’Entreprises), a local construction company with Senegalese connections, has "decided to cut expenses by constructing a new road (see photo) rather then repairing the old road going to Tokeh from River No.2.They are doing (...)

The Third Term Debate: Who The Cap Fits

19 May
Opinion By Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Freetown. I have been following with keen interest the debate and speculations on the successor to Ernest Koroma (photo) by 2018 and have observed that for now all eyes are on Ernest Koroma for a third term even though he has not openly endorsed it. There are varying views on the third term itself. I have been picking the brains of the elites both within and outside the APC. There are three categories: The first are the positivists who say if the (...)

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UK: Gun Crimes and BME Mothers

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, London, UK. Fanta is so used to shouting in the house that when I heard her shout on this day, I pretended not to have heard her. But on this particular occasion, (...)


Usu Boie: Man of the People

By Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Freetown. For a long time I have not seen Usu Boie or have a chance to talk to him but what triggered my thoughts towards him was when one day I witnessed an argument (...)