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"Ebola outbreak could exceed 20,000 cases"-WHO

2014-08-29 00:48:11

The World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General, Bruce Aylward (photo), told reporters today in Geneva that the Ebola outbreak currently ravaging West Africa could eventually exceed 20, 000 cases if the current trend continues. According to an Associated Press report quoted by The Huffington Post newspaper, 10,000 people are likely to die as a worst case scenario. Ebola, the report went on, has already killed 1552 people in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, (...)Read the full story »

Musician of the Week: Alpha Blondy

11 August
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
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 (...)

Africa and Foreign Intervention

6 August
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 (...)

Protect Our Healthcare Workers

5 August
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 (...)

“Doc P”: Critic, Writer, and Teacher: An Interview with Professor Eustace Palmer

5 August
By Ernest Cole, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Hope College, Michigan, USA. Credit: Weave Journal, edited by Dr. Patrick Bernard, USA. Professor Eustace Palmer (“Doc P” as he is fondly referred to by his students) is one of the most accomplished scholars from Sierra Leone. A distinguished writer and critic,“Doc P” is believed to be the youngest Sierra Leonean to have obtained a Ph.D. at the time he did from the University of Edinburgh where he earned both his (...)

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. (...)

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Dispelling the Ebola Myths and Misinformation: Citizens’ Responsibilities

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola can be best described as an ‘exterminator’, a disease that is wasting away families and decimating communities. Because of its (...)


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 that (...)