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Musicians of the Week: Led Zeppelin

2014-09-15 10:04:31

I recently discovered Led Zeppelin, the English rock brand of the 60s and 70s purely by chance or accident. I went into this Vancouver (my current home base) record store, one sunny Saturday afternoon, to look for some original record to add to my collection (I love music and suspect I was a musician in another life or incarnation but that is neither here nor there).
Anyway, I ended up chatting with this store clerk that started talking about Bob Marley and rapidly segued to giving a (...)

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Nigerians Selling Unused Items on

18 August

MoboFree said it expects the total volume of items for sale in its marketplace to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2015, 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, is among the largest and most (...)

Alhaji Usman Boie Kamara’s Health Status

16 August

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

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

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 (...)

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The Ebolarization of Every Death in Sierra Leone

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The magnitude and spread of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone requires enormous commitment of resources and robust sustained (...)


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 (...)