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Liberia Independence Day: Celebrating What?

2014-07-27 16:29:28

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 (...)Read the full story »

Religion and Grassoots Politics in Sierra Leone

by Gibril Koroma - 9 July
Commentary Bakarr King Conteh is one of the television journalists making an impact in Sierra Leone with his BACS Production linked to the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation. Bakarr has a knack for bringing out interesting aspects of Sierra Leone’s cultural, social and political heritage in a way that is unique, with a style of his own. We shall be bringing you from time to time Bakarr’s work but we would like to start the ball rolling with this video clip of a ruling (...)

Ebola: Updates on Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia

8 July
Guinea Between 18 and 20 June 2014, there were no new cases of Ebola virus disease, but 3 deaths were reported from Gueckedou (0 cases and 2 deaths) and Telimele (0 case and 1 death). This brings the cumulative number of cases and deaths reported from Guinea to 390 (260 confirmed, 87 probable, and 43 suspected) and 270 deaths. The geographical distribution of these cases and deaths is as follows: Conakry, 65 cases and 33 deaths; Gueckedou, 226 cases and 177 deaths; Macenta, 41 cases and (...)

Profile: Professor Osman Sankoh

6 July
By Bai-Bai Sesay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.* From September 17-20 last year, the INDEPTH Network of health and demographic surveillance system (HDSS) research sites in currently 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the African University College of Communication (AUCC) organized, in Accra, Ghana, a four-day workshop on the theme “Strengthening Climate Change Mitigation in the Sahel and West Africa regions." This INDEPTH-AUCC collaboration was funded by the UNESCO Office in (...)

New Novel by Syl Cheney-Coker

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher - 5 July
Sierra Leone’s leading and best-known writer, Syl Cheney-Coker (photo) has written a second novel called Sacred River. His first novel was the award-winning Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar. Cheney-Coker’s writing is complex and can be enormously difficult and easily misunderstood by the less careful reader. I would say there is a similarity of style between him and Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka in their use of language and constant attention to their countries of (...)

Police Investigate Rangers Manpower Solutions

4 July
By Titus Boye-Thompson, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Senior police officers in Sierra Leone are currently investigating a limited liability company registered in Sierra Leone with foreign nationals as shareholders that has collected moneys to the tune of around Le 1.4billion from students and unemployed young people in this country for the purpose of finding them work placements in Canada, Finland and Australia. The company was publicly launched with much fanfare with the directors (...)

London Mining supports public education campaign on Ebola

4 July
London Mining has announced a donation of Le 115 million (US$ 26,497) as an emergency support to help stem the spread of the Ebola disease outbreak in Sierra Leone. This is part of London Mining’s ongoing support to communities, local authorities and government to prevent the spread of the disease and a purely precautionary action plan with the locus of the Ebola outbreak in a completely different part of the country. The Company has donated Le70 million to (...)

Musician of the Week: Sam Fan Thomas

30 June
Sam Fan Thomas is a Cameroonian musician associated with Makossa (also known as Makassi). He began in the late 1960s and had his first hit with Rikiatou. His African Typic Collection would be an international hit in 1984 and is perhaps his best known album. Thomas began his career in the early 1970s as a guitarist in the Cameroonian band Tigres Noires. He stayed with that band until 1976, when he decided to launch a solo career. About Makossa Makossa is a noted Cameroonian popular (...)

Program Reminder of "Freetown Bond" by Eldred Jones

28 June
Program Reminder of Freetown Bond By Eldred Jones. This Saturday, June 28 from 2 to 6 pm at the Holy Family Seminary (Social Hall) 401 Randolph Road (Colesville), Silver Spring, MD 20904. The program is 2 to 6 pm, the formalities are from 3 - 4 pm as follows: Welcome/Introduction of MC - Amelia Fitzjohn Broderick (Host) MC’s opening remarks - Professor Nemata Blyden Deputy Chair, Department of History The George Washington University. MC introduces Professor Mbye Cham (...)

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 (...)

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Let’s Consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)


Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)