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Kambia District Health Management Team Urged To Sustain Ebola Fight

2014-08-21 23:31:26

By Hassan Bruz, reporting from Kambia, Northern Sierra Leone. The Kambia District Health Management Team has been encouraged to sustain the fight against the spread of the Ebola Virus. This was the conclusion of a statement by the Resident Minister of the Northern Province, Honourable Alie D Kamara (photo). He was on an assessment visit to the district with regards the prevalence of the dreadful Ebola disease. He used the opportunity to stress the need for the People of Kambia to remain (...)Read the full story »

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. (...)

The Ebola Threat in Sierra Leone: Initial Lessons to Be Learnt

18 July
Commentary By Dr. Mohamed Kanu, USA.* In a world of globalization when travelling across the world has become so fast and easy, disease transmission has correspondingly become much more rapid. A few decades ago, disease transmission took much longer to occur from one place to another – not anymore, especially with the advent of air travel. Even in less developed countries like Sierra Leone, where travel is predominantly, if not exclusively, by road (vehicular or otherwise), (...)

Musician of the Week: Sorie Kondi

by Roland Bankole, Marke, Deputy Editor, Florida, USA. - 18 July
Sorie Kondi, Sierra Leone’s famous blind kondi player, who is in many ways the country’s Stevie Wonder (although not rich or internationally famous). He is a household name in his native land where he taught himself to play the kondi instrument at an early age, and due to his prowess and ingenuity in playing the instrument, earned the name, Sorie Kondi. His music and performance will never stop to amaze his audience, after escaping and emerging from the ruins and wreckage of (...)

Alpha Kanu: A Study in Oratory

by Gibril Koroma - 13 July
Today, we bring you yet another story from Bakarr King Conteh and his BAC Productions programme on Sierra Leone TV (SLBC). Please note that Bakarr’s work is mainly pro-government but we are interested in its news and entertainment value. In the video clip that follows we see President Koroma and a high powered entourage on a visit to Antwerp, Belgium. The President and delegation are ina town hall meeting with some members of the Sierra Leone community in Belgium and others from (...)

PTI sends a 40ft container to Sierra Leone

13 July
A UK registered international development charity based in Portsmouth has sent a 40 ft container of tools, books, wheelchairs and medical equipment to Sierra Leone. The items will support post-war community schools, young offenders’ institutes, local hospitals and maternity clinics, disabled groups, and skilled artisans. Practical Tools Initiative, a charity set up by the Sierra Leonean human rights activist and campaigning journalist James Fallah-Williams, and other professionals in (...)

Haja Khadija Savage: The Passing of a Colleague Journalist

11 July
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 (...)

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What African Liberation Day and Emancipation Day Have in Common

Two Days, One People, One Destiny What African Liberation Day and Emancipation Day Have in Common By Charles Quist-Adade, PhD, Guest Writer, Vancouver, Canada. This summer saw the commemoration (...)


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 (...)