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Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

2014-04-13 21:29:00

This week we feature, once more, the great Nigerian multi-talented musician, Afro-centric political activist and Pan-Africanist, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. This is because the late Fela, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 1997 was no ordinary musician. Through his music he dealt with most of the issues affecting Africans and Black people all over the world. Issues like the African disease of "one-way" thinking encouraged and promoted by most African leaders who are in reality pathetic (...)Read the full story »

UNIPSIL’s Mission Ends: A Farewell to the Blue Helmets

17 March
By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Introduction The international community’s response to the civil war (1991-2002) was slow in coming, but by the end of the decade, the UN peacekeeping force in Sierra Leone had become the largest ever fielded since the Congo crisis of the early 1960s. And so it came as no surprise when, in the first week of March, the Freetown-based print media, in a rare combination of nostalgia for the yeoman work the UN had done to bring peace and (...)

Breast Cancer Update: Education is the key for Sierra Leone

14 March
Essay By Dr. Angela M. Dumbuya, DNP/Nurse Practitioner, John B. Amos Cancer Center, Columbus Regional Health, Georgia, USA. Introduction According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer results from abnormality and mutation (change) in the human cell structure. Abnormal cells then form a tumor. Some tumors are benign while others are malignant. Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the breast tissue particularly in the ducts and lobules that are designed for milk production. (...)

Musician of the Week: Bombino

14 March
Credit: Wikipedia. Omara "Bombino" Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamashek. Bombino is the subject of the documentary film Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion. Bombino was born in 1980 in Tidene, Niger, a Tuareg encampment about 80 kilometers northeast of Agadez. He is a member of the Ifoghas tribe, which belongs to the Kel (...)

Musician of the Week: Ayub Ogada

by Gibril Koroma - 6 March
Ayuba Ogada is a Kenyan musician, one of those African musicians that have made a name for themselves by devoting themselves almost entirely to one traditional instrument. Ayub, who was born in 1952 in Mombasa, Kenya, is from the Luo ethnic group, one of the major ethnic groups in that country both politically and demograhically (President Obama’s father was Luo). Ogada experienced music as an art and as a profession when his parents took him to Chicago, United States of America, (...)

London Mining Looking for Drill and Pump Specialist

6 March
WE ARE HIRING TALENTED PEOPLE Position & Vacancy: Drill & Pump Specialist Department: Technical Services Duration: Fixed Term- Six (6) Months Location: Marampa Mine Site, Lunsar or Freetown Office Date: 21/02/2014 Key Areas of Responsibility • Operate and supervise the drilling machine for any problems that may occur. • Responsible for the drill rig behavior and settings regarding the formation the drill rig is drilling into. • Grade control drilling on (...)

Health Issues: FootCareMD Boosts Patient Education

5 March
As part of a year-long process of updating its educational library, the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) has added more than 40 new treatment articles to its FootCareMD patient education site. Articles found under the new Treatments tab are grouped into four categories, including treatments of the ankle, big toe, heel and midfoot, plus the category of injections and other procedures. Articles were written and reviewed by the orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists who (...)

Musician of the Week: Khaled

25 February
Khaled Hadj Ibrahim ( born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title (...)

Musician of the Week: Franco Luambo

21 February
Francois Luambo Luanzo Makiadi, popularly known as Franco, was one of the greatest African musicians to come out of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire under the late President Mobutu Sese Seku Waza Banga). Here is a biography of the man from the Wikipedia website: François Luambo Luanzo Makiadi (6 July 1938 – 12 October 1989) was a major figure in twentieth century Congolese music, and African music in general. He is widely referred to as Franco Luambo or, (...)

Musician of the Week: Peter Tosh

10 February
Peter Tosh, (born Winston Hubert McIntosh; 19 October 1944 – 11 September 1987) was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterwards had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari. Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, and was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailers and as a solo (...)

Musician of the Week: Michael Jackson

4 February
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist. Often referred to by the honorific nickname "King of Pop", or by his initials MJ, his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a (...)

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Sundry Matters

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

The Law School Imbroglio I have been watching and observing the Law School mess developing and escalating with some amusement. It shows that some members of the so-called "noble" profession are (...)


Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)