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Musician of the Week: Ballake Sissoko

2014-10-15 10:49:07

We are pleased to present this week Paris-based Malian musician Ballake Sissoko. Balloke, who needs no introduction among most francophone West Africans, plays the Kora, an ancient harp, with 21 strings that produces a soothing kind of music.
Ballake, like most traditional West African musicians, comes from a long line of Kora playing griots or traditional singers and oral historians.
The griots are in fact a special group of musicians who hand over their skills from father to son (...)

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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.
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 (...)

John Benjamin says Maada Bio should Support Him

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 20 June

John Oponjo Benjamin (photo) commonly called JOB is among the numerous people vying for the flagbearership of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), the country’s oldest party founded in 1951. He has been a Chief Secretary of State in the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC) , former leader of the National Unity Party (NUP) and one time Minister of Finance in the government of (late) President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and is currently in private business holding the position of (...)

Ebola: Frank Timis Reassures Workers

16 June

By PV Staff.
Frank Timis (photo), chairman of the African Minerals company that is involved in iron ore mining in the Bumbuna area, Tonkolili district, has arrived in Sierra Leone and has been meeting with workers to reassure them that he is in solidarity with them regarding the Ebola menace in the country.
According to a press release from Tanu Jalloh, AML press officer, Timis told his workers in Tonkolili and Pepel that he will do everything to keep them safe and has put in place (...)

Isolating and Managing Ebola

14 June

By Felix Sesay, Virginia, USA.
When the Chief Medical Officer of Sierra Leone Dr. Brima Kargbo, made the clarion call to action against the dreaded Ebola virus on April 9, 2014, he specifically advised the public against the consumption of bush meat (standard precaution , because one may never know which bush meat is infected with the Ebola virus) and coming into contact with infected remains of Ebola victims (the internal hemorrhage caused by the virus can sometimes manifest (...)

When a Nine-year old Dies under forced FGM

8 June

By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.
It was with sombre dismay I learnt of the death of a nine-year old girl allegedly during a Female Genital Mutilation process on the 17th of May this year, in a village called Bongama in Eastern Sierra Leone.
I was not shocked by the location because that part of the country is known to be very intransigent when it comes to stopping harmful traditional practices like FGM or Cutting.
While the global picture indicates that FGM/C is becoming less (...)

Child Marriage Still Prevalent in Sierra Leone

26 May

By Mariama Kandeh, London, UK.
Namisa (not her real name), bowed her head, with a shy smile, a shiny face and dressed in a traditional blouse and lappa and her head covered with a white head scarf. She waved goodbye to friends and family of Madogbo village Number One as she was carried on a motor cycle by her husband and escorted by her aunty who had cared for her since she was a child.They headed towards Madogbo village Number Two in the Koinadugu district, northern Sierra (...)

Help Save Number 2 Beach in Sierra Leone!

22 May

Our attention has been drawn to a nefarious activity going on at one of Sierra Leone’s finest beaches, Number 2 River beach near Freetown, the capital.
According to a Facebook posting by a representative of the River No.2 community, CSE (Compagnie Sahelienne d’Entreprises), a local construction company with Senegalese connections, has "decided to cut expenses by constructing a new road (see photo) rather then repairing the old road going to Tokeh from River No.2.They are doing (...)

The Third Term Debate: Who The Cap Fits

19 May

By Alpha Rashid Jalloh, Freetown.
I have been following with keen interest the debate and speculations on the successor to Ernest Koroma (photo) by 2018 and have observed that for now all eyes are on Ernest Koroma for a third term even though he has not openly endorsed it.
There are varying views on the third term itself. I have been picking the brains of the elites both within and outside the APC. There are three categories: The first are the positivists who say if the (...)

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Sex in the Time of Ebola

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Guest Writer, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Ebola-stricken nation of Sierra Leone is employing whatever means possible, from individual to state level, in response to (...)


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 (...)