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Musician of the Week: Tiken Jah Fakoly

2014-09-02 02:20:12

Whenever West African reggae musicians are being discussed two names will almost surely come up: Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote d’Ivoire. Of these two talented musicians Alpha Blondy is better known worldwide mainly because some of his songs are in English, the "Super Power" among the world’s languages while Jah Fakoly sings mainly in his native Dioula language or French. Alpha also sings in Dioula and other languages but his songs in English and the fact that he (...)Read the full story »

Mines Committee in Kabala

5 May
By Elias Bangura, Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Parliamentary Committee on Mines and Mineral Resources has paid a three-day working visit to Koinadugu District on 30 April - 2 May 2014 to be fully apprised on mining activities in the district, especially of those engaged in exploration. Committee Chairman, Honourable Amadu Kanu told stakeholders of the district that the Mines Committee is not fully apprised of mining activities in Koinadugu, including the Koinadugu District Council, and (...)

Beware of Political Wolves and Adventurers

29 April
Commentary By Anthony Kamara Snr, Winnipeg, Canada. Dear Readers, Please allow me after all the baseless fear of an extended term of office for President Koroma to inject my candid opinion on the baseless rumor of an extension of President Koroma’s Term. First a personal introduction: I have never been a friend of President Koroma. On the contrary, he is a younger brother. I first met President Koroma while he was an Upper Sixth Form Student at the Magburaka Boys’ Secondary (...)

Musician of the Week: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

by Gibril Koroma - 13 April
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 (...)

Malaria: ECOWAS Calls for Regional Sensitization

7 April
By Dan Parkinson, reporting from Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. A-two day regional sensitization meeting by the ECOWAS Commission for the extensive use of biolarvicide for the eradication of malaria in Africa, aiming at applying the vector control approach has ended in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. Representing the President of the Commission at the conference, the Commissioner for Micro-Economic Policy, Dr. Ibrahim Bocar Ba emphasized the need for the constant appliance of biolarvicide (...)

What You Should Know About Ebola

7 April
Courtesy of Gary Schulze, USA. • The suspected reservoirs for Ebola are fruit bats. • Transmission to humans is thought to originate from infected bats or primates that have become infected by bats. • Undercooked infected bat and primate (bush) meat transmits the virus to humans. • Human to human transmission is only achieved by physical contact with a person who is acutely and gravely ill from the Ebola virus or their body fluids. • Transmission among (...)

Combatting Ebola in Sierra Leone

4 April
By Oswald Hanciles, Freetown, Sierra Leone. As of today, 4 April 2014, there are NO laboratory confirmed cases of Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The Ministry of Health & Sanitation is closely collaborating with the World Health Organization and Metabiota to provide rapid diagnostics and case investigations by MOHS personnel. In order to effectively manage this emergency The MOHS has established National Outbreak Response task force and the following actions have been taken in response (...)

Funding USL: Prospects and Challenges

1 April
Essay By Dr. Peter A. Dumbuya, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Introduction Founded in 1827 by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) with a curriculum geared toward educating and training missionaries for work in Sierra Leone and West Africa generally, Fourah Bay College (FBC) is one of the oldest universities not only in sub-Saharan Africa but in the world. It is older than most U.S. universities west of the Mississippi River. Its affiliation with Durham University was legendary. It survived many (...)

Advocacy Group Exposes Land Deals in Pujehun District

28 March
By Mustapha Wai, Washington DC, USA. According to Green Scenery, a local NGO doing work in Environmental Promotion and Protection in Sierra Leone, 62% of the total area and 82% of arable land in Pujehun, one of Sierra Leone’s twelve districts have been leased to companies, many without proper consent by landowners. Below are excerpts and highlights from a report recently issued by Green Scenery about the Pujehun District land leases: Lease varies in size from 6,575 hectares to 47, (...)

This is What I Am Talking About

26 March
Opinion By Walcut Metzger, JD, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The above picture, obtained from the Human Rights Watch website is an insult, a slap in the face to all Sierra Leoneans, particularly those who hail from the Northern province where the picture was taken whether you are in Sierra Leone or in the diaspora. The only exception are the local villagers who are displaced by the mining company. Because they don’t know any better. To those that know better you ought to be ashamed of (...)

One Example of Press Freedom Violations Under Kabbah: Four Years for Paul Kamara

23 March
Source: Reporters Without Borders (www.rsf.org), October 2004. Reporters Without Borders strongly condemned the Sierra Leone high court’s decision to sentence Paul Kamara, the founder and editor of the daily For Di People, to a total of four years in prison for "seditiously" libelling President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Kamara was convicted under the Public Order Act of 1965, the repeal of which has been repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (...)

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EDITORIAL

Focus on the Environment

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, London, UK. I was on holiday in Freetown last August when the King Jimmy Bridge collapsed. A few days before that unfortunate accident, I was travelling along (...)

OPINION

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 that (...)