Titus Boye-Thompson, Strategic Media & Development Communications Unit, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The spate of ultimatums handed out to Government recently underlines a fissure in the relationship between civil society and Government but not in the way most observers have decided to comment. There is an unspoken memorandum of understanding between Government and non-state actors to the extent that when Government is exuding a certain level of control on state affairs and (...)
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Beloved Canadian author Alice Munro says that winning this year’s prestigious Nobel Prize for literature feels "wonderful."
The Swedish Academy announced the decision Thursday, calling the 82-year-old author from Wingham, Ont., a "master of the contemporary short story."
She is the first Canadian and the 13th woman to win the award. Saul Bellow, who was born in Quebec, won in 1973 as a naturalized U.S. citizen who identified as American.
Reacting to news of her (...)
Ventures Africa, an African business magazine and news service, recently launched the first of its new annual Africa rich list. The Ventures Africa Rich List is the most comprehensive ever compiled and reveals the true wealth of Africa’s richest people.
The list uncovers the fortunes of the 55 African billionaires, of which for many little was previously known about the size of their wealth. Previously published Africa rich lists have only identified as few as 16 African (...)
Project1808, Inc. in partnership with University of Wisconsin Madison African Studies, the Division of International Studies, Global Health Institute, Global Studies and International Studies Major, Human Rights Initiative ISS- Millennium Development Goals Awareness Project,School of Social Work, and the WUD-Distinguished Lecture Series are honored to present Mrs.Zainab Bangura (photo), United Nations Under- Secretary-General and Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict on (...)
By Ngozi Achebe, USA.*
Chinua Achebe, legendary writer, philosopher and political activist died March 21st this year at age 82 and was laid to rest in his home town of Ogidi, in eastern Nigeria on the 23rd of May , 2013. The funeral of this most favored son of Africa was attended by presidents, the world’s literati, political figures and the regular folk whose cause he championed all his life.
And in the midst of this - a book of tributes. I was charged by the family with the (...)
President Ernest Bai Koroma on Wednesday 2nd October organized a prayer breakfast at State Lodge, Hill Station to celebrate his 60th birthday anniversary. In attendance were close friends, family members and members of the Muslim and Christian clergy.
Immediately following the prayer breakfast, and group photographs with close family members as well as staffers were taken, the President, as a way of commemorating his birthday in a unique way, as he put it, embarked on a needs assessment (...)
The new Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations, Honourable Vandi Chidi Minah, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon September 18, 2013.
Until his appointment, Mr. Minah was Sierra Leone’s Minister for Transport and Aviation (click on video clip below to hear him speak at the time he was Transport Minister) since December 2010. Before that, he served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from 2008 to 2010. (...)
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Throughout the length and breadth of the West African State of Sierra Leone he is popularly known for putting Islamic doctrines pari parsu with democratic tenets.
Sheikh Ahmad Tejan Sillah, pictured, is the Chief Imam of the Freetown Central Mosque, a place of worship that serves as center of worship for residents in the capital Freetown.
A close study of him over the years has revealed that he is a Muslim cleric who perceives the concept of democracy as a trait of Islamic ideals. (...)
By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson, London, UK.
Sierra Leonean women face all sorts of obstacles when it comes to setting up their own businesses. A combination of cultural prejudices and harsh economic realities join hands to make life particularly difficult for our ladies.
Some of the numerous barriers and constraints which make it difficult for women to do business in Sierra Leone include limited access to finance, social inequality, entrenched cultural and traditional practices, (...)
Leading Nigerian entrepreneur Kola Aluko was joined today (September 26) by Oscar Winning actor Jamie Foxx and British fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng to mark the launch of a new chapter for African development.
The Made in Africa Foundation (MIAF) which was co-founded by Aluko and Boateng, marked the launch of its historical partnership with the African Development Bank at the NASDAQ in New York this morning, an alliance which will co-manage and market initiatives to attract new (...)