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Sierra Leone: The Eco to Replace the Leone Next Year

2014-04-18 21:17:32

By Mekki Elmograbi, Khartoum, Sudan. Starting from May 2014, citizens from the five countries of East Africa Community – EAC; Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania will be able to use their national currencies in the area of EAC. Banks and agencies will offer to the public the service of digital cross-border cash transactions in real time for all local currencies of EAC. A citizen from Uganda can buy a car from Tanzania using Rwandese francs, taking his fuel from an oil station (...)Read the full story »

Go Green in the City 2014

10 February
A total of 725 African students, representing 24 countries, have already signed up for this 2014 edition of Go Green in the City. These students come primarily from Nigeria (149 applications), Egypt (142 applications), Algeria (29 applications), Morocco (138 applications), Algeria (86 applications), Ghana (43 applications), and Kenya (47 applications). Students from Engineering and Business Schools, Master’s and MBA Programmes in Africa and from across the globe have until 15 (...)

Which African renaissance are we talking about?

10 February
Analysis By Dr. Motsoko Pheko, South Africa.* Does the African Union confuse the term ‘African Renaissance’ with Pan-Africanism? These terms cannot mean the same thing when the ‘European Renaissance’ brought slavery, colonialism and racism to Africa. The meaning of the term “African Renaissance” now running parallel with Pan Africanism in the corridors of the African Union must be clarified. It is confusing to people who are rooted in the history of (...)

Tom Nyuma and the Making of the NPRC: In Memoriam to “Ranger”(Part One)

5 February
By Patrick S. Bernard, USA. It is always tough to write an obituary of a young person who dies too soon. I find myself in that position writing this obituary of Tom Nyuma, a young man who died at 42 years old on January 26, 2014. But what I write here is less about Tom the dead, and more about what he did when he lived. For those who fought with him—in Liberia when he was among the first group of Sierra Leonean soldiers sent under ECOMOG in 1990, and then in Sierra Leone where he (...)

Freetown: ACC Secures Conviction on Bribery Charge

3 February
Police Constable 10688 Samuel Abass Jah of the Traffic Division, attached to the Central Police Station in Freetown, was on Wednesday 29 January 2014, convicted on corruption charges relating to bribery contrary to Anti- Corruption Act 2008. Police Officer 10688 Jah, who pleaded guilty to all three counts, was arrested on 11th July 2013, during a sting operation after the Commission received complaints from the public that the said traffic police officer was harassing and soliciting bribes (...)

Street Traders and State Power

3 February
Commentary By Dr.Yusuf Bangura, Department of Political Science, Fourah Bay College, Freetown. There have been sporadic confrontations between state authorities and street traders over the use of public spaces in Freetown. These confrontations on the streets and pavements of the city now seem to occur every year with no sign of meaningful resolution. Streets are, by law, meant to facilitate the movement of vehicles, and pavements help pedestrians to move around cities without fear of (...)

London Mining Improves Lunsar Roads

3 February
London Mining Company is pleased to announce that its contractor, Universal Services, has now completed the Company-sponsored Road Improvement Project, which has upgraded a number of roads that are vital to its operating community of Lunsar. The work, which entailed an investment of USD 43,500 (Le 186,180,000), complements that which is being carried out by SALCOST under the auspices of the Government of Sierra Leone. “As one of the largest investors in Sierra Leone, London Mining (...)

The need for more productive jobs for Africa’s Youth

27 January
With more than half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population now under the age of 25, and as many as 11 million young Africans expected to join the labor market every year for the next decade, creating millions of productive, well-paying jobs will be vital to boost economic growth, significantly cut poverty, and create shared prosperity in Africa, according to a new World Bank report on youth employment in Africa. While many African economies have registered impressive economic growth in (...)

Abacha Women, Literocrats and Bambara Stream

27 January
Commentary By Mohamed Gibril Sesay, Freetown, Sierra Leone. It has been so easy to blame Abacha traders for the traffic and other ills of the city of Freetown. So easy that it has become almost the vogue, a sort of hallowed wisdom amongst the literocrats, that is: the members of the literocracy, that is: rule of the literate as mandated by the constitution and bureaucratic customs, that is: the literate rule and galvanize opposition to rule, from the judiciary to the legislature, (...)

Job Opportunities at Dawnus

21 January
Experienced Operators ONLY ADT, DOZER, EXCAVATOR, GRADER, LIGHT & HEAVY DUTY AGRICULTURAL TRACTOR You must have a minimum of 2yrs experience and hold a valid driving licence – category C & D FOR AN INTERVIEW PLEASE ATTEND AT THE LONDON MINING INFORMATION CENTRE, LUNSAR, Marampa EVERY THURSDAY AT 14.30pm Please ensure you attend with a copy of an up-to-date CV & 2 Passport photos DO NOT APPLY: If you have been previously unsuccessful or dismissed by Dawnus (...)

Interview with Sierra Leonean Writer Francess Cole

by Gibril Koroma - 20 January
Francess Cole, pictured, is a young, intelligent and promising Sierra Leonean writer based in Maryland, USA. Her first book, an autobiography, is titled Distant Sunrise-the Strength in her Pain to Forgive, in which she narrates her extremely painful past and how she has been able to deal with it and get on with her life. She is currently working on another book. In the following interview by email with Patriotic Vanguard publisher Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, Francess responds to questions on (...)

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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 (...)