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OKSA: Keynote Address by H.E Hon. Ibrahim Sorie

2014-08-27 10:02:37

Public Spiritedness and Its Role in Community Development Keynote Address By H.E. Hon. Ibrahim Sorie Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Union (EU). Delivered on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Old Kolenten Secondary School Students Association (OKSA) in Virginia, USA, on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd August, 2014. Esteemed Master of Ceremonies, Mr. President of OKSA, Excellencies, Colleague Ambassadors (...)Read the full story »

Book Review: The Strength in her Pain to Forgive

16 December 2013
F.A. Cole Distant Sunrise - The Strength in her Pain to Forgive Charleston, SC: Francess Cole, 2012 pb 181pp $13.00 ISBN 9780615420325 Book Review by LaShanta Y. Jones Tinner, PhD. When I first read Distant Sunrise, I was deeply moved. This story can capture the heart of anyone who believes that freedom should exist in the physical and spiritual realms. F.A. Cole presented a detailed description of the pain and suffering of women who experience female genital mutilation and (...)

Madagascar Election: Call for Impartial Media Coverage

16 December 2013
Reporters Without Borders calls on Madagascar’s media to provide balanced and impartial coverage of the campaign for the second-round of the presidential election on 20 December and the elections for the national assembly’s 151 members that are being held the same day. “We urge journalists to draw the lessons from the first round and to respect the terms of the election coverage charter signed on 21 February, in which an undertaking was given to ‘present all the (...)

Joe Opala Receives Sierra Leone Passport

16 December 2013
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States of America H.E. Bockari Kortu Stevens recently presented Americo/ Sierra Leonean historian, Professor Joseph Opala with his Sierra Leonean passport, according to a Sierra Leone Embassy press release. The impressive ceremony took place at the conference room of the Embassy in Washington D.C. On 20th May 2013, Professor Opala was sworn in as a Sierra Leonean citizen by H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma. This was in recognition of his role (...)

Madiba Laid to Rest in Home Town

16 December 2013
Credit: His flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey — one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance and reconciliation in the fight against South Africa’s racist rule. Artillery boomed and military aircraft roared through a cloud-studded sky, as the simple and the celebrated gathered to pay their (...)

Tributes to Madiba

14 December 2013
The Patriotic Vanguard will be publishing tributes to one of Africa’s greatest sons, former South African President Nelson Mandela who died December 5 and will be buried in his hometown of Qunu after a massive funeral service in the South African capital of Pretoria on Sunday. As our own contribution to this historic process, we shall be publishing tributes to the late Madiba as from today, Tuesday December 10, to Tuesday December 17. So please send your tributes with your personal (...)

Dr. Abdulai Conteh Endorses PV Editorial

12 December 2013
Dr. Abdulai Osman Conteh is a former Attorney General, Foreign Minister and Vice President of Sierra Leone.He was Chief Justice of Belize and currently Justice of Appeal in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Cayman Islands. In the following short piece he endorses a recent editorial by PV Publisher and CEO Gibril Gbanabome Koroma on the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights in Arusha, Tanzania: I wholeheartedly support Sierra Leone acceding to the Protocol establishing the (...)

Furthering Development in Nigeria Through Education

11 December 2013
By Dr. Godwin Eni, Vancouver, Canada. For a variety of reasons, which include civil wars and corrupt practices, it is difficult for many African countries to rise above inherited colonial education systems, or to implement a need-based national system of accountability in education. My experience as a consultant and advisor in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe informs me about the challenges developing countries face in fulfilling educational needs that lead to significant (...)

My Mandela Experience

11 December 2013
By Abdulai Bayraytay, Freetown, Sierra Leone.* The world was gripped with shock on that eventful day of December 5, 2013 when a sombre President Jacob Zuma of South Africa broke the sad news to the world on live television thus: “Fellow South Africans. Our beloved Nelson Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed...”. The world was stunned. To millions of his fans across the world, including my humble self, the news was heart-rending to the point (...)

South Africa, 1973

10 December 2013
By Gary Schulze, USA. Source: Friends of Sierra Leone (FOSL). The passing of Madiba brought back memories of a trip I made to South Africa in 1973 as a staff member of Young Presidents Organization. I traveled there with a group of American and Canadian company presidents. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer a few years earlier in Sierra Leone where racial harmony is the norm, I was completely unprepared for the repressive racist society I found in South Africa. Everywhere we went, (...)

US Presidential Elections and Liberian Affairs

8 December 2013
Opinion US Presidential Elections and Liberian Affairs 1980-2012: A Personal Reflection. By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore II, USA. I write about the United States presidential elections covering 1980-2012 based on my recollections taken primarily from my personal journal and memoir. I tried to include the role each US administration had played regarding Liberia and the events which occurred during the period covered. As a student of history and political science, I wrote on the events for (...)

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Dispelling the Ebola Myths and Misinformation: Citizens’ Responsibilities

By Alhassan Fouard Kanu, Freetown, Sierra Leone. Ebola can be best described as an ‘exterminator’, a disease that is wasting away families and decimating communities. Because of its (...)


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 (...)