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Old Kolenten Students Association Reunion & Dance

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Reunion Firday August 22, 2014. Venue: Comfort Inn Landmark 6254 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia, 22312. Dance Saturday, August 23, 2014. Venue: Capitol Heights, Maryland. 8741 G. Ashwood Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Co-Grand Chief Patrons: 1. Dr. Ernest Sahid Surrur (Cabinet Secretary, Sierra Leone). 2. His Excellency Ibrahim Sorie Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and Head of Mission to the European Commission. DJ: Alhaji Argba (...)Read the full story »

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 (...)

Arusha: Public Hearing on the Norbert Zongo and Others Case

5 December 2013
The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights held a public hearing in respect of Application No. 013/2011 - The Beneficiaries of the late Norbert Zongo, Abdoulaye Nikiema alias Ablassé, Ernest Zongo, Blaise Ilboudo, and the Burkinabe Movement for Human and Peoples’ Rights (Applicants) vs. the Republic of Burkina Faso (Respondent), on 28 - 29 November 2013, at the seat of the Court, in Arusha, Tanzania. The matter relates to the alleged assassination in 1998 of Mr Norbert (...)

African Court Calls for Support and Cooperation

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief - 3 December 2013
The African Court for Human and Peoples Rights based in Arusha,Tanzania has called for support and cooperation from member states of the AU so as to enable it carry out its mandate effectively. The Court which is a creation of the African Union is currently faced with several challenges that includes the non-signing of the protocols of the Court. This has prevented individuals and organizations in states which have not ratified the protocol to have access to the Court. Since the (...)

Media under Reporting on Gender Issues

30 November 2013
Commentary By Zainab Tunkara Clarkson, London, UK. * In Sierra Leone, the majority of women face serious inequities, most of which are not reported by the media. While discrimination against women is multifaceted, traditionally it is more prevalent in areas that affect the economic status of women in society: lack of access to resources such as loans to finance business undertakings, freehold land to serve as collateral on loans, education for a competitive advantage , healthcare to (...)

Freetown:Two New Envoys Present Credentials

30 November 2013
Two new envoys have on November 28th presented their letters of credence to His Excellency President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at the Credentials Hall, State House, Freetown. Receiving the Egyptian Ambassador designate (photo) on the one hand, President Koroma noted that Egypt has been a friend of Sierra Leone since independence. “It is one of the very few countries that did not close its embassy even at the height of our civil war. We salute Egypt for standing with us", President Koroma (...)

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Let’s consider ICT in tackling Ebola

By Mariama Kandeh, Guest Writer, UK. Sierra Leone is at the helm of a serious and very challenging public health issue that has the propensity to reverse the gains already made in the public (...)


Solidarity is a Pillar for Press Freedom

by Alpha Rashid Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief

Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them. The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and (...)