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Edmonton: Mayor Iveson celebrates soccer with Sierra Leonean kids

2014-09-01 22:08:45

Children in the Sierra Leonean community in Edmonton, Canada, would remember this summer as they grow up. They had a rare chance to play soccer together twice a week, thanks to a promising program run by Born to Be Soccer Academy. Their moms and dads who watched them play, no doubt welcomed this initiative in organized sport. It was embraced as a healthy engagement during their kids’ summer break from schooling. On Friday August 29, 2014 the children got a colourful, cowning treat at (...)Read the full story »

Big Summer Wrap-Up Bash in Burnaby

20 August 2008
Bonsor Recreation Centre in the cool Vancouver suburb of Burnaby is the venue for one of this year’s greatest musical jamborees featuring some of the best DJ’s in the business. Dubbed "African and Caribbean Summer Wrap-Up Bash" and slated for Saturday August 30th, this show promises to rock lovers of African vibes, reggae, soukous, hip-hop and more while rotating DJs spin and rap and melt the hours away with super sounds. Kick-off time is 8:00 pm. On the list are DJ (...)

Obama praised at African festival in Canada

by Gibril Koroma - 17 August 2008
James Atebe was born in Kenya and came to Canada more than 30 years ago at the age of 19 with 10 dollars in his pocket. Today, he is the mayor of Mission district, a suburb a few miles from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. James was the guest speaker Saturday August 16, at the opening ceremony of the 7th annual Afrikadey festival in Burnaby. The theme for this year’s festival is "African/Black Contributions to BC: Past, Present and Future." The theme, according to the organizers, (...)

Invitation to opening ceremony of Afrikadey Festival 2008

15 August 2008
Dear Friend, Please accept an invitation from the United African Communities of BC, formerly Coalition of African Communities (CAC) to you, your community, and friends to attend the opening ceremony of AFRIKADEY FESTIVAL 2008. We will greatly appreciate it if you could join political leaders and African community leaders at the opening ceremony of the festival at 1 pm on August 16, 2008 at the Serbian Cultural Centre 7837 Canada Way (by 10th Ave). This year, the festival is special as (...)

Baby Kay & Bob Umar’s Wedding - It’s Glamour and Glamour!

4 August 2008
By Lans Omar, Winnipeg, Canada. In his opening sermon, Pastor Greg of Central Baptist Church in Winnipeg, the officiating clergy who sealed the marriage vows of Baby Kaby & Bob Umar was spellbound. He wasted no time in front of all the guests who attended the marriage ceremony to announce that: ’this is the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen.’ Pastor Greg continued: ’It’s not even about the bride and groom, look at these beautiful people......em, (...)

"We are one of the best," says Niger Team Manager

1 August 2008
Taiwo Iboshimi, alias Eazy, is the team manager of Niger, one of the contestants in a recent African soccer tournament in Vancouver, Canada. He is a man who fervently believes in what he says. Hear him: "Team Niger was one of the best teams in the tournament even though we came fourth. We were eliminated by Team Rwanda on a penalty shoot-out(5-4). The calibre of my players is one of the best. They played better even though they are very young and inexperienced. They really tried to win and (...)

Profile: Lawyer Jane Gatwira Rukaria

by Gibril Koroma - 31 July 2008
We don’t have a huge number of success stories among African-Canadian immigrants in Canada, but once in a while we come across a story that will inspire and psychologically uplift a community that’s struggling to integrate and properly settle in this land of opportunities. We found such a story in the experiences of Jane Gatwiri Rukaria, one of the very few African-Canadian lawyers in Vancouver, British Columbia. What makes Jane’s story particularly interesting is the (...)

Team Rwanda: Lessons Learnt

30 July 2008
By Jean Jacques Bosco. My name is Jean Jacques Bosco. I have been successfully managing team Rwanda for the past two years. During this year’s African soccer tournament in Vancouver, I was attending the the World Youth Cup, “GOTHIA CUP”, competition in Sweden, Europe. My JBST International Soccer Academy based in Vancouver had five teams participating in the African Soccer Tournament: U6 Boys, U9 Boys & Girls, U12 Boys & Girls, U16 Boys, and team Rwanda in the (...)

Memunatu Dura-Kamara’s Dream

27 June 2008
Memunatu Dura-Kamara, originally from Romano village, Tonkolili district, northern Sierra Leone, is no ordinary woman. Because of this woman’s dream, the efforts of a small group of Edmontonians and a large group of Sierra Leoneans, 600 children from Romano Village area in Sierra Leone are able to walk to the Alberta Canada Primary School each day where they are greeted by the nine educators who teach them. Children share slates and chalk for the first three grades. By grade four (...)

Winnipeg: Big Wedding Social

21 June 2008
By G.Koroma,40 Acres Production, Winnipeg, Canada. Music analysts and events promoters across the African communities in Winnipeg, Canada, have dubbed Bob Umar & Baby Kay’s wedding social "the most awaited social in 2008." Showbiz guru and entertainment journalist, Lans Omar, has openly labelled the event as "the last of the greatest shows in Winnipeg for 2008." The wait is over, today is the day. The location is Broadway Community Centre, 185 Young street @ Broadway. The (...)

Congratulations, Lakeesha!

21 June 2008
Thursday June 19, was the birthday of Lakeesha Marie Sesay(pictured), daughter of Vancouver-based soccer promoter and businessman Bobson Sesay. Bobson is a former Leone Star known to many Sierra Leonean soccer lovers as "Bo School." Lakeesha is now eight years old and we say congratulations to her and her proud parents.

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EDITORIAL

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 (...)

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 (...)