25 February 2009
By Saidu Kaye Sesay, in London.
It was New Year’s eve (2009), when I honoured a pre-arranged interview with Sierra Leone’s new Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay, at his Gloucester Street office. It was "business as usual" for some public officials who had decided to take an early vacation, but not Mr. Bayraytay. Though he was late for the meeting, (let say we blame it on the perennial traffic congestion), he maintained my hope by (...)
17 February 2009
By Sorie Sudan Sesay, London, UK.
They call her the go-getter Minister simply because she spends most of her time seeking donor support for Sierra Leone which she usually gets.
But in the words of an Iranian diplomat, “Your foreign minister is your IRON LADY” But is she really the Margaret Thatcher of Sierra Leone? Wait and see!
In fact, her colleague Foreign Ministers have nick-named her “The Lady In A Hurry” and in her usual humorous manner has responded, (...)
13 February 2009
By Ahmed Ojulla Bangura, London, UK.
There is no iota of doubt that if diamonds are forever, the unethical mining and rapid land degradation is Sierra Leone is forever too. Hence, with the prevailing negativities in mining communities and how government and NGOs respond to them, it is prudence to ask what the cost on man and the environment is before the last diamond is reached or extracted in Sierra Leone.
The mining industry in Sierra Leone is one of the viable sectors for economic (...)
9 February 2009
By Abdulai Bayraytay, Freetown.
The reported death of a ten-year-old girl in Hamilton village, an outskirt village in the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown, as reported in the Concord Times newspaper publication of February 5th, this year following her brutal rape by a "pedophile" stepfather has provoked more questions of how serious the authorities have been disposed in addressing incidents of rape in the country.
While the frequent incidents of rape in the country have been facilely (...)
3 February 2009
By John Mannah, Maryland, USA.
The Direct Expatriate Nationals Investment initiative (DENI) has circulated the internet for a while now, and I notice that a few good citizens of Sierra Leone have even started catching on to this concept by accepting to serve as representatives of this initiative in different parts of North America to promote it.
There are even advertisements calling for consultants to volunteer to travel to S/Leone and work for DENI. It is also part of the agenda of the (...)
27 January 2009
By Alpha Rashid Jalloh,Freetown.
The expectations of Sierra Leoneans when Ernest Bai Koroma won the elections in 2007 were many and many of them have not (yet) been fulfilled, but one woman who has continuously sustained the popularity of the All People’s Congress is Haja Afasatu Kabbah.
As minister of Energy and Power, she has restored regular electricity supply to the capital, Freetown, which had once earned the unenviable description of being “the darkest city in the (...)
23 January 2009
By Ekow Nelson and Dr. Michael Gyamerah
For all the criticism Nkrumah received from much of the western press and the opposition in Ghana, he did not kill any political opponents; neither did he massacre groups of people opposed to him. Indeed in his often cited work (by the CIA no less) - ‘Ghana without Nkrumah-The Winter of Discontent’ - Irving Markovitz says under Nkrumah “Ghana was neither a terrorized nor a poverty-stricken country”.
As with the familiar (...)
17 January 2009
By Philip Emeagwali, USA.
For 10 million African-born emigrants, the word "home" is synonymous with the United States, Britain or another country outside of Africa.
Personally, I have lived continuously in the United States for the past 30 years. My last visit to Africa was 17 years ago.
On the day I left Nigeria, I felt sad because I was leaving my family behind. I believed I would return eight years later, probably marry an Igbo girl, and then spend the rest of my life (...)
10 January 2009
By Mohamed Boye Jallo Jamboria, Bergen, Norway.
The scope of this paper is not to sell nor justify the DENI concept to Sierra Leoneans at home and /or in the Diaspora, though I am sold to it, but to examine the concept from an unbiased and as objective as possible perspective .This I shall do by way of comparison, illustrations and analysis where necessary.
Personally, I am given to concepts and models that preach the greater good and which tend to propagate a greater participation in (...)
7 January 2009
By Alhaji Jalloh, New Jersey, USA.
I understand that most government functionaries and business tycoons in Freetown disappeared in their offices days before the holidays. The reason might be to avoid those bumping into their offices to say "Pa u bobor den dae" meaning "Father, your boys are around,". Those are the boys going around the city in search of survival.
Though we have not spoken for a while now, I know my mentor,Mohamed D. Koroma, the able Deputy Information and Communication (...)