On the re-opening of SLPP Office … “We would never encourage violence” John Benjamin...

Ninety-Five (95) people at ‘One mile’ were left homeless and without properties after heavy rains destroyed houses and carted away properties worth millions of Leones on Sunday Night 22nd August 2016. The rain came in two intervals resulting in the loss of properties, damage to people and displacing children, women and the aged. It was[…]

The Group Managing Director of the United Bank of Africa (UBA), Kennedy Uzoka has disclosed that the Bank has been re-admitted into the Forex (FX) Market few hours after its suspension by the Central Bank of Nigeria. In a release by the Central Bank of Africa, it confirmed that the UBA Plc “has remitted all[…]

The Government of China through their embassy has awarded scholarship to 49 students from various Universities and Colleges in Sierra Leone to pursue their postgraduate and PHD studies. The 49 students were unveiled on Wednesday at Bintumani Hotel during the celebration of Sino-Sierra Leone Alumni Association (SISLAA) and symposium marking the 45th year of excellent[…]

Securiport, a reputable American technology firm, signed a contract with the Government of Sierra Leone in March 2012 to provide traveler, airport, and civil aviation security systems. Currently, Securiport also provides similar systems that have been operating for a number of years in Senegal, Ivory Coast and many other nations worldwide. Securiport’s systems are the[…]

The award winning Sierra Leonean ace actor and director, Desmond Finney has confirmed to this medium that he will be live at the red carpet in the Gambia for the Special Movie Awards scheduled for 30th September 2016. The Movie star who has been featured in countless movies produced in the continent will be attending[…]

Sierra Leonean Afro Beat Superstar Nelson Idrissa Kargbo aka Markmuday has been selected for an international Award in the United Kingdom. The United Artists for Sierra Leone based in the UK will be hosting their Annual Community Excellence Awards 2016 in London UK. Markmuday’s music has not only touched down the Sierra Leonean Market, but[…]

As a result of the Measles Reactive Campaign, held between April and May this year, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) reported a national coverage of 97.3%. Speaking to Awoko, the Program Manager on EPI, Dr Dennis Marke stated that various age groups were targeted during the exercise. He noted that from age 6-11 months, the targeted population was 134,701 but 144,329 were vaccinated with a total of 107.1%. From age 12 months to 15 years over 2,863,287 received vaccination, with a total of 100.03%, adding the total number to 6 million. Dr Marke also took time to break the percentages by districts, with Kailahun topping the list of 99.6% immunization coverage, while Bombali came first in terms of administrative coverage. After Kailahun, Kono is second followed by [...]
The Southern Regional Media and Public Relations Officer of the Sierra Leone Police has disclosed that about twelve people including a military officer are in their custody for investigation on suspicion that they have been terrorizing the people of Bo allegedly as armed robbers. Inspector Bobson Senu told AWOKO that for the past days this week the city of Bo has not been peaceful, noting that the City is now big and the criminals have their own network. He said the alleged armed robbers might have got a tip off that they have money, adding that the victims have been bold enough to help us track them down. Inspector Senu noted that they got a tip from one of the victims at Shelmingo Section in Bo about the criminals and they initially arrested six, adding that among the six, [...]
Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) on Wednesday organised a dialogue forum on corruption practice, at the civil service training college at State Avenue in Freetown. The symposium brought together members of the judiciary, civil society, the Ministry of Justice, and the Anti-corruption commission to discuss the way forward on how to tackle corruption, on the theme “prosecuting anti-corruption cases and increasing citizen interest to track corruption offences.” The Director of Programs CGG Marcella Samba Sesay said the essence of the dialogue is to build a part regarding the awareness of citizen about the work of the judiciary and corruption practices in general. She maintained that at the end of the dialogue, they will come up with a road map on how citizen issues can be [...]
On Wednesday evening I talked to Theophilus Gbenda, Project Coordinator for Culture Radio, a community radio station in Freetown. Culture Radio proudly displays its Rastafarian identity with the red, green and gold lettering on the metal gate of the house that serves as its headquarters. Culture Radio has a pan-African, black consciousness focus, Gbenda explained. Its mission is propagating a message of peace and love. “We think if we love each other, there will be automatic peace. And we also believe in the tenant that there will be no peace without justice. And so we really focus on promoting an enlightened society.” Gbenda strongly believes in the importance of free speech. “We live in a country where the majority of our people have lost confidence in the judiciary, [...]