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News in the ‘Features’ Category

Sierra Leone News: Land Acquisition, Mining and Foreign Investment Threatens Food Security

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Since the beginning of the 21st century, Africa has found itself in the midst of a new wave of colonization. As if the fact that the people, labor force, mines and petroleum of the old continent were consistently seized by the colonial forces until today was not enough, this time, its most precious and fertile[…]

Sierra Leone News: Women push to increase representation, decries wing in political parties As ECOWAS PROTOCOL calls for equal participation

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The women of Sierra Leone are asking for more representation in government and are working to see more women contesting the 2018 elections. But they see the existence of a women’s wing within the structure of political parties as stressing that men are in charge. Currently, there are 7 deputy ministers who are women, and[…]

Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

It’s been a roller coaster week in the nation’s capital, Washington in the past week and in other states airports as thousands grapple with the no entry of immigrants from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. Relatives waited at airports to welcome never arriving travellers who were earlier caught up at airports around[…]


Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The airline industry would seem to me as one of the least regulated or least monitored industry sector by their supervising Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that Sierra Leoneans get value for money in terms of costs and quality services. This sector appears to be in a world of its own, occasionally treating[…]

Sierra Leone News: Are APC and SLPP Not Spent Forces?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
Sierra Leone News: Are APC and SLPP Not Spent Forces?

It is now over a year since Ebola left our land; but we still have other Ebola-like fragments or appendages around us that might gather to keep us far from free from other challenges. One of these is elections. These are distracting us at best from properly planning for a very resilient health system that[…]

Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Wow, we say here as the New Year comes round sometimes without our knowing, leaving the dusty trails of the year was. It’s thrilling as one year casts its shadow over the other and people gleefully wave off the past year and hope the New Year will be better off. Well they say nothing is[…]

Sierra Leone News: Burden or benefit? Should NEC add Constituencies and Parliamentarians?

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Since 1924, long before Sierra Leone’s independence, Governor, Sir Ransford Slater, introduced a Parliament of 21 members  11 appointed and 10 “unofficial”. In 1951, 12 Paramount Chiefs, one per district, were added to the composition of Parliament. In 1961, upon Independence, Parliament became a completely elected body, which existed till 1978 when a one-party State[…]

Sierra Leone News: All I want for Christmas… A special gift for readers… From the Awoko family

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

“Twas the night before Christmas”, was written by Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863) in 1822. It is now a tradition in many families to read the poem every Christmas Eve. The poem was first published in the U.S. on the 23rd of December 1823, and it was an immediate success. The Awoko family would like to[…]

Sierra Leone News: You can pay me through my cell phone: Mobile money in Sierra Leone

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

This past March, the International Growth Centre (IGC), in partnership with the Bank of Sierra Leone, held the ‘Sub-Regional Workshop on Mobile Money in West Africa’ to explore the challenges and opportunities facing West Africa as they seek to replicate successes from East and Southern Africa. By: Nadia Hasham (IGC Freetown) & Sarah Logan (IGC[…]

Sierra Leone News: All I want for Christmas… Letters from children to Father Christmas

Monday, December 19th, 2016
Sierra Leone News: All I want for Christmas… Letters from children to Father Christmas

I didn’t write to you last year, 2015, or the year before, 2014. In my country, Sierra Leone, we had a crisis called Ebola and I didn’t want you to risk coming here to deliver presents, just in case you or your reindeer touched someone who had Ebola. I didn’t want you to get sick[…]