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

News in the ‘Features’ Category

Sierra Leone News: The Dangers of Partisanship: A Reply to Kelfala Kallon

Monday, December 4th, 2017

I would like to reply to Kelfala Kallon’s response to my paper ‘Why We Need Change: The Case for a Developmental, Inclusive and Democratic Party’. He titled his reponse ‘Yes, We Need Change, But not the Fishy Type’. In my paper, I discussed the contributions of Tejan Kabbah’s SLPP government in the field of stabilisation,[…]


Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

My Brothers and Sisters and Fellow Sierra Leoneans and Friends of Sierra Leone, West Africa Too often, the urge to resort to tribalism, nepotism, political party loyalty and family relationships have largely trumped patriotism in our great and beloved country, the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. That being said, in my opinion, our[…]

Sierra Leone News: Pan-Africanism, Education, and Freedom of Expression in Sierra Leone

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Ismail Rashid,  Professor of History, Vassar College, New York Let me extend my appreciation to the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) and Teach for Sierra Leone (TFSL) for organizing this lecture in honor and recognition of Olu Gordon, who passed in 2011. Olu, as numerous tributes reiterated six years ago, was a formidable journalist,[…]

Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Whatever is better than spending an afternoon at a University campus? I did that the other day at the commencement (graduation) exercises of Towson University in Baltimore where over a thousand students got their degrees in various fields. It was a well-organized ceremony with shuttle buses taking guests to the event. A couple of Sierra[…]

Sierra Leone News: NATIONAL DIALOGUE SERIES 4: Wetin mek we de pay tax? Part 2

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The National Dialogue Series continued on Thursday, 11th May 2017 with the topic: ‘Wetin mek we de pay tax? (Why do we pay tax?)’ live on Africa Young Voices Television and simulcast on the Independent Radio Network across Sierra Leone. This is the fourth in the series and the second on the same topic. The[…]

Sierra Leone News: Social Safety Net beneficiaries in Kono commend ACC

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

We commend the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) for the sustainability of the Social Safety Net (SSN) Project in our communities”. This statement was made by beneficiaries of the SSN project, during outreach engagements in Toli and Mafindor chiefdoms conducted by ACC Sub-Regional Office, Kono. Chairlady of the Toli[…]

Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

Monday, April 24th, 2017
Sierra Leone News: Africa Notebook

It was much ado about something really the other day as many celebrated Easter in the glare of piercing heat that dribbled beads of sweat on the faces of the revellers. It was multiple years ago, many remembered, that the period of Easter had seen such sunshine; an old timer recollected adding “if we see[…]

Sierra Leone News: The Audacity Of Incumbency

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The week from March 19 was full of drama. Remember out of bitterness, corporal Foday Saybana Sankoh launched its rebel carnage on Sierra Leone on March 23, 1991; The students of Njala University did their demonstration on march 23, 2017 which they called black Thursday. The events of that day are by now fully in[…]

Sierra Leone News: Africa NoteBook

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Sierra Leone News: Africa NoteBook

The most important trip you can make in life is meeting people half way and that’s what the month of April is about – a time of love and compromise if you are jilted never mind the April fool’s Day tagged to it. There was the mingling crowd the other day at the Instagram photo[…]

Sierra Leone News: Gross Institutional Deficiency

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Today perforce citizens are obliged to ask governments to account but in tandem, the institutions that form the pillars for the promotion of democracy need first of all themselves to be above board. We have a whole lot of public offices which are supposed to function well in order to enhance the wellbeing of depraved[…]