Secretary General of Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL) who doubles as the Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission Sierra Leone (HRC-SL) Rev. Dr. Usman Jesse Fornah has told AYV that they totally condemn the issue of tribal and regional politics that is creeping into the country’s social fabric during the ongoing electioneering process.
“Youth Arise!!! …Yaaaa!!! Youth Arise!!! Yaaaa!!! ….Who got the power? We got the power!! Who got the power? The youth got the power!!”
That’s the rousing call of the youth group I am co-founder for in the year 2000. Words have power. Think on the words of Youth Arise again as both the SLPP and the APC this week elect their flag bearers for the 2018 election: “The youth got the power!!” There is grave danger for any political party that does not lend profundity to that demographic reality of Sierra Leone today
A group of patriotic musicians have been traveling across Sierra Leone galvanizing citizens’ effective participation in the electoral process through entertainment as the small West African country marches towards General Elections on March 7th 2018.
Using the edutainment approach, the musicians from Artist for Peace Sierra Leone and Sugar Merecine Entertainment Group get communities to understand the essence of non-violence elections, the critical role their votes could play during and after the elections and urging women and youth to participate positively in the electoral process.
I wake up early every morning to the usual cock crow and the regular sound of the Muslim call to prayer. But as early as 5:30 am this morning, there were already signs that this was an unusual and a special day in Freetown. Those familiar sounds were facing a stiff competition from whistles and vuvuzelas which were blaring almost all around. Then, unlike those familiar sounds, the whistle blowers and vuvuzelas never abated. In fact, as the day wore on, the sounds became louder emanating from even more blowers who were effortlessly multiplying in astronomical numbers.