Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa.
But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers; unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are currently showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.
The predominant discourse on agricultural paradigms in sub Saharan Africa reflect production methodologies and land management systems, the implications of which are critical in any assessment of the future of agriculture within the Sierra Leone economy.
A survey of more than 8,000 people across Sierra Leone suggests fathers and mothers are the biggest influence on people’s lives, with fathers scoring slightly higher than mothers, in a poll carried out in the last few days by the U-Report platform.
But when asked about whether fathers in Sierra Leone were taking their responsibilities seriously, half of respondents selected ‘a little bit’, with only 20 per cent saying ‘definitely’. UNICEF is using Father’s Day, marked this year in many countries on 18 June, to celebrate fatherhood and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains.
It is interesting how people easily forget the past and for political expediency feels confident that their falsities and fake news in the present days will in some way cover up their faults and misdeeds of the past.
When opposition politicians start talking of unexplained wealth, what they are propagating is the politics of envy and nothing to do with public accountability. If they were talking about public accountability, then politicians should the institutions already set up to deal with issues of public accountability.
Just when I thought our good old Sierra Leone could not sink any lower than the demeaning decade-long civil war that stripped us of able-bodied compatriots, along comes Ebola to show that there are depths lower than that low.
Right now, no thanks to the dreaded virus, our streets and mortuaries are strewn with litany of bodies.
As I normally say and continue to say it loud and clear that not because I am currently living with my family in a relatively peaceful country, therefore, I should forget about the safety of the precious lives of my poor, defenceless and powerless people in Sierra Leone. Who have no money to travel anywhere in the world for the safety of their valuable lives and those of their children in case there is any unrest situation in the country. Neither will they have money to pay for a passport to escape from the wrath of the warmonger politicians. That are always desperate to grab political power in the country by all means possible.
As I normally say and continue to say it loud and clear that not because I am currently living with my family in a relatively peaceful country, therefore, I should forget about the safety of the precious lives of my poor, defenceless and powerless people in Sierra Leone.
Who have no money to travel anywhere in the world for the safety of their valuable lives and those of their children in case there is any unrest situation in the country.
I often get into debates with people about women in Islam. How we dress. How we don’t dress. What we think or don’t think or should-be-thinking. I get into debates about feminism. What it is and what it isn’t. I think I’ve spawned permanent foes because I don’t care to apply the label, feminist, to describe myself.
Social media is a mixed blessing for information exchange and with the easy use of mobile phones to record and capture pictures of events, there is now no hiding place for those who threaten the security of their nations.In the UK, it is now a common practice for those who go abroad to engage in nefarious activities such as terrorism training and become members of ISIS or Al Quaeda to have their citizenship stripped off them and deported to their second country of nationality for those with dual nationalities. Whether this is something we must consider in Sierra Leone is one for the security agencies to contemplate but events of the past weeks are resulting in ominous signs that there are those in this country who may be planning to gain political power by the use of force or a reversion to anarchy and civil war.
In a recent meeting to update His Excellency, President Ernest Bai Koroma on Operation Clean Freetown (OCF), Sulaiman Zainu Parker, Environment and Social Officer at Freetown City Council, said that everyone pays a heavy price for the widespread illegal dumping of household waste.
“Too many people refuse to pay for door-to-door household waste collection. Everyone has the right to live in an environment safe from the anti-social behaviour of others. Instead, the individuals who try to avoid paying for the disposal of their waste are simply transferring the costs to their neighbours and the nation as a whole. We are paying higher medical bills because our family and friends contract malaria, typhoid or other illnesses as a result of the waste produced by others.
The reformation of our society requires, first of all, self-esteem.
There can be no self-esteem without self-conscious knowledge, especially of our history. Then the knowledge of a common ideal that will give direction, measure and value to effort, from which the aim and the ways and means of reformation must be derived.
BY ALHAJI M.B. JALLOH, PRESS ATACHE, SAUDI ARABIA AND THE GULF STATES
Actually, this is a tribute I had wanted to write immediately after the funeral of my brother, friend, mentor, and boss, His Excellency, the late Sierra Leone’s Envoy to the Arab United Emirates ( The UAE), Siray Alpha Timbo, who met his appointed time and ultimate destiny on 17th April, 2017.
It is disappointing – but sadly, unsurprising that amidst the clamour for a new brand of politics in Sierra Leone ahead of 2018, another tranche of clapped-out politicians and chorus cheerleaders have been aroused from their slumber. Their existence has inevitably stirred a fresh round of anti-democratic utterances and actions.
Behind their interest of dictating who fits their bill rather than who is good for Sierra Leone, is a determination to ruthlessly prevent a change from the ‘paddy-paddy’ arrangement that has brought us down to our knees and which has us fretting about the future of our children.
Independence Message – 27 April, 2017 Fellow citizens, today, once again, we celebrate the great event marking the decision of those before us to take charge of our destiny; to make our own laws, formulate our own policies and to implement our own programmes. Today, we celebrate fifty six years of the freedom to manage our own affairs. It was a great decision and as a nation, we started well on the path of greatness. Then, we stumbled along the way, and the enthusiasm and joy of freedom and independence, shrunk. But collectively, we have reclaimed the vision that inspired our independence.
The Duke of Kent yesterday opened the new Parliament Building of Sierra Leone which became independent at midnight last night after 150 years of colonial rule. The Duke arrived through the ranks of cheerleaders shouting “Independence” and “Margai”.
The principal ceremony today will be the state opening of Parliament when the Duke hands over the constitutional instruments which make Sierra Leone an independent nation. Later Sir Maurice Dorman, the present Governor, will be sworn in as Governor-General.
A state of transition
The foundations of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, go back to the eighteenth century when the first shiploads of freed slaves were brought back to Africa. They founded the town at the foot of rolling hills and some of their wooden double-storied houses still stand. To the Creoles – the returned slaves who settled in Freetown – England became the model on which to base their lives. The surrounds of Freetown abound with names like those of New England: Leicester, Hastings, or Lumley. The generously proportioned women of Freetown rarely wear African dress. Rather less than fashionable cotton frocks and felt hats are the general order of the day.
Government House, where the Duke of Kent is staying, is one of the few modern buildings in Freetown. A new road, scarcely completed, unusually wide and heavily beflagged, leads steeply uphill to a new Parliament built in six months by an Israel construction company. The chamber is round (is this a portent of party politics to come?).
Government guests have been arriving here since the weekend. In addition to Liberia and Nigeria, nearly all the other independent African States are sending delegations, though there are relatively few prominent names among them – this is the fourth African independence celebration within six months and attendance at these events is turning into a time-consuming affair.
The Sierra Leone Independence celebration programme is a lengthy affair which opened last week with a Queen’s Birthday parade followed later in the day by a “Miss Independence” beauty contest which was attended by nearly all members of the Cabinet. An all-woman jury was shown to prefer intelligence to beauty. The winning girl’s remark that she opposed polygamy because she was a jealous person clearly obtained high marks.
There are receptions galore by the Governor, by the Prime Minister, the House of Representatives, a state banquet and state ball. Tonight there will be a searchlight tattoo.
BBC REPORT –1961: Sierra Leone wins independence
Sierra Leone has become the latest West African state to win independence, after more than 150 years of British colonial rule.
The new nation was born at the stroke of midnight, when its green, white and blue flag was unfurled. A huge crowd, gathered at Brookfields Playground in Freetown to watch the historic moment, broke into tumultuous cheering.
Independence Day formally began as the Duke of Kent handed over royal instruments recognising Sierra Leone as an independent nation.
Sir Maurice Dorman, Governor since 1956, was then sworn in as Governor-General by Chief Justice Beoku Betts.
Messages of welcome to the new government, led by Prime Minister Sir Milton Margai, came from the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, and from the Queen.
Her Majesty is due to visit Sierra Leone during her tour of West Africa later in the year.
State of emergency
Independence festivities have been taking place all week, mainly centred on the harbour area of Freetown. Three days of public holiday have been declared, and the city is in party mood, with streets decorated with bunting and the new national colours everywhere.
But the build-up has been overshadowed by the state of emergency, declared ten days ago following a campaign of sabotage by the opposition All People’s Congress Party (APC).
The party has been urging that independence should be postponed until free elections have been held.
The leader of the APC, Siaka Stevens, was arrested just over a week ago, along with his right-hand man, Wallace Johnston, and 16 other party members. They had been planning a general strike to coincide with the independence celebrations, and it was feared riots would break out if the strike went ahead.
The government in Freetown is insisting that elections will be held next year, as agreed under the terms of independence. Ministers say the arrests were made to protect those visiting the country for the ceremonies, and, they say, there is every intention to release those detained as soon as the ceremonies are over.
SIERRA LEONE INDEPENDENCE BILL SECOND READING IN THE LORDS : THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR COLONIAL AFFAIRS (THE EARL OF PERTH)
“We are most anxious of course to do all that we can to help Sierra Leone in her future development. Shortly after the Constitutional Conference we announced our intention of giving aid, at the moment of Sierra Leone’s independence, to the tune of £7. million; about half under Commonwealth Assistance Loans and the other half as a gift to take care of Colonial Development and Welfare schemes not yet completed. And we are only too ready to give what help we can in the way of technical assistance…
We have had the Commonwealth Development Finance Corporation working on the Guma Valley hydro-electric scheme, which is very important for the country’s development. But we want to help Sierra Leone not only on the economic side but also in the development of her educational facilities. Your Lordships will know of the Fourah Bay College, the establishment of which was so generously helped by Durham University. We want to do all we can to help on the educational side, in so far as Sierra Leone may wish it. So much for the background, my Lords…”
THE EARL OF SWINTON
“My Lords, as an old Colonial Secretary and as a Resident Minister who spent many days in Sierra Leone during the last war, I should like—and I know my noble friend, Lord Balfour of Inchrye, who succeeded me, would wish to be associated with this—to extend our best congratulations and the warmest welcome to Sierra Leone.
I am happy to think that Sierra Leone has other assets. Certainly it has its agriculture, but there are considerable assets besides. There are the diamonds, which are of enormous value. I recall that when I was Colonial Secretary I made the agreement with the Selection Trust for the exploitation of the diamond mines, I must say with great credit to the company, on extremely favourable terms. They did all the exploration and the Sierra Leone Government got 27½ per cent. of the profits. I think that was a pretty good deal. I remember that when Lord Balfour of Inchrye and I were in Africa the Government’s diamond share then, in the war, was bringing in something between £350,000 and £400,000 a year. Then I remember—I do not suppose it is exhausted 37 —the considerable iron ore supply, with a railway to get it. I imagine that iron ore is still coming from it. There was quite valuable timber as well…”
” My Lords, it was my privilege last year to go to Sierra Leone to open the new Court of Appeal, and, as the noble Lord, Lord Ogmore, has said, I attended the sitting of the Court wearing a Peer’s robes together with a full-bottomed wig. Indeed, it was a great occasion to see that the people of Sierra Leone are perhaps in advance of the other countries, because the people there have trained up their own lawyers, and from those lawyers have produced their own judges; so that in Sierra Leone you now have judges and magistrates of the country very much attached to the Common Law which they have inherited from this country, and at one in upholding the fundamental human rights which are now to be in their Constitution. Their attachment to the appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, which is to be ensured, and the independence of the judges, which also is to be ensured by the fact that a judge cannot be removed except after inquiry there and eventually on an appeal to the Privy Council, means that they are carrying through the principles which they have inherited from this country. With that strong bulwark, I am confident that they will play their full part among the emergent countries, and I would add my word of welcome to this Bill.”
The return of former vice president Sam Sumana to Sierra Leone politics has set the wagging tongues into overdrive. Since his return, there has been talk of a new political party, which in its embryonic state is just referred to as a movement – Coalition 4 Change (C4C).
Well we had 4 4 4 the last time we played with our ballots. So there is no crime for an offshoot – so it looks. But the return of Sam has given rise to a lot of political permutations. There are those who believe that his return is a flash in a pan, and that it will all fizzle out, come March 2018. March 2018 is indeed a long way off but as we know, a day in politics is a long time.
As I mentioned in one of my recent writings that home is home. Regardless of whatever type of good achievements one made outside Sierra Leone. That individual will not be well recognised or well accepted in the society in which he or she finds himself like his or her own home country, Sierra Leone. Particularly because of our skin colour and nationality. Therefore, there is no place like home. At home people have respect and veneration for individual personal and general achievements. Therefore, it’s good for us to always exhibit real practical love for our country. Such love should be seen and felt through our positive contributions, our comments, our writings, the way we treat and embrace others and the photos we show to the world about our country. But not by lips love.