Journalists in Sierra Leone would only meaningfully enjoy the freedom they are yearning for when there is solidarity among them.
The incessant press wars, manifestation of malevolence and bickering among them is a favourable sign to those who always aim at gagging free speech. Such manifestations are therefore a great impediment towards achieving their noble objectives in enhancing liberal democracy, protection of fundamental human rights, good governance, free, fair and credible elections and above all serving as a voice of the voiceless. If there is no solidarity among journalists, even the traditional role of informing, entertaining and educating would always be performed on a limited scale.
Titus Boye-Thompson, Strategic Media & Development Communications
Governments of developing countries are often faced with challenges of managing expectations, meeting the needs of their people with the desire to be seen to be performing rather than being dragged down by mundane issues or problems well beyond their control. Sierra Leone is a developing country and hence shares the same concerns and faces the same issues encountered by others. The question then turns on what differentiates the Government and leadership of Sierra Leone from other countries and to what extent the leadership of this country hold a promise for moving ahead.
In January 2015, during the Ebola outbreak, I arrived in Bonthe Sherbro Island, Southern Sierra Leone, leading a team of young reporters covering districts that were recording 42 days without any Ebola case. Bonthe District (the mainland to be precise) recorded the lowest Ebola cases- 1 to 5- in the entire country throughout the deadly outbreak. But the once powerful Island was suffering from a much more severe man-made disease relating to political neglect, rejection and dejection.
We have recently seen leaders of various political parties troop to State House to meet with the President. Reports of what transpired were scanty and certainly politically coloured by the time they got to the mainstream press and social media. What we do know is that the photos showed various party heads shaking hands with the President, with some grinning like Cheshire cats.
After nearly three months of tough written exams, physical tests, medicals and interviews, three hundred and twenty-nine female officer cadets and soldier recruits finally arrived at the Armed Forces Training Centre (AFTC) in Benguema over the weekend, ready to begin up to six-months of training before taking up their places in the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF). This exercise is supported by the International Security Advisory Team (ISAT) in collaboration with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces.
This statementis directed at all persons, organisations or institutions that have in the past and at present engaged in or have embarked on the defamation of Ambassador Anthony Navo's Character and Reputation either through direct statements on social media/blogs, in print or electronic media, with intent to defame or cause damage to his reputation.
The ongoing senseless social media attacks on the sole owner of the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire, Ambassador Anthony Navo Junior is what many people have described as an: “Intentional character assassination” of the local investors, which is aimed at bringing him down among other things.
It is no secret that the fine young man is the owner of AYV and he solely invested his hard earned cash to the tune of millions of US dollars into the business, but that does NOT in any way makes him the sole regulator of daily happenings in the Empire. Just so you know.
To prevent and stop violence against women, men in every country on planet earth need to stand up and speak out. Males of all races, religions, and cultures; married, single, or partnered males. Politicians, police, and preachers. Young, middle-age, or elderly. Males from all socio-economic backgrounds. All males - everywhere.
Mothers, sisters, and daughters are victims of domestic violence. Wives, live-in partners, and girlfriends are victims of domestic violence. Relatives are victims of domestic violence. Neighbors are victims of domestic violence. Teenagers are victims of dating violence. Children are victims of family violence.
In his presentation to a packed audience at the event organized by the African Studies Centre of Oxford University School of Global and Area studies, Professor Osinbajo highlighted four important areas with regard to world development in the next two decades. These are population, the environment, output of goods and services and social exclusion, under which rubric comes poverty and human capital development, and its implications for global security.
The President of African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina said over 800 million people worldwide suffer from hunger and more than two billion are affected by malnutrition. Food insecurity remains a real threat to global development. Addressing global agriculture experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the 2017 World Food Laureate Prize winner and President of ADB, Adesina, said he believes Africa does not need aid but discipline… stressing the need to view investment and development opportunities in the continent through a totally different lens.