Ahmed Sahid Nasralla (alias De Monk) is the outgoing National Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists; Secretary General of the charity All ‘Works’ of Life development association, and President of Development and Economic Journalists Association-Sierra Leone.
Nasralla is a professional Journalist and Sierra Leone’s foremost political cartoonist. He’s publisher of the famous satirical column called Ticha Lemp Lemp, which has now been registered as a newspaper with the Independent Media Commission and will soon hit the newsstands and online.
He is married to Margaret Yeama Nasralla (nee Kromah) with whom he has three children- Andre 12, Nefertiti 7 and Mikayla 2.
Emerging Explore, Obama Africa Leader During the one year in which I’ve served as Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Sierra Leone, it has become clear to me that “expert consultants” and “technical assistants” (local and especially international experts) might be one major reason why institutions of African governments have remained stagnated.
In the last year, I have worked closely with several heads of international NGOs and granted audience to dozens of “technical experts” representing those organizations. Dozens of other independent consultants have also engaged with either myself directly or with members of my team. These consultants either come as part of an aid or loan package to the country or as independent agencies who have found a way to promise the government 'a how to solve its problems' for a stated fee.
Friends, partners, and distinguished guests, Good morning.
I bring you warm greetings from the people of Sierra Leone. We are most pleased to be here with you, our international partners, representatives of potential investors and financial institutions, new friends, and our oldest friends, the representatives of the British government.
With British teams as the sole contestants for and winners of The Champions League and the Europa Cup, who says the UK is not a safe bet?
I was deceived by my parents that Sierra Leone is a land of milk and honey. I am over 30 years’ now, and I am yet to taste the sweetness of the milk and honey.
Why did my parents lie to me?
In this country, you work hard but earn so little and you’ll have no choice but to continue to work harder, look all stressed out and look older before your age. To me, that is the true paradox of a country describes as a country with milk and honey.
Foreign Affairs (in my view) is our government’s strategy for dealing with other countries in terms of international relations with respect to the interest of Sierra Leone and fearlessly executing that strategy to meet the growth aspiration of Sierra Leone.
I commend the administration of H.E. President Bio for pivoting from aid to economic diplomacy with emphases on investment and trade, but now is the time to unleash a holistic Foreign Policy anchored in balanced international partnerships and bold ambition to deliver on a six-point national growth aspiration for Sierra Leone vis-à-vis economic development, human capital development, national security enhancement, human rights protection, meaningful diaspora engagement and respectful global standing!
What about the Ethnic Apartheid of the APC of President Ernest Bai Koroma between 2008 and March, 2018?
You were blind to it then; and you want to pretend now that tribal politics was not the centerpiece of the APC in the public sector?
Didn't you read my four-part serial titled "The Tribal Card: Not a Wise Option for Any Governing Party"; published in 2014 in THE OSWALD HANCILES COLUMN, while I was media adviser to President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House?
If I am to publish a magazine focusing on young people, newspaper focusing on human interest stories; this young man will be the face of all my publications. I will celebrate him for his legacy and seek help for his beautiful daughter.
Late Kelvin Kamara, popularly known by his friends as American Stress, others call him the Great Promoter, Celebrity, Philanthropist and many more. From my end, I had always called him the Man that saved the lives of 40 people in his community.
The High Court of Sierra Leone, holden at Makeni,on Wednesday 8th May, 2019, and presided over by HON JUSTICE UNISA KAMARA, convicted two Head Teachers, EDWARD MOMODU SALIFU MANSARAYof the Roman Catholic Primary School Kabala; and ANDREW SAIO MANSARAYof the Wesleyan Church Sierra Leone Primary School, Kabala, Koinadugu District, on two counts of Soliciting and Accepting Advantage, contrary to Section 28(2);and Abuse of Office, contrary to Section 42(1) of the Anti-corruption Act No. 12 of 2008 respectively, after both men pleaded guilty.
It is very alarming and unfortunate to hear that the current batch of West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) candidates sitting this very important life determining/changing public examinations are complaining of intimidation and harassment.
To recap, it is a fact that on Thursday 11 April 2019, the government of Sierra Leone paid Le3,527,730,000 and Le16,200,000,000 to the West Africa Examination Council to cover examination payment for pupils taking both the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) and the West Africa Senior Secondary School Examination (WASSCE) respectively, in this year’s April - June public examinations. The payments cover pupils in government and government-assisted schools across Sierra Leone.
Indulging in corrupt practices in Sierra Leone has become a norm to almost every Sierra Leonean. The teacher demands sex for grades. The police extort money from commercial drivers. The civil servant cannot look for a file without greasing his/her palm. The human Resource Officer cannot give job to a lady without forcefully fallen in love with her. The pupils/students rely on leakage and spying to pass an examination. The potential bidder for a product that has been advertised to supply an organization bribes to be favoured for a contract that his institution does not have the man power or knowledge or good.
By Emperor Bailor Jalloh, PV Freetown Bureau Chief
Gearing towards the re-birth of a new nation, the current President of Republic of Sierra Leone Brigadier Retired Julius Maada Bio who has just clocked a calendar year in state governance on Thursday April 4, 2019 had waged robust legal wars on three key state enemies: Corruption, Indiscipline and Poverty- eyeing the brighter future of Sierra Leone with his popularly known " New Direction" administration.
President Bio was duly elected President of Sierra Leone during the March 31,2018 presidential run-off election under the ticket of the then opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP) and was officially declared president elect on April 4,2018 by the national Returning Officer/ Chief Electoral Commissioner Mohamed N’fa Alie Conteh of the National Electoral Commission ( NEC).
According to Dr. Sandy, the demolition machine, which was donated by a Sierra Leonean living abroad, is for ‘pan-body’ structures illegally built on State lands
In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with the Minister of Lands, Housing and the Environment, Dr. Denis Sandy, he talks about land grabbing, the land dispute between the Hastings community and the Military, regularization of State lands, land policy, revenue generation and the Demolition Machine donated by a Sierra Leonean living abroad.
It is not easy with regards land administration in this country. Over the past decades, this is an industry that will all know is very lucrative. If you sell a piece of land for $10,000 it simply means that it is a motivational factor to continue selling other lands.
BEIJING, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Over seven centuries ago, the young Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo embarked on a trailblazing journey along the ancient Silk Road that led him through Central Asia to China.
The Oriental empire's abundant wealth recorded in his widely-circulated and eye-opening chronicles of his adventures had inspired Europeans of later generations to explore the riches of the East and ushered in the Age of Discovery.
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.