“Yagba Dem” my last hit is a masterpiece and is loved all across Sierra Leone. I am the first and the last King of Hip-Hop. I did not give myself this name. It is my fans that gave me this title because that is what they think of me.”
These were the words of Sierra Leone’s most outstanding figure in Hip-Hop R&B music, Denis Amara Turay aka Kao Denero.
SALCAB main station at Aberdeen Beach Road in Freetown
By Prince C. Kamara
Ismael Kebbay, Managing Director of Sierra Leone Cable Limited (SALCAB) has informed this press that the wholesale cost of internet bandwidth has been reduced by 48%.
He made this disclosure during a recent press conference held at the company’s Aberdeen Beach Road office in Freetown. Kebbay mentioned that 48% bandwidth cost reduction for IP transit and lease circuit is in line with President Bio’s New Direction for expansion of telecom services. He was speaking during the launching of the company's new national fibre bundle.
As part of their corporate social responsibilities the Sierra Mining Holdings Limited (SMHL), Community Development Committee (CDC) Vimetco awarded scholarships worth seven hundred and ten million Leones to 209 students for them to pursue Diploma, Degree, and Post Graduate, other professional courses. The fortunate beneficiaries were selected from five bauxite mining chiefdoms within Bo, Bonthe and Moyamba districts.
Giants of telecommunications and media, Africell and AYV Media Empire respectively, are currently experiencing what many people have described as a ‘mad rush’ from Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad for the purchase of the Big Brother Housemate Salone TV Reality Show Registration Forms.
Globally, the Big Brother Salone TV Reality Show initiative has enthralled Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad so much that not a day goes by without one person, one group or the other making complimentary remarks about the organizers as well as stating that they cannot wait for the event to start.
Executive Director of Parene Healthcare, Juliet Laverley has donated mobile wheelchairs worth millions of leones to help support free movements of persons with disability in rural communities of Sierra Leone.
The donation was done during a courtesy call on the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Hon. Baindu Dassama at his ministry in Freetown.
Independent Sierra Leonean Members of Parliament, Hon. Emilia Loloh Tongi has returned from the Women MPs of the World conference of female Parliamentarians in London to mark the 100-year anniversary of legislation which first gave women in the UK the right to vote.
A high-level delegation from the United States’ based international humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and led by its Vice President of government relations and advocacy, Bill O'Keefe, has met His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio at State House.
Country representative for CRS Sierra Leone, Paul Emes, said the US government had made a huge investment in the country’s education sector.
Hon. Justice Alusine Sesay presiding over the High Court of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 27th November 2018 expressed his discontentment over various accused persons that are charged with grave criminal offences, contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.
He said the rate at which young people are committing crimes in various parts of the country is not good for the country, and that he would not relent to place a deterrent to curb such criminal behaviors of young Sierra Leoneans whom much is expected of.
As issues on Gender Mainstreaming continue to attract policy makers and development partners, including human rights campaigners, government and interested stakeholders have renewed their pledge to promote the process to ensure a peaceful and cohesive nation. In pursuance of government’s resolve to promote the process which seeks to integrate gender concerns into policies,
Sierra Leone’s Members of Parliament (MPs) have summoned the British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Guy Warrington, to face questions from the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.
Chaired by Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (KKY), the panel asked the high commissioner questions on development assistance in Sierra Leone, the environment, and border security.
Deputy Minister of Finance, Patricia Nyanga Laverley has said, addressing money laundering and other related financial crimes is very critical to the success of the New Direction Agenda.
She was speaking at the 19th GIABA Ministerial Committee in the Gambia on 17th November this year where she said that the government is putting measures in place within the banking sector to track down fraudulent or suspicious transactions, tightening up security at the airport and other border crossing points and hosts of reforms that are on the way in the country.
Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications company, Africell Lintel Sierra Leone past weekend launched its end of year promotion dubbed Africell Wutehteh Kehkeh Promotion.
The official launch was held at the company’s Freetown headquarters at Wilberforce where the Head of Communications Nancy Joseph said the draw will commence on 3rd December and will run for four weeks through Mondays to Fridays.
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has commissioned the start of construction work on a mini-modern hospital at Masongbo village in the Makari Gbanti Chiefdom, near Makeni, and also launched the free ambulance service for Bombali District, northern Sierra Leone.
Work commences on 30 November this year and after completion in August 2019, the centre will have an operating theatre, X-Ray unit, drug store, public health officers’ unit and a staff quarter.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Angelina Jolie at the PSVI event
The festival, ‘Fighting Stigma through Film’, co-ordinated by Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict co-founder Angelina Jolie, finished on Friday at the British Film Institute in London.
The festival aimed to harness the power of film to help fight the discrimination and social stigma faced by survivors of warzone rape and other forms of sexual violence in conflict, and to support filmmakers from conflict-affected countries who are part of the fight against impunity and stigma in their own societies and worldwide.
Ambassador Osman Foday Yansaneh APC National Secretary General
The All People’s Congress (APC), over the weekend moved one step closer to achieving the much-needed reform that many members in the party have been demanding.
The National Deputy Chairman and Leader of the party, Ambassador Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, announced the names of “persons selected by the party to serve as Members of the party’s Constitutional Review Committee” as follows:
The Pa-O-Pa New Direction leadership led by His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) over the weekend stormed the Northern city of Makeni, one of the major strongholds of the main opposition, the All People’s Congress (APC) party in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone's Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal, Alhaji Brima Elvis Koroma, has called at State House to bid farewell to His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio.
Ambassador Koroma, who speaks fluent French, said he was excited about the opportunity to serve his nation under the New Direction in the Francophone West African country. He commended President Bio for the confidence reposed in him to represent Sierra Leone in Senegal and its accredited nations, saying that his appointment was a testimony of the trust in his ability to represent the government and people of Sierra Leone abroad
In an effort to promote Community Development and Effective Local Governance System in Port Loko District Council, the European Union has donated two brand new Toyota (Hilux) Vehicles and Seven Yamaha Motor bikes to staff of the council. Speaking at a very short but impressive Commissioning and Handing over Ceremony at the Fore court of the council’s Administrative building in Port Loko, District, the Chairman of the Council, Ibrahim Santigie Bangura said with determination and commitment on the part of management and entire staff of the council, they have been able to make tremendous strides in spite of numerous challenges and pledged to do more.
Alhaji Osman Kamara Station Agent at the Hastings Toll Gate has stated that, he appreciates very much the West Africa Operations and Management Company Limited for giving young Sierra Leonean graduates job opportunities.
He went on to state Sierra Leone has too many unemployed university graduates, but that with the intervention of the West Africa Operations and Management Company Limited, many university graduates are now gainfully employed.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Carlton-Hanciles has urged Imams to encourage their followers to treat their wives with respect and pay child maintenance.
‘We have many Muslim fathers who do not take care of their children,’ she said. ‘The Board is overwhelmed by the sheer volume of child maintenance matters it has to mediate on a daily basis. You can help us reduce this number by impressing on your followers to take care of their children. We know the Holy Quran is very clear on this issue.’
Erstwhile producer of Joy Television and current Content Manager and anchor at Yali TV in Ghana, John Appiah on Wednesday 21st November 2018, delivered mentorship and inspirational messages to staffs of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire on how they can improve on their personal branding.
Addressing the staffs inside the AYV conference room, Appiah urged them to observe and work on improving themselves in five (5) main thematic areas namely: Developing on your Expertise, Attitude, Character, Communication skills, and Appearance. He touched on several other areas in which journalists can position themselves in the media space through developing a solid and strong personal branding.
Artists across the country would be holding what is dubbed: King Dus Arts Festival and are organizing a two-day workshop on painting, street art, art under the sun, poetry among others. The workshop is taking place at the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs.
Speaking to participants, the Festival Director of King Dus Arts Valona Taylor explained the purpose of the workshop.
Following the evidence uncovered by the Government Transition Team Report on how former APC Government facilitated the inappropriate acquisition of state assets and properties by relatives and close friends of former President Ernest BaiKoroma, including evidence of inflated Government Contracts being inappropriately awarded to relatives and friends.
The second Bintunani Cup Sierra Leone International Table Tennis Tournament ended on Sunday in Freetown, with certificates and other prizes awarded to this year's champions in three categories.
Organized by the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Table Tennis Association and Chinese Chamber of Commerce, it saw the participation of more Sierra Leoneans in the event.
A press release from the Ministry of Defence/Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (MoD/RSLAF) states that for the past four weeks, MoD/RSLAF has followed some inaccurate and misleading stories making rounds in a particular media outlet about the detention of Captain Patrick Kamara, Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Conteh and Warrant Officer Class 2 Abu Bakarr Jalloh.
According to the press release, the MoD/RSLAF would like the public to know that the continued detention of these military personnel has been necessitated pursuant to Section 77 (2) of the RSLAF Act of 1961 (as amended).
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has concluded their debate on the 2019 Appropriation Act, aimed at providing for the services of Sierra Leone for the year 2019 and for other related matters.
In light of that, the 2019 Appropriation Act is in line with the relevant rules of the House has been committed to the Committee of Supply where the entire Membership of Parliament will be divided into six sub-committees for effective scrutiny of the various budgetary heads, subject to reporting and approval by the Whole House.
ACC Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala Esq. and Deputy Commissioner Shollay Davies at the conference
The ninth session of the Conference of States Parties has just ended in Vienna, Austria with an overview of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) review process, in order to identify challenges and good practices and to consider technical assistance requirements that would ensure effective implementation of the Convention. Sierra Leone was represented by the ACC Commissioner, Francis Ben Kaifala Esq., and his Deputy, Shollay Davies.
The acting Deputy Registrar at College of Medicine and Allied Sciences (COMAHS), Brima Bah, has said that one hundred and fourteen (114) students at COMAHS have been withdrawn from Pre-Med 1 and 2 in the medical course.
Brima Bah made this statement over the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLCB’s) Morning Coffee Program wherein he also disclosed that the withdrawn students will not be able to continue their respective programmes at the college.