Tomorrow Friday 16th November, 2018 is the start of the Africell-sponsored international music festival ECOFEST that will bring artists from seven African countries to perform at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.
Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Liberia and The Gambia will all be represented on one stage, as Kabaka Multimedia Entertainment and Empire Entertainment from Ghana, bring the crème de la crème of West African music to the shores of Freetown.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs on Tuesday 6th November, 2018 brought together various stars in the entertainment industry to a dialogue forum in a bid to chart the way forward in reviving the industry and making it outstanding in the West Africa sub-region.
Speaking during the event, hosted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation conference hall in Freetown, legendary musician Jimmy Bangura aka Jimmy B, said entertainment is a profession that should be respected and embraced by all and sundry, adding that he believes that the changing dynamics in the industry is very necessary and timely.
The Sierra Leone entertainment industry has got a new female sensation in the person of Haja Mariama Kamara aka China Nicki, a brave, clever, funny and beautiful secondary school leaver.
China Nicki, her nickname was given to her by close friends because she is an admirer of the famous American celebrity Nicki Minaj and also because her looks resemble a Chinese, and so her friends thought it wise to give her the nickname 'China Nicki' meaning Chinese Nicki Minaj.
Ambassador Anthony Navo Jr. CEO and President of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire’s latest initiative was a cash prize of Le3 million which was won by Sheknatu I. Bangura who unfortunately was evicted last Sunday from the Big Sister House. There are now six housemates left in the Big Sister Salone 2018 TV Reality Show.
In a new development, the star prize for the Big Sister Salone 2018 TV Reality Show which is a brand new car was officially unveiled yesterday at AYV Media Empire, Wesley Street during a press conference that attracted a galaxy of media practitioners as well as bringing together the major stakeholders and organizers of the Big Sister Salone TV Reality Show.
Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire, ZedZee Multimedia, Africell and partners yesterday 9th October, 2018 officially unveiled a brand new Lemon Green Alto-800 Suzuki car as Star Prize for the 2018 Big Sister Salone reality television show in its premises on Wesley street in Freetown.
At the unveiling ceremony, AYV’s Operations Director, Samuel Wise Bangura spoke on the company’s aim to embark on the Big Sister project.
Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire and ZedZee Multimedia will today, Tuesday 9th October, 2018 officially unveil a brand new car as part of the star prize for Big Sister Sierra Leone, the country’s first reality TV show winner.
Big Sister is created by AYV Media Empire and ZedZee Multimedia which is currently being aired on AYV’s entertainment Channel 34.
Hundreds of viewers and fans of Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire are praising the ongoing first-ever reality television show dubbed Big Sister Salone 2018 which has the theme: Ella Koblo Gulama Drama. The fans make it no secret that they are amazed and thrilled beyond words over the initiative and commend AYV, ZedZee, Africell and the other partners this bold, forward-thinking, pragmatic and creative initiative.
Since its inception, Kabaka Multimedia and Entertainment, or KME as it is popularly known, has taken over the entertainment and media landscape of Sierra Leone. Formed in January 2017 and incorporated as a limited liability company, KME has been nothing but a brand that shows great promise for the future of Sierra Leone entertainment and the prospect of changing the lives of musical prodigies and other creative artists.
The bigger names in Sierra Leone’s music sector are assured of making their nation proud in the first ever West African musical explosion festival, ECOFEST 20128 to be held at the National Stadium on 16th November 2018.
Joe Abass Bangura (center) poses with Africell’s new Brand Ambassadors
Sierra Leone’s leading mobile operator, Africell, on Friday 14th September 2018, officially signed 6 artistes as its newest Brand Ambassadors. The unveiling was done at a press conference held at Africell headquarters at Wilberforce in Freetown.
Abdulai Jalloh, popularly known as ‘Chief Koblo’ chaired the event. He said that over the past 14 years Africell has carried out its mandate to provide affordable and reliable network service to Sierra Leoneans and has extended its Corporate Social Responsibility to embracing all facets of society and that it has signed several contracts with various people in the entertainment industry as Brand Ambassadors.
Sierra Leone’s leading media institution, the Africa Young Voices (AYV) Media Empire is all set to give the world a 30-day live and uninterrupted television coverage for the first time held ‘Big Sister Salone Reality TV Show’ in Sierra Leone.
All happenings in the Big Sister Salone Show which has been scheduled to commence at the Atlantic Lumley Hotel on Lumley Beach, Freetown tomorrow 14th September, 2018, will be broadcasted uninterruptedly, live on AYV TV Channel 34 for 30 days.
The recent laying on the Table of the House of Constitutional Instruments No. 64 and 65 of 2018 for the setting up of Commission of Inquiry into corruption in governance has brought into sharp focus, the whole issue of procedure for such instruments.
For the enlightenment of the public, the Lex Specialis or the general interpretation of Constitutional Instrument is that it is the power conferred by the Constitution to be exercised by a way of an instrument enacted by the President and Parliament as assembled. Section 171 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone (Act No.6) of 1991 states:
Under-nutrition is prevalent among the very poor, particularly among women and children. It also has a direct relationship with the high rates of infectious and other preventable diseases. The human and economic costs associated with under-nutrition are huge. It is, therefore, desirable that a coordinated action is pursued both at the national and global levels to combat under-nutrition.
SLAJ President Kelvin Lewis and IMC Chairman, Ambassador Alie Kanu
According to legislation, it is the Independent Media Commission (IMC) which has the sole mandate and responsibility to regulate the media landscape in this country. The IMC must have a constituted Board and one its functioning committees is the Complaints Committee that particularly deals with complaints against media practitioners.
Hamid Taylor, husband, father of two and a PhD in economics, has been named as the new minister of Industrial Development. Hamid who works as a university lecturer at a popular university in New Jersey, doesn’t own a home and is neck deep in debt, eagerly assumes his new ministerial job. A year later, Hamid, who is now swimming in cash, is building a house up on one of the famous hilltops in Freetown. He also has a couple of girlfriends both of whom he’s rented homes for and is about to send one of them on maternity check-up in New York City. Every evening after work, Hamid could be found at one of the famous beachfront restaurants…
Hamid’s story (even though a fictitious character) epitomizes a common trend of corruption in Sierra Leone. His sudden accumulated wealth and flamboyant lifestyle represents a shameless and uncouth act committed with impunity by political appointees of all shades.
Traditionally Paramount Chiefs in Sierra Leone play an important role in maintaining law and order at chiefdom level, but they apparently need to go beyond that to ensure the efficient delivery of basic services such as health and sanitation, education, water and electricity supplies to their people.
This is one of the conclusions that necessitated the UK Aid funded SABI project which seeks to strengthen community-led accountability, increasing awareness of, and demand for, the delivery of basic services.
The hopes of Sierra Leoneans for a positive change in their lives were largely placed in the hands of Maada Bio and the SLPP when they surprisingly won the majority of votes during the presidential elections earlier this year and Maada Bio was sworn is as president in the early hours of April 5th, 2018. However, the enthusiasm of those expectations seem to have been dashed with the slow progression of activities from State House.
It is common knowledge that state resources including state human resources are often abused, misused and mismanaged for personal/individual gain/reason which have absolutely nothing to do with governance or government.
One major issue which did and is still doing the rounds is the one about state armed security personnel (OSD) being withdrawn from Dr. Samura Kamara; the defeated presidential candidate of the All People’s Congress (APC) party in the March-April 2018 presidential election and runoff respectively.
It is interesting to note that one of the privileges enjoyed by serving cabinet ministers in any government is armed security guards stationed at their different offices and at their respective homes. In addition, armed body guards (BGs) are assigned to cabinet ministers and even to Members of Parliament who make the request.