Illllll!! Ooowww!!? Na wan man bin dae. E name Bra Spider. Wan day, Bra Spider go waka to in modeh-law. In modeh-law bin dae roast cassada. As di mammy go insai room so, Bra Spider tiff wan pa di cassada en hide am insai in cap…
Once upon a time, there lived a tradition and culture called folklore. Apart from being a major pastime, it was also a way of life. Myths, legends, history and identity, were handed down to younger generations. Children and young adults got together to either listen to an older person tell (or they themselves reproducing as told) tales of Bra Spider (also known as Anansi in some traditions).
As Muslims continue to observe the Holy month of Ramadan, Madam Fatima Maada Bio joined Muslims across the country at Fourah Bay College for the 6th National Quranic memorization competition 2019.This event was organized by the Foundation of Islamic Information, Sierra Leone Limited (FOISIL) on 19th May 2019 at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre (F.B.C.) where she served as the special guest of honor.
President Bio in one of the waste collection vehicles donated by china to Sierra Leone
An appreciable number of Sierra Leoneans in various parts of the country have described the ongoing National Cleaning Exercise as a “big success”. Responding to questions posed by a cross-section of the media on the status of the exercise in their localities, during the last National Cleaning Programme held on the 4th of May, 2019, the residents showered praises on President Julius Maada Bio and his government for what they described as a laudable venture. The residents, who also called for a continuation of the process, outlined a number of challenges facing them and proffered meaningful recommendations on how they could be ameliorated.
Bio and Koroma – Sierra Leone’s future is in your hands sirs, kill it today or build it forever
During a random survey that was conducted in Freetown, Makeni, Kabala, Bo and Kenema to sound the views of ordinary Sierra Leoneans as to whether holding a National Dialogue (Bintumani 3), what came out glaringly is that the vast majority support it saying it is of utmost significance. In some of those places visited there were people who have a figment of what a National Dialogue is all about but after thorough explanation they profusely acclaimed it.
Head of Directorate of Public Relations and Information at the Ministry of Defense, Major Yayah Brima has confirmed to AYV newspaper the escape of SL/1246 Captain Patrick Edwin Kamara who was facing court martial on charges relating to Missing Arms and Ammunitions in Freetown.
Panasonic, a Japanese multinational electronics corporation and IOM, the UN Migration Agency have donated solar lamps to some Peripheral Health Centers (PHUs) in Moyamba District, Southern part of Sierra Leone.
Access to electricity is still a challenge in some rural parts of the country including Moyamba District.According to a State enrolled Community Health Nurse in the District, because of lack of electricity in some PHUs, patients who are admitted into these centers normally bring their own lights.
Following the government’s stride for a national peace infrastructure in the country, the Civil Society Consultative Forum on National Peace and Cohesion recently concluded a-two-day conference to discuss the upcoming Bintumani III Conference. The consultation was held at the Youyi Building Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown.
The conference according to the Executive Director Campaign for Good Governance Marcella Samba Sesay is for CSOs to deliberate on their position in advance of the Bintumani III Conference.
The Royal Commonwealth Society, in partnership with The British High Commission in Sierra Leone and Master Peace Sierra Leone, have launched the 2019 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in Freetown.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, established in 1883. With thousands of young people taking part every year, it is an important way to recognise achievements, elevate youth voices and develop key skills through creative writing.
The Vice-President of Sierra Leone has said girls should be educated, healthy, safe and be counted. He was speaking at the Siaka Stevens Stadium during an Education Symposium.
“For too long, adolescent girls have been invisible and ignored. Making sure that girls count is a critical way to guarantee that their rights and needs are recognized. When they’re educated, healthy, safe, and counted, they can transform their communities and the world we live in,” Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said on 9th May 2019 during a One-Day Conference organized by the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education for those children seeking Careers in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) during a monitoring of the Makeni Correctional Center has observed several human rights violations.
Despite progress noted during HRCSL regular visits, there were still challenges in the correctional center in the areas of overcrowding, poor hygiene and medicare. The Chairman and Commissioners of HRCSL visited the Makeni Correctional Center to assess the general conditions.
My administration promised increased access to cost effective communications for home use and businesses; establish an Electronic Governance system to manage government business electronically; develop IT infrastructure resilience by multiple back up services for all government documents in all ministries; ensure that health records, land records, etc. are secured with enhanced broadband access across the country; and improve rural telecommunications, and create customer choice and affordability
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.
Reading, the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message or being able to read and interpret what is written, is dead in Sierra Leone. It is noticeable every where that pupils and students of today do not make use of their school, college or university library.
Gone are the days when students clamoured and elbowed each other to lay hand on a nice book or a potential interesting book in a library. In yesteryears, pupils and students made a habit every Friday to go to their library and borrow two or four books to go and read over the weekend.
The Ghanaian High Commission in Freetown Sierra Leone has donated food items to Muslims at the Masjid Ijtihad Mosque in Freetown.
The donated items include bags of rice, containers of cooking oil and tins of milk among other items.
Handing over the food items on behalf of the Ghanaian High Commission, Head of Chancery at the Ghanaian High Commission Tahiru Iddrisu said the High Commissioner His Excellency Francis Abakar sympathized with Muslims in that part of the country, especially during the holy month of fasting and thought it fit to provide them with the food items.
‘Poda poda’ owners have instructed their drivers to park their vehicles in protest against the decision by the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) to enforce the ban on the use of metal seats in commercial transport. This occurred on Monday 13th May, 2019.
According to seasoned political scientists no country on earth can attain true socio-economic prosperity if its citizens are not cohesively united. Widespread disenchantment, according to them, is a recipe for conflagration and such has the tendency of reversing gains that have been achieved.
This sharply brings to the fore the proposed Bintumani 3 slated to commence on the 23rd May 2019 in Sierra Leone which is geared towards creating a platform where citizens of all shades of opinion will sit around a roundtable to deliberate on sensitive national issues to chart a formidable roadmap to move the country in the right direction for an improved standard of living.
President Ouattara and President Bio in a warm handshake
His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire has commended his brother and colleague, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for good governance and the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone during a one-day working visit by President Bio to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
During a press conference by the two Heads of State following an hour-long bilateral meeting, President Alassane Ouattara commended President Bio for the progress he has made in recovering his country's economy and consolidating democracy since he took up office last year.
Residents of Makali town, Kunike Barina Chiefdom in the Tonkolili district have benefitted from an ultra-modern hospital.
It can be recalled that during President Julius Maada Bio’s first visits to Tonkolili district, the residents made several appeals and prominent amongst these appeals was for them to have a well strengthened medical facility.
The role of parliamentarians in Sierra Leone is very significant in ending Tuberculosis (TB) in Sierra Leone. It is against this background that there is now a global call on the role of parliamentarians across the world with Sierra Leone being no exemption to take political responsibility to bring TB to the forefront of global advocacy.
The newly-appointed representative of the World Health Organization Country Office in Sierra Leone, Mr. Evans Majani Liyosi, on 15 May 2019 presented his credentials to the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nimatulai Bah Chang, in Freetown.
District Medical Officer of Moyamba District Dr. James Jongopie has disclosed that they recorded more than 40 maternal deaths this year as a result of inadequate ambulance service and attitude of community members in accessing health facilities. Dr. James Jongopie made this disclosure during the launch of the National Emergency Medical Service in Moyamba District.
NRA’s Board Chair: Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., making a statement
Chairperson, Board of Directors of the National Revenue Authority (NRA), Tuma Adama Jabbi Esq., has stated that her institution’s goal is to raise revenue that will contribute to 20 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2023.
The NRA Board Chair was speaking at an event organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Beijing, in recognition of her election as Belt and Road Initiative Tax Administration Cooperation Mechanism (BRITACOM) Vice Chairperson, on Monday, 22nd April, 2019.
Sierra Leone law enforcement received expert training on how to identify, investigate, report and prosecute suspected cases of human trafficking during a 5-day training (6-10 May 2019) in Makeni. The training workshop was organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency in partnership with the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA).
Every year, thousands of young girls and boys are trafficked into sexual slavery or forced labor in Sierra Leone. In 2005, the Sierra Leone government enacted the Anti-Human Trafficking Act No.7 of 2005 which officially made trafficking in persons an offence.
Rehabilitated SLMB primary school in Tombo Bana village, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom
Port Loko District Council (PLDC), has over the weekend, commissioned constructed and rehabilitated multi-purpose hall, maternal and child health posts (MCHPs), hand-dug-water wells, and primary schools, among others, in five chiefdoms within Port Loko District.
The council also distributed wheelchairs and crutches to persons with disabilities, fabricated furniture to eight primary schools, and handed over projects and contractors to communities to replicate the same in other chiefdoms.
President Maada Bio has appointed Rtd Colonel Alhaji Fanday Turay who currently serves with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights as his replacement to the chairmanship for the National Commission for Privatization (NCP).
He will be taking over from Umaru Napoleon Koroma who is heading to the Justice Ministry as its Deputy Minister.
President Bio has instructed Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh to preside over all the concerns expressed by Krio Descendants Union (KDU), in relation to recent disputes over land ownership between the Krio community and the Ministry of Lands, for amicable and speedy resolution.
This comes after several weeks of anger and frustration felt across the Krio community in Freetown over accusations of forceful land grabbing by the Ministry of Lands, President Julius Maada Bio finally met with representatives of the Krio Descendants Union (KDU) at State House over the weekend.
Alhaji Umaru Conteh, a Sierra Leonean national who worked as a Child Protection Officer and Anti FGM Activist for a Non Governmental Organisation Act for Kids -SL in Freetown landed himself in to trouble as he relentlessly continue campaigning against female genital mutilation/ Cutting to be abolished in Sierra Leone. As the Child Protection Officer for Act for Kids 'SL his role was to champion the campaigning against female genital mutilation by reaching out to rural communities, and schools in Sierra Leone disseminating the information about the hazards and effect of the so called old fashioned and uncivilized customary practice (FGM). His sensitisation programs in schools and community awareness campaigns against the female genital mutilation/ Cutting didn't go down well with members of the FGM initiators.
Alleged murderer, Ibrahim Mansaray on Friday 17thMay 2019 was denied bail by Magistrate Mark Ngegba presiding over the Freetown Magistrate Court No. 2 at Pademba Road for the offence of Murder, contrary to law.
He was charged together with one Bashiru Mahoi for Receiving Stolen Goods, but was granted bail in the sum of one hundred million Leones including one surety, who should be a residential citizen within the Freetown Judicial District of the Republic of Sierra Leone.
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator, State House
National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), has on 17th May, 2019, supported the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to celebrate the world telecommunications and Information Society Day.
Held in the Moyamba District Council Hall with the theme “Bridging the standardisation gap”, NATCOM took this year’s celebration, for the first time, to Moyamba town, where chiefs, traders’ union, women groups, commercial motor bike riders’ union, Moyamba District Council officials, pupils of primary and secondary schools, among others, were in attendance.