My thanks and gratitude

Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui)

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 September 2014

Late Mrs BanyaSince the unexpected passing away on September 4 of my wife Reverend Kadi Rosaline of 40 years, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of sympathy and condolences from hundreds of family members and friends at home and abroad.

Because of the current state of health emergency, which places both Kenema and Kailahun districts under quarantine, coupled with the difficulty of overseas family members entering the country at ease, all such members and friends unavoidably stayed away.

But they joined everyone else with their constant voices and text messages, praying with me and urging me to stand firm and hold on to my faith.

The callers and sympathizers cut across the political spectrum of the main parties, and began with my distinguished “Nephew” and his wife the first Lady and my own niece Sia, the former Vice President and leader of the SLPP – Solo B, the national chairman and executive members of the party, and former colleagues as well as ministers of the ruling APC.

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Ebola is insensitive to class, tribe and political party

Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui)

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 August 2014

Ebola - spannish priestThe Ebola virus is a killer organism that has a notorious and awesome reputation of killing up to 90 percent of its victims. It knows no class, no tribe, regional, ethnic or other affiliation. (Photo: Spanish priest being airlifted – but later died in Spain).

Those who survive are the few lucky ones whose symptoms are recognized early, and supportive treatment set in motion.

All the experts, including the World Health Organization (WHO), America’s Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, and other authorities worldwide, now acknowledge that the outbreak had been underestimated.

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Ebola crisis is now everybody’s business

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 5 August 2014

Dr. Sama Banya - PuawuiIt must now be clear to everyone – sceptics included, that not only is the current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, and come to think of it, with the current cases in Nigeria – one could say in West Africa, is now the business and concern of everybody to join in the fight to eradicate the disease.

The whole of Sierra Leone is now at risk, because just as it only takes a spark to cause a forest conflagration, Ebola requires no more than one infected person to affect a whole community.

Incidentally, that is the way it has been spreading, through initial contact with one affected person.

Hospital staff are succumbing to the attack, and our own social behaviour through sentimental and emotional family considerations, has only exacerbated the situation.

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So called female genital mutilation (FGM) – the continuing vuvuzela

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 July 2014

londonSome years ago, I read a humorous story in a British newspaper about a New Zealander who had lived in Britain for many years, who then suddenly decided to return home.

When asked about his reason for leaving an adopted country that he confessed to have come to love, his answer was simple: “When I arrived here some years back, homosexual act was a criminal offense that carried a jail sentence. Then the government set up the Wolfenden Commission to look into prostitution and other social offenses. The government accepted the Commission’s recommendation that homosexual act between consenting adults must no longer be a crime.”

He said he was now leaving Britain, before a law came into force, which would make homosexual act compulsory.

We may laugh at the humour, but the West has gone a very long way in encouraging something which, even the Holy Bible condemns as an unnatural act.

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What is going on?

Dr. Sama Banya

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 July 2014

On Saturday July 12, I could not make any calls nor send any text message through one of my service providers until early afternoon.

As usual they provided no excuse for their failure, let alone offer apologies to users.

When I finally succeeded in making my first call, I was expecting the electronic machine to inform me as usual that my “call cost 2 units “, to be followed by further information on the balance of my credit.

So, I was momentarily taken aback when I saw that my call had cost “90” and that my balance was 14,216.74, a figure that I thought was out of this world. Then I saw the word Leones.

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Streets of rivers – shall we ever learn from experience?

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 July 2014

Some years back, there appeared in this column an article with the title; “when will they ever learn?”

Today’s heading is a rearrangement of those words, because the question is now directed at all of us, and not limited to “Them” – the perpetrators of what can only be described as a deliberate, wicked and inexcusable crime against society.

The title was the refrain of a popular hit song in the sixties, with the title; “where are all the flowers gone?”

Last Sunday, I joined worshipers in the Isaac Ndanema Memorial United Methodist Church in Calaba Town in the east end of Freetown. My niece was remembering the death five years ago of her loving husband, and I and other family members had gone to give our support.

The Church was also having its annual Children’s Thanksgiving Service, with a programme that lasted all of four hours.

But the performance of the children aided in two items by the adults was so absorbing that, no one took the slightest notice of the clock.

Following an early morning rain that almost ruined my daily vigorous morning walk, but which did not reach Calaba Town, there was overcast throughout the rest of the morning.

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The longer we live – the more likely we are to see strange things

Dr. Sama Banya – Puawui

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 July 2014

Dr sama BanyaI had written before that Teacher Olumbe Bassir taught biology and nature Studies from Prep to School Certificate level at Bo School. He left in September 1946 for the United Kingdom on a Nuffield scholarship, to pursue an honours Science degree in the University of Liverpool. (Photo: Dr. Sama Banya).

There was no immediate replacement and Pa Williams the acting Principal, continued to make makeshift arrangements for the next twelve months.

Among the temporary teachers was Mrs. Palmer the wife of the Assistant Conservationist of Forests, as such positions were known in those days. She was engaged on part time basis.

She once used a Greek Expression which she herself translated to mean; “He who lives shall see.”

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