Mama Salone at 53 years old – shackled by her own children

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 27 April 2014 Today we celebrate Sierra Leone’s 53 years of independence from British colonial rule. But what does it mean to be independent, while being so heavily dependent upon others for our survival, through foreign aid? A child growing up under the gaze and protection [Read More]


President Koroma is not interested in third term presidency  

John Baimba Sesay The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 April 2014 Much has been said about whether president Ernest Bai Koroma (Photo) is interested in seeking or accepting another term of office, after the end of his constitutional two terms as President. The opposition appears to be worried, shattered and literally [Read More]

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Pensions boss sacked – World Bank steps in to bail out the poor

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 April 2014 Hundreds of thousands of pensioners have been swindled out of their hard earned retirement income, by corrupt officials in Sierra Leone, as the culture of impunity reigns supreme. (Photo: Sacked pensions boss – Sam Bangura). It is estimated that between 2007 and 2013, [Read More]

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Sama Banya appeals to hearts and minds

Dr. Sama Banya (Puawui) The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 April 2014 Before many readers read today’s column, the ceremony marking the 40th day funeral rites of the late former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah (Photo) would be far advanced. I was at the late former President’s Juba Hill residence on Wednesday, [Read More]

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Africa celebrates world immunization week

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 April 2014 This week – April 22-27 marks the ‘African Vaccination Week’, which is being celebrated with the theme -“Vaccination – a shared responsibility”. Global pharmaceutical giant – Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) today reiterates its support for the World Immunization Week, an annual initiative [Read More]

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Three years of structural reforms in Sierra Leone  

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 April 2014 When president Koroma took office in 2007, there was little doubt the country was in dire straits: the economy, health, education, infrastructure, and industry, were all in desperate need of reform. In particular, the economy, though growing by an encouraging 4.5% annually – [Read More]

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Sierra Leone’s first integrated smartphone app has arrived 

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 April 2014 Songhai Technologies Inc, a tech start-up company based in Texas USA, last week released Sierra Leone’s first comprehensive smartphone App to serve Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad. The App, unlike other types of locality apps that are mostly one dimensional in nature, [Read More]

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Cash for votes at constitutional change referendum?

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 April 2014 Speculations are growing in and out of Sierra Leone, regarding the $7 million (Le31.5 billion) funding that was approved last week by the World Bank, “to help the Koroma government tackle growing levels of poverty in the country”. Critics say that the true [Read More]