In Focus

Bridging Sierra Leone’s skills gap: Participation of diasporans in the country’s development

Mohamed Kunowah Kiellow – The Netherlands 17 January 2012 It is a well-known and irrefutable fact that Mama Salone needs more intelligent and dedicated Sierra Leonean brains in order to develop. In most cases, however, many of these brains are contributing to the development of other countries. I can gather [Read More]

News in Perspective

The World Bank appoints its new Vice President for Africa

17 January 2012 The World Bank today announced the appointment of Makhtar Diop, a Senegalese national, as its new Vice President for Africa. He succeeds Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili who will return to Nigeria in early May after serving as the region’s Vice President since 2007. Diop, the World Bank’s Country [Read More]


Opposition SLPP Executives speak out as local party chairman – Abdul Aziz Carew remains in coma in hospital

17 January 2012 Violence continued throughout  Saturday night in the Fourah Bay district of eastern Freetown, following a local council by-election, which left several people seriously injured, including the ruling party’s Lansana Fadika and the winner of the election – opposition SLPP candidate – Mohamed Kanu Mansaray. As though Saturday’s [Read More]


Sierra Leone’s embassy in China and the government’s ‘Agenda for Change’

John Baimba Sesay – China 16 January 2012 Lu Shaye is the Director-General at the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry of the People’s Republic of China. During an interview with China Daily newspaper of Thursday, 12th January 2012, he spoke of China’s dedicated interest in cooperating with [Read More]

News in Perspective

Yet another return of political violence in Freetown

Abdul R Thomas – Editor  14 January 2012 Today is a sad day for politics and democracy in Sierra Leone, as ruling APC party stalwarts recover in hospital from serious wounds, sustained during a political rally at a by-election in Eastern Freetown. It is not certain who is responsible for [Read More]


The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD): Reflecting on the first ten years

12 January 2012 The New Partnership for Africa’s development (NEPAD) is an African Union (AU) initiative established at a conference in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001, where African leaders affirmed a common vision and shared conviction, “to eradicate poverty and to place their countries, both individually and collectively, on a path [Read More]

Election Watch

Sierra Leoneans go to the polls in November 2012: Will youth unemployment matter?

ALPHA KAWUSU Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 January 2012 Growing youth unemployment in Sierra Leone will have a negative impact on voter turnout for the ruling All People’s Congress in November. Although the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party has yet to convince voters that it has a better agenda for the [Read More]