“My Government acknowledges the need for reforms that will boost economic growth and reduce poverty” – says President Koroma

Abdul R Thomas – Editor, The Sierra Leone Telegraph 31 January 2012 As the people of Sierra Leone prepare to go to the polls in November, the debate as to whether president Koroma has done enough in tackling the country’s economic woes to deserve a second term in office is [Read More]

Education and Health

Funding gaps threaten momentum in malaria fight – African leaders declare

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 31 January 2012 The Nobel Prize laureate – Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was today named chair of the African effort to end malaria deaths in the continent. She assumed the chair of the ‘African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)’ from President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the United [Read More]

In Focus

Celebrating the life of Sierra Leone’s ingenious classical music composer – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Abdul R Thomas – Editor – The Sierra Leone Telegraph 29 January 2012 Ten years ago, I discovered the music of Samuel – Coleridge Taylor, whilst driving on the M1 Motorway to London from Leeds, on a very quiet and wintry Sunday morning. It was not until the end of a [Read More]


President Koroma has failed to master the art of the impossible

Austin Thomas 29 January 2012 “Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see it as possible.”- Cherie Carter-Scott. Time and time again, when we look at history critically, [Read More]

News in Perspective

Sierra Leone’s tertiary education institutions to sign performance contracts

27 January 2012 State House, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) have met with Principals and Heads of Tertiary Education Institutions, to discuss the need for those working in the sector to agree and sign Performance Contracts with the President. The meeting was also attended [Read More]

News in Perspective

World Bank approves US$24 million to help tackle poverty in Sierra Leone

27 January 2012 The World Bank has today boosted the efforts of the government of Sierra Leone in tackling poverty, by approving a US$24 million funding package, under the fifth Governance Reform and Growth Credit (GRGC) Programme. The funding will help president Koroma pursue economic growth and implement necessary structural [Read More]

Economy & Business

World Bank has a new Director for Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2012 The World Bank has appointed Mr. Yusupha B. Crookes as Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. His appointment takes effect from 1st March, 2012. Yusupha will be based at the World Bank’s Office in Accra. Yusupha – a Gambian national, joined the [Read More]

News in Perspective

President Koroma sacks Energy Minister as electricity supply becomes an election issue

25 January 2012 Report from State House says that the minister of Energy and Water Resources – Professor Ogunlade Davidson, has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect. Although sources at State House did not confirm the reason for the minister’s dismissal, observers say that his sacking may not [Read More]


Sierra Leone – bad politicians and the imperilled state

Alpha Kawusu: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 January 2012: Recent developments in Sierra Leone have not only raised questions about the country’s commitment to democracy, but have actually once again put at risk, that dreadful possibility of disintegrating into chaos and anarchy. Putting it differently, Sierra Leone has once more become [Read More]