Abdulai Mansaray

You cannot build the foundations of a State without the rule of law

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 September 2021: Democracy is not a new concept to Africa and Africans., but judging by the volumes of airtime, reams of paper and number of clicks on the subject recently, you’d be forgiven to think that it’s a new topic on the Discovery channel. [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Guinea and Sierra Leone – where lie the similarities?

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 8 September 2021: Since the military uprising, sorry the coup in neighbouring Guinea, Sierra Leoneans have inundated social media with their views, feelings and interpretations of the whole saga, some even with wishful thinking. (Photo above: Former president Koroma and Alpha Conde). Notwithstanding the geographical [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Is dissent an act of faith in a democracy? Lessons from the Guinean military coup

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 September 2021: On August 19, 2020, I questioned whether the coup in Mali was a sign, “Is Africa returning to its bad old ways? (Sierra Leone Telegraph. Com, Binkongo.com). It took one year to fulfil that prophesy, no arrogance intended, but we told you [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Every government needs Video Assistant Referees (VAR) if it is to succeed

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 August 2021: Democracy demands an opposition party, and this can only be measured on the existence of an opposition. This means that the opposition in a democracy is indispensable, and not just a luxury item on the shopping list of the constitution. In effect, [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Politicians trading your loyalty for your anger can lead to national self-harm

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 24 August 2021: There is no doubt that among the various reasons for losing the 2020 Presidential Elections, ranging from financial, moral and ethical considerations, Donald Trump’s recklessness in dealing with the pandemic was the last nail to his coffin. Over half a million American [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

The Afghanistan conundrum: Arrogance is weakness disguised as strength

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 August 2021: There is a growing anger over the way Afghanistan has fallen back into the hands of the Taliban. It is not surprising that most of the anger has been directed at the US, the self-proclaimed universal saviour from the “uncivilised” world. Many [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

What is the price of hubris?

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 July 2021: Former President of Cote D’Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo recently returned to the country, after the International Criminal Court acquitted him over charges of crimes against humanity. He was greeted by his supporters, who might mistakenly see it as a triumphant return, likened to [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Who wants to be a First Lady?

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 June 2021: When Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, became the Duchess of Sussex and joined the privileged class of British royalty, little did she know that with such membership to such protected species came responsibilities and hazard warnings. The tribulations, discriminations, recriminations and scrutinization’s [Read More]

Abdulai Mansaray

Why do Black heroes die so soon?

Abdulai Mansaray: 18 June 2021: Today marks three months since John Pombe Joseph Magufuli passed away, but like many before him, his death has not passed without the proverbial conspiracy theories. We all know how conspiracy theories can be persuasively plausible, and like Thomas Sankara, Samora Michel, Patrice Lumumba, Kwame [Read More]