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No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

No African citizens granted visas for African trade summit in California

An annual African trade summit in California had no African attendees this year after at least 60 people were denied visas, according to event leaders. The African Global Economic and Development Summit, a three-day conference at the University of Southern California (USC), typically brings delegations from across Africa to meet with business leaders in the […]

Justice for Women Who Kill in Sierra Leone

Justice for Women Who Kill in Sierra Leone

Aminata* was only 17 years old when she was arrested for killing her former boyfriend eight years ago. She was sentenced to death for murder in November 2010 and feared each day she would be executed before her sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the government on Sierra Leone’s 50th Independence Day on 27 […]

706-Carat Diamond Found in Kono and Presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

706-Carat Diamond Found in Kono and Presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

A 706-carat diamond was presented to President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday evening (Wednesday March 15th, 2017) by Paramount Chief Paul N. Saquee The 5 of Tankoro Chiefdom in Kono district led by the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Honourable Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray at State House. According to the Mines Minister, the diamond was […]

Sierra Leone’s Koroma Wants ‘No Postponement’ to 2018 Polls

Sierra Leone’s Koroma Wants ‘No Postponement’ to 2018 Polls

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Thursday March 9, 2017, appealed to development partners to work with a high sense of urgency to address the funding gap needed for the smooth conduct of the 2018 general elections. “I don’t want anything that will delay and undermine the elections process,” he said, and emphasized that the […]

Sierra Leone to Have Over 3,000 Centers for Voter Registration

Sierra Leone to Have Over 3,000 Centers for Voter Registration

The National Electoral Commission (NEC) has announced that a total of 3,300 Civil and Voters Registration Centres would be used to register eligible Sierra Leoneans for the forthcoming presidential, parliamentary and local councils elections slated for March 7, 2018. Christopher Jones, an Electoral Officer of NEC, revealed that the voter registration exercise would run from […]

Sierra Leone ‘President Koroma Is One of the Best Presidents in the World’ – Says UN Special Adviser

Sierra Leone ‘President Koroma Is One of the Best Presidents in the World’ – Says UN Special Adviser

United Nations Special Adviser on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Dr David Nabarro has described President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma as one of the best presidents in the world. He made this pronouncement during a courtesy call on the president at State House in Freetown on Friday February 24, 2017. Dr Nabarro commended the leadership […]

Scientists say small percentage of people were the cause of most cases of Ebola virus that ravaged West Africa in 2014

Scientists say small percentage of people were the cause of most cases of Ebola virus that ravaged West Africa in 2014

Most of the people who were infected with Ebola in the 2014 West Africa epidemic contracted the viral disease through “super-spreaders”, researchers say. According to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists said super-spreaders, a small percentage of people who are responsible for infecting several others during […]

Opiate addiction has become increasingly common in Sierra Leone, where there are few avenues for drug rehabilitation

Opiate addiction has become increasingly common in Sierra Leone, where there are few avenues for drug rehabilitation

The dark street corner would have been silent if not for the grumble of a motorbike. It was nearing midnight, but for Ibrahim Sesay – a 27-year-old motorbike taxi driver in Freetown – the evening had just begun. He pulled four small pills from his breast pocket, gulped them down without water and set off […]

Sierra Leone Pull Out of Hosting Ecowas Championship

Sierra Leone Pull Out of Hosting Ecowas Championship

Sierra Leone Athletics Association (SLAA) has pulled-out from hosting both the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) senior and U-20 Athletics championship. The country’s athletics body’s decision to turn-down the hosting opportunity came almost at the 72 hours expiration grace period given by the President of Athletics Region Zone II Federation, Momar Mbaye. According […]

German National in Freetown Magistrates’ Court for U.S.$172,000 Fraud

German National in Freetown Magistrates’ Court for U.S.$172,000 Fraud

A German, Dr. Jur Olaf Grabowski, yesterday appeared before Magistrate Dr. Abou Bakarr Binneh-Kamara of the Freetown Magistrates’ Court No.1 for allegedly defrauding Fawaz Building Materials a whopping sum of US$172 on behalf of the German Drilling Group Limited. The accused was before the court on one hundred and fifty-two (152) counts of conspiracy to […]

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