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SLPP's Mende Flagbearer Paradox

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Yesterday, I spent some time looking at some internet clippings of the speeches of aspirants for the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) flag bearer position on YouTube. SLPP famously had 23 aspirants for party presidential candidate.The number was eventually whittled down to 19 candidates as some candidates could not meet the criteria set for eventual qualification. The contest was not for financially handicapped candidates and one of the first to bail ship was our own Segbwema MP Honorable Robin Fallay. (An aside-Hon. Fallay should focus more on the problems of Segbwema, but I will address that another day)

Going back to the Internet video clipping of SLPP presidential aspirants, three common themes seemed to stand out: Ernest Koroma had failed Sierra Leone and needed to be replaced for the salvation of the country, its future and for posterity.Each candidate was the best that could replace Ernest Koroma and any of the other candidates would somehow not be up to the task.SLPP should n…

UK Blacklists Major Nigerian Universities

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Medical graduates from nine universities in Nigeria will no longer be able to obtain licenses to practice in the United Kingdom, following a decision by the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) to ban the higher institutions.

The GMC, a body of independent regulators which registers medical doctors to practise in the UK, took the decision to bar graduates from the nine universities from writing PLAB.

PLAB is the UK exam that enables non-UK Medical graduates to undertake post-graduate medical training in the country.

The affected graduates are those who graduated after December 10, 2010 from Ambrose Ali University, Ebonyi State University, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of Jos, University of Nigeria and the University of Port Harcourt.

It also applies to those who graduated on or after April 1, 2010 from Igbinedion University College of Health Sciences and the University of Benin.

According to Jason Day of the GMC’s press office,…

Helping Re-elect President Barack Hussein Obama

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The year has come when progressive Americans have to either let their voices be drowned out by the noise of the Tea Partiers or come out in full force to help reassure the reelection of President Barack H. Obama to four more years at the helm of the nation.

Though conservatives would beg to differ,  I am of the solid opinion that president Barack Obama's tenure has been good for the security of America as a nation and for the promotion of peace and democracy throughout the world.

I am not just endorsing President Obama because I did so in the last election or because of some primitive loyalty to the Democratic party or even an identification with his heritage. I am doing so because I believe that though he has been confronted with considerable resistance and challenges, he has largely stood by the promises he made in his campaign and he has proven to be substantial both as an individual, a leader and a visionary.

Republicans are sure to deploy every weapon in their arsenal  and m…

Redefining The Office of Diaspora Affairs

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One of the exciting and laudable initiatives of President Ernest Bai Koroma when he assumed leadership of Sierra Leone in 2007 was to launch the Office of Diaspora Affairs, which I will henceforth refer to as ODA.
The ODA has the stated aim of  laying "the foundation for a productive and mutually beneficial partnership between the government of Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leone Diaspora"(ODA,2007).

The specific goals of the ODA included:
 reversing the nation's brain drain by identifying Sierra Leone professionals in the diaspora and encouraging them to come home and engage in nation building. encouraging diaspora investment by creating a suitable financial and fiscal environment for investment and business start up .educating Sierra leoneans in the Diaspora about the 2006 Citizenship Act which accorded dual citizenship status to Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora that had obtained citizenship in their resident countries, thus legally enabling their participation in the cou…

Sierra Leone Witch Gun-A scientific analysis

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Death of the young is a phenomenon that is very common in my country Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone as a country has never really embraced science into the general explanation of natural phenomena. Most tragic occurrences in Sierra Leone are always given interpretations based mainly on traditional beliefs.
In Sierra Leone, death among the young, people in the prime of life is so common that it has become accepted as just another aspect of the complex puzzle of life. If you tell a typical Sierra Leonean that young people are not supposed to die, they would probably laugh in your face and view you as someone whose western education has gone to their head. The truth however is that young people are not supposed to die. America has a population of over 300 million people, but if you look at the obituary section of most American newspapers, most of the deaths you will see are people in their 70s, 80s, to 90s. Of course I know that standard of living and the miracle of modern medicine prolongs…

The Vagabond King-A wonderful story about Strasser

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Simon Akam
Published 02 February 2012
When 25-year-old Valentine Strasser seized power in Sierra Leone in 1992, he became the world’s youngest head of state. Today he lives with his mother and spends his days drinking gin by the roadside.

What went wrong?
There are two ways to drive inland from Freetown. The first is to go through the eastern, poorer quarters of the Sierra Leonean capital. There decrepit vehicles jam narrow streets lined with mouldering clapboard houses. With such heavy congestion, it can take many hours to make the journey. The alternative is to take the so-called mountain road. You drive up into the hills, past the camp of the British army-led training team left over from Tony Blair's little war in 2000. Soon the tarmac ends and a dirt road threads past straggling villages into the forest.

The track of reddish laterite – which bypasses the city and its traffic – is treacherous after rain, and traces a route down into a broad valley. A mile or so before it rejoi…