Showing posts from March, 2013

To My Sisters: African Mothers

Africa should consider this century the "Century of the African Mother" The African woman has always been the bedrock of the family, but the African man has either always been too slow to realize this or may have never realized this fundamental truth at all.

African men go to their graves with the illusion that they were the champions in the family, not realizing that it was the mothers that were the true champions, the real unsung heroes. 
There are those who grew up in Africa and had great nurturing relationships with their fathers, but for the majority of us, it was always our mothers who provided that strong parental bond. Father will see the bag of rice in the corner and assumed you had no need to be hungry. It was always your mother who asked whether you had enough to eat that day. It was she who ensured that you went to bed with food in your stomach and a warm blanket to keep you warm.
In the morning, our fathers reached into their pockets, gave money for food and th…

Sierra Leone Political Update: SLPP's Brand New Frog

Yesterday was a busy day for some members of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) in the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown. Out of the flames of the recent acrimony and systemic crisis that has gripped the party leadership, leaving ordinary members confounded, discombobulated and feeling  like Sahelian grass trampled under the feet of stampeding elephants, a new movement has arisen, the MTS, the Movement for The Transformation of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party, which thankfully the founders had the sense of not labeling (MTSLPP), but Simply MTS, thank God for small mercies.

MTS is a mottled group of members of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party. Many of them are returnees of the Peoples Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC) who abandoned the SLPP before the 2007 presidential elections in the country, after the loss of Charles Francis Kondo Margai in the SLPP  flagbearer race to former Vice President Solomon Ekuma Dominic Berewa. Charles Margai left with a substantial membership of the part…

Chinua Achebe Dies

Today marks the end of an era. I just learnt of the death of the great Nigerian scholar, novelist and essayist Chinua Achebe. This is indeed a sad day for Africans all over, as Chinua Achebe's first Novel "Things Fall Apart", has the unique distinction of being the best loved literary work to ever come out of Africa. No other African literary work has ever even come close to the influence the book has had on millions of student all over the world, especially in Africa.

Remarkably, "Things Fall Apart" was the first African novel that I ever read. My elder sister who was a teacher at Bannerman Commercial in those days had a copy that was always lying on her desk. My primary school literature books were Oliver Twist, David Copperfield and Great Expectations, all works of Charles Dickens, a legacy of British Colonial Influence. These were the books that were used in Samaria Primary when Sierra Leone was a colony, and upon the attainment of Independence, nobody eve…

Israel Rejects Sierra Leone Government Model

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has finally bowed to pressure from the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party Yair Lapib, the leader of the Habayit Hayehudi Party Naftali Bennett and the Chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party Avigdor Leiberman and decided to considerably reduce the number of ministers in the new government.

According to sources in Tel Aviv that the Segbwema Blogger is in contact with, the number of cabinet ministers has been reduced to 20 with 8 deputy ministers. Before the election the Israeli government which is usually made up of a coalition of parties, consisted of 31 ministers and 9 deputies. Prime Minster Netanyahu's party Likud gets to have the majority of the ministers in the new coalition, though some Likud members likely to lose their jobs are very angry and have threatened to boycott the swearing ceremony of the new government, the 33rd government since the formation of the State of Israel.

Talks to form a new Israeli government had stalled in recen…

Sierra Leone Political Updates: The Segbwema Pope

I have been too busy these days to blog. That does not mean things are not happening, they are, and they have been very interesting, very very interesting.

In Rome, Pope Benedict decided that he was just too tired these days to effectively conduct his papal duties. He has secretly been thinking about this for some time. Some years ago he made a symbolic visit to the tomb of the last pope that retired about 600 years ago and laid some flowers on the grave. Many people did not think about the significance of the action then, until he announced his extremely unexpected decision, sending us history buffs into a frenzy, scrambling to find precedence.

The last few weeks a lot of questions were asked about the papal succession. Will we get another European pope or will the new pope come from elsewhere, particularly the developing world? The world has witnessed the negative correlation between the decline in Catholicism in the Western nations and the growth in the number of Catholics in the …

Reflections On Sierra Leone

John Benjamin Silences APC Critics For Now

Over the past few days, the Sierra Leone government propaganda machinery has been working overtime trying to make mountains out of mole hills.

 The government  has been recently plagued by an embarrassing credibility gap brought about in recent months by the withdrawal of vital medical assistance to the country by The GAVI Alliance, a subsidiary of the Gates foundation, over the embezzlement of over a million dollars in funds meant for the medical welfare of sick children in the country.

 The country has also been suspended by  the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) a mining watchdog group for a lack of transparency in mining operation in the country. All these negative news following on the heels of an Auditor General's report that could not account for billions of Leones in public expenditure, with public outcry on the expenditure of billions of Leones on a presidential inauguration that was mainly boycotted by the people, even though the day was declared a pu…

John Benjamin Reacts to Detractors

Good afternoon Ladies & gentlemen of the 4th Estate.
Since we met here some time ago a lot of developments have taken place both within our party and without. I am delighted to welcome you all here again as usual so I can give a full report on recent developments share at first hand these recent developments within our great party, the SLPP as far as I am concerned. This is a special press conference which has been convened mainly for two reasons: To respond to certain issues that has been in public domain and subject of discourse for the past several weeks. As a political leader, I have to be responsive and address the concerns of the membership of our party, the SLPP and the public at large. I also want to ensure that the SLPP ideal for transparency and accountability are upheld, giving out information and explaining issues that affect the party. They say he who hides his secret from his son exposes him to his enemy. As Chairman and Leader of the SLPP, I think if anyone should know…