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Shady-Baby Shadrak Finally on iTunes!

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One of the best contemporary musicians from Sierra Leone, US East Coast based Shady-Baby Shadrak has finally dropped a new Album on iTunes. For the past three years, Shady Baby, with hits such as "Fukabaimbay," "Nor Go Taya," "My Own Style" and many other hits has been shaking dance halls in USA, Europe and Africa.

For a musician whose work was received with such universal acclaim, many have wondered why his music could not be purchased on the global digital music stores iTunes or amazon.com. Well that has now changed as the extraordinarily gifted rising musical star has just launched a brand new album on iTunes and many are already wondering when a compilation of his earlier songs would also be made available.
Shady-Baby Shadrak is a talented songwriter in the West African tradition, with fast lyrics mostly delivered in the Sierra Leone national dialect Krio,accompanied by serious percussion and a fusion of afrobeats and pop. Guaranteed to shake up danc…

Sierra Leoneans Come out Against Term Extension Moves for the Sierra Leone President

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At a Sierra Leone Embassy event held yesterday Sunday May 27th, 2014 to commemorate the country's Independence Anniversary in Silver Spring, Maryland in USA, a cross section of Sierra Leoneans of different political persuasions turned out to protest the moves being made by agents of the ruling All People's Congress (APC) operatives close to the President to seek an extension of his current term using the current constitutional review going on in the country. The current presidential term of office in Sierra Leone is two five year terms.

Sierra Leone, like many African countries that underwent political reform in the lates 80s and 90s decided to impose Presidential term limits to curb the proliferation of dictatorships and bad governance around the continent. Such political reforms became an aid conditionality imposed by international agencies that were fed up with the rampant corruption, diversion of aid and economic mismanagement that characterized a continent saddled by the…

Last Week in Racism

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Being black in America is sometimes real challenge. I know it, because I am a black man who looks real black. No brown, no light skin, black as ebony. Oftentimes you come across some overt or covert racist attitudes or statements, but honestly you just don't let it bother you, you are who you are, the salt of the earth, nothing can change that.

I remember one of my first tastes of these attitudes when I came to America. I had gone to target to look for something and was standing in the aisle behind this middle aged white couple. Suddenly the man saw me and quickly whispered something to his wife. That poor woman jumped sharply away from me like Michael Jordan, tightly clutching her purse. I was just shocked and amazed. I had another incident in which there was this Russian lady who was really friendly with me at work. One day I met her at K-Mart and came to her to just say hello, my African manners. However, I was surprised because her body language was so different and she was so …

Did Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray Just Become a Second Class Citizen?

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Imagine a young Sierra Leonean living abroad, passionate about the problems in his country and believing he has all it takes to jump into his country's politics. He has a vision to make things better. He believes the President is doing a good job and believes that he can also continue in these foot steps and even do better.

Having lived in the West he has notions of a fair and open democratic process. Over the last two years he has slowly built his support base in the diaspora and in Obama fashion, has worked on a massive grass roots campaign in Sierra Leone fueled by social media, word of mouth and strategic and tactical dissemination of information about his vision, his mission, his plans, his goals, and his strategies to attain these goals. 

He is Mohamed Kamaraimba Mansaray and unfortunately, he just got a rude shock and an education in the basic primitivity of his country's politics. Or to be fair, a taste of the growing benevolent dictatorship that is gradually swallowing …

Sierra Leone Political Updates: The Third term Argument and Some Replies

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Word from Sierra Leone is that the Resident Minister Eastern Region William Juana Smith passed away after a period of illness. May his soul rest in Peace. While the poor man was ailing, people had already been jockeying for his position. Many Eastern Region members of the All Peoples Congress (APC) have been eyeing this seat as soon as word got out that Minister Smith was very sick, with Robin Farley's name being at the forefront and if rumors from State House are to be believed, he is a serious contender for the pos. 

Ever the consummate Sierra Leone politician, I won't be surprised if President Koroma gives the Sierra Leone People Party's (SLPP) embattled parliamentary minority leader Dr. Bernadette Lahai the job, as pressure from her SLPP colleagues to relinquish her party leadership position has been driving her into the courts and deeper into the embrace of the welcoming arms of the APC. That will mean a by-election in her constituency and another fight by the APC to g…

Sierra Leone’s First Comprehensive Smartphone App launched

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Houston Texas USA: April 20, 2014: - Songhai Technologies Inc a tech start up company based in Texas USA last week released Sierra Leone’s first comprehensive smartphone app to serve Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

The App unlike other types of country apps that are mostly one dimensional provides a touch and go service and convenience for a myriad of resources and links to everything Sierra Leone and beyond.

The founder of Songhai Technologies and developer of the App Mr. Leslie Koroma of Texas USA, a US Citizen born in Sierra Leone is an 18 veteran of the tech industry starting out with his tenure at the former tech giant COMPAQ Computer Corporation which is now a part of Hewlett Packard Corporation. He is also the founder and CEO of African Sports Media Network, the first African media to deploy a digital online magazine to serve Africans around the world in African Sports Monthly Magazine. He also runs a daily Pan African sports news site called African Sports TV where you ca…

Sierra Leone's New Sensational Artist Ready to Storm San Jose

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A rising African musical star in USA, Stofresh Magona of Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Arizona will launch her brand new single single "Bless me" in San Jose, California on Saturday April 26th in commemoration of Sierra Leone's 53rd Independence anniversary and she is set to take the African musical scene with a loud bang!

The beautiful and talented musician with a voice of pure gold hails from the small West African country of Sierra Leone, a country with a growing musical influence in African circles in USA, with the increased popularity of artists like Emmerson, Shady Baby, Kao Denero, K-Man, LAJ, Heyden Adama, the enduring Steady Bongo, Bobby, to name but a few.

Stofresh's style is a delightful fusion of afro-caribbean beats, hip-hop, dance and new age rhythm smoothly delivered in a soulful and powerful voice that will keep your feet moving all day long.

Born "Isatta Magona," Stofresh was marked out for her musical talent at the tender age of 4 when her out…

Sierra Leone Political Updates: Koroma's Third Term Agenda (The Politics of Bread and Butter)

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Sierra Leone's Minister plenipotentiary to the United Nations, the ailing Reverend Leroy Kabbs Kanu, a college mate of the country's President Ernest Bai Koroma who abandoned Sierra Leone for Liberia as soon as he graduated from college in the 70s and later settled in New Jersey, USA, working as a teacher and an aspiring reverend, wants Sierra Leoneans to overturn the Presidential term limits in the country's constitution to give his friend and benefactor a third term.

According to Reverend Kabs Kanu's simplistic view of Sierra Leone democracy, a country he has not stepped foot in for over 30 years, there is a constitutional review process in place in the country, and since President Koroma has done such a very good job of beautifying the country, the focus of the review should be to remove the two-term limit from the constitution, allowing his friend and international employer Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma another third term and ensuring that while he Kabs Kanu continues to …

Sierra Leone Bags Major Corruption Award Again

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Map: Which country pays the most bribes?9 July 2013 Last updated at 06:00 One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International. The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe - 84% - and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa. See the list below. The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia, they all have a bribery rate of 1%. Population who have paid a bribe

27%world averageTop countries:1. Sierra Leone84%2. Liberia75%3. Yemen74%4. Kenya