Africa West Africa World 

Sierra Leone: TED fellow Sengeh gets ministerial post

Musician and TED Senior Fellow, Dr. Moinina David Sengeh has been appointed as head of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE). He is currently the Chief Innovation Officer at the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). The directorate on Friday announced in a statement that Dr. Moinina David Sengeh was appointed to serve as a minister by President Julius Maada Bio. Dr. Sengeh will serve as Chief Innovation Officer and Minister of MBSSE concurrently, the statement added. It said “Dr. Sengeh, as Minister, and Chief…

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Israel shuts embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Israel has shut down it’s embassy operations in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The country said it has suspended diplomatic activities until further notice. The development has been attributed to internal budgetary issues between the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance. This has resulted in strike actions by all Israeli missions abroad. In a statement the Israeli Embassy in Ghana’s capital Accra said this has affected all services including consular services, meetings and events. “Due to the decision of the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach…

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Africa Business West Africa World 

Sierra Leone’s Easy Solar wins global entrepreneurship award

Only one company from Sierra Leone was chosen by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to receive the Schwab Foundation Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Easy Solar, an energy startup in Sierra Leone, was recognized as a leader of global social innovation for 2019 along with 19 others across the world. In just three years since it launched, Easy Solar has hired over 500 and made electricity accessible and affordable for more than 200,000 Sierra Leoneans. Easy Solar was founded in 2016 by Alex Tourre, Nthabi Mosia and Eric…

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Sierra Leone: President’s bodyguards attack Journalists

Sierra Leone’s government has said it will be constituting a committee to investigate the alleged attack on three local journalists. The journalists were “beaten” by presidential bodyguards in an attack at a football match. The Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone said in a statement on Monday that two female TV commentators and another reporter were attacked while covering a World Cup qualifier between Sierra Leone and Liberia on Sunday in the capital Freetown. Frances Barnard and Esther Marie Samura from the state-owned SLBC TV station and freelance journalist Alimmamy Kamara were…

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Sierra Leone launches Africa’s first blockchain online ID platform

Sierra Leone has become the first African country to launch a blockchain national digital identification platform. The country’s President Julius Maada Bio officially launched the system in the capital Freetown on Wednesday. This is the first time an African country is implementing such an online credit system designed by a San Francisco-based tech charity called Kiva. With such a system it becomes easier to identify ordinary citizens seeking loans since accessing their their credit history becomes easier. The platform will enable financial institutions capable of lending to look up citizens’…

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Sierra Leone: Floods kill 7, over 8,000 rendered homeless

Disaster Management Officials in Sierra Leone have confirmed the death of at least seven people due to flooding. Over 8,000 people are also known to have been rendered homeless after torrential rain resulting in massive floods. Some areas of the country especially the capital, Freetown have been completely over run by water with many property washed away by flood waters. Some government agencies have been forced to shut down due to the rain and accompanied flood waters. John Vandy, director of the Disaster Management Office in the National Security Office…

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Sierra Leone: Deaths recorded as heavy rain causes damage

Parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown have been damaged by floods caused by heavy rain. Some areas have been completely over run by water with many property washed away by flood waters. At least five people are reported to have been killed by the floods. Many residents have reported of being trapped in their cars. Even the country’s main port has not been spared. Freight containers at the port have also been washed away by flood waters. But those worst hit are residents in informal settlements in parts of the…

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Africa Movies West Africa World 

SURVIVORS: The Sierra Leonean film nominated for an Emmy

On September 24, 2019 Sierra Leonean filmmakers who produced the documentary Survivors will be hoping to win an Emmy Award. The Survivors was produced to tell the story of resilience and hope in the time of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. On Thursday the film was among several others nominated for The News & Documentary Emmy Awards to take place at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. The two filmmakers who worked on the documentary Barmmy Boy Mansaray, and Arthur Pratt have expressed their excitements…

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“I am not a sex object”: Female entrepreneur speaks out

A female entrepreneur from Sierra Leone, Vickie Remoe has shared her story of how she continues to suffer sexual harassment in the hands of some men. Remoe is one of the leading female voices in Sierra Leone who speaks against cultural practices subjecting women to ridicule in her country. Besides building a vibrant communication business, Remoe also makes it her duty to take on politicians in Sierra Leone for failing to deliver. In a blog post, Remoe said on several occasions, some men she encountered engage in sexism behaviours towards…

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Africa’s War Lord Queen; The Bloodstained Career of Liberia’s Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson

If all you know about Liberian President Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is what you read in the U.S. corporate media, you probably think she is a Nobel Prize-winning reformer. In fact, Sirleaf is a U.S. imperial puppet whose hands are steeped in blood, the “right hand woman“ of deposed warlord Charles Taylor, and a servant of multinational banks. “The lords of war under Charles Taylor now rule much of the Liberian economy and critical government departments.” Eleanor Sirleaf Johnson is the Harvard educated, Nobel Prize winning President of Liberia with a…

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