Africa Featured West Africa World 

Sierra Leone: Dutch doctor dies from Lassa fever

A Dutch doctor has died after contracting Lassa fever during his stay in Sierra Leone. He was flown back to his home country but died in hospital, according to local media reporting. The doctor whose name was not disclosed was reportedly evacuated home this month after being infected in the northern town of Masanga. He showed symptoms of the viral haemorrhagic illness after operating on a pregnant woman. Sierra Leone’s Health Ministry said in a statement that the deceased doctor showed symptoms of Lassa fever after performing a Caesarean section.…

Read More
Africa Technology West Africa World 

Sierra Leone’s tech agency wins $773k grant from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $773,476 grant to Sierra Leone‘s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). It is to assist it to continue the development of an Integrated GIS Portal that will utilize technology, software and devices to collect, label and model data to inform real-time government and development partner decision making. The grant will also seek to strengthen the local ecosystem around human capacity development. This grant for expanding the GIS Portal is in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation to…

Read More
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…

Read More
Africa Ghana Liberia World 

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…

Read More
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…

Read More
Africa Featured West Africa World 

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…

Read More
Africa Business West Africa World 

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’…

Read More
Africa West Africa World 

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…

Read More
Africa Featured West Africa World 

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…

Read More
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…

Read More