Sierra Leone’s Independent Press: The country's pacesetters

By Aroun Rashid Deen in New York City

Elections at their highest level in Sierra Leone are just months away. In March 2018, voters will go to the poll to elect officials of government, from the local councils to the presidency.

The period brings with it an inevitable sense of unease and curiosity particularly for members of the independent press in the country. Some journalists now quietly ponder the challenges ahead of them and how to confront them without compromising professional ethics.

How illegal fishing is putting locals out of business in Sierra Leone

By Alpha Kamara

The Rogbaneh Road cold room in Makeni – a once buzzing market in the heart of Sierra Leone – stands empty. Very little fish is available on the stalls. For the fish mongers who rely on the trade, there’s little to do but stand idly by and wait and reminisce. It’s clear that their customers have gone elsewhere.

Their chairlady, 48-year-old Kadie Koroma thinks illegal and foreign fishing is killing their age-old trade.

Liberian ‘meningitis outbreak’ puts Sierra Leone on alert

By Kemo Cham

Last week Liberian authorities identified Meningitis as one of the suspect cases in an ongoing outbreak of a 'mysterious' illness.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Liberia said reports from test samples pointed to the tropical disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) appears to be unsure of that explanation.

Sierra Leone: A reservoir of untapped innovative talent

By Kemo Cham

Kelvin Doe made history in 2015 when he became the second Sierra Leonean to be named in Forbe’s prestigious 30 Under 30, a list of the world’s most influential young game changers.

That’s just one of several accolades the boy from Dwazark, a deprived suburb in the west end of Freetown, has enjoyed since his dramatic rise to global fame.