World Press Freedom Day 2016 speech

By Kelvin Lewis, President SLAJ

My fellow colleagues, it is that time of the year again when we come together to reflect on the dangers and opportunities in practicing our noble profession.

25 years ago today 3 May 1991, African journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia and developed a landmark declaration on an Independent and Pluralistic African Press.

The Obama initiative and powering the rural poor


By Franklyn Kanyako, PhD

Africa is currently home to the youngest population in the world and this is projected to double by 2045, according to experts. Poverty is still a problem, but not the poverty you are thinking of - I am referring to energy poverty.

"Invest Sierra Leone" returns

Invest Sierra Leone, the only annual forum dedicated to encouraging investment into the country, returns on 5 May 2016, according to a statement from the communications person, Memuna Forna.

Endorsed by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), the forum is a not-for-profit collaboration between Freetown Insight magazine - Sierra Leone’s only business and investment journal - and leading global law firm - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Bad road causes misery for Red Pump residents

By Usman Kamara 

The deplorable condition of the Red Pump Road which is bumpy, stony, dusty and full of gaping pot holes continues to be the source of misery for its residents. They are incessantly charged high transport fares by the few motorists who ply the route that is avoided by most of the commercial transport vehicles as it is viewed to be of high risk to the cars and motor bikes.

Motorists especially bike riders often charge exorbitantly as an indemnity for any damage the road may cause to their vehicles.

Equatorial Guinea, 36 years and counting

By Mohamed Jaward Nyallay 

Africa’s longest-serving leader, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, 73, has won a new term in office. He was declared winner of last week’s presidential election after securing his usual 90% and above in the polls. Nguema got 93% of the total vote cast and his party won 153 seats in Parliament out of the available 155.

Nguema has won the last two elections by 95% and 97% respectively, in the process raising some huge questions about the credibility of the election.

Speech: Revamping Fourah Bay College with alumni support

Fourah Bay College has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. They range from the college authorities suspending lectures because students had failed to register and protested that they should not be sent out of class, to lecturers going on a sit-down strike over unresolved negotiated pay and conditions. There has been much talk that the college alumni have an important role to play to turn things around.