The dilemma of a female student in Sierra Leone

By Mabinty Kamara

In this 21st century one of the buzz words has been "gender-empowerment". And the emphasis, unsurprisingly, has been on women for whom a major concern is education.

There is a lot of talk about empowering women, yet not much is actually being done to realize this. For many it gets tougher as they get up on the ladder of educational pursuit. Many factors are at play, and they all boil down to the difficulty in accessing resources.

Sierra Leone students win Mandela Award for anti Ebola campaign

By Kemo Cham

An anti-Ebola campaign by the Sierra Leone Medical Students Association (SLEMSA) has won them a coveted global award.
The Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Award was handed to the organization at the recently concluded International Civil Society Week in the Columbian capital, Bogota.

The Dadaab Camp crisis heightens

By Mohamed Jaward Nyallay 

The Kenyan government has decided to shut down Dadaab refugee camp in the next one year. Dadaab residents have been told to leave the country before May, 2017.

“For reasons of pressing national security that speak to the safety of Kenyans in a context of terrorist and criminal activities, the government of the Republic of Kenya has commenced the exercise of closing Dadaab refugee complex,” a press statement released by the government recently reads.

Gender equality is not biblical: Is it Quranic?

By Ezekiel Nabieu

Advocates of gender parity should explain, for the edification of the general public, God’s rationale in creating two genders of humans instead of one. An account of creation tells us that woman was first created out of man’s rib. This is evidenced amply by the fact that men are physically the stronger and women the weaker sex with few exceptions due to defects. There is hardly a male task that is purely physical that cannot be done by a woman.

Arthur Pratt: A formidable force in the Sierra Leone film industry

By Mustapha Kamara Jnr

(Pastor) Arthur Pratt is the National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Film Council. He is one of the country’s most talented filmmakers, even if he hasn’t been recognized locally.

Pratt is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the privately owned WeOwnTv which makes documentary and provides training for filmmakers.

Pratt is a videographer, film editor, director, screen writer and member of the Africa Film Consortium, a pan African film movement.

2016 Innovation Prize for Africa nominees unveiled

By Kemo Cham

The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has unveiled 10 nominees for its Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) competition.

The nominees who come from a total of five countries presented works that showcases breakthroughs in efforts to tackle public health menaces like malaria, the continent’s food sufficiency drive, and electricity.

IPA, in its fifth year, is an innovation initiative designed to encourage home-grown solutions, with the goal of spurring growth and prosperity on the continent of Africa.

Non-conformity with Assets Declaration in Sierra Leone

By Ezekiel Nabieu 

There is no gainsaying the fact that the declaration of assets/liabilities by public servants is a splendid idea. But the ugly fact is that the vast majority of those who declare seem to have been regarding the forms with the contempt they do not deserve. Culpatisne eos? (Do you blame them?)

The execution of the laws is obviously more important than their promulgation and this is the Achilles Heel of our governments, past and present. We make room for concessions in galore.