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Sierra Leone: Decaying schools, declining growth!

By Umaru Fofana

Staff morale is at a very low ebb as teachers and pupils compete to see who plays truant more recklessly. There is hardly any effective monitoring of teachers. Classrooms are often ruggedly floored and covered with dusty dinginess. They are overcrowded too, with kids hardly able to write or even breathe properly. The school environment is awful: hardly any water for the kids, or toilets, or napkins.

Why Sierra Leone lost the AfDB presidency

By Umaru Fofana

On the 1 September 2015 Africa’s premier financial institution will have a new man at the helm. 55-year-old Akinwumi Adesina will assume office after his election in May. It is a tall order to succeed Donald Kaberuka whose 10-year leadership has been lauded by all - including world and African leaders.

Abuse of Ebola burial powers in Sierra Leone

By Umaru Fofana 

First of all I owe you an apology for the long hiatus without writing. It has been a very busy few months for me. In the last one month, for example, I have been travelling the length of the world – from Africa to Europe and to Asia. But I have also extensively travelled across Kailahun district where I have been following the trail of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone for NHK TV or Japan TV to be able to determine a few things.

Even Cinderella was better off than Sierra Leone Ebola orphans

By Umaru Fofana

There once lived an unhappy young girl whose mother had died. Her father married a widow who had had two daughters with another man. The stepmom hated her guts. And the story goes on and on and on, with the horror Cinderella had to endure, albeit with a very happy ending. Yes a very happy ending.

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