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Telecoms companies’ internet ripoff in Sierra Leone

By Umaru Fofana

Such is the way of the world these days that one wonders how we used to live our lives before the advent of the mobile phone - or for the sake of this piece, the internet.

My friend and colleague, Tanu Jalloh returned home over the weekend from an overseas trip and had no access to data. Even though he could put calls through he was restless and had to go scouting for data for his internet modem, especially so because the mobile phone operator had awful internet connectivity as is often the case in Sierra Leone.

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.

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