RIP Lans Fofie; We are coming

By Umaru Fofana

For many years – not least during the country’s civil war in the 1990s – he was the dominant voice of the BBC in Sierra Leone. So much so that when I started working for the World Service I would not only be mistaken for Lansana Fofana but got asked many a time whether he was my brother.

Sierra Leone in a diplomatic snub of Nigeria and Ghana?

By Umaru Fofana

Nigeria is the power engine and big brother in Africa in more ways than one and has pumped more money into Sierra Leone – both as aid and as investment – than any other country has done in the northern hemisphere.

Ghana is the beacon of stability and democracy in the sub-region and one Sierra Leone has a lot to learn from. It is fast becoming – if not already – the poster boy for things on the up in Africa.

Sierra Leone's opposition with no position

By Umaru Fofana

Sierra Leone is in the doldrums, especially politically speaking. And this is ineluctably having a reverberating effect on the overall impact of the country. The country is led by an unnecessarily large government made up of many clueless people appointed not necessarily from among its best or brightest.

In love with Sierra Leone Ebola warriors

By Umaru Fofana

For the third time I visited Mariatu Kargbo this week at her Old Wharf residence at Wellington in the eastern Freetown suburb. She is a female member of one of the Ebola burial teams managed by the Red Cross, working in the Western Area Rural. Their job is straightforward but not simple

Sierra Leone’s Wasted Ballot

By Umaru Fofana

On the edges of Freetown is the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean – gold and white sandy beaches compete and empty themselves into the blue of the sea.

But on the edges of that ocean and beneath the veneer belies the ever-increasing filth that comes gushing from communities perched further up the foot of the mountain overlooking the shores and beyond.

Sierra Leone must skip academic year 2014/15

By Umaru Fofana

On a bed inside the Port Loko Government Hospital he sits. All he now knows is a toy given to him by someone he does not know but assumes is his mother. As he cuddles the teddy bear, it is obvious Ibrahim Sankoh misses a hug he has apparently not had for a while. Both his parents got snatched away by Ebola. So did his siblings. The four-year-old boy got infected by the virus and recovered through the intervention of some Danish health workers at the GOAL-run facility in northern Sierra Leone.