Peter Penfold: A Friend’s View on Sierra Leone at 50


Olusegun Ogundeji


Active Service In Sierra Leone

History has it that one of the few foreign nationals that stood by the people of Sierra Leone during their darkest days of rebel incursion was Peter Penfold. His acts were chronicled to be from one of those whose individualistic tendencies to appreciate human feeling radiated across various lives in a terrible situation. Read the rest of this entry

Sierra Leone’s health minister appointed UN Special Rep on Sexual Violence


Olusegun Ogundeji – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed the current Minister of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone, Ms Zainab Bangura, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Read the rest of this entry

RULE 60: A Book On Nigeria, ECOWAS And The Taylor Trial


The war in Liberia has come and gone. Its spill over effect on Sierra Leone has been remedied too. But one issue still lingers today – after almost a decade – linking several countries to these conflicts: the trial of the former Liberian leader, Mr. Charles Taylor. Read the rest of this entry

The Hypocritical State of West Africa’s Unification


Over 200 million people live in West Africa. Majority of the 16 states that comprise the region believe in the notion that there should be integration. But civil unrest and the fight against corruption have been militating against the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the regional body established specifically for the achievement of this objective. Since inception in 1975, ECOWAS has done so much to effect the needed change but this has not translated into the desired assimilation. Read the rest of this entry

90% of world’s population now covered by a mobile network -ITU


The number of fixed telephone lines worldwide continues to drop – but the drop has been massively more than compensated for by the growth in mobile. • There were around 57 million fewer fixed telephone lines at the end of 2009 than there were at the end of 2006. • There were 1.9 billion net additional mobile cellular subscriptions globally between the end of 2006 and 2009. Read the rest of this entry

Re: Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Sings, Dances for Money…??????


In a bid to deflect growing criticisms over reports that she repeatedly wastes and exceeds her allocated travelling expenses (One year allegedly by up to a million dollars excess), the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone yesterday June 17th 2010 told local journalists of how she is now sometimes forced to engage in grovelling in front of rich Arab men in order to have them purchase gifts for her such as air tickets. Read the rest of this entry

How Arik’s Monopoly Turns My 4-Hour Journey Into 5 Days!


For some of us in Freetown Sierra Leone, having two or more airlines plying the route from Nigeria seems to be a mirage. According to my findings, it once happened between ADC  and Slok Air but it was short-lived. Then it was Bellview’s turn to reign. Now that Bellview is out of the picture, it is Arik’s. But if you ask many Nigerians in Sierra Leone of their views today, they will tell you that such a monopoly has never favoured them as the ‘ruling’ airline tends to take whatever chances are available. I had my own bitter experience last week. In fact, I would have conjured another airline to transport me to Sierra Leone if it had been possible. I just prayed for Birgin Nigeria to complete its ‘test transmission’ and ‘zoom’ into operations as soon as possible.

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Orji Uzor Kalu In Freetown (Sierra Leone)


Nigeria’s Orji Uzor Kalu was in Sierra Leone few days ago. If you are thinking about any political-link, then you are wrong. The former Abia State governor was not in town on official but personal visit to the Ernest Koroma-led country. Read the rest of this entry