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Americans congratulate Burkinabes

12 Dec

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Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones not just good but…

11 Dec

Contrary to what you might think, Ghana’s planned removal of import taxes on smartphones next year may not hurt local production of mobile phones by RLG, the first and only phone assembly in West Africa with operations in Continue reading

E-commerce becomes a force in African retail market

4 Dec

E-commerce is poised to dominate African retail markets over the next five years, says the Africa CEO of Kaymu.com, one of the more successful online commerce sites in the region. While market watchers may not be quite as optimistic in their forecasts, no one disputes that e-commerce on the continent is starting to take root. Continue reading

Ebola speeds up educators’ embrace of tech in Sierra Leone, Liberia

26 Nov

The deadly Ebola outbreak has sparked some creative thinking among academic institutions and private education initiatives determined to reach out to students who have been hunkering down for months in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Faced with a raging epidemic, the University of Sierra Leone plans to upload lecture notes on its website, send learning material through e-mail and engage students through social media platforms like Whatsapp and Facebook. The 2014/2015 session, which should have begun Oct. 1, was postponed due to the Ebola outbreak. Continue reading

More African organizations still lag in cybersecurity

11 Nov

More than half of the African organizations studied in the survey do not have the sort of information needed to successfully counter cybersecurity issues, said EA, the brand name for the Ernst & Young global professional services group. Sixty-seven percent of the organizations surveyed globally and 63 percent Africa face rising threats in their information security risk environment. Continue reading

Sierra Leone pushes ITU members to back tech against Ebola

7 Nov

Spurred by Sierra Leone, the U.N.’s ITU has teamed up with the GSM Association, the World Health Organization, and the Internet Society, committing resources to a worldwide effort to develop technology tools to help stop the spread of Ebola.
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8 ways to take better photos with any camera

6 Nov

Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for the turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone. Continue reading

Australia: New Measures In The Fight Against Ebola

5 Nov

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia. Continue reading

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

18 Jun

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. Continue reading

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

12 Jun

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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Sierra Leone To Liberalize Int’l Gateway

9 Jun

According to the Minister of Information and Communication, Sierra Leone’s international mobile gateway, which has been monopolized for many years to strengthen the national carrier Sierratel with a regular income stream that would revive its operations, will soon be liberalized.

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Orji Uzor Kalu In Freetown (Sierra Leone)

11 Mar

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. Continue reading

Sierra Leone: Former Health Minister Convicted for Corruption

11 Mar

Sheiku Tejan Koroma, Sierra Leone’s former Minister of Health and Sanitation who was earlier indicted for corrupt practice, was today 11 March convicted by the High Court presided over by Justice Mary M Sey of the following offences:

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BellView in A Financial Mess

14 Oct

A Nigerian businessman in Sierra Leone, whose travel to Lagos has been postponed three times courtesy of Bellview Airlines’ continous change in schedules, decided to sue the airline management to court after a refund for his ticket was said to be impossible. Continue reading

Mobile Money on Splash in Sierra Leone

8 Oct

water-world-splash-cashThe launch of Splash, a text-message-based mobile money service, makes Sierra Leone the latest African country to deploy a mobile payment system. The launch of Splash, a text-message-based mobile money service, makes Sierra Leone the latest African country to deploy a mobile payment system. The service, launched earlier this month in Freetown, will be provided through a partnership among local bank Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) and the two telecom companies that have the widest reach in the country — Zain and Africell, which recently acquired Tigo. Continue reading

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