Tag Archives: Freetown

If only Maxwell Khobe could live, again

12 Apr

I’m sure you’ll agree with me that being brave in a chosen career is way better than serving as an elected public office holder who courts attention, be it unconsciously, and unmerited accolades for achieving a tiny fraction of the set goals needed by a constituency. Continue reading

US issues Sierra Leone travel warning

5 Feb

After review of health conditions and limited availability of medical evacuation options, the U.S. Department of State, on August 14, 2014, ordered the departure of eligible family members residing with Embassy staff in Freetown, and issued a Travel Warning advising U.S. citizens against non-essential travel to Sierra Leone. The Embassy recommended this action out of an abundance of caution following the determination that there was a lack of options for urgent health care services at major medical facilities due to the Ebola outbreak. On February 4, 2015, the U.S. Department of State modified the status for accompanying family members to allow only adult eligible family members to accompany the principal employee to Embassy Freetown. Continue reading

(Archive) Getting to chat with a sitting West African Vice President

18 Jan

Here is a modified version of a chat I had with Sierra Leone’s former Vice President, Solomon Ekuma Berewa (now a respectful elder statesman) around this time in 2007. As the sitting VP and his party’s flagbearer for a coming election some months later in the year, the words he shared on the fateful morning are still living with me. I believe they’ll still be even after he might have departed to the great beyond. Most importantly, I learnt a key lesson about politics in West Africa which has stayed with me ever since. Continue reading

West Africa: Ebola now, integration later (1)

3 Nov

A friend posted on Facebook several days ago that now is not the best time to travel to the US with a Sierra Leonean passport. My comment came quickly, I wouldn’t agree less. But I think he’d gone a bit far. Why not think closer to home? Let me share an emotional but interesting story with you, as I experienced a 3-hour journey turned into a 12-day trip across six countries. Thanks to the Ebola disease outbreak. Continue reading

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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