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Give President Koroma the credit due his performance

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Published on July 31, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   2 Comments

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Written by Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

One thing I dislike about Sierra Leoneans is their propensity for quickly forgetting the goodness and exemplary performance of their own kith and kin. We always thrive on negativity, bad mouthing praiseworthy people and creating the wrong impressions about them, especially when we dislike them  . One person who is a victim of this retrogressive attitude and is not receiving fair treatment from the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ), in general , especially its Chairman, John Oponjo Benjamin, is President Ernest Bai Koroma.

In the face of all the overwhelming odds facing him as President of a nation emerging from war and one where old corruption mafias set up before he came to power are  very formidable and still flourishing  despite the President’s best efforts to crush them , and people do not really want to concentrate on working very hard to help rebuild the country, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma is doing a fantastic job. You have to be inside to know that governance is not an easy task in countries like Sierra Leone, which has been battered by war, bad governments, chronic corruption,  lethargy, laziness, unpatriotism and also encumbered by wrong perceptions of politics ,  government, acountability and transparency  .  Governing a country like Sierra Leone is more difficult than governing more advanced democracies like Britain or the U.S. where people  are more educated about and  fullly au fait with their responsibilities as  citizens and patriots and where the generality of citizens are making great efforts to  understand the problems in the light of the global economic slump, obey the law and the conventions and mores that hold together the society.

John Benjamin has been there before and should know that governance in a country like Sierra Leone is not a piece of cake. I therefore find some of John Benjamin’s statements against President Koroma baffling , irresponsible, reckless, unstatesman-like, divisive and   unappreciative of the good things being done by the President to reconstruct Sierra Leone and launch her on the paths of progress and the improvement of the welfare of the people. Also Benjamin’s statements are designed to bring chaos to the country . I know that we live in a democracy and the opposition has the right to take the government to task over its policies and performance. However, criticism of the government should be based on the fact . If John Benjamin’s desire is to see Sierra Leone move forward, and not to sow chaos and confuse the minds of the people, his criticisms of President Koroma should be tempered by truth and acknowledgement of the marvellous performance of the President in other areas of governance. He should know that,  given our parlous economic circumstances, the minds of our people are open to any influence, even divisive and knave ones.

When John Benjamin talks of impeaching President Koroma, does he really mean what he is saying ? Does President Koroma, with his  magnificent  performance in power which has won him accolades from the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, diplomats of the UN, African Union, Commonwealth, stakeholders and donor agencies  and from citizens, look like a President that deserves being impeached ? You can hate your enemy all you want, but efforts should not be made to be banal ,  unrealistic and untruthful in discussing his perceived weaknesses. At times, we can generate sympathy for our enemies by the untruthful and unrealistic things we say about them.

If you impeach a good President like Ernest Koroma, what do you do with the bad boys of Sierra Leone politics like John Benjamin himself , who have left a  shameful trail of misgovernance , corruption , deceit, violence and pain in the lives of the Sierra Leonean people ?  Benjamin should stop abusing the luck he is enjoying not being under investigation or behind bars presently for all the havoc he has wreaked on this country. He was part of a military junta that committed gruesome atrocities , including the unnecessary bludgeoning with bayonets and decapitation of   29 Sierra Leoneans  falsely accused of planning a coup .The victims were never tried and if John Benjamin does not know that what he and his cohorts committed was murder , it is time people started telling him that . Secondly, John Benjamin was the Finance Minister in a government that a transitional committee audit  found to have embezzled millions of dollars of donor funds . Many people listening to Benjamin plotting to overthrow President Koroma are wont to say that the President gave him the impetus because if Dr. Koroma  had put the likes of Benjamin on trial and made them account for the millions of dollars they stole while in power, he would not have had the temerity to be making  such outrageous claims designed to sow confusion and chaos in the minds of our vulnerable people. However, President Koroma is a true democrat  and nation-builder who decided to concentrate on uniting the country and moving it forward socio-economically and politically than putting former SLPP  operatives on trial for corruption, abuse of office and squandering of donor funds.

A President who in only three years of governance has been able to do the things that the SLPP  failed to accomplish in 11 years –like bringing electricity and water supply back; reconstructing infrastructure and building new, modern highways ; providing free medical insurance for lactating mothers, pregnant women and children;  improving  Sierra Leone’s standing with international donor agencies and stakeholders and paving the way for assistance to the country ; opening up the country to investment, trade and tourism; etc.etc. –certainly deserves respect and national and international acclaim and acceptance, and not impeachment. Let us face the truth . Even President Tejan Kabbah, for all the mistakes of his government, did not deserve impeachment.   If this is so, how much more a progressive and productive President like Dr.Koroma who in fact deserves a second term   ?

Let us be realistic with our national problems.  President Koroma has done nothing to deserve impeachment. If John Benjamin is so greedy for power, let him wait for the 2012 elections and test his popularity with the people . He is not qualified to contest as the SLPP Presidential candidate but he can manipulate the SLPP  constitution if he wants or if his party allows him and test his mettle against President Koroma in 2012. That will be better than vainly trying to overthrow a government that is presently doing its best to improve the lives of the people.

Charles Margai : The Most Misunderstood Patriot Of Our Times

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

By Raymond Bamidele Thompson
There is widespread misconception about the man Charles Francis Margai, commonly called C.F, Charlie Boy, Charles, the Bulldozer by his supporters, very rarely, Mr. Margai.  All to which he responds with a smile. Yet, there are those who would swear that he is arrogant, opinionated, impatient, boastful, power hungry and the most ridiculous of all these characterizations, that he is a dictator. As food for thought, how could any lawyer practicing in the Courts in Sierra Leone, not just performing chambers work, for almost 40 years, be tainted with any of the above negative characterizations?
Those who are lawyers or even laymen who have experienced firsthand and know how justice is dispensed in the courts in Sierra Leone, would fully understand what this means. To get an insight into the man, Charles Margai, please talk to the Masters and Registrars of the Courts, past and present, the Chief Justices and Justices of the Supreme Court, past and present, Judges of the High Court and Appellate Court, past and present, Magistrates, past and present, Justices of the Peace, past and present, the Clerks of the Courts, past and present, the Courts’ support staff, his fellow colleague lawyers, with whom he has associated or with whom he has locked horns and clients he has represented over the almost  40 years in the practice of law. For Charles Margai to have been practicing law in Sierra Leone all these years, these people that have been outlined should be a very potent reservoir for an objective opinion on the character and disposition of Charles Margai.
This article is intended to debunk all of the myths and deliberate misinformation about Charles Francis Margai, and those who are fair minded and objective would walk away with a determination to get to know the man better and would stop jumping on the band wagon of those peddling untruths and false accusations about the man, Charles Francis Margai. Among this group who engage in premeditated scurrilous attacks on the MAN are some ill motivated print journalists, who have come to realize that the name Charles Margai sells their newspapers and as such disingenuously engage in yellow journalism, continuously castigating and printing negatives about Charles Margai. A case in point is the Exclusive, which unashamedly in screaming bold headlines in its Monday, June 7th 2010 edition, knowing full well that it was misleading the public stated “ CHARLES  MARGAI GIVEN 14 DAYS ULTIMATUM”.
An enquiring mind, on buying the rag, parading as a newspaper which believes that it can succeed to make the People’s Movement For Democratic Change (PMDC) an irrelevant political party and to dampen the patriotism, spirit, and enthusiasm of Charles Margai  who is destined to  bring sanity to this our beloved country, discovered that the Editor employing his limited vocabulary of the law was describing the “ultimatum” given to Charles Margai as the act which had to be taken  by the Defendants, People’s Movement For Democratic Change and its National Secretary General in filing a response, to a lawsuit filed by the Party’s suspended National Chairman. Where on earth does the name Charles Margai appear as a defendant in the lawsuit?
This apology of a newspaper even in its June 21, 2010 edition continues to mislead the public by indicating that Mohamed Bangura and Charles Margai are litigants in the controversy. Just a little lesson in Civil Procedure 101 to the Exclusive Rag, the matter is between Mohamed Bangura as Plaintiff, that is the person bringing the action, and PMDC and its National Secretary General, William Tucker, as Defendants, that is the parties who have to defend against the claims in Bangura’s lawsuit. The Exclusive Rag if not ill-motivated, would have done itself a world of good by talking to any lawyer or law graduate at the Sierra Leone Law School to explain this simple procedure to its Editor. The Exclusive Rag’s ill-motivation towards PMDC could be traced as far back as the August 31, 2006 Edition headlined “PMDC MAY COLLAPSE”. Such negative headlines are thus a staple of the Exclusive Rag in matters concerning the PMDC. Their writings are thus considered as a joke and at worst yellow journalism by the Party and not in the realm of constructive criticism or news.
By the way, the initial Bangura lawsuit was thrown out of court on June 24, 2010 and the Exclusive Rag could not even have enough understanding of the legal procedure to accurately report as to the disposition of the matter. In a very inconspicuous corner of its front page, it indicated “PMDC Matter Thrown Out Of Court.” There again instead of giving the reading public an accurate reportage, which should have been “Mohamed Bangura, Suspended Chairman of The PMDC Thrown Out Of Court.”, it decided to soften the blow on Mohamed Bangura. This writer could bet that had it been the other way round, the screaming headline would have read something like this, “Charles Margai Taught A Lesson By Mohamed Bangura, Court Denies Margai’s Motion. “ Bangura in his penchant for lawsuits has refilled the same claim.
Is this not disingenuousness in its crassest form? The proprietor and editor of the rag called Exclusive, in order to make a few Leones, and perhaps to give potential advertisers the impression that it is a paper with wide circulation, uses the name of Charles Margai as a ruse and a ploy to mislead, confuse and confound the public. What the unschooled and misguided editorial staff in journalism, at Exclusive, do not understand and know is that the name PMDC, in the caption about “ultimatum “, would  have attracted as much attention as the name of Charles Margai, and the Exclusive would not have been misleading the reading public. They should know this had they not been dim witted with bird brains , as the very next day on June 8, 2010, the screaming headline was “PMDC IS DEAD – says political analyst”. The Exclusive has discovered that the names PMDC and Charles Margai in its headlines are money meters for its infantile publication. In the warped minds of its staff within the Exclusive organization, they believe that PMDC could be destroyed by their puerile, untruthful, distorted, uneducated, poor grammatical writings. Let it be made clear to all and sundry that news of the PMDC’s demise is greatly exaggerated. This is a third force that is here to stay and that is growing on a daily basis.
It is such bold faced lies, propagated in rags such as the Exclusive, clearly calculated to give the public a distorted image of Charles Margai that have over the years created an unfair misconception about the MAN amongst some people who when quizzed as to how they have arrived at a tainted conclusion, cannot give a reasoned answer for an illogical conclusion.  These people get their twisted views from those journalists about to make a quick Leone, and unfortunately without proper analysis, the gullible public also go about peddling the most distorted rumors about Charles Margai. The better approach would be to keep an open mind until they have had an opportunity to meet the man up close and personal or take time out to study his track record in his professional, political, religious, social and private life. Charles Margai is not a hermit, he is all over the place, in court, in church, in private clubs, where he is a member, at the various beaches, at PMDC meetings, etc. etc. as such it does not take too much to get to know him or to discover factual details about him.  Let the detractors remember the famous quotation from Bob Marley’s song “who Jah Bless No Man Can Curse.”
INSIGHT INTO CHARLES MARGAI’S PATRIOTISM, PROFESSIONALISM, PATIENCE AND LOVE FOR SIERRA LEONE
After finishing his secondary schooling at the only secondary school in Sierra Leone called a college, Christ The King College, Charles Margai proceeded to Ireland to pursue the study of law. On returning home to Sierra Leone from Ireland as a qualified lawyer, Charles Francis Margai came into prominence as a lawyer in 1971, beginning at the Law Officers Department in Freetown as State Counsel. After leaving the Law Officers’ Department, he then started his private practice in Bo in 1973, associating with lawyers such as Edmond Cowan, the current Ombudsman and former Speaker of Parliament and J.B. Dauda, former Minister of Finance and Former Vice- President   He stayed in Bo until he was forced to leave in December 1994 as a result of the activities of the rebels of the Revolutionary United Front.
He then put the pieces together and opened up his law practice in Freetown, where he currently is Senior Counsel in the Banta Chambers of C.F. Margai & Associates   He is very dedicated and committed to the pursuit of justice, and does not allow anything to stand in his way when he is involved in the representation of a client. In other words, he does everything within the law to obtain justice for his clients, both national and foreign. Charles Margai represented Alieu Kondowa, one of the Civil Defense Forces (CDF) Defendants in the Special Court of Sierra Leone, both at the Trial and Appellate Chambers and distinguished himself extremely well as a professional lawyer. Again, this could be discovered through research of the records of the Special Court and by talking to Judges of the Trial and Appellate Chambers, both national and international prosecution and defense lawyers, administrative staff and all others who associated with Charles Margai during his days at the Special Court as defense counsel.
Charles Francis Margai is also one of the Presidents Emeriti (Past Presidents) of the Sierra Leone Bar Association. In fact, in 2005 the year in which he was nominated for the position of President by Past Master and Registrar of the Sierra Leone Courts and current Acting Chairman of the Political Parties Registration Commission, Charles Margai was considered so well suited for the position that he was declared unopposed for the presidency of the Bar, a position in which he served with honour and distinction. Do not take my word for it, talk to those who were actively participating in the Sierra Leone Bar at that time.
The reason emphasis is being placed on Charles Margai’s professional association is that from one’s occupational operation, especially spanning a lengthy period of almost forty years, a fairly good assessment could be reached concerning the subject’s temperament, demeanor, character, ability to get along with others, both superiors and subordinates, and whether accommodating of others viewpoints, etc.etc.  It is then that a determination could be made as to whether he is impatient, arrogant, opinionated and dictatorial.
Charles Margai is also a devoutly religious family man and goes to mass every Sunday, even when on the campaign trail and has paid visits to mosques all over the country to share the teachings of the Holy Koran with his Muslim brothers and sisters. He is married and has two daughters in London, both having completed their Masters Degree in Law (LLM).
There again, there are opportunities for those who are well meaning and genuinely want to know about the MAN, Charles Margai, to spend some time finding about the MAN. He is thus an open book, whose achievements could be easily accessed, and whose persona both public and private should not be subject to distortions. Only the misguided, unschooled , mean spirited and the writer dare says even unpatriotic would continuously be spewing out untruths and distortions of a patriot who is as democratic and committed to defending the honour and good name of Sierra Leone , as much as any other patriotic Sierra Leonean.
The reader should not take my word for it rather some effort should be made to verify these statements, from those for whom he has provided competent legal representation around the country. The writer has been fortunate to be present when platitudes have been heaped on Charles Margai during our tour of the country, as to how he saved this person and that other person from injustice, either from going to jail unjustly or from losing a civil matter, involving acres and acres of land and valuable homes. Just recently as last week a former APC devotee, whose visit was connected with his crossing over to the PMDC was at Banta Chambers recounting how Charles Margai had taken up the cause of one of his friends involved in a property dispute several years ago and that one thing that had  impressed him, about Charles Margai, at that time, was his statement about getting rid of tribalism.
Indeed did not Charles Margai and the PMDC in 2007 demonstrate this desire to rid Sierra Leone of tribalism by throwing its weight behind Ernest Bai Koroma and the APC during the presidential run-off elections? Sadly this urge to get rid of the scourge of tribalism has not been realized through no fault of Charles Margai and the PMDC. History would judge where the blame lies.
 Is this the mark of an impatient, arrogant, insensitive, uncaring dictator?  This writer has been in our courst on several occasions when only a disciplined, patient and professional lawyer would accept certain miscarriages of justice without throwing a tantrum. Charles Margai accepts such miscarriages with utmost humility and decorum and takes the erroneous decision to a higher court for review, normally with these words “as your lordship pleases.” He could never be accused of ineffective assistance of counsel while undertaking a client’s representation, no matter the status of the client in society.
Currently, he is handling several cases, some from chiefdoms in the North, in which the Local Government Ministry is alleged to have interfered with the rights of people from ruling houses to contest chieftaincy elections.  He is among the most patient, deliberate and persevering lawyers of our times, and is capable of practicing law anywhere in the world at the highest level of the legal profession, in a way that would make any Sierra Leonean proud. The reader should check out the court records in Dapawani & Eleven Others versus The Inspector General of Police and Satria Dwipayana & 14 Others versus The Inspector General of Police, all twenty six defendants in both cases represented by Charles Margai. The cases were decided by the Sierra Leone Court of Appeals, and judgment delivered by Justice Eku Roberts, on July 1, 2010 and July 8, 2010 respectively. Both cases are clear examples of patience, perseverance, deliberateness and how a skillful and experienced lawyer behaves in the representation of his clients. This writer having had an opportunity to practice and to observe the practice of law in several jurisdictions in the United States and to observe it being practiced in England and Sierra Leone, writes this commendation about Charles Margai’s legal acumen, unequivocally and  unreservedly.
In the lawsuit mentioned above, between Mohamed Bangura and PMDC and the National Secretary General as Defendants, a matter concerning Bamgura’s suspension, those who were in Court saw the magnanimity and grace of  Charles Margai when he appeared before Justice Browne-Marke and  did not ask for court costs for his clients after Bangura’s case was thrown out for procedural flaws.
While engaged in the practice of law, unlike other people who sit on the fence and fiddle while Sierra Leone is burning, he became involved in active politics throwing all his weight, including time, knowledge and finances behind the Sierra Leone People’s Party, even when it was not fashionable to do so. That is during the days of the evil empire under Siaka Stevens and the All Peoples Congress (APC).  President Stevens saw Charles Margai as a threat and even when he won a parliamentary seat in Moyamba South in 1977, Stevens ordered him arrested and locked up at Pademba Road for a year without any charges and without any bath. Stevens was afraid that with Charles Margai in Parliament, he would be unable to pass the bill into law for Sierra Leone to become a one party state. With the machination of Stevens and his cabal, such as S.I. Koroma , C.A. Kamara-Taylor and others of that ilk, a motion was passed declaring Charles Margai’s seat vacant for not appearing in Parliament for 30 consecutive seating days, even though the evil cabal knew very well that they had him locked up at Pademba Road.
Charles Margai served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Local Government under the Presidency of President Ahmad Tejan-Kabbah and in those days when corruption with impunity was rife among Ministers of Government, there has not been even a rumor, much more a fact even from his detractors, that Charles Margai was corrupt. The police, prisons and fire force were all under his administration, in addition to all the local governments in the entire country. When he saw that the policies of the Tejan- Kabbah Government were not in consonance with his ideology, he tendered his resignation and went back into the private practice of law.
The irony of his days in the SLPP, is that with all the sacrifices, both financial and more so blood sweat and tears, the party turned out to be full of ingrates. In 2002 when Charles Margai was refused the right to contest against Tejan Kabba for the leadership of the
SLPP and as such denied the opportunity to be the flag bearer of the SLPP in the 2002 presidential election.
Charles Margai took the matter to court and the Late Judge Rashid was the trial judge. Charles Margai was asked to produce his SLPP Party card during the trial, when he could not, as a result of the devastation suffered at the hands of the rebels, his home in Bo having been burnt to ashes, the Judge ruled that Margai was not a member of the SLPP, even though he had been paying his membership dues and making other enormous financial contributions religiously to the Party. This is the MAN who detractors say should have been patient and should have stayed in the SLPP, when one more blow was inflicted against him at the SLPP convention in Makeni in 2005. Tejan Kabba, who constitutionally was incapable of seeking another term as President, openly and notoriously supported Solomon Berewa at the Convention and rigged the leadership contest by intimidating the delegates to vote for Berewa. When Charles Margai took this to be the last stray, he quit the SLPP and together with other progressive like minds, such as the writer, formed the PMDC. On leaving the SLPP some disingenuous people accuse him of being impatient, arrogant and overambitious. How much more should a man take? History would judge.
Of utmost significance is that the MAN, Charles Francis Margai has never associated or collaborated with any undemocratic regime in Sierra Leone or anywhere in the world. No one could lift a finger and associate him with the NPRC, nor with the AFRC. In fact his self imposed exile in Guinea was occasioned by the persistent attempt by the AFRC to woo him to serve as their Attorney General. To avoid any association with that regime, he escaped with his family to Conakry, Guinea.  His record on human rights is thus impeccable and he is among the topmost crusaders for democracy in Sierra Leone. He does not have a vengeful bone in his body and whereas you have people in positions of authority always out to get a pound of flesh and make revenge and an unforgiving spirit their password and mantra, Charles Margai as the record clearly indicates has always demonstrated a forgiving, tolerant and reconciliatory policy. A renowned independent lawyer, who is familiar with the professional career of Charles Margai, has confirmed his human rights record. This has trickled down to his supporters and members in the People’s Movement For Democratic Change and is manifested in the Party’s penchant for political tolerance and eschewing of violence in its operations.
When Solomon Berewa, as Vice President brought trumped up charges against Charles Margai and some of his supporters in 2005, because as alleged by Berewa, the supporters of Margai failed to allow the Vice-President’s convoy to pass when the supporters of Margai were  jubilating in Bo, after leaving a prize giving ceremony at Christ the King College, the secondary school both Margai and Berewa attended. They had been invited for the celebration of the annual prize giving ceremony.  Berewa got Margai arrested for such triviality and taken all the way to Bo from Freetown to face charges. The matter was later transferred to Freetown and Margai faced charges before Magistrate Shyllon, and this matter dragged on and was still pending during the Presidential election in 2007. After the elections Margai in his forgiving spirit visited Berewa and pleaded that all the leading political parties, APC, SLPP and PMDC should work for the development of Sierra Leone and should let bygones be bygones. Such is the nature of the MAN.  He did not seek revenge for the humiliation heaped upon him by Berewa in bringing such innocuous and unnecessary charges against him and his supporters. The writer wonders what Berewa would have done had the shoe been on the other foot and had Berewa won the election and become President.
Additionally, apart from other injustices meted against him by the APC under Stevens, after Sir Albert had been jailed and exiled by Stevens when Sir Albert Margai died in Silver Spring in the State of Maryland in the United States, Stevens backed by the APC refused for Sir Albert’s body to be brought into Freetown on arrival from the United States. Stevens ordered that the remains of Sir Albert should be taken directly to Gbangbatoke.  Has any person heard Charles Margai whining and swearing brimstone and fire for this ignominy against his father by the APC?
Yet this is the same Charles Margai who after consultation with the PMDC, the party of which he was the leader in 2007, and still is the leader, decided to support the same APC , which had wrought all the ills mentioned above, against him and his father. This demonstrates maturity and readiness to forgive, taking a decision in the best interest of Sierra Leone. Non Sibi Sed Alis. Not For Self But For Others. This was patriotism at its highest and purest form. He could easily have taken a back seat and advise his followers and supporters to vote for whoever they wanted to, during the run-off in 2007, for the presidency. Guess who would now be the President, Solomon Berewa, of course.
He comes from a politically connected family, the founding fathers of the SLPP. Sir Milton Margai, the first Prime Minister of Sierra Leone was his uncle and his father as indicated above was, Sir Albert Margai, the second Prime Minister of Sierra Leone. This rich heritage has never been used by Charles Margai to gain an advantage over us, less common folks. You would never hear a boastful word from him concerning his lineage. Worth mentioning is his refusal to accept any cabinet position in Ernest Koroma’s Government, yet he is being accused of being over ambitious.
How many of us could be so forgiving and so modest? It is hoped that those who have not been fortunate to associate with Charles Francis Margai and those who have been unfortunate to be misled and fed a bunch of hogwash by misguided, selfish, greedy individuals, would now do an objective assessment of the MAN, Charles Francis Margai and form their own opinion, after taking time out to contact the sources to which the writer has made reference.
An individual cannot be castigated, maligned and his profile distorted because he is educated, approaches life with deliberateness, demonstrates an air of certainty on issues of professional and national importance, cares for the down trodden, has displayed patriotism throughout his life, a crusader for human rights and eschews tribalism.
Raymond Bamidele Thompson, Sr.
Voice of The Voiceless
Former Presidential Candidate 2002

Meet Mrs. Timbo -Nwokedi : Goodwill Ambassador and Philanthropist

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Published on July 27, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   1 Comment

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May God Bless Isatu Neneh Timbo-Nwokedi  : Isatu Neneh Timbo-Nwokedi, who lives in California, is the embodiment of the American Dream. An African-American, she was born in Sierra Leone in a small village called Rokulan in the Bombali District, Northern Province of Sierra Leone.

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PROFILE : GOODWILL AMBASSADOR AND PHILANTHROPIST MRS. TIMBO- NWOKEDI

Isatu Neneh Timbo-Nwokedi, who lives in California, is the embodiment of the American Dream. An African-American, she was born in Sierra Leone in a small village called Rokulan in the Bombali District, Northern Province of Sierra Leone.

She knew the rough life of a village girl growing up in an impoverished country like Sierra Leone. She overcame all the odds life threw her way and relentlessly worked hard and finished her high school education in Freetown, the captal.

Still thirsty for more education, she migrated to the United States where she pursued further education in the field of nursing, and became a Registered Nurse (RN).

Thereafter, she became more and more interested in the health care industry. The rest is history – but a history that has until now been known only superficially.

Yes, Mrs. Isatu Timbo Nwokedi(photo) is a globally successful business woman, CEO and President of three medical companies. She is an entrepreneur, married with two children and an excellent housewife. She is a loving mother and caring wife.

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI BEING GIVEN PRESTIGIOUS  NOSLINA AWARD

During the past two years, she has decided to devote her extraordinary human and professional qualities and skills towards helping her people back home in Sierra Leone. Having lived in Sierra Leone most of her life, she has an exceptional understanding of the practicalities of life of the people of Sierra Leone.

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI AND HER MOTHER MARIE SALIM  POSE WITH A FAMILY MEMBER AFTER SHE RECEIVED THE NOSLINA AWARD

Her resolute and unflinching determination to improve the life of her people in the areas of basic healthcare services, education, and women empowerment is evident by the number of donations she has made in the last three years. She has donated food, clothing, school books, and supplies worth thousands of dollars to schools at Rokulan, Royanka, and other villages.

MRS. TIMBO -NWOKEDI ( RIGHT )  POSES WITH HER BROTHER ABDULAI TIMBO AND MOTHER MARIE SALIM

This year, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi has also sent a 40 foot container filled with medical supplies, hospital equipment, school supplies and books to Sierra Leone which will be distributed to schools and hospitals around the country.

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI ( THIRD FROM RIGHT ) POSES WITH FIRST LADY SIA NYAMA KOROMA AND MEMBERS OF DICK WARREN’S  TEAM DURING THEIR VISIT TO SIERRA LEONE

As a wonderful patriot and philanthropist, Isatu firmly believes in the words of the late J. F. Kennedy who once said: “Do not ask what your country will do for you, but what you will do for your country.” She encourages every Sierra Leonean in the diaspora to give something back, no matter how little or small, to the people of Sierra Leone.

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI AND THE DICK WARREN TEAM AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM

Her ultimate goal in life, she told me, is to carry out actions that would make a positive difference in people’s lives. Her mission is to see that every citizen of Sierra Leone has the right and privilege of basic healthcare services and education while empowering the women of Sierra Leone for a better life and economic growth. May God bless Isatu Neneh Timbo-Nwokedi.

 WHAT MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI IS DOING IN SIERRA LEONE

COTTON TREE NEWSPAPER REPORT

The First Lady’s Charities, Women in Safer Health, have received a major boost. The support includes equipment to complement government’s efforts to tackle the high maternal mortality in Sierra Leone. Mrs. Isatu Timbo-Nwokedi Chief Executive Officer of Giddas Home Health Services based in California USA told journalists at the Presidential Lodge Hill Station that the medical equipment would help to contribute to the development of Sierra Leone and reduce its high maternal mortality. Part of the equipment includes, adjustable hospital beds, foetal monitors for assessing the health of unborn babies, glucometers to test blood sugar levels of diabetic patients and wound care supplies. On a visit to the Princess Christian Hospital Mrs. Nwokedi said she was on an assessment tour to have first hand information about the condition of the hospital. Sis Rosaline Momoh, Matron at the Princess Christian Hospital said the present status of PCM hospital was deplorable. She said ‘Domi two’ had been closed due to lack of logistics. She said the hospital lacks delivery sets and other vital equipment for its day to day running.She appealed to Mrs. Nwokdi to help the hospital with sterilizers, emergency drugs and incubators which the hospital lacks. Titus Boye Thomson Head of Operation at the Office of the First Lady said the office will through the ministry of health distribute the medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics all over the country.

Abdul B. Kamara (Chief)

UPDATED: Monday, April 27, 2009 06:50 PM
The Sierra Leone Good will Ambassador Mrs. Isha Timbo-Nwokedi was on Saturday awarded the community leadership Award by the National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA) .This memorable event which took place at the Holiday Inn hotel in College park, Maryland was the talk of the town within the Sierra Leonean community along the corridor of the nation’s capital Washington DC.
According to NOSLINA, “The leadership award is one of the highest given by NOSLINA to outstanding Sierra Leoneans or Sierra Leoneans organizations that have made profound contribution that has augmented the name of Sierra Leone and the welfare of its people”
This prestigious award was given yesterday to Our Good Will Ambassador Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi for her humanitarian and benevolent enterprises to the people of Sierra Leone. She is notably known for blessing hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, the poor and underprivileged and the least goes on
In presenting the award on behalf of NOSLINA, Lawyer Sadu Bah said “This award is a confirmation of your unique and exemplary contributions, particularly in health care and community building.
In her acceptance Speech, Mr. Timbo-Nkokedi said she was humbled to be selected and to be associated with a great organization like NOSLINA. In her opening speech she told the audience that she was going to be briefed and short, but as soon as she jokingly mentioned that she was going to speak for one hour, the hall interrupted with boisterous laughter “I love what I do, I love my Country, and I love my people in Sierra Leone, helping Women and children is not a work to me; it is doing the work of God” she said.
Addressing the crowd she challenged fellow sierra Leoneans to emulate her example in helping the underprivileged women and children.
In her closing remarks, she thanked her husband and other people who had being supportive of her worthy cause.
She said ” I am bless to call Wilfred Leroy Kabbs Kanu my mentor, Mr. Kanu is a great man, a friend I appreciate kindly his guidance, and I will share this award with him because he is the one that makes it possible for a night like this.
After all the recipients had received their award at the NOSLINA events, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi and her entourage-Osman Conteh Chairman APC North America, Josephine Conteh, the first lady of the APC NA, Marie Salim, the Director of the Women’s wing APC Washington DC, also the mother to Mrs. Timbo, Abdul Kamara (Chief) Secretary General APC NA, Mr. Yassim Kargbo, the husband of Mrs. Rasine Kargbo, head of chancery at the Sierra Leone Embassy left for the Mirage Hall where the Koya Descendant Association Independent dance was going on.
At this event Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi was the Grand Chief Patron and was again given another award for dedicated services in the health care sector in Sierra Leone
According to the organization ‘It truly appreciate that fact that Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi on several occasions had sent containers of medical supplies and equipment to Sierra Leone to help facilitate health care delivery in the impoverished country”
Again in her acceptance speech, she thanked the organization for the honor and pride it has bestowed upon her. She promised to continue her work for the love mankind and Sierra Leone.
Watch out for more report and photos on the NOSLINA and KOYA events
 
 

SIERRA LEONE’S FIRST LADY PRAISES GOODWILL AMBASSADOR MRS. ISHA TIMBO-NWOKEDI

The First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs.Sia Nyama Koroma, has commended U.S-based Goodwill Ambassador of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Isha Timbo-Nwokedi, for the wonderful assistance she is providing to help  President Ernest Bai Koroma  and the First Lady herself reduce infant and maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone and also boost efficient health care delivery in the country. Mrs .Koroma made the commendation during a marathon interview with COCORIOKO  last Wednesday at Washington DC. The First Lady was in the United States at the invitation of the  RAND Organization and CARE International to join in the 50th anniversary of Care International. Mrs.Koroma lauded the selfless spirit of Mrs.Timbo-Nwokedi ,whom she described as a patriotic woman who uses her own money to buy medical equipment and supplies and donate them to hospitals and clinics in Sierra Leone.

In fact, in the Volume 1 and December 2008 edition of the Women’s Initiative for Safer Health (WISH ) Magazine published by the UNFPA (The United Nations Population Fund ) and the First Lady’s Office, which was one of the many magazines and pamphlets given to COCORIOKO by Mrs. Koroma , two pages are devoted to  Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi. Pages 8 and 9 carry a large beautiful photo of the very attractive Goodwill Ambassador dressed in maroon-colored African dress with matching beads and an article on the assistance she has been rendering her country. The magazine noted that Ambassador Timbo-Nwokedi  “has made it her duty to ship medical and other miscellaneous items on a quarterly basis to Sierra Leone. ” The magazine continued that in  last year : “She met with President Dr.Ernest B. Koroma and shared her vision to bring a team of potential investors including some non-profit organizations early in 2010 . ” The health magazine went on : In early November 2009, her long time aspirations and requests were met by Dr.Rick Warren ,Pastor of United States’ third largest church , the Saddleback, which is based in Santa Monica ,California . The Saddleback Church had agreed to adopt Sierra Leone as they did Rwanda where they built approximately 250 medical clinics throughout that Great Lakes Country.

The magazine went on to say that Ambassador Timbo-Nwokedi’s “philanthropic ventures were recognized by Sierra Leone’s First Lady Mrs.Sia Nyama Koroma who now lends a hand in the distribution of imported items to the designated project areas like Mattru Jong and other clinics and hospitals in Sierra Leone. ”

The magazine describes Mrs.Timbo-Nwokedi as “a woman whose loyalty to her people and her nation is never shaken despite many trials and tribulations”.  (She lost her father at the middle of last year ) . “She is a leading voice in advocating for the formation of more non-profit organizations by individuals and has a soft spot for the creation of self-help projects that engage Sierra Leoneans to do more to change the socio-economic situation of the down trodden .”

Ambassador Timbo-Nwokedi is maaried to a medical practitioner , Dr. Sylvester Nwokedi , whom the magazine describes as her main source of health and “who is vigorously negotiating to woo potential investors to his wife’s country of birth. ”

Mrs.Timbo-Nwokedi takes to Sierra Leone team from

World-famed philantrophist and Evangelist Dick Warren

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Those who wonder why Mrs. Isatu Isha Timbo-Nwokedi’s photos flash on our pages daily found, on investigation,  why– The true philatrophist she is, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi is doing a marvellous job  for Sierra Leone .During the past two years alone, she equipped hospitals and clinics in Sierra Leone with medical and surgical equipment and essential drugs as well as supplying bags of rice to hungry Sierra Leoneans, all voluntarily out of her own coffers. The photos and stories of Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi’s humanitarian enterprises  are in our archives for  reference. Now, Mrs.Timbo-Nwokedi has taken her philatrophist and patriotic determination to an even higher plane : She has just carried to Sierra Leone  a team from a world-famed evangelical preacher who has a burning passion for building hospitals and clinics in impoverished countries.The preacher is world-reknowned Pastor Dick Warren , founder of the eighth largest  christian worship centre in the United States, the  mega- Saddleback Church in Lake Forest , California , who has build scores of hospitals and clinics in Rwanda. Pastor Warren learnt about Sierra Leone’s dire medical crisis from Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi . During the visit to the U.S this year of First Lady Sia Koroma and the wife of Vice-President Alhaji Sam Sumana, Mrs. Khadia Sam-Sumana, Mrs Timbo-Nwokedi invited them to California and she took them on a visit to Saddleback Church  to meet Pastor Dick Warren and congregation. Fruitful discussions between the First Lady , Mrs.Timbo-Nwokedi and the Evangelist resulted in a commitment from the famed Preacher to visit Sierra Leone to see the areas he could help the country. Two weeks ago, the evangelist fulfilled his new passion for the people of Sierra Leone. He prepared a team that  was taken to the country by Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi after Pastor Warren’s commitment to help Sierra Leone. In Freetown, Pastor Warren’s team  met with President Ernest Bai Koroma and the First Lady, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma , as well as government officials, including the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Hindolo Sumanguru Trye.

Speaking to COCORIOKO  in an exclusive interview from Freetown, Sierra Leone  yesterday, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi said that Pastor Warren and team had done their assessment –the country’s problems, needs and areas where the Saddleback Ministry can help the country. Pastor Dick Warren ’s team were very pleased with the level of  the assessment  made and information received and they have returned home to the United States . They were full of praise for the hospitality accorded them by President Koroma and the First Lady , and Sierra Leoneans in general. They also commended Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi for introducing them to Sierra Leone.

We will bring you more reports . Meanwhile , view the photos in the flasher of Pastor Dick Warren’s visit to Sierra Leone.

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The sad deaths of Lord Bongo Johnson and spouse : How it happened

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Christian Foday Sesay & Sanpha Sesay,   Cocorioko Texas Correspondents

Godfrey Manley-Spain fondly known among Sierra Leoneans as “Lord Bongo Johnson” was found dead through strangulation in his Mesquite home in the early hours of Monday, 19th July, 2010 few hours after fatally killing his spouse, Claudio, with whom he had shared the home for over 15 years. Together, they have two adorable kids, Godfrey and Elizabeth (Baby Love)

According to a reliable family source, the incident of these tragic deaths of Lord Bongo and his partner, Claudia, happened during a 30-day separation notice for Bongo Johnson to vacate the residence he had shared with Claudia all these years. Sources say that an issue was made by the Mesquite Police Department following reports issued by Claudia saying that she no longer want to continue with their relationship. Lord Bongo Johnson’s last day in the house was Sunday July 18th according to the same source.

CLAUDIA : LORD BONGO’S  LATE WIFE

Although, Claudia’s reason for wanting to break the relationship with Bongo Johnson was as a result of a never-ending disagreement at home which sometimes led to domestic violence abuses yet other sources strongly maintained that unfaithfulness and jealousy was at the center of this sad end. The story unfolds this way:

LORD BONGO AND DAN DOGO PERFORMING  AN ACT  FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

Claudia, the deceased, had helped a gentleman (name withheld) to migrate into the United States only for her to be sidelined in favor of another lady that she had rivaled with way back in Freetown. As it is always the pathetic case of Sierra Leonean marriages in the United States, the said gentleman has separated with his wife and is believed to be currently going through a divorce proceeding. Somehow, somewhere the “old fire wood” relationship reignited. There was reconciliation between the said gentleman and the deceased lady, Claudia, which many believed would have taken them to the altar.

THE LATE LORD BONGO

The late Lord Bongo, who had a firsthand knowledge of her spouse’s outside relationship, realizing how fast he was losing the battle for Claudia’s heart to the other guy, became determined to win her back. But nothing that he did seem mattered anymore for truly, Claudia had gone out of his life more than he realized or was willing to accept.

This intense and unhealthy rivalry was characterized by frequent physical struggles, verbal expletives and exchanges of telephone calls between Lord Bongo and the said gentleman. It got to the point that, the outside friend occasionally will call the home threatening that he was ready to marry Claudia, the source confirmed Bongo Johnson’s complaints.

Bongo Johnson‘s frustration to him, had no solution but to go down this tragic route.  We learnt that he did inform his closest friends about what he was enduring. One of the sources revealed that Bongo Johnson asked him to give him a courtesy calls frequently. The source further advised him to be reading his bible and praying every day. During one of their conversations, Bongo said “my brother, the Bible is in my hand right now”.  His response was quite emotional according to the source.  But communication ceased between them during the past two weeks until the source heard a telephone call at 1:00 am on Monday, July 19th, with a message left in his voice message the voice of someone screaming, “fire oh fire!,  Bongo Johnson and Claudia are dead”.

According to another report, both Claudia and Bongo appeared in a friend’s residence at the end of June. Claudia first appeared in the house telling the host with a frightening voice that “Bongo want to kill me mama”.  The host, mesmerized and asked, “for what”?  “I told him I don’t want him again”, Claudia responded. Fifteen minutes or so later, Lord Bongo appeared, crawling on the floor, with his hands on his head, weeping seriously whilst appealing to the host for help. “Mama, Claudia is ready to kick me out of the house because of her boyfriend” Bongo said.  The host gave them a motherly advice and asked them to look into the children they have and encouraged them to exercise patience with one another.  They returned home with no positive hope of a deal in favor of Lord Bongo. All the pieces of advice and plea given to them fell on deaf ears. The path was created for destiny to take its course.

After a 911 call was first placed concerning the disappearance of these Lord Bongo and Claudia, the response was that the police cannot do anything until after 24 hours of their disappearance. It was at that point that someone insisted that they go directly to the Mesquite Police station and report their concerns and suspicions.

Upon their arrival at the police station, an order was issued to surveillance the home, and if possible to forcefully enter the house. The police broke into the house and the original 911 caller’s suspicions and fears were confirmed. The corpses were discovered in the house. According to Fox local news, Lord Bongo died through hanging and the lady was strangled to death. Evidences from the home showed that there were some forms of physical battles before their death.

Stay tuned to more news on the unfortunate demise of our loved ones.

The sad deaths of Lord Bongo Johnson and spouse : How it happened

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Christian Foday Sesay & Sanpha Sesay,   Cocorioko Texas Correspondents

Godfrey Manley-Spain fondly known among Sierra Leoneans as “Lord Bongo Johnson” was found dead through strangulation in his Mesquite home in the early hours of Monday, 19th July, 2010 few hours after fatally killing his spouse, Claudio, with whom he had shared the home for over 15 years. Together, they have two adorable kids, Godfrey and Elizabeth (Baby Love)

According to a reliable family source, the incident of these tragic deaths of Lord Bongo and his partner, Claudia, happened during a 30-day separation notice for Bongo Johnson to vacate the residence he had shared with Claudia all these years. Sources say that an issue was made by the Mesquite Police Department following reports issued by Claudia saying that she no longer want to continue with their relationship. Lord Bongo Johnson’s last day in the house was Sunday July 18th according to the same source.

CLAUDIA : LORD BONGO’S  LATE WIFE

Although, Claudia’s reason for wanting to break the relationship with Bongo Johnson was as a result of a never-ending disagreement at home which sometimes led to domestic violence abuses yet other sources strongly maintained that unfaithfulness and jealousy was at the center of this sad end. The story unfolds this way:

LORD BONGO AND DAN DOGO PERFORMING  AN ACT  FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

Claudia, the deceased, had helped a gentleman (name withheld) to migrate into the United States only for her to be sidelined in favor of another lady that she had rivaled with way back in Freetown. As it is always the pathetic case of Sierra Leonean marriages in the United States, the said gentleman has separated with his wife and is believed to be currently going through a divorce proceeding. Somehow, somewhere the “old fire wood” relationship reignited. There was reconciliation between the said gentleman and the deceased lady, Claudia, which many believed would have taken them to the altar.

THE LATE LORD BONGO

The late Lord Bongo, who had a firsthand knowledge of her spouse’s outside relationship, realizing how fast he was losing the battle for Claudia’s heart to the other guy, became determined to win her back. But nothing that he did seem mattered anymore for truly, Claudia had gone out of his life more than he realized or was willing to accept.

This intense and unhealthy rivalry was characterized by frequent physical struggles, verbal expletives and exchanges of telephone calls between Lord Bongo and the said gentleman. It got to the point that, the outside friend occasionally will call the home threatening that he was ready to marry Claudia, the source confirmed Bongo Johnson’s complaints.

Bongo Johnson‘s frustration to him, had no solution but to go down this tragic route.  We learnt that he did inform his closest friends about what he was enduring. One of the sources revealed that Bongo Johnson asked him to give him a courtesy calls frequently. The source further advised him to be reading his bible and praying every day. During one of their conversations, Bongo said “my brother, the Bible is in my hand right now”.  His response was quite emotional according to the source.  But communication ceased between them during the past two weeks until the source heard a telephone call at 1:00 am on Monday, July 19th, with a message left in his voice message the voice of someone screaming, “fire oh fire!,  Bongo Johnson and Claudia are dead”.

According to another report, both Claudia and Bongo appeared in a friend’s residence at the end of June. Claudia first appeared in the house telling the host with a frightening voice that “Bongo want to kill me mama”.  The host, mesmerized and asked, “for what”?  “I told him I don’t want him again”, Claudia responded. Fifteen minutes or so later, Lord Bongo appeared, crawling on the floor, with his hands on his head, weeping seriously whilst appealing to the host for help. “Mama, Claudia is ready to kick me out of the house because of her boyfriend” Bongo said.  The host gave them a motherly advice and asked them to look into the children they have and encouraged them to exercise patience with one another.  They returned home with no positive hope of a deal in favor of Lord Bongo. All the pieces of advice and plea given to them fell on deaf ears. The path was created for destiny to take its course.

After a 911 call was first placed concerning the disappearance of these Lord Bongo and Claudia, the response was that the police cannot do anything until after 24 hours of their disappearance. It was at that point that someone insisted that they go directly to the Mesquite Police station and report their concerns and suspicions.

Upon their arrival at the police station, an order was issued to surveillance the home, and if possible to forcefully enter the house. The police broke into the house and the original 911 caller’s suspicions and fears were confirmed. The corpses were discovered in the house. According to Fox local news, Lord Bongo died through hanging and the lady was strangled to death. Evidences from the home showed that there were some forms of physical battles before their death.

Stay tuned to more news on the unfortunate demise of our loved ones.

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43 Responses to “The sad deaths of Lord Bongo Johnson and spouse : How it happened”

  1. My oh my! This is sooooo pathetic. May their souls rest in peace.

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  2. Francis Trevor KpakaJuly 21, 2010

    This is a sad news for S.Leoneans both home and abroad. As S. Leoneans we should take a hard look at ourselves and learn lessons from this. Lord Bongo was a fine actor who brought laughter to us and most of us will not forget him in a rush. I have no opinion on his late wife but may the Lord bless them whereever they may be and may their souls rest in perfect peace.

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  3. Joseph Betts (Pa Bangura)July 21, 2010

    For Immediate Release: July 21, 2010
    For More Information: Donald Nat-George, 214-606-1056, dandogo@tx.rr.com / Joseph Betts, 240-508-2820, bettsjoseph@gmail.com
    Official Statement by The Professionals on Lord Bongo
    July 21, 2010 (Washington, DC) – “The members of The Professionals are in utter disbelief and deeply saddened by the turn of events as it relates to our brother Godfrey Manley-Spain (aka Lord Bongo). The details of this tragedy in no way align with the childhood friend and brother that we knew for over twenty years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haggerty and Anthony Families and the children.”
    The Members of The Professionals

    The Professionals have established a Trust Fund for the children. For more information on making donations to the trust fund and/or burial please contact Donald Nat-George (Dandogo) at (214) 606-1056 or by emailing him at dandogo@tx.rr.com Or, contact Joseph Betts (Pa Bangura) at (240) 508-2820 or by emailing bettsjoseph@gmail.com

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  4. A big loss to Sierra Leone. Amazing and irreplaceable talent. African comedy at it’s best. A sad twist to what was an accomplished life. I hope the children will take comfort in the laughter this wonderful man of comedy brought to so many of us. The family should be supported at this time of great loss. God bless his soul.

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  5. This is very sad news indeed. It is time all of us Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora take a hard look at how we form relationships. The backstabbing and messing around has to stop. My prayer goes to the children and all the family members involved. May the Lord give us sense as a community to return to the core values our parents gave us back home before we migrated abroad.

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  6. Rev Wilfred ShowersJuly 21, 2010

    This is sad indeed for us as Sierra Leoneans to quickly forget one of the core values our parents taught us to put our trust in God in times of trials and tribulations.This should serve as a big lesson to us. we are only saved by the divine grace of God. we should go down on our knees to pray that God would avert any such incident to happen to us in the Diaspora. We pray for the repose of the souls of the deceaseds.we pray for God’s healing rain to wash the sad tears of the bereaved family .

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  7. Cordelia SandyJuly 21, 2010

    Sad news inded. His actions determine the kind of person he was. He took someone’s life, the mother of his own children and like a coward left them alone in the world all because of his jealously and rage. That is a selfish man.

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  8. They were not even married…and the writer keeps refering to the deceased lady as his wife.

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  9. This is not the time to pass judgment on anyone, but to pray that the good Lord comfort the families on both sides. This clearly shows how fragile and vulnerable we humans can become in times of crisis.
    What a tragic way to end!
    As Sierra Leoneans, let us come together to help the innocent kids

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  10. Matilda A. ROGERSJuly 22, 2010

    THIS IS VERY SAD INDEED. I KNOW CLAUDIA AND GODFREY. CLAUDIA WAS LIKE A SISTER TO ME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THEIR SOULS, AND FOR THE GOOD LORD TO LOOK OVER THEIR CHILDREN, LET US REMEMBER IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.DON’T PASS JUDGEMENT

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  11. It is stupid if not shallow to define a man’s character after he’s been pushed to edge, brought low and and forced to make such an ultimate sacrifice. The gallivanting and man joggling Sierra Leonean women abroad ought learn a hard lesson from this. Why the hell did the woman living with a man authorize her boy friend to be calling the man’s house, bluffing him how he had control over the man’s woman? The idiotic guy is lucky Bongo did not kill him first. Bongo was a good man brough low by a cheating wife, if a spade be called a spade. Too bad they both had to pay.

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  12. memuna contehJuly 22, 2010

    This is a lesson we should all learn from.Husbands love your wives.Wives love your husbands to have a happy home.

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  13. ALL WE HAVE TO DO NOW IS PRAY,GUIDE AND HELP THE KIDS THEY LEFT BEHIND.AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEY ARE THE REAL VICTIMS OF THIS
    TRAGEDY.MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
    ONE LOVE TO ALL.
    Daddy Muss

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  14. Jabbie, Isata S.July 22, 2010

    It just a tragic incedent, cause I know Bongo should have move on with his life afterall.We people dem ken say nar watin GOD don mark. R.I.P.

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  15. ARCHDEACON GEORGEJuly 22, 2010

    All we can do is pray the psalm of David after he had arranged the death of a man whose wife he wanted. Deliver me from Blood guiltiness oh God thou God of my salvation.I WAS IN THE SAME SITUATION AND I THANK GOD AND PRAYERS OTHERWISE I COULD HAVE MADE HEADLINE NEWS. Thank you God for saving me from that cheating woman. Amen.

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  16. This is very sad for them to end this way. May the good Lord forgive their fragile soul,and may they RIP. May our Lord Jesus Christ continue to comfort the children and may they always remember the love their parents shared with them in this earth full of trials and tribulations.
    There are lots of troubles going on in our different homes today whether black or white homes, and if we are not strong in faith we will all end like this.

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  17. Sylvanus ThompsonJuly 23, 2010

    IT is very sad ,the way Lord Bongo Johnson life ended.I think he lost it, because he was seeking help but no one came to his aid,For all what i heard,about the way he was been treated by his common law wife,is just deplorable for any man to endure.This man was taking care of the children,and doing all of the house chores around the house,while Claudia was in nursing school,after she graduated from nursing school,and had opened her own Home Health Aid Business,now she decided that she does not want Lord Bongo anymore.Claudia was a citizen but refused to marry Lord Bongo,so that he can become a ligal resident of the U S. To me she had a motive.The guy was like a {Month Boy} She then had another man calling the house,and disrespecting Bongo in his his own home.How much can a man take?Some of these sierra leone wemen have no respect for their husbands and home,they rather respect their outside men,than their husbands at home.This should be a lesson learn,but of our sierra leone sisters will not learn from this anyway.some of this sierra leone wemen alway putting down thier husband,so that they can satisfy their outside affairs.May Lord Bongo soul rest in peace.God alone knows what our brother was going through at that house.SO let us dont pass judgement on him.R I P my brother

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  18. It a sad,sad story. May the peace of God be with them.This is not the time for pointing fingers, but the time for us to learn from their unfortunate story.If the story stated on this article is true, how much can a man or woman take. We can only say what we can or can’t do but only when one is face with such problem or situation you can define what you can do. I was in Late Bongo situation but with the help of God and close family I was able to come out of it with success in a way the very woman that was rushing to get back her family name is now refusing to let go of my last name.
    In my case my Ex wife met me after staying 11yrs in USA without paper and she was living in the project, what I thought was love end up taking 50% of my house and property, but I am a federal Agent in USA so I was smart enought to get mines and I gave her hell. I almost destroyed the Green card I gave her. She was in UK jail for 3 day due to immigration paper work that went wrong and up till now I continue to play with her paper. That how I am able to pay her back. Now I have been doing frequent flying to enjoy with marriage and non marrage women all over as a pay back to all women. I lost love for now on women but Lord Bongo story making me have reservation on my attitude. RIP late Bongo

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  19. Fatmata MansarayJuly 23, 2010

    May there souls rest in perfect peace. But I take offense as a Sierra Leonean woman because some of us respect our husbands and at the same time we are under appreciated.
    Concerning the above matter, he should have left her to God for judgement day to come.

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  20. Some of this sierra leone wemen have no respect for themselves,so much that they dont respect their husbands.some of them tells their husbands,that their private parts is theres,so they will sleep with whom ever they want,I am very sorry for what our brother went through.my Ex- wife use to do the same thing to me,having guys calling me on the phone,and also entertaining other men at my house, when i was at work,especially one man that we were not in speaking terms.DO u think that such a woman deserve any respect from any man?when she does not even respect herself.I used to go to her job at lunch time,to take her out for lunch,but each time i go there,i always caught her comming from lunch with a white man,black american etc.what is wrong with these sierra leone wemen.Please let us dont judge brother Godffery.let us call spade spade Bongo was just tired,so he SNAPED.

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  21. This is a sad story indeed; we should all learn from this. Bongo was a good man who brought smile to everyone. He showed loved to his wife by supporting her to attained her nursing degree while he took care of their children. But unfortunately this was not god enough for the wife. Who later dicided to have an extra marretal affair. I am not condoning murder however, provacation is next to madness. I pray that the Lord be the judge over this issue, because only he knows what really went on in their home. I also pray that this other man would recieve his reward for his contribution to this tragidy. I pray for God’s guidnce over the children. May their soul rest in perfact peace.

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  22. this is a sad story indeed, but both men and women not just as sierra leoneans, we should treat eachother with love and respect. Merriage women should close their legs. WORST THAT USELESS, GOLD DIGGER AND MISTAKE FOR A MAN. Should have been the one to be killed and not Bongo. I believe in God and A WOMAN OF STRONG FAITH. God heat wickedness therefor, I believe he will forgive Bongo, because both Mr. Useless and Mrs Useless deserved to die. I hope mr Useless spend the rest of misrable life remembering what his action led a man to do. I pray that the good Lord forgive Bongo. RIP MR BONGO

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  23. As a sierra leonean woman, Iam not in support of infidelity and decit. What happened to this family can be repeated again and again if we do not draw close to God for strength. Bongo and his deceased babies mama was not strong in the Lord because if both had a faith like a monster seed, this abnormality would not have occured. Goodness gracious! this hedonistic act of both male and female africans is heading in to a state of absurdity.
    I see that the guys writing on this trend are casting blames on women, lets look in to the case of C Bull and Jonathan; Jonathan is a married man cheating on his wife with his mistress and he also went futher to make a filthy,lewd, scandalous, pornographic video disrespecting him self and his wife and family, and the indolence, dispeakable mistres is so trifling to respond in an interview that she loves him and he loves her. This heart breaking predicaments can lead anyone to a catastrophic casualty like Bongo’s. Sierra Leoneans lets embrace God our country and its people needs the hand of the Almighty, let us maintain our moral values that our ancestors struggle to enforce. May the souls of the deceased rest in peace and for the kids, I pray that they grow up to love the Lord.

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  24. This is a sad story,however,God will bless and protect the poor kids. May their souls rest in peace.

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  25. hannah T.July 24, 2010

    I pray that the almighty God will forgive them, they where very nice people to the community and their friends in their respective ways.I really, really cannnot believe this. May God guide, protect,give and bless their two loved children. Claudia was my best friend very nice and gentle.

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  26. Ahmed SheriffJuly 25, 2010

    This is really sad, especially for the kids and the surviving families. Plz take hearts.

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  27. Foday MansarayJuly 25, 2010

    This is a classic example of what our society is slowly becoming.

    Lord Bongo was a man that brought happiness to some many at a time when Sierra Leoneans where dealing
    With the agony of the war years.

    I hope he will be remembered as one of the original entertainment pioneers.

    May the efforts that he exalted to bring happiness and joy to all Sierra Leoneans becomes his redeeming factors in front of his Almighty.

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  28. Regina A.July 25, 2010

    This is a very pathetic situation. Claudia was my neighbour in Freetown. I have always known her to be a quiet lady.
    Pa Bongo being an entertainer was the peoples person. I watched him act the Pa Bongo play at the City Hall in Freetown. He was really man full of enthusiasm in those days. I know death is inevitable but, it is a shame on us as if all of us who knew what was going on were not our brothers keeper, or peace makers at all.

    How will these children trust us? we have really failed them. We all need to stop being negative and try to be at least positive, have the fear of the Almight God and consider the word LOVE especially to those that need help in reconciliation
    with prayers and open hands.
    I pray that the good Lord Almighty will
    comfort these children, protect them from all the evils of the world, bless us all to show love to them may he grant them favour, and may they know and serve the
    Lord their maker for they have gone through it all. May the Lord keep the entire family and bless our beloved Country Sierra Leone. A m e n.

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  29. I knew Lord Bongo during the war in Sierraleone.He brought so much laughter and happinesss to us during his (oneput)program,he will be missed. may ALLAH guide the children and the families in this sad memories.may there souls rest in peace.

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  30. People stop talking about what you don’t known I have a very family to both Claudia and Godfrey my grandmother help raise Godfrey JR while Claudia attend nursing 6years ago and also working as medication aide @ fumum while Bonge was out there smoking drugs and been a dead bit dad refused to marry Claudia call her all kinds of names bongo was very abusive to Claudia this is not them say this is the fact Claudia got tried after 15 years of stand still of bongo refusal to hold a job instead want to be a stayed home mother while Claudia the breadwinner of the home then after a long and hard come home an abusive man, so pleople together we can pray for loving home for both Godfrey JR age13 and Elizebeth age 6. Claudia may your soul rest in perfect peace.

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  31. Jave BlackburnJuly 26, 2010

    This message goes to Sylvanus Thompson…I hope u will have t gut to read this reply bcoz ur message is very inappropriate…you stated that “you THINK he was seeking help but no one came to his aid”…if u r so sure n hurt where were u when he was seekin’ help?? What r u saying???…you heard what???…”i heard,about the way he was been treated by his common law wife,is just deplorable for any man to endure”…Did u check if what u heard was accurate??? Let me tell u some…M not sure if u r married or not…but 4 ur information…as a married woman n a wonderfull wife…as sweet I can b n as great as my lovely spouse is… there is no marriage without tribulations…Unless you were interested in t decease wife… how do u “know” so much about this couple??? Where u leavin’ with them days n nights??? U make it sounds like: bcoz of her achievement she couldn’t bare with her spouse…What do u know about what the woman was able 2 endure durin’ nursing school??? raisin’ their children??? Do u know how old their first born is? Have u ask urself y she stayed all these years? What do u know about their private life??? It’s crazy 2 hear one side of a story and write in an inconsiderate manner…”How much can a man take? Some of these sierra leone wemen have no respect for their husbands and home,they rather respect their outside men,than their husbands at home.This should be a lesson learn,but of our sierra leone sisters will not learn from this anyway”…U sound like u were eager 2 tell t world what is happenin’ in ur household…u know what…M not a sierraleonease but u better deal with ur own craps…Thank u @ least 4 t fact that u acknowledged that “God alone knows” but I would like 2 correct this by saying not “what our brother was going through at that house” but rather…”what they were goin’ thru…” Pliz as well as no one want should “pass judgement on him” so should u on her….

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  32. cassandraJuly 26, 2010

    Really this situation does not surprise me not in the least. the reason why i say this is because people now adays are losing their self control and tend to display tendencies beyond the good side of their image especially in the diaspora it is becoming rampant and what is disturbing is sierraleoneans are becoming the top in the news if its not strangulation its gun crime leading to death untimely between families. Now in the scenario of Mr spaine and spouse now deceased if you read about there lives styles history one would come to find that they were not really in a healthy relationship and with all the problems of the woman being the bread winner and all these things there wasnt any kind of balanced lifestyle hence leading to stress with both parties under so much tremendous pressure and not able to deal with it in a civilised manner,There comes a time when they both reach the point of no return.

    Let them rest This is a lesson for people beaware who you associate yourself with all in the name of marriage and love

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  33. henry sesayJuly 26, 2010

    She was a miss not mrs so please people get your facts straight and this is how we start passing wrong information around.He never had a job during his entire stay in the US but yet still was driving a V8 giving to him by his girlfriend who people are claiming to be his wife

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  34. This is a big loss to all Sierra Leoneans at home and in the diaspora. We should all join forces in helping the families of both Lord Bongo and Claudia in these difficult of times. My heartfelt condolences goes to both families.

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  35. Joseph Betts (Pa Bangura)July 27, 2010

    The Professionals wish to assist with taking some of the funeral financial burden off of Godfrey Manley-Spain’s (aka “Lord Bongo Johnson”) limited family members in the U.S. At the end of the day he was a Sierra Leonean comic icon that gave us many laughs and smiles for many, many years. The limited family in the U.S. does not deserve to carry this burden alone. Only God can make the final judgement on Bongo. It is our duty to assist. As Sierra Leoneans – isn’t this what our parents taught us.
    Contact info. on funeral arrangements and bank account for donations:
    Donald-Nat-George (aka “Dandogo” The Professionals) @ 214-606-1056

    Joseph Betts (aka “Pa Bangura” The Professionals) @ 240-507-2820

    Kutay Turay (Sulaiman / Freetown Players) @ 678-887-6451

    Bank Account # 2969389119 (JP Morgan Chase Bank aka Chase Bank)

    Peace.

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  36. Very interesting comments! Let us learn to take stories we read with a grain of salt. The two people who knew what was going on in that relationship are both deceased. One of the ten commandment is “Thou shalt not kill” this is the most ATROCIOUS Act anyone could carryout. The victims here are Claudia, her children and her family. To those who are putting the blame on the late Claudia, shame on you! she did not deserve to die in the manner she did. Bongo is a sorry excuse for a man who did not accomplish anything in his life. What a Coward and a Loser he was! He corp shoul be feed to the vultures. May his soul burn in hell for eternity. And to those who are raising money to bury him you people have nothing better to do with your time or resources. My Sincere and heartfelt Sympathy to the Anthony Family. Claudia was a kindhearted person, and May her soul rest in Perfect Peace.

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  37. The fact is, only two people and God know the truth. The two are dead and God will never tell. I am really not a fan of having all these stories out there without verification. Let God be the Judge and may their souls rest in peace.

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  38. jane andersonJuly 29, 2010

    What! how could you my dear?

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  39. jane andersonJuly 29, 2010

    Well this is a lesson to all of us, had it been a white woman people would have said so many things, but this shows that we all are human beings no matter white or black besides this is America!May the good Lord be with the kids Amen.

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  40. I worked with Claudia and she was very sweet, it’s seems like everyone is giving the him all the praise and blessings, when she was the victim… Whether she had other relations or not, it states in the Bible “Thou shall not Kill” no one deserved to loose their life, and a true man of God would have know when to just let go, instead of pushing himself to the end of his “ropes”… Claudia to whom was a mother and a provider…What went one in their household no one will ever really know the complete truth about it… Prayer’s and Blessings go to Claudia’s children and family…!

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  41. plz stop judging peoople show different from the outside but stay with them for yr you can tell who the are. my husband is the the nicest outside but devil at home. so plz let not point fingers let pray for the children and take care

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  42. morlai turayAugust 16, 2010

    May their souls rest in perfect peace.

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  43. What a sad story! May their souls rest in peace.God is loving and merciful and He will raise the two children.We praise His name for saving them from the violence. Sierra Leoneans what are we about, foreigners in a foreign land? Can we just adore worship and glorify God Almighty with our lives? Our parents sacrifce a lot to put us on the right path but what do we do?

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Alhaji Dumbuya : Declaration of candidacy for position of Vice -President of APC -DC Chapter

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

ALHAJIDUMBUYA

A lot had been said about Washington DC Metropolitan APC chapter. It is in a precarious position. We are the nation’s capital and we have the highest registered APC North America members. Interestingly, it is no longer a secret that a good number of these members are pulling down each other thereby deterring the peace, stability and progress the chapter needs and deserves. While Washington DC Metropolitan APC chapter members are looking for patriots, few have emerged prominently as the ones to push this chapter forward by contributing in whatever way they can.

One such person is Alhaji Al Haji Dumbuya who is a candidate running for the office of vice president with the Washington DC Metropolitan APC chapter.  This chapter has a lot of untapped potential. With the right leadership, it will be on the threshold of greatness.  I am the person who can take our most beloved Washington DC Metropolitan APC chapter to the next level.  I have the vision to see what needs to be done, the courage to act, and the passion to fight long and hard for what we stand for as APC.  With my profile below, I have demonstrated that I have the tact, diplomacy, professionalism and soundness of moral character to be trusted with your votes.

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I born in Port Loko, Northern Province in Sierra Leone, on March 2, 1964. He attended the Schlenker Secondary School, Port Loko and successfully took the General Certificate of Education (GCE) exams.

As a young man in Port Loko I was able to participate in my uncle, the late S. I. Koroma, 1st Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone’s self help projects. I was instrumental in organizing young boys to carry by wheel barrows and/or by their heads mixed cement to the contractors for the cementing and building of the Port Loko government hospital and other APC self help projects in Port Loko. There after, I worked at Lungi International Airport Hotel as Accounts Clerk for two years. I was later awarded a scholarship, in 1984, facilitated byThe Hon. Patrick Ojong, through the APC youth League education program, to study in Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic.

While in Czechoslovakia, I completed a five year Masters Degree (MA) program in Social Science and Law and graduated in 1989, followed by a Jurist Doctorate degree (JD) in International Law in 1991.

I came to United States from Czechoslovakia, in 1991 and enrolled at the University of Maryland’s Graduate School of Social Work in 1999 and graduated with a Masters in Social Work (MSW) in June 2002. I worked since then in the field of social services and held positions like Mental Health Counselor, Behavior Specialist and Social Worker. I am currently the Program Director for United Communities Against Poverty, Inc. (UCAP).  UCAP is a community action agency established in 1957 to eradicate poverty in Prince George’s County in Maryland. I am also a member of the Association of Social Workers, Maryland chapter.

I am the Secretary General of the Port Loko Descendants Association (PLDA) USA, and I have participated in raising funds for the development of Port Loko District. As a strong Muslim who performs five daily prayers, I am a member of the Executive Committee of Prince George’s Muslim Association mosque in Lanham, Maryland, and responsible for organizing Muslims to perform the pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Mecca.

I organized and invited the Hon. Alhaji Abu Bakarr Sam Sumana, Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, to visit and pray Friday prayer (Jumah) at Prince George’s Muslim Association mosque in Lanham, Maryland during the latter’s last visit to the United States.

I am married with four children and enjoy reading, jogging and playing table tennis. Above all I enjoy mediation and conflict resolution. I brokered the first peace between the Sierra Leone Ambassador to USA H.E Bockari Stevens and dissatisfied members of the APC North America branch.

Because you know me as APCNA Peace Maker. Because you know me as a leading voice for paeceful change and you know what I have stood for, I humbly ask you to support our campaign. And, I humbly ask you for your vote. I am ready to serve you as Washington DC Metropolitan APC chapter vice president and/or presidential running mate of Mrs. Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma.

YES WE CAN!!!!

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  1. Like Yabom, this is another person I personally know and respect, and while I cannot endorse one candidate, I feel a man like a Alhaji with his qualification and personality will bring unity among memebers.

Yabom Sesay-Koroma declares intent for APC Washington Presidency

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

 

 Press Release

As the tenure of office of the Executive of the APC Washington Metropolitan Chapter comes to an end, it is with great humility and pride that I take to officially declare my candidacy for the position of President of the chapter. Fellow members, this announcement is being made at a time when our glorious party under the indomitable leadership of President Ernest Bai Koroma is governing our beloved country, with the determination and resolve to transform the socio-economic development of Sierra Leone. It is with this sense of pride and honor that I am vying for this very important position in our chapter. In that vein, I am soliciting the total support of all members of our chapter to make history by voting the first female president to this enviable position, and to contribute meaningfully to the success of the chapter and development of our country.

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My name is Yabom Thaslim Sesay-Koroma. I was born in Bumbuna in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. I attended the Roman Catholic Primary School, in Bumbuna and the Government Secondary School for Girls, Magburaka. After the completion of my High School education, I proceeded to the Magburaka Secondary School for Boys to pursue my sixth form studies. I taught at the Services Secondary School in Freetown from 1979-1980 after passing my GCE Advance Level Examination. I was then awarded a scholarship to study at the Odessa Institute of National Economy in the former Soviet Union, where I graduated with a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Finance and Credit in 1986. Answering to the call for national duty, I returned home in 1988 and was gainfully employed as an Assistant Manager in the Management Account Office at the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board (S L P M B) from 1988-1992.

I immigrated to the United States of America in 1993 and entered into the nursing field career. The genesis of my career change was humbling, as I started from the grass root level as a Nursing Assistant, walked through the stages until I graduated with a Master of Science degree specialized as an Advanced Nurse Clinician.

The members of our great chapter are the most appreciable asset of our party. You are the true vessels for the campaign leading to the elections. You are the most important ingredient of our success in this campaign. If given this opportunity and be elected President of the APC Washington Metropolitan Chapter, I will work towards bringing peace, unity and progress for the benefit of all members of the chapter and for the good of our party and the people of Sierra Leone. In addition to the above, I will use my gregarious personality to involve everyone in net working for the Chapter and as a result bring more members to our chapter. It is my hope and desire to ensure that transparency, effective communication and accountability become the parameters in running the affairs of the chapter. I am determined to bring dynamism into the chapter by organizing conferences, workshops, seminars, fundraising and health promotions which will ultimately benefit our chapter and the people in Sierra Leone.

I need your support to pursue this purpose. I believe we can do it by employing measures to accomplish our desired goal. Let us renew and rekindle our determination, our courage and our strength to move the APC Washington Metropolitan Chapter to the next level. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a chapter to limit ourselves to self -destruction. Instead, we should come together and do great things for our chapter and our country.

Educational Background:

Master of Science (M.Sc) Finance and Credit, Odessa Institute of National Economy, 1986

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), George Mason University, Virginia, 2004

Registered Nurse (RN) Northern Virginia Community College, 2000

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), T.C Williams School of Nursing, 1995

Work Experience:

Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, Virginia

Worked as Assistant Patient Care Director at the Intermediate Cardiac Coronary Unit

I am presently a registered nurse, supervisor, educator and mentor for nurses.

Burke Health Care Center, 1995 -1997 – LPN and Supervisor.

Manor Care Rehabilitation Center, 1997-2000 – LPN and Supervisor

Community Service:

Currently Secretary General, APC Washington Metropolitan Chapter

Chairlady, Christ is Lord Ministries, Springfield, Virginia, 2006-2008

Presently, Chairlady of the Finance and Budget Committee of Christ is Lord

Ministries, Springfield, Virginia.

Financial Secretary for the Magburaka Old Girls Association, 2005-present

I am one of the contributors to the refurbishing of the Magburaka Boys Secondary School Library.

A pioneer of the Microcredit Association for Bumbuna.

CEO, Instructor of Alma School of Nursing and Allied Health from 2007-June 30, 2010

I am married with four beautiful and brilliant children.

Contact:

703 869-8568

Email: yabomsesay@yahoo.com

President Koroma’s Agenda For Change : A creative recipe for peace in Sierra Leone

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

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By Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu :

When President Ernest Koroma’s AGENDA FOR CHANGE, which has been endorsed by the United Nations, Sierra Leone’s development partners and stakeholders ,  is fully implemented ,  it will set the stage  not only for  socio-economic and political renaissance but sustainable peace in Sierra Leone.

Peace has eluded Sierra Leone since she gained Independence from Britain in 1961  and the reasons have not been hard to find. Maladministration, malfeasance, misfeasance, corruption, abuse of power and neglect of the people’s welfare by previous governments , leading to chronic poverty and suffering  in the land, sowed the seeds for the instability that has been the hallmark of life in Sierra Leone’s  turbulent and chequered history.
The visionary leader  he is, President Koroma realized when he came to power  that pulling  Sierra Leone  permanently out of the woods needed more than the minimalist conceptions of peace ( Negative Peace ), which merely entailed the absence of violent conflict or avoidance of the  recurrence of conflict within a few years. Sierra Leone , the President observed, needed  a more positive and durable peace than the one  the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP )  left  when it was voted out of power in 2007 . The SLPP,  while being commended for ending the war,  only  laid  the grounwork for  the minimalistic  nature of peace mentioned above , which is unsustainable and fragile .

The SLPP  government was also  too busy fighting itself to conceive  pragmatic programs that would  have not only brought development and prosperity to the common man in Sierra Leone, but peace that would  have flourish and lasted for long . The government’s running battles with the Hinga Norman ,  Charles Margai  and Tegloma factions, the infighting in North America  and the cold war that brewed between former President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah and the then Vice-President Solomon Berewa, coupled with the rampant corruption, lack of vision, backwardness  and inepitude of the government  defined governance in Sierra Leone during the SLPP era. Sierra Leone was heading backwards, not forward.  But as God would have it, dramatic changes came  in 2007 when President Koroma won the Prsidential elections .

As soon as he came to power, President Koroma  creatively  decided to devise a different masterplan , which,  if allowed to be implemented , will  effect  a meaningful change to governance and peace consolidation  and set the nation on the path to national development and durable peace and tranquiity . Inadvertently, President Koroma conceived a plan that was  much like the Ghanaian model that has earned the Cocoa-producing country  high marks in the international community and among donor agencies .

President Koroma vision for  Sierra Leone is embodied in his AGENDA FOR CHANGE Program,  a bold venture that would enable the All People’s Congress ( APC) Government to “provide for the people of Sierra Leone the basic services which many countries take for granted but which our people continue to be deprived of–available, accessible and affordable food, electricity, water, health care and jobs for our bulging youth population. ” ( Excerpts of the President’s address to the recent  United Nations Peacebuilding Commission’s High Level Special Sesion on Sierra Leone at the UN ) .Expounding  on  the principles of his Agenda For Change initiative, President Koroma further explained, during his effective speech to the UN  that “The four priority areas in the agenda–Agriculture and Food Security, Infrastructure and transportation, Energy and Water Resources and Human Development–hold the key, we believe , to our ability and capacity to lift our people out of the type of poverty that you all know continues to relegate my country to the last rungs of the Human Development Indices. Our Agenda For Change is a symbol  of my government’s determination to escape from this trap through a paradigm shift from a narrow focus on increasing social sector spending and achieving human development targets to national productive capacity -building for sustainable economic growth and jobs creation. It is a production-and-employment -oriented approach to poverty reduction as well as a development-driven approach to trade rather than a trade-driven approach to development “.

The Agenda For Change also indirectly identifies the main  causes of instability in Sierra Leone :  Poverty and backwardness . If previous governments had improved the quality of life of  our people, war would have been unknown  in Sierra Leone .Come to think of it, we have never had a truly tribal conflict , though there are many tribalists using the internet to inflame tribal passions in Sierra Leone. During the last Special Court trial of Chief Hinga Norman, the then pro-government militia he led, the Kamajors, were accused,   by witnesses,  of tribally-motivated killings , but the conflict never became a tribal war. Therefore,  if the living standards  of the people in Sierra Leone are improved ,  backed by a liberalization of our democracy,  there is the possibility that sustainable peace will be attained  in Sierra Leone.

President Koroma’s AGENDA FOR CHANGE is  the multi-faceted strategy that will make sustainable peace possible, as it will address most of  the root causes of Sierra Leone’s last war , while  also  setting the nation on the paths to socio-economic and political development  . The Agenda for Change is a creative program for rebuilding Sierra Leone’s post-conflict society to the extent that the causes of war  will become negligible . It will usher fundamental socio-economic and political reforms that will transform our citizens from agitators to willing partners of national reconstruction and national development,  as is happening  in Ghana today.

The Agenda For Change commands wide and popular support from the UN, the international community at large and development partners who have also seen in it the foundation  from the government for rebuilding Sierra Leone into a progressive , stable  and peaceful country  . Dramatic improvements in electricity supplies, communications, transport, education, health care delivery, food security , clean water , housing and job provision , via President Koroma’s Agenda For Change , are certainly capable of uprooting  most of the causes of conflict in our society .The reforms targeted by President Koroma’s Agenda For Change  are the achievements that the Sierra Leonean people have been clamoring for since Independence . If Sierra Leoneans cooperate with the government to have it implemented , Sierra Leone will join Ghana as the other nation that the International community will classify as a success story in Africa. The onus of the sucess of the Agenda For Change program rests equally on the shoulders of the people of Sierra Leone. We must therefore support it for the good of our nation.

However,  the international community and development partners too  have a big hand to play  to help the government implement it through a generous infusion of funds ,  incentives and breaks  . The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa in the UN proferred that post-conflict countries should enjoy preferential treatment and Sierra Leone qualifies for such a privilege . Explaining what it meant by preferential treatment , the Office suggested : “In practice, that means that these countries should be freed from the strict conditionalities and heavy regulations that might otherwise be applicable to countries not emerging from conflict. For example, where there is a legitimate post-conflict government, most , if not all debt, should be forgiven and tariffs for vital export goods cut or cancelled for the recovery and consolidation period “. It is time for Sierra Leone to begin benefitting from these incentives which will then give the government sufficient latitude to implement its Agenda For Change.

Sierra Leone has the potentials to become the giant of West Africa . We have abundant and enormous human and material resources . But we need the help of our development partners, friendly nations and the international community to help us actualize our dreams.

Leading peace consolidation organizations like the UN and its specialized agencies and donor agencies like the World Bank, IMF, The Paris Club, the London Club and the G-8 countries must help us  build a strong, prosperous and stable Sierra Leone by providing the much-needed funds and resources for the successful implementation of President Koroma’s Agenda For Change.

Rebranding our much- cherished moral values and self-respect

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Published on July 23, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   18 Comments

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The sudden appearance of pornographic movies on the streets  in Sierra Leone presents a worrying sign to authorities already concerned about  the depths the society is sinking in sexual immorality . A country that was built on sound Christian principles now finds herself  mired in the depressing depths of lewdness, lasciviousness , looseness , sexual depravity and debauchery. At a time when the rebranding of Sierra Leone is gaining pace, the present development is a blow to our long-cherished moral values. Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.

The alarming rate at which the rape and defilement of young girls in Sierra Leone has escalated since the war is  unacceptable .We cannot build a strong, prosperous, progressive and productive nation if the moral fibre of the country is debased by deeds that leave us ashamed of ourselves . The authorities should do everything it takes to stop the proliferation of pornographic movies in the country.

We endorse the views expressed yesterday by the Honourable Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo who regarded “The widespread sales and viewing of pornographic videos in the country… as an unacceptable attitude .” ( Awareness Times report ). Sierra Leone is already steeped in  other daunting social challenges like indolence, lethargy, a  lack of the sense of responsibility and self-pride , dishonesty and unpatriotism  and we cannot afford a hedonistic society where young and precious minds are exposed to mind-bending  and harmful pornographic movies that have the capacity to destroy the moral foundation parents, guardians, schools and religious institutions have spent generations to establish.
As a newspaper, we think that , apart from the war, which destroyed the traditional family and all instruments of moral education, strong negative influences from cultures alien to our own  are to blame for the moral looseness and sexual promiscuity trying to gain a foothold in our society. In this regard, we call on the relevant authorities responsible for ensuring compliance with our moral values to do something immediately to ban obnoxious magazines, books and films being imported into the country. Strong fines and other sanctions should be imposed on those who import these films and literature into the country.

It is a fact that pornography and lewd literature are no  longer strangers in a society that nurtured its young to exercise the highest form of moral discretion in sexual matters.  The bad influence of these pornographic movies and literature is seen in the loose and lewd manner our femalefolk  dress with skimpy garments so recklessly worn that cleavage and private body parts are immorally exposed.  This kind of public adornment is contrary to the moral tone of our once-conservative and God-fearing society. When women do not cover their  private body parts, they lay themselves bare to depraved men who rape and ravish them , though these reprobates  have no excuse for such  recourse.  Women who walk  the streets or show up at work  half-naked should be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

We also call on our celebrities , especially our musicians , to become praise-worthy role models for our youth and other young persons in our society. The idea of recording sexual trysts on cellphones and other media and having them mass-produced by unscrupulous persons and distributed in the country is shameful, disgraceful and harmful and should be stamped out by our authorities. Celebrities who try to impeach the moral foundation of society should , apart from being stigmatized , be arrested and charged to court for promoting lewdness and endangering the moral welfare of the young ones.

If we must rebrand Sierra Leone and restore our nation’s hard-earned pride,  respect and prestige , we have to crack down hard on this latest  menance in our society. The strong and uncompromisable Christian foundation on which the fabric of our nation was built must be defended at all costs. .

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Readers Comments (18)
  • Staphay says:

    why do sierra leone journalists like you in particular use big grammer all the time. Have you ever travel to developed nations like the US and Britain and read one of their news papers, the englisgh is simple and easy to undertand. remember that you guys are writing for the ordinary reader not your university professor. Please I know sometime africa journalists have the tedency to impress their readers, but please remember that majority of your readers cannot understand the actual meaning of this big words. am saying this because I live in the UK and I can tell you even readers with basic education can read and understood the content of the article. to conclude please stop the big english

  • Rev Wilfred Showers says:

    “Rebranding our much- needed moral vaues ” should be the heart beat of every right thinking Siera Leoneans at this point in time.Our present society today have become so increasingly influenced by sexual immorality and prosmiscuity to the extent that we as parents, as teachers and religious leaders have failed woefully to come terms and address these issuies most aggressively. our failure to do so have made matters worst for our present generation. In the height of some many christian faith and other related reiligion like the muslim faith it is ironical that our core values should now be replaced by immorality and sexual promiscous act of this magnitude. I am appealing to the religious leaders of both faiths , to step out from their comfort zones and occupy their various pulpits to address these issues that are now seem to go out of control at once. Our moral and core values in days gone bye were the hallmarks that help to transform our counrty Sierra Leone to be branded as “The athens of africa” and our university as “the citadel of learning”. Let us continue to applaud the effort of the minister of information and help him out with solutions to address these issues.Our founding fathers who have fought relentlessly to preserve our much -cherished core values and passed them on to us must not be eroded and trampled with the now so called right of doing what ever we like to do in a free society. A society that does regard its moral and core values is a failed society.

  • Isatu Konteh says:

    Chris bull have broken many married homes stay quiet now and learnt a lesson you are really a mess in sierra leone

  • Slim says:

    “A country that was built on sound Christian principles”. Really. I am sure you will get more than a few argument from the Muslims who form a substantial portion of the populace.

    “we call on the relevant authorities responsible for ensuring compliance with our moral values to do something immediately to ban obnoxious magazines, books and films being imported into the country. ” How do you do that and ENFORCE IT in a pathologically CORRUPT society that is still struggling to provide pressing BASIC necessities such as electricity , clean water , a square meal a day, access to medical facilities to name a just a few.

    ” When women do not cover their private body parts, they lay themselves bare to depraved men who rape and ravish them ” As usual,blame the woman.

    “Women who walk the streets or show up at work half-naked should be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. ”
    You cannot be serious here. Now women should be arrested because you or government does not approve of the way they dress.Are you implying the police do not have anything better to do with their time but walk around looking for women who do not meet a certain dress code defined by who? Government, the pastor or the imam?
    Nobody is suggesting this trend does not deserve our attention but my belief is that it is merely a SYMPTOM of something larger that needs to be addressed at its core for any meaningful change to occur for the better.

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to respond to the topic “Rebranding our much- cherished moral values and self-respect.” But before I do, I would call your attention to certain opinions of different people. ‘
    It is opined that ‘Nudity can provoke mass hysteria within self-proclaimed (civilized) civilised societies, for example Janet Jackson’s infamous breast-baring ‘wardrobe malfunction’ at 2004’s Super Bowl, which threatened to destroy her reputation and resulted in a five-second delay for ‘live’ telecasts on broadcast station ABC.”

    In another opinion, “Original Sin, Immorality and Savagery” it is stated that “Public condemnation of nudity may be because of its many negative connotations, including that of sex and immorality, which is deeply rooted in the biblical tale of Adam and Eve’s Fall from Grace. After partaking the forbidden apple, the pair realised (realized) that their naked bodies were shameful and should be covered up, and in doing so lost their innocence, never to be regained.”
    “Barcan argued that nudists are able to experience this Paradise not only in a somnambulant state – shedding clothes is liberation from self-consciousness, the ultimate psychological freedom. Nudists do not view being without clothes as being exposed; to them, it is a return to their original state, connoting a child-like innocence as all humans are born naked. In the words of Berger, “To be naked is to be oneself…without disguise.”

    In our writers observation on the said topic, he or she stated that “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people,” which I presume is a biblical quotation.
    Though I have tried harder to resist the temptation to respond to this topic yet, I cannot because of what I feel is wrong or right about it, especially, some of the writer’s prescription for control of the sale of pornographic movies, the manner in which women dress and the claim that the sale of such products or manner of dressing “will expose youths to mind-bending and harmful pornographic movies that have the capacity to destroy the moral foundation parents, guardians, schools and religious institutions have spent generations to establish.”
    Based on the writer’s statement posted above, and in agreement with him or her, and to contradict some of the views expressed by the writer, I feel compelled to assert that Sierra Leone has a lot to deal with in teaching ethics, citizenship, morality and digging the country out of the sin we have been drenched into for the past forty-plus years than involve in the rightness or wrongness of pornographic movies, a view claimed from unscientific reasoning, if you will, contrasted by the following compelling realizations or facts.
    Imagine a country that is named as the lowest in the global economic index, one that had the most brutal form of war ever in world history, one whose citizen is brutally abused abroad with support for this abuse stemming from his very countrymen, who are constantly listening and watching such egregious disrespect for human kind continue on a 24-hour bases, for a period of at least ten years. What are the reasons for such abuses, no one dare explain because it will mean unearthing the truth thereby, giving credence to his sacrifices and a penultimate rise from infamy to grace.
    Imagine a country whose citizens would hate for their countryman to prove his efforts, if that is what is required to gain prosperity, to prove his innocence, if that is what is required to set him free so that he can get out of the inhumane and desolate life style he is subjected to.
    Imagine a country whose citizens would wish for the rich, wealthy and the most powerful to think that such a country’s compatriot is lonely because they, the said country’s citizens, have isolated him, wishing that this will insight or appeal to the said wealthy and most powerful people to turn against their countryman and give the most wicked of all peoples the impetus to intensify their brutal treatment to cause him, their countryman, to get frustrated and even die from such frustration. He has been seeing naked for a period of about ten years whereby, everyone saw, have seen or will see his private parts even those who do not wish to see his manhood voluntarily or otherwise. He is forced to do so contrary to the constitution of his nation, the nation he resides, and against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    What is more moral than the most religious and a pious of persons of his country to ask why is this happening? But they did not. Worst of it all, a majority of his people joined to believe and to claim that he is hardheaded or stubborn, to be exact, for failing to go insane or die due to the immoral and unconstitutional treatments meted him. What morality is taught in such sentiments coming from one’s countrymen beats me but we have the tenacity to argue something we have no scientific proof of its advantages or disadvantages such as pornography but rely wholly and solely of unscientific condemnations of the past.
    That which turned into hate was meant for good, whereby, certain people claimed they love him, as such it was intended for good; was it not? But there are people in life who are satanic in disguise that will turn joy into sadness. For example, how did this turn into a run for life? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2KabvvLF7M This is not boast it was what every human being were talking about that has caused sadness.
    Yes we have a lot to atone for instead of concerning ourselves with pornographic movies that people who wish to view it voluntary, in their privacy, to do so, and examine through scientific studies the morality such will or will not teach.
    I strongly believe in the individual’s freedom to choose in a free atmosphere without coercion and I also believe that democratically, the Parents, Teachers and Spiritual Leaders will influence such youths through democratic guidance, if and when such elders serve as brighter examples in all matters that concern Sierra Leone. However, in the specific instance I mentioned above, where the said Sierra Leonean’s private parts were constantly seen by the global public, for no explained reasons, I did not hear of any Sierra Leonean publicly condemning such a treatment. That refusal, I am inclined to believe, condones the sale of the said materials and gives rise to bending the youths’ mind to believing that it is acceptable to imitate what comes from foreign world even if such imitation would cause an individual’s life.
    To suggest that those who may conduct themselves in the indolence and lewdness reported, and all the illicit behaviors he or she claims could be associated with such a way of life be punished or charged with disorderly conduct, when in fact, most of the claims made by the writer are not scientifically proven to be as a result of pornographic movies or the way women dress is far fetched. We had a war where many women were brutally raped; was that as a result of pornography or the way women dress?
    We all agree that we have had corruption of every dimension in Sierra Leone since independence, which has been forty-plus years, at which time there were very few pornographic viewers in the country, most of whom, I can vouch, were never rebels or rebel-collaborators as they were called. But we had plenty insanity rampantly going on in Sierra Leone.
    How can one talk about sanity or morality and not talk about the many married women that sleep with men that are not their husbands or married men that sleep with women that are not their husbands or marrying a girl thirteen years old? All these acts have been ongoing in Sierra Leone prior to the influx of pornographic movies or the way women dress but we hardly talk about it or them. Maybe it is because that is what we do.
    In the Seventies we had women dress in midi that did not go well with certain people but it did not cause a national uproar or inflate the degree of rape in the country. Most of the women who dressed in that way are prominent people today who have done well and live by Sierra Leone moral values, whatever that means these days.
    We have so much to atone for.
    Could it be that we have been so immersed in total depravity, which according to Wikipedia “(also called absolute inability and total corruption) is a theological doctrine that derives from the Augustinian concept of original sin. It is the teaching that, as a consequence of the Fall of Man, every person born into the world is enslaved to the service of sin and, apart from the efficacious or prevenient grace of God, is utterly unable to choose to follow God or choose to accept salvation as it is offered.” Difficult as is stated, it becomes more difficult and can drive more youths away if we are to adopt forceful means to instill morality, and not allow people to explore and broaden their horizon, helping them to be less fearful or ashamed to check with gynecologists, a method that can help reduce HIVAIDS.
    The writer succinctly puts it that “Sierra Leone is already steeped in other daunting social challenges like indolence, lethargy, a lack of the sense of responsibility and self-pride , dishonesty and unpatriotic and we cannot afford a hedonistic society where young and precious minds are exposed to mind-bending and harmful pornographic movies that have the capacity to destroy the moral foundation parents, guardians, schools and religious institutions have spent generations to establish. “
    In response to that, I will say that much was not done and not correctly done, I would presume, to instill the said values, and that many were left out, that was the reason for the said corruption and the war to go haywire, which we cannot blame on pornographic movies.

    I cannot sit here and claim that watching pornographic movies is right or wrong based on my opinion alone but at the same token, I do not believe the writer has grip of the subject matter therefore, it is wise to advise cautionary methods to tackle the situation, so as not to bend the youths’ minds from distinguishing between dictatorship and morality. For dictatorship is a cause, or an instrument, if you will, that will help for a growth and rampancy of immorality.
    We must understand that times change and people change with time. Any individual or nation who refuses to change with time and in a global context is making a huge mistake because as we have observed over the years, many nations have had conflicts because their leaders are insistent on clinging to the old ways of life. Let us support President Koroma in the pursuit to help us enjoy true democracy, which can never be realized without freedom of speech and expression.
    In which case, I believe, that the problems we need to tackle is our thinking process. We need to be more informed about life issues, issues in Sierra Leone and globally that can affect our lives and the lives of others, either positively or negatively, to help our youths think rationally, in an open minded fashion, rather than secluding ourselves to just one corner of the earth and doing things for Psychological egoism, ethical egoism and not for moral dynamism and the encouragement of human mind development for the realization of human potentials and prosperity.
    When it comes to religion one cannot believe half-hazardly. Either we believe or we do not. A majority of us do things or believe in things that suits and comforts us. Take for instance the following biblical and quoranic believes and see if we practice them, and if we do not, think why we do not:
    “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonours his head. And every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonours her head – it is just as though her head were shaved. If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or shaved off, she should cover her head. A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man did not come from woman, but woman from man; neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of authority on her head” (I Corinthians 11:3-10).
    How many of our women cover their heads when they go to church?
    Another instance in the quran states:
    “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty……And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms….” (Quran 24:30,31).
    How far do women observe this in Sierra Leone?
    Are those the things the writer expect Sierra Leonean women to conduct themselves in, in-this-day-in-age? But these are Christian and Muslim teachings.
    In America and Nigeria to name a few, pornography has been in existence since my childhood. Hugh Hefner ‘s effort to create Play Boy in America was seen as liberation movement and was granted the First Amendment Award . Therefore, his establishment of the “Playboy” was seen as helping people to be treated in accordance with the First Amendment Rights in America, which permits freedom of speech and expression. Let us desist from seizing this from the people of Sierra Leone. Let the parents in whose homes these are watch be the ones to judge.
    It is the responsibility of the family to bring their children-up in the best way to respect the dignity of other human beings, respect the laws of the land, and the schools and spiritual organizations must try hard to teach them respect for the law, respect for others’ properties and persons and respect for human life. I do not believe watching or not watching pornographic movies when one wants will promote self-respect.
    There are things of grave concern. Many Sierra Leoneans in the up country do not and have not enjoyed anything good the country has to offer. But donations come-in, yet, I know Sierra Leoneans who were deprived and lived and died poverty. That is sin that we need to talk about. Yes we need self-respect and high self esteem but with poverty such glorious values only stay and remain at the door step but will not enter any human mind let alone observed to the fullest. The consequences of which is the rampant corruption the writer made mention of. When poverty is rampant it becomes a jungle and jungle laws are implemented to make ends meet. But it is different in this case. Every Sierra Leonean I have come across has been trying to be seen in light of European or American ideals or misconstrued ideals, involved in the imitation of American or European values. The frowning, the laughing and the wickedness exhibited over the years are not Sierra Leonean values as you and I know it to be. Let us teach real African values that does not condone the torture, alienation and attempt on a fellowman’s life. We need to enhance the moral standing of a huge population, and reverse the copied values than concentrate on the few who might watch pornographic movies for a few and then change for some reason when the void that permeates into using these videos is filled.
    If we attempt to restrict it, we will see a backlash because then our effort has created scarcity and aroused interest in the youths to watch pornography and engage in wild ways of life but if they should do it at home, where they know their parents or guardians are in the vicinity, the tendency for them to engage in wrong doing or for them to be wronged is minimal. But if restricted they will always find a way to watch it.
    Let us concentrate on how we should be good to one another and to our country. Let us first and foremost, study the effect, good or bad, of pornography before we try to establish Sharia law.
    The lives of our compatriots and their dignity should concern us more. Our international image and human rights records should concern us more. Schools and colleges and their affordability should concern us more. The health of Sierra Leoneans should concern us more. Paying people on time is an area of grave concern. Poverty, the standard of information and thinking process should concern us more. The welfare of Sierra Leoneans, the corruption and lack of regards for human life should concern us more.
    We can do a lot better by given very little attention to people’s private lives that have nothing to do with us, will not harm us in any way and concentrate on those issues that have impacted Sierra Leonean lives in a sad way and try to teach youths how such neglect is immoral and unjust.

  • Angthorf says:

    In the nineties, president Omar Bongo of Gabon clamped laws forbidden teenage boys and girls to walk in the streets without being accompanied by elderly parents or guardiance. He further warned the then so called sex ladies to stay way from public places, failing to do so, one risks being caught and will then be sent to military camps to entertain the fighting guys. I don’t really go with such idea, if at all existed.
    In the case of Sierra Leone, the government, through it institutions and agencies can do a lot to correct the immoral practice that is prevalant all over the country today. We want legislated laws to curb the menance of teenage pregnancy. Let the civil societies be seriously involved in the process. The secret societies: poro, wonde, bondo, orjeh, gbambani, sowe etc should take the lead in correcting the immoral behaviour of the people in the country.

    To our beautiful young girls and beautiful women, we appeal to stick to modest life. They stand to gain more than being nude. Some devlish men will surely prefer you nude in the streets and public places for their own personal pleasure. Our respected mothers were married to our dads without being nude. They won their admirations, love and respect without displaying their bodily structures by using phrases such as “sexy lady”, ” you look sexy”. Beaches, hotel lounges, night clubs, casinos, discos are the ideal places for love making today, ignoring all traditional dictates with regards to our moral fabrics.

    Any call to check the immoral conduct of our today society will be appreciated not only by Muslims, Christians and other religious groups but those who have ethical values as well. Ponography and nudity are two social evils that require siwft action from the government. May Allah Bless Sierra Leone.

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    What actually do Sierra Leoneans and people of this world mean by morality?

    The acceptance of blatant cruelty that will turn into tragedy is nothing moral.
    I have come-up with the best answer only to be realized sooner than latter.

  • Angthorf says:

    It is unheard of for African parents to allow their young boys and girls to watch pornographic movies at home. I believe it still stands a taboo in most cultures apart from the Western World which allows such things to happen.

    To my view it is the parents right to instill respect of cultural values. Women should not be looked at as commodity for sexual pleasure. What can someone gain from watching sexual movies apart from toxicating one’s self in readiness to inflict aggressive sexual tendecies to weak and poor women. The lesson to be taught is that sexual intercourse leads to pregnancy and hence the multiplicity of unwanted children. To abstain from being enticed or lured to the game should be the primary concern of us all.

    The world will continue to develop scientifically and technologically minus nudity.

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Angthorf, let me first and foremost, register my sincere apologies for not responding in a timely fashion. I have so much to contend with that it is difficult to commit and do things in a timely manner, with the accuracy deserved, giving the circumstance of events in my disfavor, which should have been favorable, as most of you can. It takes me thousands of sacrifices and prolonged time to do things that are normally done by everyday human beings, who do so in a split of a second with minimal efforts.
    This is as a result of misplaced and misconstrued information or rationalizations of most humans that I have to deal with, some of whom actually believe that it is prudent to deal in convolution with utmost disregard for moral, ethical and legal considerations therefore, would do anything to make life excruciating and vicious for me. In which case, I would caution that this issue be discussed with an open mind and tolerance to enable us get a better understanding of it, to prevent us from accepting a phenomena that might be fatal to our system or reject a way of life that might be of value to our nation or one that will have no recognisable (recognizable)impact on the majority. We must therefore, carefully and respectfully engage in this brain storming exercise to unearth the real truth about the issue at hand.
    Further more, I would want to let you know that I have great respect for you, first, as a human being, and more so, that you are a Sierra Leonean. I respect the view that you are entitled to your opinion, hopping that you might understand that my opinions are mine and that I am free to express them on any matter that affects my country of origin, Sierra Leone, which if she goes bad will impact me, a reason why I am in another country, and if she is prosperous will make me proud. I expect a reciprocation of this ethical value of our country extended towards me from any and every Sierra Leonean because that is our traditional value, to respect each other and value each other’s opinions.
    I never suggested that parents should sit and watch pornographic movies with their children nor did I ever claim that this is practiced in any part of the world. My contention was that we do not have scientific proof that porn is detrimental to human mind. As such, we must examine it properly knowing that those who practice it might have a constitutional right to do so, and that we be more careful not to infringe on other’s rights because of our religious or moral reasoning, which might be interpreted differently from tribe to tribe, district to district, religious background and educational standings. Noting that most who practice nudity have reported benefits they gain and those in opposition have given their moral interpretation of the wrongness of it. However, this does not endorse my opposition nor support for the practice but willingness to participate in discussing it for a better understanding, with the mindset that it is proven that anything that relaxes the mind is good for brain development.

    Now, my questions to you are? For the past forty years,

     Have Sierra Leoneans been lying?
     Do Sierra Leoneans still?
     Do they kill?
     Do they commit adultery?
     Do they covet what are their neighbors?
     Do they bear false witness against other Sierra Leoneans?
     Do Sierra Leoneans teach sex education to their children as is done in many other cultures?
     Is prostitution pranced in Sierra Leone, if so how long has it been practiced?
     Do Sierra Leonean schools and work places have dress codes?
     Do men and women have multiple partners in Sierra Leone that they are not married to?
     Do youths have sex after school, outside their homes because they have to hide from their parents and regardless of their parents’ strictness?
     Have we made any research to find out if youth impregnation is due to parents’ strictness or the lack of strict rules in homes or because the watch pornographies or dress poorly?
     What statistics do we have, as proof that countries that permit pornographic movies have no moral standing and whether or not they are wealthy or poor, developed or under developed, peaceful or unstable, can or cannot take care of their citizens because they do or do not watch pornographic movies?
     Are there any statistics to prove that people who rape do so because of the way women dress or because they watch pornographic movies?
    If the answers to most of these questions are yes then where do we start with this moral and ethical implantation or promotion, if you will?
    The answers to these questions is why we should discuss this issue with an open mind, bearing in mind that immoral and unethical conducts have been practiced in Sierra Leone for a long period of time even before pornography was invented.
    More over, I am not sure why I am responding when and if your response is directed to my statement but refusing to acknowledge me by addressing me directly does not suit well for an individual who believes in religious ethical and moral values. That refusal in every culture, including that of Sierra Leone, would be considered inappropriate. However, due to the uncertainty mentioned prior, and because we are both passionate about the moral and ethical ramification an introduction of pornographic movies would impede on the Sierra Leoneans prone to watching it, and the dress code that is observed to be a new trend, which as alleged might bend the minds of the youths of Sierra Leone and open them up for rape, I would try to discuss with you.
    Most importantly, I am mindful that the issue is one that deserves a conversation to impart and learn about, to get a better understanding of it when neither you nor I have done any Scientific findings to know the pros and cons of such an issue, in view of achieving a coherent moral and ethical impact on the nationals that we both love dearly. Our derivations are based purely on non-scientific conclusions of other people. Therefore, who says then that we are authorities on the subject matter? We need to discuss and examine it thoroughly so that we too cannot be in the dark and help others think about it aswell.
    As far as I know, the purpose of discussing is to reveal facts about issues, give the pros and cons about such issues to see if we can, with a democratic mindfulness, influence our co-contributor/s’ views on such issues and to learn more about them to help us change theirs and our perceptions and belief-system/s, arming the majority or all of us with enough knowledge to make appropriate laws, effectively abide by the laws made regarding such issues, disallowing any uncertainty if laws are made or as to why laws are even made regarding such issues, helping us implement them appropriately in order that it benefits all of us rather than serve as a conduit for problems to the nation as a whole. The key point to note here is how it can benefit everybody in Sierra Leone whether they participate to it directly or indirectly, practiced or “banned.”
    It is note worthy that the reason people hold certain views, right or wrong, is due to their zero, limited, average or wealth of knowledge on the issue. There are no issues in this world that deal with humans or vise versa, that any person can authoritatively claim to have ultimate knowledge about, even the issue relating to the existence of God. In fact, due to its complexity, most people have, especially in the African context, abstained from such a discuss and “claim,” mark the quotation there, “claim,” that it is sin to talk about it. A whole bunch of issues fall under that category, branding them sinful to discuss thereby, never benefiting from them because they are not well understood and pornography is one of these issues.
    Certainly, every Sierra Leonean’s dream is to have a nation with high moral values, and the ultimate goal for such values is to enhance cordial relations among citizens, to enable them work for the common good of their nation and her people and to secure peace, stability and prosperity from these values. But that has not been the case for Sierra Leone though there were no pornographic movies. We had corruption and a brutal war. That is the reality that we must not loose sight of because we had limited information about our governments, other tribes and many issues. We did not have open conversation to educate us about many issues and most were trained to not discuss certain issues because they were sinful to discuss. The result, discontent, hate, corruption, misguided family values, hypocrisy, ignorance at a rampage and a brutal war that took the lives of hundreds of thousands, disabled thousands and lived a poor country who is said to have been founded on religious moral principles.
    In reiteration, if you read carefully, my suggestion was not that parents encourage or sit and watch pornographic movies with their children. On the contrary, I thought that if there is less hew-and-cry about it, or if we and parents do not demonize and inflict severe punishments on kids for this videos and take a layback but constructive approach on the issue, to learn more about it from those who have wealth of scientific knowledge and understand the moral ramification of it, the tendency for kids to hide and watch these videos in areas that do not have parental presence, which does not indicate that parents have to be in the room with them but by the them knowing that the parents are in the vicinity, the tendency for them to be prone to any form of abuse is minimal or non-existent.
    Therefore, let us continue the debate to help understand the issue better so as not to take ignorant stance on the subject.
    Mind you, Sierra Leoneans have participated on many issues that they should be concerned about but such abuses became accepted because they would want to believe it is a Western way of life.

  • Angthorf says:

    Thanks for your sentiment brother Bambay Lans Kamara. I do believe seriously that majority of us who left our natural homeland did so not for pleasure sake, but to look for better pasture some where. In the course of that we are all subjected to busy engagements that consume our limitted free time. May God bless.

    The point we are debating about the moral upkeep in our country is nothing personal. The salient points you raised are right in place and well noted. The only reservation I have is about the rappid disintegrations of our traditional and cultural values in favour of strange and foreign ways os life. I hope not to be misunderstood for being a man who lives in the past. A big no! I am a modern man who believes in the evolutionary realities of human existence. However, the change I am pursuing, center on a firm moral, ethical and religious background. I aspire to maintain my African values. My passionate appeal to our beloved Africans is to revert to the positive values that make us distinctive from other races.

    Regarding sexual immoralities practiced in most communities should be checked. The neglect of marriage principles has caused irriparable distruction in our societies. Children born outside marriage bonds are often not well cared for. These poor innocent individuals have the tendency to be irresponsible and mostly turn out to be dangerous criminals for the state. While on the other hand, children from legally married couple with caring upbringing, hardly become hardened criminals. Academically,some might not be talented but traits of respect and signs of good behaviour are always noticeable in them. They always stand to offer respect to other people’s fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, uncles etc as they wish others do on to them. They have the fear to hurt other people’s families in order not to get a reciprocal reaction.

    I would like to give an anology here about our local farmers. I come from a farming community which strongly believes that good harvests often come as a result of a number of tangible procedures.The selection of high quality seedlings, the timely brushing or ploughing of the land and a favourable rainy season. Having got all that at hand, you are sure of a bompy harvest.

    The above anology has been my guiding priciple in terms of marriage. I am sure the essence of marriage is to multiply human race. If that is the case, do we have to throw our seedlings on barren land for fruitless harvest? A big NO! We want responsible children to take over the batton of life for a better Sierra Leone. Copying negative ways of life that will impoverish our social and moral build up should be discouraged by all means.

    The West, particularly the US, is a place with multiplicity of cultures. It is an undeniably true that the US is a great country in terms of technology and economic advancement. Those countries elsewhere would like to trail the US in terms of progress. But do we have to copy their social life and moralities? The Chinese, Japanese, Arabs, Indians and Scottish try to maintain their cultural values in that cosmopolitant country. I am sure, it is much more easier for us to advocate for the sustainance of all our positive cultural values because we are in the land of our original parents. Our educators; universities, colleges, schools, social institutions and the local communities are to be engaged to ward off the menancing negative sexy culture practised in the West.

    Your historical highlight on the sexual malpractices in our country is well taken and highly commended. But the compelling question I would like to ask here is “Who is to blame on the current explosion of sexual immoralities in the country?” The move taken by the information minister to ban the sale of pornographic movies is an action in the right direction. The freedom we always talk about is to be protected and maintained but not at the detriment of our unique cultural, religious moral values.

    The teaching of sex education in schools is absolutely necessary for our children to have a realistic understanding of the act. I am sure the focus will not be on the pleasure and enjoyment derived from the intercourse itself but to inform the public that only through sexual intercourse women or girls get pregnant and nothing else!!!

    The debate on the change of our moral behaviour will continue till acceptable regulatory measures are put in place for the betterment of all in our country.

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Angthorf, let me first and foremost, thank you for your graceful response. I am more proud and hopeful for Sierra Leone now than ever. For the fact that we have a government who is ready to take on corruption in every facet of our country’s demographics, and for cultured people of your caliber (calbre) in our midst who cares deeply about the moral standing of such a beautiful nation, Sierra Leone, that deserves a better, if not new direction, and willing to discuss issues such as morality, sexual morality for that matter, an issue that is not openly discussed, which you have discussed reasonably, in a democratic fashion without getting worked-up in a verge to be viewed as the harbinger of rightness, with an insatiable appetite for power, neglecting the cutesy to listening to the views of others who are also stakeholders of the same country; thank you.
    Your points are well taken to heart but the fact remains that the culture of corruption is deep-rooted in Sierra Leone that, changing it is easy but will take the engagement of the institutions you made mention of, and all communities in Sierra Leone to accomplish such a desirable change.
    Indeed, no culture, persons or nations is said to be civilized without moral endowment. But for most, morality is defined as customs and convictions of people around you. There are certain belief-systems that are highly respected, example education, in one culture of a people but not so valued in others. For some cultures for the fact that one is educated is a vanguard for success while others believes it is a recipe for disgrace and inhumane sufferings.
    We can never talk about morality without talking of corruption because corruption is the pillar for any immoral act, and a conduit for problems in a society.
    Most people’s understanding of corruption is about fraudulent activities of government and other professionals. However, corruption has a deeper meaning and involves many ills beyond the corruption perpetuated by government functionaries.
    Dictionary defines corruptions as: “–noun
    1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
    2. moral perversion; depravity.
    3. perversion of integrity.
    4. corrupt or dishonest proceedings.
    5. bribery.
    6. debasement or alteration, as of language or a text.
    7. a debased form of a word.
    8. putrefactive decay; rottenness.
    9. any corrupting influence or agency.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    “The word corrupt (Middle English, from Latin corruptus, past participle of corrumpere, to destroy : com-, intensive pref. and rumpere, to break) when used as an adverb literally means “utterly broken”.[1] In modern English usage the words corruption and corrupt have many meanings:
    Political corruption: the abuse of public power, office, or resources by government officials or employees for personal gain, e.g. by extortion, soliciting or offering bribes.[2]

    Police corruption is a specific form of police misconduct designed to obtain financial benefits, other personal gain, and/or career advancement for a police officer or officers in exchange for not pursuing, or selectively pursuing, an investigation or arrest. They can engage in bribes, flout the police code of conduct in order to secure convictions of suspects, through the use of falsified evidence, may deliberately and systematically participate in organized crime themselves,
    Corporate corruption: corporate criminality and the abuse of power by corporation officials, either internally or externally
    Bribery in politics, business, or sport (including match fixing).

    In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s view about corruption, which you and I may agree with, “ there are different types of corruption: Public and private types of corruptions.” That if ordinary citizens lie when they give testimony in court, this is corruption; it is corruption of the criminal justice system. However, it does not involve abuse of a public office by a public official. And when police fabricate evidence out of a misplaced sense of justice, this is corruption of a public office, but not for private gain.”
    My purpose of bringing this up is not in contravention with your views but in solitude thereof, with most of the views you raised such as checking sexual immoralities practiced in most communities, the irreparable destruction neglect of marriage principles has caused in our societies, the lack of care for children born outside marriage and the tendency for most of them to be irresponsible, which might raise the susceptibility for most to turn out to be dangerous criminals for the state, the need for us to advocate for the sustenance of all our positive cultural values because we are in the land of our original parents, and the need for the engagement of institutions such as our educators; universities, colleges, schools, social institutions and the local communities to ward off the menacing negative sexy culture practiced in the West.
    However, again, this is just an observation, when you asked who is to blame, that right there, after a thorough consideration of the complexity of pinpointing the cause-factor for the cultural confusion that stemmed-up to this cultural dilemma, is what makes this situation even more difficult and intriguing a problem.
    You may have read or heard about the Revolution of African history. This is a process whereby, African Historians are stepping to the plate to unearth the true African History, devoid of the many convolutions gushed into our history, by European Arm-chair Historians in a blatant attempt, by most, to obscure the African culture substituted by a culture or cultures that is or are sparsely African culture/s. The true African culture, it is believed, was taken to other shores and became big business that we were told are taboos therefore, never benefitted from them. We were introduced to cultures whose languages are not understood by many and therefore, could not practice it to benefit the mass majority.
    Many wars in Africa and many other problems are there to create a confusion and inability to regain our former culture by interpreting them in languages that we can understand better, organize better, to derive benefit from our endeavors and wealth because wherever there is instability there will be disorganization and when there is disorganization the tendency to produce and grow is slim.
    The partition of Africa did the worst damage in confusing the African culture so as to accept other belief systems different from what was probably an enviable culture. When this attempt did not bear fruit in Egypt, you and I know of the Pharaohs, the Egyptian contributions to Sciences and Math.
    Most of what we call African dress, gown and so on are Arabian designs, the way we are brought-up is either with Quoranic or Biblical belief-systems, which is good but where is our culture? Besides worshiping stones what else were our ancestors involved or engaged in?
    I agree with you ostensibly that we had something that held us together that we need to cherish and safeguard. I have no doubt about that. Nonetheless, you may agree with me that for any action there is a reaction and everything has cause and effect. Marian Williams, a Spiritual leader and Lecturer once said, “God created the law of free will, and God created the law of cause and effect. And he himself will not violate the law. We need to be thinking less in terms of what God did and more in terms of whether or not we are following those laws.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson an American Poet and Lecturer also said, “Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed”
    Paul Gallico also said, “No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined.” Pending on the understanding of, the reasoning capacity of people involved and the appropriate approach towards solving a problem, no problem is unsolvable if it is meant in good faith.
    Can we approach the sell of sex tapes with caution and tackle the needs that permeated this action by those who sell them?
    Yes American is an amalgam of cultures. However, there is the American Ideals that true Americans believe in. What are these ideals?
    It is stated that “This ideals of America are found in the laws, and they guide our country.” These ideals are twelve belief systems:
    “1. The Spiritual is Supreme, 2. Fear of Government-over-Man, 3. Unalienable Rights–From God, 4. Man Organizes Governments to Be His Tools, 5. Limited Government,
    6. Decentralized Government, 7. Equal, By God’s Gift, In Sight of God and Law
    8. Life and the Pursuit of Happiness, 9. Liberty–Against Government-over-Man
    10. Private Property–Liberty’s Support, 11. Taxes–Limited to Safeguard Liberty
    12. The Majority–Limited for Liberty
    (The American Ideal of 1776 The Twelve Basic American Principles by Hamilton Abert Long, ©1976.)
    Yes there are many cultures in America but everyone is entitled to live by these principles and the First Amendment Rights and all clauses within the American Constitution are written to enable freedom, enhance creativity and responsibility that are responsible for the scientific and technological advancement of America. However, because there are restrictions in said documents, one who dresses or engages in sex in public place or places is subject to arrest and the full penalty of the law, as are those who commit other crimes. These laws are, to a greater extent, strictly observed and up kept by government, the upper class to the grassroots level, though there are flaws here and there but it is not as rampant as we had it and are trying to tackle the corruption in Sierra Leone. So let us tackle first things first, serve as examples and proceed from there while better studies are made.
    I am not disputing that the Honorable Minister is on the right track. what I am contending or rather concerned about is how rampant is the situation and is it more problematic than the cause? Let us give Sierra Leoneans reason to be proud of Sierra Leone, teaching us about our culture, values and history.

    Why not focus on avenues such as self-creativity especially, for the many whom the continued exposure to the war and the time it took them away from schools, turning them into school dropped-outs therefore, have no other skills? Are we not concerned that they might turn to arm rubbery?
    With reasoning and careful examination the moral richness of Sierra Leone will be improved. The following is said about reasoning: Albert Einstein said, “ That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.”
    It is also stated that,
    “I believe in a long, prolonged derangement of the senses to attain the unknown. Our pale reasoning hides the infinite from us.” Plato and finally,
    “A few observation and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to truth.” Alexis Carrel.
    Education and the involvement of the youths and grown-ups will help change the worst Sierra Leonean to the best Imam or Priest or a morally bound Sierra Leonean. Time there was when fathers and mothers could work or farm and provide for their children who had very little alternative but to listen. But that was not the case and then a war in which we the grown-ups used and abused the youngest of young, instead of giving them pens and pencils, books and education we gave them guns. Let us carefully, rewire their brains from thuggery to morality.
    It is unfortunate that those of us who had the best home training, education as I am always proud of my high school and college I graduated from, and mentorship, believe in respect for ourselves, others, the elders and the laws of anywhere we reside, believing that regardless of our circumstances education is the key because we have seen its value in many Sierra Leoneans and many other people that respect education. But most of these grew-up knowing force or were forced. Therefore that is their belief make-up that is gradually unwinding. That education I received in Sierra Leone and in America will go with me to the grave but most cannot of these youths are not proud to say such.
    Though burglary nor sexual immorality none are lesser evils of the two yet, we must be careful not to forcefully inject our belief-systems on people who are still reeling from the horrors of war that we have not yet convinced to believe in most things about Sierra Leone. Let us be cautious and examine the cause and effects of the situation.
    In which case, I want to once more, thank you for your valuable inputs and will live you with verses from the Bible: “Acts 26:14 (New King James Version)
    14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’
    Acts 26:15-20 (King James Version)
    15And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
    16But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
    17Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,
    18To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” He did not use force but convinced.

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Let us wind down a little:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmC_YHGweLs

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Who is that girl on the latest vidoe added? Speak now or forever old your peace.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3JIyWQr2RM

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Is Cocorioko a propaganda machine against bambay; what is the beef? Are you still trying to prove that he is crazy, our diplomats and Journalists who should unearth the truth to tell the story.
    Why delete this that is about Sierra Leone:
    http://sierraleonenow.com/

  • Bambay Lans Kamara says:

    Read the rest from bellow:
    http://www.akat.com/reasoning.htm

Sierra Leone’s UN Permanent Representative Shekou Touray Visits Ailing Dr. Karefa-Smart

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
PRESS RELEASE :  Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador, Shekou Momodou Touray, on Wednesday, 21st July, 2010, accompanied by the Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs, H.E. Ambassador, Rupert Davies and Counsellor Victoria Sulimani, visited Dr. John Karefa-Smart, former politician and leader of the United National Peoples Party (UNPP) at a hospital facility in Kent, Connecticut where he is currently receiving medical attention for severe abdominal ailment.
Dr. Karefa Smart, who was the First Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone from 1961-1964, was reported by family members present at the hospital to have been in a terribly poor health condition for the past couple of weeks, not being able to eat or drink anything and rarely making more than two sentences in a day. They were therefore amazed by his sudden revived condition, which they attributed to the visit by the Sierra Leone diplomats and expressed their gratitude to the Ambassador and his staff for the visit. Among the family members present at the hospital were his wife Rena, his daughter Rosalee and his grand-daughter, Rena.
PHOTO : AMBASSADOR TOURAY (FAR LEFT ) AND DELEGATION AS WELL AS THE AILING VETERAN POLITICIAN AND HIS WIFE. SITTING ON AMBASSADOR TOURAY’S  LEFT IS COUNSELOR VICTORIA SULIMANI. FAR RIGHT ARE AMBASSADOR RUPERT DAVIES AND MRS. KAREFA-SMART.
Upon arrival at the hospital, Ambassador Touray, having patiently listened for almost an hour to the former politician share his experience as educator, minister, physician, public health practitioner and administrator, diplomat, politician, and elder statesman, he referred to him as a “Reservoir of all the good memories of Sierra Leone” and in many aspects as our own  “Mandela” in Sierra Leone. On Dr. Kerefa-Smart’s contribution to nation-building, he opined that the old man did his best for Sierra Leone and was higly reverred by all. He described him as a role model and hoped that this younger generation would emulate him. Concluding, he conveyed greetings from the Government  and members of the Permanent Mission at the United Nations and wished him a  very speedy recovery.
Responding, the former diplomat and politician,  launched a plea to the younger generation,  made reference to the title of his Memoirs “Rainbow Happenings”, he has just finished writing; by which he meant to encapsulate the legend of a mighty warrior known as Farma Tasse who in firm determination to bring all warmongering to an end, shot his bow into the sea and there appeared a rainbow on the horizon. To the author, the rainbow signals the way forward and serves as a reminder that the past was over and a need now, to turn over a new page with a dire need for national unity, and building bridges towards  a United States of Africa. He was gratified by the visit and hoped that he would recover from his ailment and be able to honour an invitation extended to him by H.E. Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma to participate at the 50th Independent Anniversary Celebration in April, 2011 as one representing the older generation.
Speaking on his contributions in the international arena,  he mentioned the part he played in getting Sierra Leone admitted as the 100th member of the UN amidst some difficulty between the USA and USSR at the time; his role as part of a group of three that drafted the Charter of the OAU; his activities as one of the leading advocates for the end of  apartheid in South Africa and for the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, expressing  hope to meet Mandela anytime even so late.
The Permanent Representative and his delegation took a couple of photographs with the ailing politician and diplomat together with his family. On request, a couple of autographed copies of the Memoires will be sent to the Mission.
New York, 21st July, 2010.