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Sierra Leone’s legal giant Dr. Abdulai Conteh left a rich legacy in Belize

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Published on December 31, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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Sierra Leonean-born legal luminary, Dr. Abdulai Conteh , recently retired as Chief Justice of the Caribbean Island nation of Belize. Though he was quickly snapped up by another Caribbean nation, Bahamas, where he has now been sworn in as an Appeal Court Judge, the airwaves in Belize are still busy with reports about the impressive legacy left in the country by the man who has also served as Foreign Minister ,  Attorney General /Minister of Justice and Vice-President in his native Sierra Leone in the 1980s.  We bring you a report from the website of  a leading television station in Belize, NEWS 5,  which highlights Dr. Conteh’s exemplary service in Belize :  PHOTO : Dr. Conteh being sworn in Appeals Court Judge in Bahamas.

CULLED FROM THE WEBSITE OF  NEWS 5 OF BELIZE

Sep 30, 2010

Last swing of the gavel for Chief Justice, Dr. Abdulai Conteh

 

Earlier in the newscast Dr. Abdulai Conteh spoke about his retirement as Chief Justice. But before he brought down his gavel for the last time, his peers, other justices and senior counsels spoke of the man who vastly improved the judicial system and jealously guarded its independence. Members of the Bar let him know clearly that for the past ten years, he walked, talked and delivered justice as no other could.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

Trumpets blared in front of the Courthouse this afternoon. The judiciary was in full attendance. And though it had all the trimmings of the Opening of the Court, it was the Chief Justice’ last time to inspect the guard. Dr. Abdulai Conteh, retired today on his sixty-fifth birthday. Justices as well as attorneys followed him to the Supreme Court where they congratulated him for his ten years of service. Justice Samuel Awich, Supreme Court Justice

“My lord, Chief Justice Conteh and Misses Conteh, the judges, magistrates, and staff of the judiciary of Belize do wish you a happy retirement and wish you well in your future endeavors. If it is your intention to remain in Belize, I am sure you will be consulted by those in the legal profession from time to time. Should your lordship retire elsewhere, the many friends you have made in Belize will seek you out. Farewell Chief Justice Conteh and farewell Misses Conteh.”

Senior Counsel Philip Zuniga was poetic in describing the relationship of the CJ and the attorneys who graced his chambers.

 

Philip Zuniga, Senior Counsel

“Before you came to Belize, you already had a long and distinguish history of service in your home country of Sierra Leone. Upon your arrival, we took notice that our quality of service from our Supreme Court took a distinctly upward pitch. We collectively recognized your leadership and demanded more. It is part of our human nature to demand more from those who can give us more. It’s not that we are greedy, we are just insatiable when we are getting what we like. CJ, if I can call you that affectionately as you know, you can’t and will never please everybody.  Has it not been said often that nobody stones a tree that bares no fruit. Well now you know why we have thrown our stones—it is not at you, but at the fruits that you’ve bore. Judgments that delighted the winner but also excited the imagination fo legal practitioners and academics alike.”

Several attorneys spoke including Godfrey Smith and Lord Peter Hendry Goldsmith.  The Bar President was suitably choked up before the end of her speech, which signified the feeling of the loss felt by all.

Jacqueline Marshalleck, President of the Bar

“In 2005, Chief Justice Conteh dragged us kicking and screaming into the age of mandatory case management under the new Supreme Court rules. He worked closely and tirelessly with a committee of senior attorneys and judges to make this a reality. After an initial period of teething things, the rules became recognized as an invaluable tool in the dispensation of justice in our courts. We have relied very heavily on Chief Justice Conteh not only to manage our court system but also to take unto himself the most complex of cases. So much so that ‘Landmark’ is the word we expect to hear follow the name of Conteh. As attorneys, we know that the decisions of the Chief Justice particularly in the area of judicial review have been closely followed all over the Commonwealth Caribbean. Not every decision has been met by the public, or the government or the bar association with joy, but for the most part, they have been met with respect. Using the words of Justice Rosalie Silverman Arrela of the Court of Appeal of Ontario Canada; “I believe I can classify Chief Justice Conteh’s decisions as democracy at work. To you Chief Justice Conteh, you leave today with a heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the work you have done and the contributions you have made to the government. The people and the bar association of Belize, we wish you good health, good luck in your future endeavors and we look forward to hearing of your continued contribution to the several of the commonwealth Caribbean and beyond. May you long be known as the people’s chief justice.”

Abdulai Conteh, Retired Chief Justice

“I was regrettably unable to complete cases that had been brought before me before I reached the constitutionally prescribed age of retirement. The constitution as I have just read out, clearly allow this, but it was not to be. This naturally must have caused some alarm and disquiet especially among members of the Belize bar association and the public and was of course deeply disappointing to some of the litigants in those cases who have spent monies and fortune to retain some of the leading counsel in Belize. Let me say however that for me it was a matter of deep regret and sorrow especially when it is realized that cases are not influenced or determined by their date of births. I found all the bumbling fury quite amusing however because I had at the opening of the legal year on the eighteenth of January this year, thought I had sung my last song by giving information publicly of my eminent retirement. On a lighter note for me to observe that despite the fact that my sixty-fifth birthday was publicly and avidly trumpeted perhaps sometimes triumphantly and commented upon in several quarters, when the day itself arrived, I received neither cake nor card. Not even a telephone call from any of the commentators. But there was a silver lining as this was very fortunate for me, I can only ascribe the somewhat lapse of memory by not acknowledging the date to a gratifying oversight on the part of those who are so concerned, but enabled me to spend the day just like any other day. Let me for the final last time wield the gavel which I have never done in my court and this special sitting closed.”

The Chief Justice’s Chair sits sorrowfully, silently vacant and awaits another that has the mettle of Dr. Abdulai Conteh. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Since the chair is vacant, the acting Chief Justice is Samuel Awich.

President Koroma attends Presidential inauguration in Guinea

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

By Joseph Kamanda :  

President Ernest Bai Koroma has returned home after attending the
inauguration ceremony of the newly elected President of the Republic
of Guinea, Professor Alpha Conde..

The historic and colourful ceremony at the Palace of the People in
Conakry was attended by  twenty  Heads of State, including  Presidents
Jacob Zuma of South Africa,  Blaise Campaore of Burkina Faso,  Helen
Johnson Sirlef of Liberia, Abdulai Wade of Senegal, as well as former
President Olusengu Obasanjo of Nigeria and the French Foreign
Minister.

The President was met on arrival at the Gbessia International Airport
by Guinean Prime Minister Jean Marie Dori, foreign Affairs Minister
Bakari Fofana and Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Guinea Adikali Foday
Sumah. A Military Guard of Honour formed part of the welcoming
ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, Guinean Interim President General Sedou Ba
Konate paid glowing tribute to African Countries that have made the
transition from a military to a democratic Democratic State. He
thanked President Blaise Campaore, ECOWAS and the International
Community for their mediatory roles in restoring democracy in Guinea.

Speaking in a somber tone, President Alpha Conde stressed the urgent
need to address issues related to the development of Guinea and the
Guinean people, noting that all political differences should be put
aside in the interest of the country, while promising collaboration
with the Mano River Union, ECOWAS, the African Union and the
International Community at large. ‘Guinea is back”, he concluded
.
After taking the oath of office, Professor Conde shook hands with the
visiting Heads of State, with whom he also had a group photograph.

Special messages were delivered at the ceremony by a representative of
the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Rose Ashanigro and
former Nigerian President Olusegun Obansanjo.

President Koroma also met the Sierra Leone Community at the Embassy in
Conakry where he reminded them that both Sierra Leone and Guinea are
two sister countries and Members of the Mano River Union, and
therefore should celebrate Guinea’s victory in joining democratic
countries of the world.

The president cautioned them to be law abiding and serve as
ambassadors of  Sierra Leone, informing them that he and the Guinean
President have vowed to work together to improve trade and strengthen
bilateral ties between the two countries.

Sierra Leone’s high profile participation at the Guinean President’s
inauguration was conspicuous by the high powered delegation, including
eight Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Chukuma Johnson
and representatives of the key border districts of Kailahun – Chairman
Tom Nyuma; Paramount Chief Alie Bala Sama Marah 111 –  Koinadugu and
Chairman S.A.S.Sankoh – Kambia.

Stop using President Koroma’s name to threaten and intimidate others ! ! !

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Published on December 15, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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BY KABS KANU :

The problem Sierra Leoneans have started having in this part of the United States  is some backward and egoistic individuals trying to create the lying and deceitful impression that they are so connected to President Ernest Koroma that they have the President’s ears and can cause the dismissal of any diplomat or government employee by making false representations to the Head of State. This is a shameful , disgraceful and scandalous misuse of political connection and we at COCORIOKO will go all out to condemn it with every emphasis at our command because we know that President Koroma is not the type of leader who endorses such misuse of his name or his goodwill. The President is not a vindictive man. He is not waiting to listen to gossip to act upon to  fire employees . This is a complete misrepresentation of the personality of the President. He has his yardstick for  performance appraisal.

This newspaper has taken the uncompromising  vow to promote the interests of President Koroma and the government all over the world and we think that we have been doing a great job in this respect. Therefore we will not sit down and allow anybody to sully the good name of President Koroma. In the same fashion that we do not allow the detractors of the government to get away with any unjustifiable attacks on the President, we will jealously guard the President’s name from being destroyed by political misfits who think that they can misrepresent their connections with the President.

There is no denying the fact that before Ernest Koroma became President , he had acquaintances , some of whom hailed from Makeni where the President was born and bred. However, that does not give anybody the authority to go around using the President’s name to threaten and intimidate government employees and diplomats. The fact that one is related to the President or acquainted with him does not bestow any extrajudicial or extraordinary rights on that person to establish extrajudicial authority over others. We have been witnesses to people recording the President’s voice on their telephones and going around playing it to others to prove that they do speak with the President. There is something ethically  wrong with one taping the President’s voice and  letting others hear the President talking on one’s phone. The reason it is unethical is that the President’s permission was not sought and secondly, it is an invasion of the privacy of the President. He was not told that his voice was going to be taped.He was also not told that the voice will be played to a whole kaboodle of people. This is patently an abuse of presidential connection.  It is even worse when such connections with the President are used to try to intimidate and blackmail others.

It must be said that  President Koroma is our Head of State and Father of The Nation. By dint of the President’s position, he is father to every Sierra Leonean. Despite our age in life, God places us in a position where we become the Father of a whole nation. Abraham became the Father of the growing Biblical nation of Israel. In that position, everybody is entitled to the President’s goodwill –And President Koroma has been doing a marvellous job in this regard.He has been a capable and competent Father of the Nation to the extent that when a journalist wrote defamatory articles against him and the CID arrested that journalist without the approval of the government, President Koroma called the journalist personally on her cellphone to assure her that he did not approve her arrest. Ultimately, the journalist was released. This shows that President Koroma is everybody’s Father in Sierra Leone. It is therefore wicked for any person to use their connections with the President to harass, intimidate and blackmail  others. This is wrong and it does not meet the approval of the President.

If people are not trying to misrepresent the President’s name or abuse their connections with the President, why would a very insignificant and faceless person utter such comments in public : “I helped that diplomat get his job,  and  if he denies that,  I am going to have him  kicked out of the job  for ingratitude ”. Is that the way diplomats are hired and dismissed ?  What authority does a faceless man have to threaten a whole diplomat  that he will have him kicked out of his job  ? Did he employ the diplomat ? Is he the one responsible for hiring and dismissing government officials ? It becomes even more disturbing when the very diplomat being threatened is one of the hardest working employees of the nation’s Foreign Service to the extent that one of his bosses told the President that he is an asset to his Mission . The diplomat leaves home to  go to work in the morning and does not return home until around midnight everyday .And that is not the end.He stays up late just to make sure that the government is positively promoted to the international world. So how can somebody who is not even employed by government threaten to kick him out of his job ? Isn’t it bizarre ?

It was people like these idiots who damaged the name of President Siaka Stevens by falsely misrepresenting their connections with him to perform atrocities all over the nation, without the knowledge of the President. I grew up at State House and The Lodge in Bo where my father worked and I can authoritatively say that the Heads of State in those days had no knowledge of the violence and other atrocities committed by their supporters who used their names to perform perversities.

It is high time certain people in New Jersey are told that the days when connections with the President were used to threaten and intimidate others are long gone . We live today in a new society of accountability and good governance. This attitude must stop IMMEDIATELY. President Koroma is doing a wonderful job and does not deserve his name sullied by misguided people claiming to have connections with him. If this attitude does not stop, we will start naming the culprits . We have no time for playing games with people.

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Diana Konomanyi flies APC banners high in crucial election in Kono tomorrow

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

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The All People’s Congress ( APC ) banners are flying high in Kono where crucial  bye-elections for the district chairmanship takes place tomorrow.The APC Iron Lady of Kono, Diana Finda  Konomanyi is slugging it out with the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) candidate Sahr Foa Matturi in what looks like a fight to the finish, with Diana Konomanyi expected to emerge tops.
According to COCORIOKO Man, Solomon Sesay, who is covering the election, Kono has gone red for the APC ,with tension said to be very high and riot police said to have been deployed throughout the district to stave off any chaos from rival supporters.
Diana Finda Konomanyi is very popular with the youths of Kono ,who came out in full swing three weeks ago to give her a welcome that is still the talk of Kono , when hundreds of youth brought Koidu to a standstill with a convoy of over 100 vehicles .
APC officials and supporters are feverishly campaigning for Diana because it is very important that she wins tomorrow >
We bring you an interesting article written more than a year ago by THE DAILY NATION and Sierra Leone International Media Association (SLIMO ) Man, Abdul Bero Kamara , which just about sums up the valued place occupied by Diana Konomanyi in the APC Mantra . READ :

Diana Konomanyi is key to APC victory in 2012

 – Monday 27 April 2009.
By Abdul Bero Kamara (Chief), USA.
The historic APC convention is over. The key success of this historic assembly was the democratic formation of what political analysts would call ‘real Brazilian team’. Those familiar with world soccer knows what this means. To the APC, it’s a team ready to defend the flag of the rising Sun in 2012.
Before the 2007 election Dr. Ernest B Koroma of the APC was the underdog and there was prediction from political pundits that Mr. Solomon Berewa of the SLPP was going to win with a slam dunk. That dumb victory never came. Contrary to the popular beliefs the election went to a run off and the APC eventually won in alliance with PMDC. It was a show of ‘country first’ demonstrated by the people of Sierra Leone through the APC/PMDC.
This time around we have the real Brazilian Team that has the wherewithal and the strategy to make run off and alliance with any third party impossible.
Nonetheless, the one person to watch from this team is the determined and dynamic APC chairlady for the Eastern Region Ms Finda D Konomanyi-a woman with the substance and all that it takes to make things happen in the political forum
Who is Diana Konomanyi? Ms Konomanyi is the newly elected chairlady of the APC Eastern region that covers Kenema, Kono and Kailahun. She came to the political lime light in 2004 when she became the first female in Sierra Leone to be democratically elected to a senior position within a major political party.
Ms Konomanyi made her name during the 2007 election as an outstanding personality with a strong conviction and was nicknamed the Iron lady of the APC party because of her tenacity and courage to overcome daunting challenges as a young female politician in a male dominated political system.
When people in her hometown of Kono district were ashamed to associate themselves with the APC party, she stood toe-to toe and face to face with opposition supporters who hated her APC party with passion.
Besides, when her party was on life support in Kono district she sacrificed her life, her wealth and family in order to resuscitate life back into the party, and during the cause of the struggle she worked tireless to sell and promote the ideology of the party and the development it will bring to her countrymen.
As a political celebrity in her own rights she had survived several assassination attempts and countless death threats in her home town of Kono because of her unflinching loyalty, unshakable belief and firm convictions in the cause of her APC party.
Also, at some point when the going became so tough for the party, and some
Political opportunists like Rtd. Major General M.S Tarawallie and many more were switching allegiance to the ruling SLPP, Ms Konomanyi’s
Loyalty for the APC party was put to an acid test by top SLPP government officials.
In this case she was offered money in dollars and scholarship to pursue her graduate studies to any college of her choice-anywhere in the whole wide world. This was a well chosen bait that few could afford to turn down, disappointedly for these SLPP top guns Ms Konomanyi out rightly told them that she will rather die poor with the APC than sell her loyalty for money.
Furthermore, during the time when the rebel war was at its height and the RUF rebel became notorious for raping and maiming, she courageously and fearlessly went to the jungle to free her kidnapped father from Foday Sankoh and Maskita
Why would Diana Konomanyi be the key to 2012 election?
She is the chairman/chairlady of the Eastern Region (Kono, Kenema and Kailahun) a region that is traditionally and predominantly green and will go GREEN even at the detriment of the country. In the last two elections it
Voted overwhelmingly for the SLPP even when the wind of change for national development was blowing, and the whistle for changed had been sounded loud and clear in all corners of Sierra Leone.
Second, there are clear indications that the “unholy Marriage” between the PMDC and the APC is getting sour by the day and it’s very like the relationship will end in a bitter divorce.
In view of the above, all eyes within the party and her BRAZILIAN team mates will be looking up to the “Iron Lady” to make in roads into Kenema and Kailahun, and turn Kono overwhelmingly into a red district
YES SHE CAN!!!
Finally, I have the strong conviction that with our able Eastern region chair in the person of Ms Konomanyi our president Dr. Ernest B Koroma is certainly guarantee a second term without any hassle. Congratulations Mr. President for winning a second term and thank you Diana Konomanyi and the Brazilian team for the hard work.
By and large, my advice to my fellow comrades is that we must all endeavor to give the “iron Lady” our unwavering and steadfast support to make her succeed in her determination to change the Eastern Region from GREEN to RED. YES SHE CAN!!!! and YES WE CAN!!!!!!!
Ms Konomanyi needs our support to make in roads in the bastion of the SLPP; therefore we should continue to work together as a team ready to
March towards the wall of Jericho in 2012, if she stumbles and fails, we will all suffer the consequences, similarly if she succeeds in her quest to change the voting nomenclature in the eastern region-BRAVO to the APC and KUDOS to all the APC members and supporters.
TOP PHOTO : DIANA KONOMANYI AND JENGO STEVENS DURING THE 2007 ELECTIONEERING CAMPAIGN
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Diana Konomanyi flies APC banners high in crucial election in Kono tomorrow

Friday, December 10th, 2010

December 11, 2010

The All People’s Congress ( APC ) banners are flying high in Kono where crucial  bye-elections for the district chairmanship takes place tomorrow.The APC Iron Lady of Kono, Diana Finda  Konomanyi is slugging it out with the Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) candidate Sahr Foa Matturi in what looks like a fight to the finish, with Diana Konomanyi expected to emerge tops.
According to COCORIOKO Man, Solomon Sesay, who is covering the election, Kono has gone red for the APC ,with tension said to be very high and riot police said to have been deployed throughout the district to stave off any chaos from rival supporters.
Diana Finda Konomanyi is very popular with the youths of Kono ,who came out in full swing three weeks ago to give her a welcome that is still the talk of Kono , when hundreds of youth brought Koidu to a standstill with a convoy of over 100 vehicles .
APC officials and supporters are feverishly campaigning for Diana because it is very important that she wins tomorrow >
We bring you an interesting article written more than a year ago by THE DAILY NATION and Sierra Leone International Media Association (SLIMO ) Man, Abdul Bero Kamara , which just about sums up the valued place occupied by Diana Konomanyi in the APC Mantra . READ :

Diana Konomanyi is key to APC victory in 2012

 – Monday 27 April 2009.
By Abdul Bero Kamara (Chief), USA.
The historic APC convention is over. The key success of this historic assembly was the democratic formation of what political analysts would call ‘real Brazilian team’. Those familiar with world soccer knows what this means. To the APC, it’s a team ready to defend the flag of the rising Sun in 2012.
Before the 2007 election Dr. Ernest B Koroma of the APC was the underdog and there was prediction from political pundits that Mr. Solomon Berewa of the SLPP was going to win with a slam dunk. That dumb victory never came. Contrary to the popular beliefs the election went to a run off and the APC eventually won in alliance with PMDC. It was a show of ‘country first’ demonstrated by the people of Sierra Leone through the APC/PMDC.
This time around we have the real Brazilian Team that has the wherewithal and the strategy to make run off and alliance with any third party impossible.
Nonetheless, the one person to watch from this team is the determined and dynamic APC chairlady for the Eastern Region Ms Finda D Konomanyi-a woman with the substance and all that it takes to make things happen in the political forum
Who is Diana Konomanyi? Ms Konomanyi is the newly elected chairlady of the APC Eastern region that covers Kenema, Kono and Kailahun. She came to the political lime light in 2004 when she became the first female in Sierra Leone to be democratically elected to a senior position within a major political party.
Ms Konomanyi made her name during the 2007 election as an outstanding personality with a strong conviction and was nicknamed the Iron lady of the APC party because of her tenacity and courage to overcome daunting challenges as a young female politician in a male dominated political system.
When people in her hometown of Kono district were ashamed to associate themselves with the APC party, she stood toe-to toe and face to face with opposition supporters who hated her APC party with passion.
Besides, when her party was on life support in Kono district she sacrificed her life, her wealth and family in order to resuscitate life back into the party, and during the cause of the struggle she worked tireless to sell and promote the ideology of the party and the development it will bring to her countrymen.
As a political celebrity in her own rights she had survived several assassination attempts and countless death threats in her home town of Kono because of her unflinching loyalty, unshakable belief and firm convictions in the cause of her APC party.
Also, at some point when the going became so tough for the party, and some
Political opportunists like Rtd. Major General M.S Tarawallie and many more were switching allegiance to the ruling SLPP, Ms Konomanyi’s
Loyalty for the APC party was put to an acid test by top SLPP government officials.
In this case she was offered money in dollars and scholarship to pursue her graduate studies to any college of her choice-anywhere in the whole wide world. This was a well chosen bait that few could afford to turn down, disappointedly for these SLPP top guns Ms Konomanyi out rightly told them that she will rather die poor with the APC than sell her loyalty for money.
Furthermore, during the time when the rebel war was at its height and the RUF rebel became notorious for raping and maiming, she courageously and fearlessly went to the jungle to free her kidnapped father from Foday Sankoh and Maskita
Why would Diana Konomanyi be the key to 2012 election?
She is the chairman/chairlady of the Eastern Region (Kono, Kenema and Kailahun) a region that is traditionally and predominantly green and will go GREEN even at the detriment of the country. In the last two elections it
Voted overwhelmingly for the SLPP even when the wind of change for national development was blowing, and the whistle for changed had been sounded loud and clear in all corners of Sierra Leone.
Second, there are clear indications that the “unholy Marriage” between the PMDC and the APC is getting sour by the day and it’s very like the relationship will end in a bitter divorce.
In view of the above, all eyes within the party and her BRAZILIAN team mates will be looking up to the “Iron Lady” to make in roads into Kenema and Kailahun, and turn Kono overwhelmingly into a red district
YES SHE CAN!!!
Finally, I have the strong conviction that with our able Eastern region chair in the person of Ms Konomanyi our president Dr. Ernest B Koroma is certainly guarantee a second term without any hassle. Congratulations Mr. President for winning a second term and thank you Diana Konomanyi and the Brazilian team for the hard work.
By and large, my advice to my fellow comrades is that we must all endeavor to give the “iron Lady” our unwavering and steadfast support to make her succeed in her determination to change the Eastern Region from GREEN to RED. YES SHE CAN!!!! and YES WE CAN!!!!!!!
Ms Konomanyi needs our support to make in roads in the bastion of the SLPP; therefore we should continue to work together as a team ready to
March towards the wall of Jericho in 2012, if she stumbles and fails, we will all suffer the consequences, similarly if she succeeds in her quest to change the voting nomenclature in the eastern region-BRAVO to the APC and KUDOS to all the APC members and supporters.
TOP PHOTO : DIANA KONOMANYI AND JENGO STEVENS DURING THE 2007 ELECTIONEERING 

Sierra Leonean Artist and Author Freddy Will Celebrates 2010 Grammy® nomination of New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods CD

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Published on December 5, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   3 Comments

Cocorioko Newspaper© would like to congratulate Grammy® nominated artist and author Freddy Will, along with fellow nominees Ken Cowle, CEO of Soul Asylum Poetry and Publishing/Double K Records, the entire production team at the East Coast Recording Company in New York and the rest of the Healthy Foods Coalitionmembers and artists on their recent 2010 Grammy® Award nomination on December 1, 2010!!!  

 Freddy Will might be the first and only Sierra Leonean artist to enjoy such a prestigious opportunity as well as an international recognition of this magnitude. In today’s world, it’s not often that hard work and perseverance is acknowledged and genuinely applauded.  In most instances, hard work is met with dry criticism or buoyant ignorance. It takes an authentic calling for one to press on even when others do not immediately see their vision. It takes confidence, yet good luck and preparation, to heed success when opportunity comes knocking.

In 2009, Freddy Will was asked to participate in a very important CD project entitled, ‘Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat’ which is supported by the philanthropic organizationNew York Coalition for Healthy School Foods (NYCHSF).  The NYCHSF were embarking on a statewide not-for-profit collaboration with Grammy® award winning artists and children’s artists to promote healthy eating in New York.

Childhood obesity and Type-2 diabetes rates have been rising at an alarming rate in North America especially among children under 12 years of age. The NYCHSF identified that part of the cause of these issues may be rooted in the meals being served at schools as well as unhealthy junk foods, soft drinks and snacks sold in school vending machines. They decided to produce an educational children’s CD comprising a mix of spoken word and music that would serve as an aide memoir and encourage healthy eating among children.  Their intent is also to persuade the New York State School Board to change their nutrition plan at schools and replace sugary and fatty meals with a healthy balanced diet containing more protein, vegetables, fruits, vitamins and less processed foods.  The NYCHSF believe that healthy nutrition can boost learning and the education process.

The star studded double CD album, Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat was nominated under the category of Best Spoken Word Album For Children at the 2010Grammy Awards nominations the Nokia Club in Los Angeles California on December 1, 2010.  The CD was expertly produced by Jim Cravero, Kevin Mackie, Paula Lizzi and Steve Pullaraof the East Coast Recording Company located in Manhattan, New York where many artists and legends have recorded there.

The album, which was only released this past September, has also been nominated for Best Children’s Album at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards which will be held on December 12th, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To date, it has received favorable reviews from the media and generated the awareness for change which the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods is seeking to mandate

On the NYCHSF website, Kathy O’Connell, who is a contributing writer to MetroKids and host of the Peabody-award-winning Kids Corner, weekdays 7-8pm on WXPN 88.5 FM wrote an article on the CD:

“On Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat, the song “We Love Raw Veggies and Greens” explains “we’re from New York State, we didn’t like what was on our plate” to introduce the New York Coalition for Healthy School Foods and its two-disc collection of songs and poetry about healthy eating. Comparisons to the Marlo Thomas classic Free to Be You and Me are warranted by the collection’s humorous approach to its healthy eating agenda and its multi-generational ability to please…The project provides a bountiful crop of resources for teachers and parents to plant ideas about good food in their kids’ minds.”

 

The artists featured on the CD comprises of many Grammy® Award winners and entertainment notables such as Julian Lennon (the son of legendry Beatle John Lennon), multi-platinum techno guru Moby, internationally revered music, fashion and philanthropic legend Russell Simmons, the world renowned Rock ‘n’ Roll band Sweet Honey In the Rock, country and Rock singer Amy Otey, Tom Chapin, Jessica Harper, Justin Roberts, Travis Knapp, Nate Silas Richardson, James Jones-Rounds, Robert Miles, Tim Gleeson,  Jim Rowland, Tony Repicci, Amie Hamlin, Jay Mankita,Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Uncle Floyd, John Simon and Sara Hickman.  Some may not be aware of these entertainers but they are all well known musicians, actors, authors, music producers, philanthropists and influencial radio and television personalities in the United States and worldwide.

Right among this amazing array of artists is Sierra Leone’s own – Freddy Will He made his contribution on this Grammy® nominated CD with his smash song entitled, ‘Future.’  I am proud to say that a Sierra Leonean is listed among this mega talented group of people who are all dedicated to this cause of ‘healthy eating.’

 

 

Freddy Will was born in Brookfields, Freetown, Sierra Leone and raised in Monrovia and Kakata, Liberia. He attended elementary schools such as St. Mary’s Catholic School in Monrovia and St. Christopher Catholic School in Kakata Liberia. Among several secondary schools attended in Sierra Leone, his main alma meters are Christ the King College (CKC) in Bo and Methodist Boys High School in Freetown. Freddy Will also lived in Senegal and the Gambia where he attended Ice High School. In the United States, he studied at Edison Job Corps Academy, Raritan Valley College, and Villanova University and was an international exchange student at the Beijing University in China. Freddy Will is a Sierra Leonean/American author and artist who resides in Philadelphia and New Jersey in the United States and Toronto in Canada.

On October 10th 2010, the Grammy® nominated artist and author Freddy Will released his current album entitled; Dark Horse from Romarong …a city of kings.  This album comes with an accompanying book (his second published book) entitled, The Dark Road From Romarong.  The album & book were both released and launched worldwide through Double K Records and GBEnt on the SAME DAY.  They sold out within the first two weeks of their releases.

This highly anticipated album and book combo is the most recent in a slew of noteworthy albums, singles and publications by Freddy Will. Even though the album is performed in Krio, its western supporters have been overwhelming as the majority of fans who turned out to buy the book and album so far are Caucasian Americans, Canadians and Europeans. It will soon be made available to outlets in Freetown, Sierra Leone and other African markets.

This Sierra Leone born, international recording and now Grammy® nominated artist and published author has become commercially successful in the United States and Canada where he runs his own independent imprint company, Freddy Will Industries.  Freddy Will Industries is the parent imprint to his subsidiary companies which include a record label, a distribution company, a publishing company, a jacket line and a charitable foundation. For more information on Freddy Will or to order his albums and books visit www.freddywill.com

The Grammy® Awards will be broadcasted live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Californiaon February 13th, 2011 at 8pm (EST).   

 EDITOR’S NOTE : FREDDY WILL IS THE SON OF SIERRA LEONE’S UN DIPLOMAT, MINISTER PLENIPOTENTIARY LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU

View the complete list of artists on this Grammy® nominated album:  http://www.healthyfoodforthought.com/healthyfoodforthought.com/Musical_Artists.html

Visit the official Grammy® website page to view the official list of nominees for the album/category: http://www.grammy.com/nominees?year=2010&genre=4/

By FWI Publicist

NEWS FLASH : CABINET RESHUFFLE IN SIERRA LEONE ! ! !

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Published on December 4, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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Here is a news flash . There has been a cabinet reshuffle in Sierra Leone . Here is the full cabinet list .

Dr Samoura Kamara – Finance
JB Dauda – Foreign Affairs
AG – Frank Kargbo
IB Kargbo – Information
Zainab Bangura – Health
Dr Sam Sesay – Agriculture
Alimamy Koroma – Works
Minkali Turay– Mineral Resources
Alpha Kanu– Political Affairs
Musa Tarawallie –Internal Affairs
Hindolo Trye – Labour
Dennis Sandy – Social Welfare
Alliue Pat Sowe – Lands
Pallo Conteh – Defence
Dauda Kamara – Local Govt
Soccoh Kabia – Marine
Prof Davidson – Energy
Victoria Saidu Kamara – Tourism
Paul Kamara – Youth & Sport
Minkailu Bah – Education
Dr Richard Konteh – Trade
Vandy Chidi Minah – Transport

Press Release : Maligning Sierra Leone’s good image abroad

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Press Release : Maligning Sierra Leone’s good image abroad

Published on December 3, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   No Comments

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By Elizabeth Foray ,  Press Attache, Sierra Leone Embassy to the U.S :

ashington D.C.: It has come to the attention of the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Washington D.C. also accredited to Canada that certain persons are in the habit of maligning Sierra Leone’s good image for their selfish interests. A particular reference is made to a claim by a certain Mrs. Memuna Dura Kamara in the Edmonton Journal (Canada) of 20th November 2010, in which she stated: “In my area, when you are pregnant, when it comes time to (deliver) your baby, they take you to the forest and say you have to hide from the men. They don’t want men to hear, to know where the babies are coming from. They will take you to a hiding place and more than 10 people will surround you to help you, but if you die, they will bury you in the same place … I want to stop all those things. I want them to know doctors are very important.”

Such claims are utterly false and purposive towards eliciting sympathies and subsequently funds from unsuspecting philanthropists and charitable organizations, who sadly do not always crosscheck such information when received, with the Embassy or other appropriate Sierra Leone authorities.
We would also like to point out that it has never been the practice anywhere in Sierra Leone for anybody to die of a natural or accidental cause and be buried without first making a report to the authorities.
It is noteworthy that Sierra Leone has made laudable progress towards reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality rates by providing free healthcare service delivery for pregnant women, lactating mothers as well as infants under the age of five –everywhere in the country.
This health drive is being monitored by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to ensure among other things that no woman dies during childbirth because of lack of access to health service.
To further improve the health sector, the government has in addition, increased the salaries of doctors and nurses, increased heath centers around the country and mounted an intense campaign for the immunization of affected women and children. The Maternal and Infant Mortality rates have therefore recorded a steady decline –from 134 deaths per a thousand in 2005 to 123 in 2009 (according to National Statistics); and they are still declining.
1st Dec 2010.

The SLPP’s latest shame : They don’t value Sierra Leone’s economy

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Published on December 1, 2010 by Cocorioko News   ·   1 Comment

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By Solomon Sesay :

Does the Sierra Leone People’s Party value Sierra Leone’s economy? NO! The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) does not value Sierra Leone’s economy. SLPP lawmakers wish the economy will fail, and collapse.  Furthermore, they want Sierra Leoneans to continue experiencing financial difficulties. SLPP does not want the socio-economic standards in the nation to change.   MPs were not at their seats, when the budget deliberations were on the floor. Did these MPs forget their oath to the people?  Did they think about the people they represent?  Was staying away from Parliament warranted at all? Was it necessary to grandstand?  The straightforward answer to all these questions is no because the SLPP do not value Sierra Leone’s economy.

The budget of Sierra Leone contains the economic activities of GoSL. It is an outline of the financial undertakings, revenue collections, and day-to-day running of the nation. The nonappearance of the Sierra Leone People’s Party MPs conveys the message of devaluing the economy of Sierra Leone. SLPP shows no interest in the economic lives of Sierra Leone. The absence of SLPP MPs from parliament demonstrates once again that they have no respect for the economy of Sierra Leone.

Unless members are bedridden or incapacitated, no excuse should justify their absence in the legislative house.  The MPs acted unwisely, and their  action exposed  them as unpatriotic Sierra Leoneans. The actions of the SLPP  cast a dark image over their party.  They showed contempt for the general assembly.  They are unconcern about the financial wellbeing of the people. If the SLPP cannot comprehend the value of the nation’s economy, how can they possibly talk about leading Sierra Leone?

SLPP have no value for the fiscal responsibilities of Sierra Leone.  Implementing economic plans to improve the socio-economic conditions of the masses is of no significance to the SLPP.  The SLPP are upset because the well motivated and focus President Koroma has engaged the people in developing the nation.  With nothing else to do, they travel across Sierra Leone in caravans to engage in bizarre activities. Even more bizarre is the negligence of the MPs of their lawmaking obligations to the nation.

Emmanuel Tommy is the SLPP’s minority leader in parliament, representing the constituency in question. Since he is unable to control the violence in his constituency, he has proving to the nation and the world that he lacks the leadership ability to represent the people of Kono. Disgracefully, he is participating in the fabrication of events involving his voting public.  Emmanuel Tommy is an unfit representative for Kono. Emmanuel Tommy does not value Sierra Leone’s economy; Emmanuel Tommy lacks crucial leadership abilities.  Emmanuel Tommy is disinterested in the development and stability of the people of Kono. May the electorate find it within themselves to vote against Emmanuel Tommy in 2012.

Like Emmanuel Tommy, the other SLPP Members of Parliament have misplaced values and priorities. SLPP has no plans to better the lives of Sierra Leoneans. Their eyes are set on the seat of power, without making amends for misleading the nation for the eleven  years they were in power. Instead of riding in convoys to come represent their constituencies in parliament, they are riding in convoys to go spread the message of divisiveness, tribalism, and favoritism in Sierra Leone. The Kono district does not want any part to play in the SLPP drama. The Kono people do not want whiners and crybabies,  the people are looking for winners, and developers. Emmanuel Tommy is a wailer and crybaby whom the people of Kono should remove in 2012.

The exceptional undertakings of President Koroma’s administration, show that the APC value the economy of Sierra Leone.  President Koroma is thrifty, as he realizes that Sierra Leone has a long way to go. While the SLPP appears to be sluggish and dreary, the APC and PMDC have proceeded to resolve issues before the house. The SLPP’s absence is reminiscence of the days when they were in power.  Under the reigns of the SLPP, parliament was empty, and Berewa was napping in front of the assembly. The SLPP has never shown genuine concern for Sierra Leone’s economy.

Before they lost the majority in Parliament, the people lamented over the deplorable economic conditions.  The SLPP ignored the observations of the People.  They had other priorities instead of addressing the economic concerns of Sierra Leoneans.  The SLPP misrepresented facts by giving  the impression that everything was fine.  In actuality, the SLPP had misused the funds meant for the infrastructural development  of Sierra Leone. Mediocrities  were their tactics when dealing with top issues concerning Sierra Leoneans. Failure to take part in the budget debate of the nation is a travesty. The SLPP put on display  the hallmarks of a laborious and contemptible bunch of misinformed politicians.  Beginning with Emmanuel Tommy, all members of parliament who were not at their seat during budget deliberations must be disciplined.  MPs must be held accountable for their actions. They acted like they careless about the budget or want to take part its deliberations. Their actions prove that SLPP Members of Parliament, do not value the economy of Sierra Leone.

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