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Professor Joseph Opala Honored In The 2012 National Honors, Insignia And Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Washington, D.C., May 16th, 2012: In recognition of his role in documenting the historical link between the Gullah people in the United States of America and Sierra Leone, and for his outstanding contribution in preserving Sierra Leone’s Slave Trading port of ‘Bunce Island’ as a heritage site, the esteemed Historian and Anthropologist, Professor Joseph Opala was awarded the Order of the Rokel by the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Professor Opala received his award during the 2012 National Honors, Insignia and Awards Ceremony held on Independence Day, April 27th, in Freetown.  The citation honoring him reads:
Professor Joseph Opala, in recognition of his pioneering role in documenting the historical link between the Gullah people in the United States of America and Sierra Leone, and his outstanding contribution to preserving Bunce Island’
Joseph Opala’s long and notable career of research on the Atlantic slave trade in Sierra Leone contributed to drawing significant interest on the subject, particularly the direct historical connection between the Gullah people of South Carolina and the people of Sierra Leone.  His work has resulted in documentary films, museum exhibits, public lectures, etc. explaining the historical and family ties as well as the cultural and linguistic connections between Sierra Leone and the Gullahs.  Among his notable achievements, Mr. Opala in 1989 helped organize the African-American homecoming to Sierra Leone dubbed ‘the Gullah Homecoming.’
Professor Opala has been working with his group and their partner organization, the Bunce Island Coalition (SL), on a five-year project to preserve the ruins of the historic slave fortress in Bunce Island off the shores of Sierra Leone.End
Elizabeth M. S. Foray
Information Attaché
Embassy of Sierra Leone
1701 19th St NW 20009
Washington DC.

Another victory for President Koroma : Visiting UN Security Council delegation is impressed by Sierra Leone’s progress

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

By KABS KANU : 

One of the favourite sayings of Old Man Zubah, the wise, old man  of Liberia whose words of wisdom COCORIOKO  has been featuring , is that  ”When Chicken white, it is white “. The parable can be interpreted in many ways but,  generally speaking, what it  means in essence is that if something is good, regardless of what detractors say about it, it is good. There are no two ways about it.  A  white chicken is a white chicken. It’s colour will  never  be  changed by the perceptions and opinions of others. The chicken’s colour will not become black because a person that dislikes the chicken says it is black. The concrete fact visible to every normal eye is that the Chicken is white and it will always remain  white. The concrete fact in Sierra Leone today is that President Koroma is doing a fantastic work in Sierra Leone and nobody –not even his most ardent detractor-can change this fact.

 PRESIDENT KOROMA : DE PA DEY WOKE YA ! ! ! 

 

Since President Ernest Koroma came to power in 2007, Sierra Leone has been moving forward in a magnificent direction. The development-oriented President launched the Agenda For Change , an ambitious socio-economic and political transformational program designed to turn Sierra Leone into a strong, modern and progressive nation, while  also significantly  improving the quality of life for  its people .

The Agenda For Change is built around the axis of Education, Energy and Water Resources, Agriculture, Health care delivery  and Infrastructure, and after nearly five years in power even some ‘unbelieving Thomases’   living in North America , who visited  Sierra Leone, had come back to confess that they had been impressed by the rapid developments taking place in the country. During the reign of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ) ,  the country was stagnant , with the capital,Freetown,  dubbed the darkest city in the world; water supply had broken down completely ; morale among students and teachers had dropped so low that teachers spent their time in poyo bars and ataya bases drinking and mourning the lack of payment of their salaries running into months and years; Sierra Leone had the most frightening and the worst post-natal maternal and infant mortality record in the whole world; as for our infrastructure, they were an eyesore and our roads were death traps. There was no food to eat. Agriculture had broken down completely and farmlands had turned into dense jungles. The previous governments had stashed the country’s financial resources in their pockets and foreign banks.

As soon as he won the 2007 Presidential Elections and became the Head of State, President Koroma vowed that the situation he had met was unacceptable and untenable and he would go all out to turn the nation around.  He had ambitious plans for the nation and he put them in action at once. Very soon, serious work as has never been seen before started in the nation. Electricity and water supply were restored and an extensive infrastructural and road development projects kicked off all over the nation. Agricultural reforms  and free health care delivery for  pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5 were launched ; the Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry ‘s recommendations  for improving education started to be implemented . In no time, changes started being seen in the country and soon  praises started pouring in from all quarters.  The developments have continued unabated. Today, Sierra Leone is a fast-developing country and has been declared a success story of the United Nations.

Delegations after delegations from the UN, EU, DFID , the IMF , World Bank and bilateral partners have all returned from Sierra Leone with high commendation for the progress being made by the nation under President Koroma. Now, another honour has come  for President Koroma as the  West Africa-touring UN Seurity Council delegation that visited Sierra Leone yesterday has reportedly  told the Sierra Leone media that they were impressed. Writes the independent AWOKO  newspaper : “The 12 man United Nations Security Council team led by the permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations H.E Mark Lyall Grant has told journalists that they are impressed with Sierra Leone.” According to the paper, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN Security Council,  H.E Baso Sangqu ( Who chaired the Council two months ago ) confessed to the press :  ”Overall our impression is that the country is moving forward in terms of implementing its agenda for change in a number of areas in terms of SSR, DDR, in terms of peace building and in terms of generally economic development and growth within the country.” And this is the Council that some ill-disposed person had recently tried to turn against the government with lies and wicked propaganda. Today , the same Council is praising the government for the changes in Sierra Leone.  ”When chicken white,  it is white “, Old Man Zubah is really right.

Sierra Leoneans need no further proof that President Koroma has acquitted himself marvellously in his responsibilities as Head of State.  For all these organizations to join Sierra Leoneans in praising President Koroma, it means that the Head of State is really performing well. The President has positively transformed the socio-economic and political landscape of the country and put Sierra Leone on the map as the country with the most rapid socio-economic and political developments in West Africa. We have often said that nobody will be able to damage the President’s name to the international community. We have intimated that stakeholders and the international community have their own representatives on the ground in Sierra Leone and if anything, they are compiling their own independent reports and when it matters most, they will reveal their unbiased views about what is going on in Sierra Leone, regardless of what the SLPP  is saying. How true ! ! The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) cannot fool the international community and our bilateral and multilateral partners. These organizations  know the truth , the inconvenient truth that the SLPP will never want to hear as they continue their self-deceit,  that  Sierra Leone has made significant progress under President Koroma.

The Peacebuilding Commission went to Freetown and returned with praises for our nation and President Koroma . Now, the UN Security Council has done the same. There is no other way to explain this except that President Koroma is performing excellently in Sierra Leone . The “praise-singers”, “jelibas” and “Vuvuzelas” have all been exonerated.    DE PA DEY WOKE.

Sierra Leoneans can reward President Koroma  must reward President Koroma for the  outstanding leadership and stewardship he has provided the nation  by overwhelmingly voting him back to power in November to give him the opportunity to continue his dazzling socio-economic and political developments. The people of Sierra Leone must not  vote for the SLPP presidential candidate, the marred goods called  Maada Bio, because he is the antithesis of President Koroma .

Indeed, come November, President Koroma will beat Maada Bio and  win a second term of office because DE PA DEY REALLY WOKE ! ! !

Another victory for President Koroma : Visiting UN Security Council delegation is impressed by Sierra Leone’s progress

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

 By KABS KANU : 

One of the favourite sayings of Old Man Zubah, the wise, old man  of Liberia whose words of wisdom COCORIOKO  has been featuring , is that  ”When Chicken white, it is white “. The parable can be interpreted in many ways but,  generally speaking, what it  means in essence is that if something is good, regardless of what detractors say about it, it is good. There are no two ways about it.  A  white chicken is a white chicken. It’s colour will  never  be  changed by the perceptions and opinions of others. The chicken’s colour will not become black because a person that dislikes the chicken says it is black. The concrete fact visible to every normal eye is that the Chicken is white and it will always remain  white. The concrete fact in Sierra Leone today is that President Koroma is doing a fantastic work in Sierra Leone and nobody –not even his most ardent detractor-can change this fact.

 PRESIDENT KOROMA : DE PA DEY WOKE YA ! ! ! 

 

Since President Ernest Koroma came to power in 2007, Sierra Leone has been moving forward in a magnificent direction. The development-oriented President launched the Agenda For Change , an ambitious socio-economic and political transformational program designed to turn Sierra Leone into a strong, modern and progressive nation, while  also significantly  improving the quality of life for  its people .

The Agenda For Change is built around the axis of Education, Energy and Water Resources, Agriculture, Health care delivery  and Infrastructure, and after nearly five years in power even some ‘unbelieving Thomases’   living in North America , who visited  Sierra Leone, had come back to confess that they had been impressed by the rapid developments taking place in the country. During the reign of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ) ,  the country was stagnant , with the capital,Freetown,  dubbed the darkest city in the world; water supply had broken down completely ; morale among students and teachers had dropped so low that teachers spent their time in poyo bars and ataya bases drinking and mourning the lack of payment of their salaries running into months and years; Sierra Leone had the most frightening and the worst post-natal maternal and infant mortality record in the whole world; as for our infrastructure, they were an eyesore and our roads were death traps. There was no food to eat. Agriculture had broken down completely and farmlands had turned into dense jungles. The previous governments had stashed the country’s financial resources in their pockets and foreign banks.

As soon as he won the 2007 Presidential Elections and became the Head of State, President Koroma vowed that the situation he had met was unacceptable and untenable and he would go all out to turn the nation around.  He had ambitious plans for the nation and he put them in action at once. Very soon, serious work as has never been seen before started in the nation. Electricity and water supply were restored and an extensive infrastructural and road development projects kicked off all over the nation. Agricultural reforms  and free health care delivery for  pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5 were launched ; the Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry ‘s recommendations  for improving education started to be implemented . In no time, changes started being seen in the country and soon  praises started pouring in from all quarters.  The developments have continued unabated. Today, Sierra Leone is a fast-developing country and has been declared a success story of the United Nations.

Delegations after delegations from the UN, EU, DFID , the IMF , World Bank and bilateral partners have all returned from Sierra Leone with high commendation for the progress being made by the nation under President Koroma. Now, another honour has come  for President Koroma as the  West Africa-touring UN Seurity Council delegation that visited Sierra Leone yesterday has reportedly  told the Sierra Leone media that they were impressed. Writes the independent AWOKO  newspaper : “The 12 man United Nations Security Council team led by the permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations H.E Mark Lyall Grant has told journalists that they are impressed with Sierra Leone.” According to the paper, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN Security Council,  H.E Baso Sangqu ( Who chaired the Council two months ago ) confessed to the press :  ”Overall our impression is that the country is moving forward in terms of implementing its agenda for change in a number of areas in terms of SSR, DDR, in terms of peace building and in terms of generally economic development and growth within the country.” And this is the Council that some ill-disposed person had recently tried to turn against the government with lies and wicked propaganda. Today , the same Council is praising the government for the changes in Sierra Leone.  ”When chicken white,  it is white “, Old Man Zubah is really right.

Sierra Leoneans need no further proof that President Koroma has acquitted himself marvellously in his responsibilities as Head of State.  For all these organizations to join Sierra Leoneans in praising President Koroma, it means that the Head of State is really performing well. The President has positively transformed the socio-economic and political landscape of the country and put Sierra Leone on the map as the country with the most rapid socio-economic and political developments in West Africa. We have often said that nobody will be able to damage the President’s name to the international community. We have intimated that stakeholders and the international community have their own representatives on the ground in Sierra Leone and if anything, they are compiling their own independent reports and when it matters most, they will reveal their unbiased views about what is going on in Sierra Leone, regardless of what the SLPP  is saying. How true ! ! The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) cannot fool the international community and our bilateral and multilateral partners. These organizations  know the truth , the inconvenient truth that the SLPP will never want to hear as they continue their self-deceit,  that  Sierra Leone has made significant progress under President Koroma.

The Peacebuilding Commission went to Freetown and returned with praises for our nation and President Koroma . Now, the UN Security Council has done the same. There is no other way to explain this except that President Koroma is performing excellently in Sierra Leone . The “praise-singers”, “jelibas” and “Vuvuzelas” have all been exonerated.    DE PA DEY WOKE.

Sierra Leoneans can reward President Koroma  must reward President Koroma for the  outstanding leadership and stewardship he has provided the nation  by overwhelmingly voting him back to power in November to give him the opportunity to continue his dazzling socio-economic and political developments. The people of Sierra Leone must not  vote for the SLPP presidential candidate, the marred goods called  Maada Bio, because he is the antithesis of President Koroma .

Indeed, come November, President Koroma will beat Maada Bio and  win a second term of office because DE PA DEY REALLY WOKE ! ! !

 

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4 Responses to “Another victory for President Koroma : Visiting UN Security Council delegation is impressed by Sierra Leone’s progress”

  1. saffia,s.kabbaMay 25, 2012Edit

    Only a fool can get into his house with is roof on fire.As a citizen of this conntry, I am proud to say thanks to KABS.A ll what you have analYZED is excatly the truth. I commend you for your good work.keep the fire burning.

    Reply

  2. EDWARD CONTEH (BANJUL)May 28, 2012Edit

    I am not surprise for the ongoing development taking place in Mama Salone.
    I want to remind the audience of this news medium that, since independence, it is ONLY the APC government that promised the people of sierra leone and deliver. The APC is the ONLY development oriented part/government tha Mama Salone has ever got.
    Yes, the PA DAE WORK but one thing that is certain also is that, Development, Patriotism and Humanity is in the blood of all APC leaders.
    President Koroma is a God sent SAVIOUR after we the 11 years suffering the nation has gone through.
    Thank you PRESIDENT KOROMA

    Reply

  3. EDWARD CONTEH (BANJUL)May 28, 2012Edit

    I am not surprise for the ongoing development taking place in Mama Salone.
    I want to remind the audience of this news medium that, since independence, it is ONLY the APC government that promised the people of sierra leone and deliver. The APC is the ONLY development oriented party/government tha Mama Salone has ever got.
    Yes, the PA DAE WORK but one thing that is certain also is that, Development, Patriotism and Humanity is in the blood of all APC leaders.
    President Koroma is a God sent SAVIOUR after the 11 years suffering the nation has gone through.
    Thank you PRESIDENT KOROMA

    Reply

  4. mohamed sesayMay 30, 2012Edit

    I support everybody and rally behind our great president for a job done our beloved country sierra leone. He just made me so proud of being a sierra leonean and also to have president like him.May Almighty Allah continue to give him strength,good health and courage to do more for our country. Every true born Sierra leonean should rally our president fostering the development of our nation.He needs the support of every Sierra leonean in doing that.Long live our country Sierra leone!! Long live our president Mr. E B Koroma.

    Mhamed Sesay
    Virginia, USA

Another victory for President Koroma : Visiting UN Security Council delegation is impressed by Sierra Leone’s progress

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Another victory for President Koroma : Visiting UN Security Council delegation is impressed by Sierra Leone’s progress

By KABS KANU : 

One of the favourite sayings of Old Man Zubah, the wise, old man  of Liberia whose words of wisdom COCORIOKO  has been featuring , is that  ”When Chicken white, it is white “. The parable can be interpreted in many ways but,  generally speaking, what it  means in essence is that if something is good, regardless of what detractors say about it, it is good. There are no two ways about it.  A  white chicken is a white chicken. It’s colour will  never  be  changed by the perceptions and opinions of others. The chicken’s colour will not become black because a person that dislikes the chicken says it is black. The concrete fact visible to every normal eye is that the Chicken is white and it will always remain  white. The concrete fact in Sierra Leone today is that President Koroma is doing a fantastic work in Sierra Leone and nobody –not even his most ardent detractor-can change this fact.

 PRESIDENT KOROMA : DE PA DEY WOKE YA ! ! ! 

 

Since President Ernest Koroma came to power in 2007, Sierra Leone has been moving forward in a magnificent direction. The development-oriented President launched the Agenda For Change , an ambitious socio-economic and political transformational program designed to turn Sierra Leone into a strong, modern and progressive nation, while  also significantly  improving the quality of life for  its people .

The Agenda For Change is built around the axis of Education, Energy and Water Resources, Agriculture, Health care delivery  and Infrastructure, and after nearly five years in power even some ‘unbelieving Thomases’   living in North America , who visited  Sierra Leone, had come back to confess that they had been impressed by the rapid developments taking place in the country. During the reign of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP ) ,  the country was stagnant , with the capital,Freetown,  dubbed the darkest city in the world; water supply had broken down completely ; morale among students and teachers had dropped so low that teachers spent their time in poyo bars and ataya bases drinking and mourning the lack of payment of their salaries running into months and years; Sierra Leone had the most frightening and the worst post-natal maternal and infant mortality record in the whole world; as for our infrastructure, they were an eyesore and our roads were death traps. There was no food to eat. Agriculture had broken down completely and farmlands had turned into dense jungles. The previous governments had stashed the country’s financial resources in their pockets and foreign banks.

As soon as he won the 2007 Presidential Elections and became the Head of State, President Koroma vowed that the situation he had met was unacceptable and untenable and he would go all out to turn the nation around.  He had ambitious plans for the nation and he put them in action at once. Very soon, serious work as has never been seen before started in the nation. Electricity and water supply were restored and an extensive infrastructural and road development projects kicked off all over the nation. Agricultural reforms  and free health care delivery for  pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5 were launched ; the Gbamanja Commission of Inquiry ‘s recommendations  for improving education started to be implemented . In no time, changes started being seen in the country and soon  praises started pouring in from all quarters.  The developments have continued unabated. Today, Sierra Leone is a fast-developing country and has been declared a success story of the United Nations.

Delegations after delegations from the UN, EU, DFID , the IMF , World Bank and bilateral partners have all returned from Sierra Leone with high commendation for the progress being made by the nation under President Koroma. Now, another honour has come  for President Koroma as the  West Africa-touring UN Seurity Council delegation that visited Sierra Leone yesterday has reportedly  told the Sierra Leone media that they were impressed. Writes the independent AWOKO  newspaper : “The 12 man United Nations Security Council team led by the permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations H.E Mark Lyall Grant has told journalists that they are impressed with Sierra Leone.” According to the paper, the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN Security Council,  H.E Baso Sangqu ( Who chaired the Council two months ago ) confessed to the press :  ”Overall our impression is that the country is moving forward in terms of implementing its agenda for change in a number of areas in terms of SSR, DDR, in terms of peace building and in terms of generally economic development and growth within the country.” And this is the Council that some ill-disposed person had recently tried to turn against the government with lies and wicked propaganda. Today , the same Council is praising the government for the changes in Sierra Leone.  ”When chicken white,  it is white “, Old Man Zubah is really right.

Sierra Leoneans need no further proof that President Koroma has acquitted himself marvellously in his responsibilities as Head of State.  For all these organizations to join Sierra Leoneans in praising President Koroma, it means that the Head of State is really performing well. The President has positively transformed the socio-economic and political landscape of the country and put Sierra Leone on the map as the country with the most rapid socio-economic and political developments in West Africa. We have often said that nobody will be able to damage the President’s name to the international community. We have intimated that stakeholders and the international community have their own representatives on the ground in Sierra Leone and if anything, they are compiling their own independent reports and when it matters most, they will reveal their unbiased views about what is going on in Sierra Leone, regardless of what the SLPP  is saying. How true ! ! The opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party ( SLPP ) cannot fool the international community and our bilateral and multilateral partners. These organizations  know the truth , the inconvenient truth that the SLPP will never want to hear as they continue their self-deceit,  that  Sierra Leone has made significant progress under President Koroma.

The Peacebuilding Commission went to Freetown and returned with praises for our nation and President Koroma . Now, the UN Security Council has done the same. There is no other way to explain this except that President Koroma is performing excellently in Sierra Leone . The “praise-singers”, “jelibas” and “Vuvuzelas” have all been exonerated.    DE PA DEY WOKE.

Sierra Leoneans can reward President Koroma  must reward President Koroma for the  outstanding leadership and stewardship he has provided the nation  by overwhelmingly voting him back to power in November to give him the opportunity to continue his dazzling socio-economic and political developments. The people of Sierra Leone must not  vote for the SLPP presidential candidate, the marred goods called  Maada Bio, because he is the antithesis of President Koroma .

Indeed, come November, President Koroma will beat Maada Bio and  win a second term of office because DE PA DEY REALLY WOKE ! ! !

 

If Umaru Fofana, of all people, chastised Maada Bio for lying to the BBC, how much integrity is left for the SLPP Presidential candidate ?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Filed under: Breaking News,Diaspora,Editorial,Headlines |

By KABS KANU :

Mr. Umaru Fofana , the President of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists ( SLAJ) , is known for many things but none of them is for promoting the cause of the All People’s Congress ( APC ) . I have never met  Umaru Fofana and I do not know his political leanings but one thing I know is that he is not a sympathizer of the APC . He could be a good man and he is certainly a worthy son of the soil, entitled to his own political beliefs and loyalties in a democratic society. He is a free man of the realm  and he is free to align himself with any political party of his choice. It does not matter therefore if he is SLPP, APC or PMDC. But again, it is common knowledge that he has never been APC and he is not APC.

EVEN BABOONS HAVE SHAME -FACE

Therefore, for a man like him to come out openly to chastise the SLPP Presidential candidate , Julius Maada Bio, for being  a liar and that he lied to the BBC  clearly shows the seriousness of the personality  and credibility deficits that accompany the SLPP Flag-bearer. From the British-born presenter of the BBC Focus on Africa program , who also disagreed with Bio and was at odds with his democratic credentials and credibility during the program , to the Leader of the opposition United Democratic Movement ( UDM ) Mr. Mohamed Bangura, who went on the air and verbally belittled the former junta leader for his lies , to all right-thinking Sierra Leoneans who were outraged by Bio’s lies at Bush House and now to Umaru Fofana , of all people , who has boldly come out to flay Bio for not speaking the truth, the walls of self-respect , public regard and credibility have really been caving in on the SLPP Presidential candidate . Now, it is an undisputed fact that the Grand Old Party’s flagbearer is not only a confessed extrajudicial killer and a passport thief, but a pathological liar, whose word is not worth the air in which it is breathed. And is this the man who wants to be President ? He is not even fit to  be a leader down Susan’s Bay or Government Wharf .

Umaru Fofana, the SLAJ President, who is a non-sympathizer of the APC ,  delivered a telling indictment on Mr. Bio when he told the POLITICO Newspaper : “The point I want to make here and the parallel I am drawing is the value of the value of truth in especially politics. Sadly in Sierra Leone, truth-telling is the exception rather than the rule. Lies galore!…In public relations, one of the cardinal principles is to not tell a lie…Otherwise when it is discovered that what you had said was a lie, …your credibility is dented. This brings me to the BBC interview on Focus on Africa with Julius Maada Bio, presidential challenger of the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party… One good thing about the stewardship of the current [APC] administration that no one should try to take away is the very impressive road projects, which have seen roads built or being built throughout the country. From Freetown to Kono to Kambia to Kailahun. So for Mr. Bio to have reduced the significance of the current road projects to something of ‘3 kilometers’ value and to amplify that carried out by the former government led by his SLPP party can at the very least be described as disingenuous… Politics is not about lying against each other…So Mr. Bio you got it wrong on this… and you blew it in the blue.” Umaru Fofana’s words are like a ruthless shredding machine tearing away ever veneer and  every remaining layer of  respect , credibility and integrity around the so-called Presidential candidate. If only some people have shame in their mantra  ! ! !

If politics in Sierra Leone had been a game of integrity, self-respect and credibility, the shamed Maada Bio would have packed his bundle and quit the presidential race. But shame-face, self-respect, credibility and integrity are not part of the armoury of the SLPP Presidential candidate and his supporters. Even in the face of all the shame, disgrace, embarrassment and dishonour Bio suffered in the UK, you have his shameless and unprincipled supporters and propagandists still trying to promote his ill-fated European tour, misrepresent its gains and lie that he is making a lot of grounds.  Gaining a lot of grounds where ? By meeting like-minded and insignificant supporters across the British channel ? Since Bio started his tour, he has not met anybody of note capable of changing the dynamics on the ground in Sierra Leone. He has only met glib-talking Sierra Leoneans who have no influence on what is going on in Sierra Leone. Some of them have been marooned and unattached from their country for so long it  will be a surprise if the have any more links left. Bio must also  be a  real fool if he is carried away by the vain babbling of some of the unimportant people he has met so far. He should have been spending his time wisely on the ground in Sierra Leone meeting genuine supporters who will vote for him than people who no longer know where the Congo Cross Bridge is situated.

Bio is the Father of the culture of impunity in Sierra Leone and it is no surprise that his unprincipled and shameless supporters and propagandists are perfecting this spirit in the run-up to the Presidential elections. The Father of ‘PAOPA’ ( I must be President at all costs ) politics in Sierra Leone has his supporters and propagandists in the same mode. One can see that they are a bunch of pretenders and political 419ers trying to impose a disliked confessed extrajudicial killer and thief  (Who relies on lies and exaggeration to put across his case ) on our beloved nation.

If Umaru Fofana, of all people, could not stomach Bio’s lies and shameless exaggeration , how much integrity is left for the SLPP Presidential candidate ?

SHAME.

SHAME ON HIM.

Who Does Not Know President Koroma Is A Temne?

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

 By Sheka Tarawalie (Deputy Minister of Information & Communications) :
 When recently I decided to take up some journalistic paraphernalia to write an article, I did not use a pseudonym. I never use pen-names or hide behind editorials when I want to express myself. And so ever since I joined government, I made it categorically clear that I would steer clear of the day-to-day running of the newspaper I founded, The Torchlight. Ever since its re-emergence, the paper has had a string of editors, including but not limited to Tatafway Tumoe, Mohamed Sankoh (One Drop), and now Mohamed Sannoh – all of whom are qualified journalists and/or degree holders. Ever since I stopped writing in The Torchlight, it is obviously noticeable that the style of the paper changed – because all writers/editors have their style. But why would someone sit down and think that I would be editing The Torchlight with all the work-load of being Deputy Minister in the challenging and work-load-infested Ministry of Information & Communications? Why would anyone in their right senses think that it is MIK Bayoh that dictates the writings of Global Times because he owns it?
But that’s just an aside. I have noticed that, having lost all credible points and debates in the political discourse, the SLPP and its propagandists would now want to use one tribe against another in getting at President Koroma. It is no more the economy (because we have deflated their flag-bearer’s ego); it is no longer the youths (because we have exposed their candidate’s shallow-minded ‘new direction’). It is now tribe (I laugh my sides out). They will not succeed. They cannot succeed.
PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA :
For simple reasons.
The issue of tribe does not really have any foothold in the politics of Sierra Leone (but it does in the politics of the Sierra Leone People’s Party – and I would come to that soon.) If tribe were a political factor in Sierra Leone as a nation, then Siaka Stevens would not have led the APC and the country for decades. If tribe were a factor, then J.S. Momoh and even Tejan Kabbah would not have had landslide victories in elections – the referendum for the former and the 2002 elections for the latter as there were many question marks as to the authenticity of the 1996 elections.
Everybody knew that President Tejan Kabbah was a Mende-Madingo, but when he went to ‘Soso country’ and started speaking their language to give the impression that he was their kith and kin, it did not matter. When Siaka Stevens, a Mende, used to flag around some northern ethnicity, it did not really mean much. So why would anyone really want to make a mountain out of a molehill if President Koroma, so much impressed with the turn-out of his Loko compatriots at a Loko ceremony, decided to associate himself with the Lokos and give them a boost by saying he was also Loko. What is the big deal? In fact the President did not say he was Loko full-stop. And I can quote from The Torchlight newspaper of 2nd April 2012 which gave the context under which the President made the statement. “On Saturday 31st March 2012, the National Landorgor Union of the famous Loko tribe of Sierra Leone were enthused in showing regard and expressing thanks to H.E. Ernest Bai Koroma for the good works he has been doing for Sierra Leone and for making the Loko tribe to be recognized and occupy enviable positions in this country. In respect of this, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma stated with a pleasurable, admirable and enthusiastic smiling face that he is Loko by tribe. Amidst cheering applause from the audience President Koroma asked the question of whether he is not fit to be a Loko man,” wrote reporter John Baimba Sesay who himself is a Loko by tribe. He then quoted the President as saying, “I am impressed with the Loko people; I accept the invitation to your chiefdoms. We are working on the right path to development, so I accept your invitation. When the election [campaign] was taking a hot momentum, people say I am a Loko. Therefore I am a Loko.”
In all literary works, including Journalism, there is the common adage that says ‘You don’t judge a book by its title’ or ‘you don’t assess a write-up by its headline.’ This is a very simple, elementary truism. So for anyone to start to twist the story in The Torchlight just because its headline had said ‘I Am A Loko By Tribe – President Koroma States’ is not only mischievous and misleading, but a pull-him-down-syndrome exercise in futility.
People, Presidents, or politicians can associate themselves with many groups and facets in society, but it does not necessarily mean they belong to such groupings. When President Barack Obama recently endorsed same-sex marriages, does that make him a homosexual? Do we not know that Obama is married to Michelle Obama and that they have two kids? When the SLPP crowned former British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone as a Temne Chief and went on to give him the title of Paramount Chief Komrabai, did that mean the Caucasian white Penfold had suddenly become a black Temne? When the same SLPP – having a penchant for an inferiority complex in the face of white people – repeated the same for Tony Blair, did that make Tony ( whom in actual fact had said he felt like a Sierra Leonean because his father taught at Fourah Bay College) a Sierra Leonean? On June 10 2008, Awareness Times newspaper actually had this headline ‘Tony Blair To Meet Temne Colleague Obais Up North In Sierra Leone’ – did that mean Tony Blair had become a Temne?
If the SLPP has run out of ideas so soon, if they are trying to deflect attention from the public relations disaster that their flag-bearer ignited at Chatham House in London, then they have again chosen the very wrong topic.
Who can doubt that President Koroma is a Temne? Even if President Koroma had said he were a Krio, would anybody in their right senses accept that he is? I remember at one time in Kenema District when President Koroma tried to trace his links to the Mende people through a marital relationship of a relative; does that make him Mende?
Well, if you want to know a Temne man, check out President Koroma’s genealogy. But I would restrict it to his father. Pa Sylvanus Koroma (of blessed memory) was the most fluent and native speaker of the Temne language I have ever come across. He would engage you in a Temne conversation for hours on end without including a single word of any other language – no ‘if’, no ‘but’, no ‘well’, clear straight-forward Temne through and through. The man’s village ‘Yoni’ by its name alone (a model of the big ‘Yoni’ in Tonkolili) shows it’s a Temne conclave in the Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom of Bombali District. The surrounding villages of Mafonkay, Masimera, Mabanta, Sanda, Kunsho, Panlap and the whole Makeni know how Temne Pa Sylvanus was – because when Wesleyan missionaries came to the area and needed a consummate Temne interpreter, the lot fell on him. Thereafter, when the missionaries wanted to translate the Bible into Temne, they found a willing worker in the quintessential Temne man, Pa Sylvanus who was already one of the most distinguished Temne teachers at the Gbendembu Bible School.
So, no way, President Koroma is not a Loko. Just because a man swims in water does not make him a fish. And have you ever heard President Koroma speaking Temne? A replica of Pa Sylvanus. The President can even read and write Temne! Did you hear him speak at the Sewa Grounds, back of State House, when the Temne association, under the auspices of veteran politician Hassan Gbassay Kanu, organised a similar ceremony like the one the Lokos organised? He spoke Temne through and through!
So what the heck is this preposterous hanging on the thin thread of tribal politics? What is all this backwardness in thinking in tribal lines? The reality is that President Koroma has conducted the affairs of this nation so well that any tribe, including the Mende, would want to accept him as their son. The rolling out of major programmes like the road construction, the free health care, the small-holder commercialization programme, the construction of schools, the provision of electricity etc etc has been done for all and sundry without recourse to tribal lineage or association. Even this government’s most ardent critics cannot deny this except if they are self-delusional. President Koroma does not think on tribal lines – that is why all tribes and all regions are represented in his government. He is a patriot. A very nationalistic leader who thinks out of the box, and cannot be placed in a tribal box!
The APC is not a tribalistic party. Only the SLPP is. Yes, you heard me clearly. It was the former SLPP Ambassador to Guinea, Dr. S.B. Saccoh, who made this more pronounced when he told his Loko tribesman in Kalangba that he had decided to leave the SLPP and join the APC because there’s a secret bond stating that only someone with Mende blood should lead the SLPP. And then he started counting – Milton Margai: 100% Mende; Albert Margai: 100% Mende; Tejan Kabbah: 50% Mende, 50% Madingo; Solomon Berewa: 100% Mende. And then Pa S.B. Saccoh swore that it would only be a Mende man that the SLPP would choose for the 2012 elections. Do I need to remind you how it came to pass in the most atrocious circumstances, with delegates being held hostage and their families threatened with death, accompanied by phone calls, if Maada Bio (100% Mende) even with all the havoc he has caused to this country, were not elected
as flag-bearer?
Look, let’s mellow down this issue of tribalising our politics and talk about serious issues. After all, John Karefa-Smart, to his grave, had the greatest conviction that Sir Milton Margai was poisoned/killed just so that he who was a non-Mende would not be given the leadership of the SLPP.
See you over the weekend at the MOBA celebrations in Magburaka where President Koroma, a Makeni man, would give the impression that he is at home!
(The views expressed in this article are not official; but are solely the author’s. The use of his title is merely for identity purposes.)
 

New ERSG visits Sierra Leone’s Permanent Mission to the UN

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

New ERSG visits Sierra Leone’s Permanent Mission to the UN

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The new Executive Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to Sierra Leone, Mr. Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, last week paid a courtesy call on the Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the UN, Ambassador Shekou M. Touray, at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone in New York. The ERSG was accompanied by the Senior Political Affairs Officer of the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Team Leader for West Africa, Ms. Cherrie-Ann Vincent.  (Photo: Ambassdor Touray emphasizes a point to the new ERSG)

The ERSG and Ambassador Touray discussed matters of interest to Sierra Leone and the ERSG’s assignment to the country .

Mr. Jens Anders Toyberg-Frandzen, who is a citizen of Denmark, expressed delight about his appointment and said he was eager to go and start his work. He told Ambassador Touray that he was at the Mission to introduce himself and stated that he wanted to be on the ground so that he would have a sense of direction before the UN Security Council delegation, about to start a mini-West Africa tour, arrives in Freetown on May 22.

In welcoming the new ERSG, Ambassador Touray thanked Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen for his gesture and described him as a man of experience, emphasizing that “We will learn from you. ” He told the ERSG that the government of Sierra Leone was waiting to receive him on the ground and that ”We are waiting to drink from your well of experience”.  He described Sierra Leone as an open-minded, hospitable and very friendly country, very much in love with strangers, and that Mr. Toyberg-Frandzen will enjoy his stay in the country.

On the present political situation in Sierra Leone, Ambassador Touray informed the ERSG that the Government has set structures in place , like the biometric system of registration and voting,  to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. Both diplomats agreed that where there are elections, tensions are bound to exist, and according to Ambassador Touray, ” That is where the ERSG has to draw a clear line of impartiality and neutrality. ” Ambassador Touray assured him that unlike other countries, Sierra Leone is free from religious tensions and conflicts.

The new ERSG brings to his new job over 30 years of experience in development and humanitarian issues gained from serving in post-conflict settings, notable in Bhutan and Bosnia and Herzegovina .He has also served in Yemen, Iraq and Palestine.

He was supposed to have left for Sierra Leone on May 14.

Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN, USA

 

Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi graduates from University with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

Hard work, determination and success  are in the genes of certain remarkable persons. After excelling as one of the most philanthropic  Sierra Leoneans which contributed to her appointment by His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma as Goodwill Ambassador, Mrs. Isatu Isha Timbo-Nwokedi has gone and done it again. She has bagged a Bachelor’s degree.

MRS. ISATU TIMBO-NWOKEDI IN HER GRADUATION GOWN

Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi was one of the graduates this year of the prestigeous, coed , historically black  Wilberforce University of Wilberforce, Ohio. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Public Health . Family members, associates and friends of the very popular Goodwill Ambassador have been celebrating this achievement with her.

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI POSES WITH ONE OF HER DAUGHTERS JOJO AFTER RECEIVING HER DEGREE

 

Many of the family members and friends interviewed by COCORIOKO  commended Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi .They marvelled at her indomitable spirit and courage. It must be recalled that two -and-a-half years ago, Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi suffered a double  tragedy when  her father, Alhaji Abdulai Timbo  passed away in Ghana where he had been taken for treatment and shortly after , her beloved  husband, medical doctor Sylvester Nwokedi , died suddenly one evening while they were home preparing dinner , leaving her to take care of two daughters. She was hugely devastated by her father’s and her husband’s deaths and many women faced with such a calamity would have fallen apart , but though she still carries an aching void in her heart , Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi continued her characteristic hard work and completed her education with flying colours.

 

MRS. TIMBO-NWOKEDI POSES WITH THE PRESIDENT OF WILBERFORCE UNIVERSITY

Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi’s mother, Madam Marie Salim ,  said she is very proud of her daughter , not only for her humanitarian enterprises but her latest achievement. She told this paper that her daughter has always been somebody with an extraordinary spirit .

It must also be recalled that Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi had been providing valuable services to  hospitals and health centers in Sierra Leone . She had been donating containers of medical equipment and supplies to these medical institutions  in addition to sending bags of rice and food supplies to vulnerable people in the country. She has also been sponsoring muslims to the yearly hajj in Mecca .

Asked how she hoped to use her newly-achieved BSN degree , Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi said that she will use her latest achievement for the cause of humanity. A professional nurse with an RN before her graduation , Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi also owns  and runs a successful and thriving home health care Agency in Lawndale , California, called the Gidda’s Home Health Services. She  plans to use her advanced nursing education to help provide quality health care delivery in America and the land of her birth, Sierra Leone.

We congratulate Mrs. Timbo-Nwokedi for her achievement and we pray that God will help her broaden her horizon and sphere of influence in her profession and philanthropic work.

 

President Ernest Koroma accelerates agricultural development projects in Kailahun and Kono

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

By State House Press Corps :  

 

President Ernest Bai Koroma has handed over Agricultural Development Assets (ADAs) to the tune of Le.40 Billion to the Kono and Kailahun District Councils respectively. On Thursday 3rd May, President Koroma handed over Le.19 Billion worth of ADAs to the Kono District Council at a colourful ceremony at the Koidu New Sembehun Town Field.

Handing over the agricultural assets, President Koroma told Kono District stakeholders, including the Chairlady of the District Council as well as Paramount Chiefs that the assets were provided by government to enhance the capacity of farmers to transform the farming system from subsistence to commercial agriculture which would ensure farmers “farm for business” to improve their status, enhance agricultural productivity in the country and ensure food self-sufficiency.

President Koroma noted that machines were also provided amongst the assets as government realized the need to improve on the feeder road network in Kono District in accessing and transporting agricultural produce to the required markets. He stressed that the ADAs are also being provided because of government’s commitment to the decentralization process, saying the equipment should be used for the maintenance of the roads.

 

The Fountain of Honour and indomitable Father of the Nation maintained that the rousing welcome accorded him from Walayhun, Nimikoro and Koidu had sent a clear message that the people of Kono had not forgotten their roots, and thanked them for their prodigious participation in the Biometric Voters Registration (BVR) exercise, which ended earlier this year. He pointed out that it was the civic right and responsibility of every Sierra Leonean to vote for the candidate of their choice and also commended the people of Kono for coordinating the process.

 

The President emphasized that he was on a working visit in the district to re-evaluate the implementation of projects as encapsulated in the Agenda for Change, saying that as a hands-on President, he needs to go out, cross-check and get first-hand information on the progress of the implementation process.

 

President Ernest Bai Koroma called on Sierra Leoneans, especially stakeholders to come out and work jointly with government for the continued success of the Agenda for Change. He disclosed that he had inspected the projects and held consultations with the chiefs, elders, youths, religious leaders and politicians to continue to map out the way forward for the development of Kono in particular and the entire country in general.

 

Following a conducted tour of the Koidu government hospital, President Koroma noted his dissatisfaction for discovering that the contractors have still not met their deadline even when their completion time for certain projects was further extended. He promised that government will continue to stack pressure on the contractors saying it is a pity that some contractors have still not met their contractual obligations.

 

The President made it clear that contracts should not be politicised especially when certain individuals preach about transparency and accountability when they are guilty of corruption. This time round, he pointed out, politicians who are involved in contracts but fail to measured up would be treated as businessmen and not as politicians, while noting that that there has to be an explanation for the additional amount of Le.200 Million given to the SLPP Minority Leader in Parliament by government for the completion of the Koidu Government Hospital.

 

In a related development, President Ernest Bai Koroma handed over Le.21 Billion worth of Agricultural Development Assets to the Kailahun District Council on Saturday 5th May, instant.
The assets include but not limited to farming inputs like power tillers, rice mills, rice haulers, threshers, destoners, harvesters, planters, tractors (on hire purchase), Agro chemicals, seedlings; and infrastructure like Agricultural Business Centers (ABCs), Community Banks, Financial Services Associations (village banks), feeder roads, Inland Valley Swamps, stores, etc.

According to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) Dr. Sam Sesay, the ABCs, being the hallmark of the Smallholder Commercialization Programme (SCP)- government’s flagship was established to address the problems inherent in the agricultural value chain of input, supply, processing and marketing. A typical ABC was made up of four main components namely; Main Building (equipment with input/output shops, milling facilities and office space), Drying floor, VIP Toilet and Water Well.

“Generators/Solar panels and Information Technology equipment (TV & DVDs, Telephones) were also provided to make the ABC not only a business center but a social cohesion point where farmers can interact and learn new farming techniques through extension messages developed by the Ministry…and the Kailahun handing over was the fifth in a series taking place all over the country”, Dr. Sam Sesay said.

Hon. P. C. Alhaji Mohamed S.K. Banya of Luawa Chiefdom, Kailahun District described President Koroma as a just leader. “I therefore request your Excellency to permit me to refer to you as an EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION President”, the P.C said. He went on to note that with all what President Koroma has done for Kailahun District, “We want to assure you that whatever party colour you stand for; we have to be grateful to you this time round so that others will know that we are not political fanatics but people who cherish and appreciate development.”

 

Observers of Kailahun politics have opined that the display of support for President Ernest Bai Koroma in Segbwema, Ngiehun Luawa, Buedu, Koindu, Morbai and Bunumbu in Kailahun District was an indication that the people of Kailahun, once a no-go area for the APC, love development more than tribal or partisan politics. “I believe President Koroma not the APC if you ask me, would get the support of the people of Kailahun this time round”, stressed an indigene of Luawa Chiefdom.

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Massive preparations underway for the Consecration and enthronement of Pastor Emmanuel B. Kuyateh as Bishop.

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

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 The Grace Christian fellowship Ministries family and its covenant partners are carrying out massive preparation for the conseretion of their pastor and general overseer, the Rev. Emmanuel B. Kuyateh Sr, his preferment as Bishop was made recently through the executive council of the Grace Christian Fellowship family, together with the council of Bishops of the state of New Jersey.

   

 His consecration is expected to bring together an array of Bishops, top government officials and senior religious leaders among others.

It is interesting to note that the Bishop Elect is the fourth of twenty one children from a Muslim dominated family from Sierra Lone, West Africa. As one who is a product of a polygamous marriage he was blessed to hear a call from God from an early and started practicing Christianity.

Although doing church things at that time, his goal was to be a mechanical engineer. But God changed his plan as a result of a soccer trip tragic accident which had him paralyzed from the neck to his toes and was hospitalized for five months and twenty-two days. Even a Russian specialist who was assigned to him, give him five days to live, but the power of God healed while singing the song “Rock of Ages cleft for me”.

A Sierra Leonean by birth, pastor Kuyateh, spent his young adulthood in neighboring West African State of Liberia. In 1986, he was ordained as minister by two of Gates of Heaven Church, Bishops, Lena Thomas and Rachel C. Brown of Pennsylvania and Monrovia, Liberia respectively.

      During the early days of the Liberia civil war, Pastor Kuyateh served as a member of the Liberia Council of churches, a body set up to the Christian community to mediate peace between Rebel Leader Charles Taylor and the Late Liberian President Samuel K Doe.

      Pastor Kuyateh as a soccer enthusiast and a former Political activist who was privileged to see Sam Njoma of SWAPO and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe strongly believed that government officials must commit themselves to their citizens well –being. He was a planning Committee member for the visit of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa to Liberia. Because of his commitment to Justice, he was one of Liberia’s official delegates to the inauguration of the first black South African President Nelson Mandela.

      Pastor Kuyateh came to the United States during the heat of the civil crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone, where he established his ministry in the 1997, in New Jersey based upon a vow he made to the Lord. The Grace Christian Fellowship Ministries which started as a prayer group has grown to a full church in the City of Old Bridge, where the power of God is working through the church, thus transforming and winning souls for the kingdom. Under Grace are three branches and other cells are in the making. Pastor Kuyateh a man admired in the community for tolerance and justice is strongly committed to Kingdom principles rather than church mind set. Speaking to one of his class mates, he said Magburaka Boys Secondary School (MBSS) have produced a president and other professional but the dots are now connected as the school can be proud of a Bishop,

      The Consecration will take place at the Eternal Life Christian Center, Franklin Boulevard, Somerset New Jersey 08873 on Sunday May 6th 2012 at 3pm. Only invited guests are to attend

as participation is strictly by invitation.