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African Milestones: Reflecting on April 16th’s Legacy of Triumphs and Transformations

On this day, April 16th, several significant events have left indelible marks on the tapestry of African history, reflecting the continent’s resilience, struggles, and triumphs. Let’s take a journey through some key moments that have shaped Africa’s narrative:


1. 1992: Nelson Mandela’s Appeal for Peace: On April 16, 1992, Nelson Mandela, the iconic anti-apartheid leader and later President of South Africa, appealed to political leaders and citizens alike for peace during a period of heightened violence in South Africa. Mandela’s call for calm and reconciliation echoed throughout the nation, contributing to the eventual transition from apartheid to democracy.


2. 2003: Conclusion of the Liberian Civil War: April 16, 2003, marked the end of the Liberian Civil War, a conflict that ravaged the West African nation for over a decade. The war, characterized by widespread violence and human rights abuses, finally came to a close following negotiations and the deployment of peacekeeping forces. This milestone paved the way for efforts towards rebuilding and reconciliation in Liberia.


3. 2014: Kenya Holds Memorial for Garissa University Attack Victims: On April 16, 2014, Kenya held a memorial service to honor the victims of the deadly terrorist attack on Garissa University College. The attack, carried out by the extremist group Al-Shabaab, claimed the lives of 148 people, mostly students. The memorial served as a moment of reflection and solidarity in the face of terrorism and extremism in the region.


4. 2016: The Gambia Rejoins the Commonwealth: After over four years of absence, The Gambia officially rejoined the Commonwealth on April 16, 2016. The decision to rejoin the organization, which promotes democracy, human rights, and development, signaled a significant diplomatic shift for the West African nation under the leadership of President Adama Barrow.


5. 2019: Sudanese Protesters Demand Civilian Rule: In Sudan, April 16, 2019, witnessed ongoing protests as demonstrators continued to demand civilian rule following the ousting of President Omar al-Bashir earlier that month. The protests, which began in December 2018, ultimately led to the establishment of a transitional government and marked a pivotal moment in Sudan’s history.


These events from April 16th in African history serve as reminders of the continent’s diverse experiences, from struggles against oppression and violence to moments of resilience, unity, and progress. They underscore the importance of commemorating and learning from the past as Africa continues its journey towards peace, development, and prosperity.

First Lady Dr. Fatima Maada Bio Leads Transformation with New SLPP Office Visit in Koidu City

On April 15, 2024, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of Sierra Leone, showcased her commitment to bolstering the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) by visiting the construction site of the new SLPP Party Office in Koidu City, Kono District.

Accompanied by key stakeholders and party officials, Dr. Fatima Maada Bio conducted a comprehensive inspection of the construction site, engaging with workers and evaluating the progress firsthand. Her hands-on approach highlighted her dedication to ensuring the timely completion of the project, emphasizing its importance for the local community.

During her visit, Her Excellency underscored the significance of the new office in strengthening the SLPP’s presence in Kono District. She emphasized its role in enhancing party outreach and promoting community involvement. As construction progresses, the new party office is poised to become a vital hub for SLPP activities, reinforcing the party’s ties with the people of Kono City and beyond.

– Strategic Communications Division,
Office Of The First Lady,
Republic Of Sierra Leone.

President Bio Leads Sierra Leone’s Accountability Drive: Ministers Sign Performance Contracts for National Progress


Madam McCarthy expressed appreciation for the government’s initiative in implementing mechanisms like the ministerial performance contracts to ensure accountability among duty-bearers. She emphasized civil society’s commitment to ongoing dialogue with the government to address the welfare and needs of Sierra Leone’s people.


Looking ahead to 2024, she acknowledged the increasing participation of women and young women in signing these contracts, extending her well wishes for their success in their endeavors.


Chief Minister Dr. David Moinina Sengeh shared his sense of responsibility and optimism following the signing of the ministerial performance contracts for 2024. He highlighted the careful formulation of each contract with ambitious yet realistic goals, closely aligned with the government’s overarching strategies such as the Big Five Game-changers and the Medium-Term National Development Plan for 2024–2030.


Dr. Sengeh underscored the importance of these contracts in guiding the functions of ministries, departments, and agencies, emphasizing a unified government approach toward achieving shared end-of-year objectives.


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In a significant ceremony held at the State House in Freetown on Friday, April 12, 2024, His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio oversaw the signing of Performance Contracts, marking a pivotal commitment between himself and cabinet ministers. These contracts signify a dedication to fulfill the promises outlined in the government’s manifesto, representing the collective vision of leadership, and serving as a roadmap for progress.


President Bio extended a warm welcome to attendees, including representatives from the Cabinet Secretariat, civil society, and international partners, emphasizing the importance of collective effort in realizing the government’s agenda. He underscored the solemn nature of the signing ceremony, aligning it with his sworn duty to uphold democracy and ensure the welfare of Sierra Leonean citizens.


“The signing of the Ministerial Performance Contract underscores our commitment to transparency, accountability, and excellence in governance,” President Bio remarked. “As public servants, we are entrusted with the responsibility of delivering tangible benefits to the people of Sierra Leone. This contract serves as a vital tool for measuring our performance and maintaining accountability to our constituents.”


President Bio highlighted the significance of setting clear objectives and strategies within the contract framework, emphasizing the need for accountability and efficient resource management. He stressed the importance of executive accountability in fostering a thriving democracy and reiterated his administration’s commitment to excellence in service delivery.


Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the continuation of a process initiated by President Bio in 2019. He emphasized the President’s dedication to fulfilling the social contract with the people of Sierra Leone and delivering on promises made during the electoral campaign.


Representing civil society, Mrs. Rosaline McCarthy expressed gratitude for the government’s inclusive approach and recognized the significance of their involvement in the ceremony. She acknowledged the government’s acknowledgment of civil society as valuable partners in fostering transparency and accountability.


The signing of Performance Contracts represents a significant step towards fulfilling the government’s mandate and fostering a culture of accountability and transparency in Sierra Leonean governance.

From Music to Activism: Meet the Talented Trailblazers of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a country known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse population, which has given rise to numerous talented individuals across various fields. From music to sports to activism, these notable figures have made significant impacts both within their homeland and on the international stage. In this article, we’ll explore the lives and accomplishments of some of Sierra Leone’s most prominent figures who have excelled in their respective areas.

MC Harvey

Michael Harvey Jr., better known by his stage name MC Harvey, is a British rapper who rose to fame as a member of the group So Solid Crew. Born on May 1, 1979, Harvey has ventured beyond music to pursue a career in acting and television. He has also played football at a non-league level. His contributions to the entertainment industry have earned him recognition as a multi-talented performer.

Patrice Bart-Williams

Patrice Babatunde Bart-Williams, commonly known as Patrice, is a Sierra Leonean-German singer-songwriter who was born in Cologne, Germany, on July 9, 1979. His musical style combines reggae, soul, and folk elements. Patrice’s lyrics often touch on social and political issues, resonating with audiences worldwide. As a musician, he has built a dedicated fan base and continues to influence the music scene.

Kelvin Doe

Kelvin Doe, also known as DJ Focus, is a young Sierra Leonean engineer who gained international attention for his innovative work in building a radio station and various electronic devices from scrap materials. Born on October 26, 1996, Kelvin’s achievements are a testament to his resourcefulness and ingenuity. His story has inspired many and highlights the potential of youth in science and technology.

Abdulai Bell-Baggie

Abdulai Hindolo Bell-Baggie is a professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for National League club Eastleigh. Born on April 28, 1992, Bell-Baggie is known for his speed and skill on the field. His career has seen him play for several clubs in the United Kingdom, demonstrating his dedication to the sport.

Kandeh Yumkella

Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella is a Sierra Leonean agricultural economist and politician who has served as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. Born on July 5, 1959, Yumkella’s work focuses on sustainable development and energy access, making him a key figure in global discussions on these topics.

Fatmata Turay

Fatmata B. Turay is a Sierra Leonean model and beauty queen who represented her country at Miss World 2007. Born in 1987 in Freetown, Fatmata has made a name for herself in the modeling industry and has a background in medicine. Her journey exemplifies the multifaceted talents of Sierra Leonean women.

These individuals represent just a few of the many talented people from Sierra Leone who have made their mark in various fields. Their achievements not only bring pride to their homeland but also inspire others to pursue their passions and make a difference in the world.

President Bio Pledges Inclusive Future as Sierra Leone Embarks on Crucial Constitutional Review Process

President Julius Maada Bio delivered a notable speech at the Special Presidential DEPAC Meeting on Thursday to discuss the ongoing Constitutional Review Process.

The meeting took place in Freetown on April 11th, 2024, and was attended by a range of prominent figures, including the Vice President, the Acting Chief Justice, cabinet members, ambassadors, development partners, and other distinguished guests.

In his speech, President Bio emphasized the importance of the Constitutional Review Process, describing it as a long-term, collective effort aimed at reshaping Sierra Leone’s future. He stated that this process is not merely about updating legal documents but is a transformative journey that must align with the nation’s evolving values and aspirations.

Reflecting on Sierra Leone’s progress since the adoption of the current Constitution, President Bio acknowledged the need for a comprehensive review to address any shortcomings and adapt to the changing needs of society.

President Bio reaffirmed his commitment to completing the Constitutional Review Process, a promise he made during his presidential campaign in 2018. He noted that the process began as a response to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) after the civil war, emphasizing his administration’s dedication to this effort.

He highlighted the progress made in the Review Process, including the release of a White Paper in 2022 that accepted numerous recommendations from the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC). These recommendations will soon be presented to Parliament as constitutional amendments.

President Bio also mentioned various reforms and laws already introduced as part of the Review Process, such as changes in media laws, the abolition of the death penalty, land law reforms, and efforts to promote education and gender equality.

Looking ahead, President Bio outlined the next steps in the Review Process, stressing the importance of inclusive participation and public engagement. He called for national ownership of the process and collaboration among all stakeholders.

In closing, President Bio urged everyone involved to carry out their responsibilities with dedication, integrity, and patriotism, noting the lasting impact their decisions will have on Sierra Leone’s future. He expressed his vision for creating a legal legacy that supports the country’s democratic growth and prosperity.

As Sierra Leone begins this crucial phase of the Constitutional Review Process, President Bio called upon the blessings of God and urged all citizens to unite in building a stronger, more prosperous nation that fulfills the aspirations of its people.

Sierra Leone’s President Sounds Alarm on Drug Abuse, Declares National Crisis


Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has taken a firm stand against drug abuse, labeling it a “national emergency” during his recent address to the nation. He specifically highlighted the growing use of a synthetic drug called Kush among young people, expressing deep concern over its impact on society.

In response to this pressing issue, President Bio announced plans to tackle the problem head-on. A dedicated task force comprising government agencies and non-governmental organizations will be established to address various aspects of drug abuse, including prevention, treatment, social services support, law enforcement, and community engagement.

Moreover, President Bio emphasized the government’s commitment to dismantling drug trafficking networks operating within the country. This commitment was underscored by a recent police seizure of two containers filled with Kush in the capital city of Freetown. Seven suspects were apprehended in connection with the seizure, according to Police Commissioner Joseph Lahai.

President Bio’s decisive actions reflect a concerted effort to safeguard the well-being of Sierra Leonean citizens and combat the harmful effects of drug abuse on society.


Sierra Leone’s Bank Turns Up the Heat on Interest Rates to Tackle Rising Prices!

Hey, guess what? The Bank of Sierra Leone just made a big decision! So, imagine you’re at a meeting with a bunch of important people, including Dr. Ibrahim L. Stevens, the big boss at the bank. They’re talking about money stuff, and they decided to do something to help with a big problem they’re facing.

See, there’s this thing called inflation, which means prices keep going up, and it’s causing a lot of trouble. So, to try to fix it, they decided to raise something called the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by 1 percentage point. Now it’s at 23.25 percent!

Why did they do this? Well, the world is going through some tough times right now, with fights between countries and problems getting stuff from one place to another. Plus, energy prices keep going up and down like a roller coaster.

But hey, it’s not all bad news. Things have been getting a bit better since last October when it comes to prices going up. They’ve been going up a bit slower, which is good. They think the economy will grow by about 3.1 percent this year, which is alright, but they want it to be even better.

They’re also working on making sure they have enough money from other countries and making sure the government doesn’t spend too much. The banks seem to be doing okay, but they still need to keep an eye on things.

So, what’s next? Well, they’re going to keep watching what’s happening around the world and in Sierra Leone, of course. They’ll have another meeting in June to see if they need to do anything else.

So, there you have it! The Bank of Sierra Leone is trying to keep things steady and make sure your money doesn’t lose its value. Let’s hope their plan works out!

ECsalone counting of votes have commenced in stations across the country

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ECsalone counting of votes have commenced in stations across the 🇸🇱country in the presence of accredited party agents & observers after all those in the queues at 5pm where allowed to vote in stations that experienced delay in opening

Credit to

Electoral Commission for Sierra Leone


Sat 24th June 2023, #SierraLeoneans in the 16 districts vote for President, MPs and Local Councils in 11, 832 polling stations across the country from 7:00AM to 5:00PM
#safulelections #SierraLeoneDecides2023
🔽Voters in Kono district
Credit to: INEC Sierra Leone facebook



Rose Hawa Marah won the first-ever Reality Tv Show “Salone Culture Alive” hosted in Makeni and went home with the Fifty Million Leones Star Prize for being the standard performer throughout the show.

A show that hosted twelve (12) contestants from different ethnicities across the country, ranging from Mende, Temne, Kuranko, Mandingo, and Limba to Loko.
Rose Hawa Marah depicted her kuranko ethnicity’s culture and traditions throughout and on the final day, was able to fine-tune Kuranko practices to “Traditional Ceremonies and Tourism attraction” that wowed the judges as she sensitively exhibited the true education of ethnicity value.
She was presented with the Star Prize of Fifty Million Leones Cheque on stage as a demonstration of the organiser’s integrity and keeping their words intact.
The only entertainment show you can be educated about true Sierra Leone culture and showcase the genuine beauty of Sierra Leone culture. This is just one of the many ahead the organisers pledged
Rose Hawa is the current face of Sierra Leone Cultural Alive.
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