March 2020

The Father of African Literature in English Passes On

  By Ibrahim Abdullah Eldred Durosimi Jones was a literary giant; a legend in his own life time; and a leading light amongst Sierra Leone’s first generation of world class scholars—the Durham Brahmins. But Jones arguably stands alone, not unlike a colossus, amongst those who took part in the battle to ‘decolonize’ and ‘indigenize’ scholarship …

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Saving the Elderly From the Young: Corona and Social Distancing in Sierra Leone

  By Mohamed Gibril Sesay and Patrick Hindolo H Walker This is an argument for distancing the young from the elderly as a means of preventing high mortalities and morbidities from the COVID 19 disease caused by the new corona virus, or as it is officially known the SARS-CoV-2. It is also looks at assertions …

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Emerging Epidemiological Models in the Fight Against Corona: Lessons for Sierra Leone and Africa

By Mohamed Gibril Sesay This is an argument for African countries, including Sierra Leone, given scare resources, to focus on the particularly vulnerable in efforts to do physical distancing and isolation as a means of flattening the coronavirus disease infection curve. The particularly vulnerable, given current epidemiological data, are people above 60 and those – …

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Success is Sure: We can beat the Coronavirus

By Lisa R. White Thank God the President of the Republic of Liberia, George Manneh Weah, has constituted a Special Presidential Advisory Committee for the Prevention of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Liberia. Clearly, he understands that the coronavirus outbreak requires all national and international hands on deck to handle eradicating the virus. With donor support, I …

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As the threat of Coronavirus looms over Sierra Leone

By Osman Benk Sankoh Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are three neighbouring countries in the sub-region with a lot of commonalties—some good, and others not worth remembering. The rippling effects of the civil wars in the 90s in Sierra Leone and Liberia did not stop at the doorsteps of these countries. Guinea also bore the …

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South Africa enacts regulations criminalizing ‘disinformation’ on coronavirus outbreak

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists  (CPJ) has expressed concern over newly passed regulations in South Africa that criminalize “disinformation” about the COVID-19 pandemic. CPJ says South Africa’s action  could potentially prompt other countries in Africa to adopt more repressive rules and censorship against the press. CPJ’s statement follows the South African government’s decision …

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Covering the Corona Outbreak: Safety procedures for journalists

The COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus) is now present across every continent, excluding Antarctica, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) The WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 31, 2020; raised its global risk assessment from “high” to “very high” on February 28, and …

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Concealing Fiscal Costs: How Sierra Leone’s Single Treasury Account leads to Unauthorized Public Spending

By Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson & Mark Feldman In the first two articles of our Sierra Leone investigation series, we highlighted the existing disparities in the national salary structure and how the payroll has widened since Maada Bio assumed power two years ago. We pointed out the explosive increase of almost 45% in …

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