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Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:45

The winners of this year’s Voice Magazine Achievers Awards have been unveiled.

The 14th edition of the Voice Magazine Achievers Awards will take place from 11th to 13th October 2013 in Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands.

The annual prestigious award ceremony recognizes the hard work of African men and women who have excelled in various fields.

The Voice Magazine Achievers Awards are organised by Pastor Elvis Iruh, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Voice Magazine.

This year's event will feature Sierra Leone - the beautiful West African country that has shown resilience against all odds and working towards progress.

Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, will receive the highest honour for his achievements in placing Sierra Leone on the road to progress and his exemplary leadership style in Africa. He is this year's ‘Icon of Democracy in Africa' Award winner.

 Other deserving awardees who will join President Koroma in this classy and tasteful event are five Executive Governors from Nigeria namely: Governor Dr. Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State; Governor Dr. Jonah David Jang of Plateau State; Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State; Governor Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state and Governor Barr. Sullivan Chime of Enugu State.

The late elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, has been listed for honour as well and an award will be dedicated to his name at the Voice Magazine Achievers Awards ceremony.

As part of this year's event a business luncheon is being organized for the Dutch/African business community in the Netherlands and those who are already doing business in Sierra Leone to have an audience with President Koroma and Sierra Leonean authorities.


H.E. Mrs. Aanaa N. Enin - Ghana Ambassador to the Netherlands

Adebayo Omipidan - Regional Director of Vlisco group

Akinyi Weiniger von Korinda-Yimbo - African writer from Kenya based in Germany

Caroline Achieng’ Otieno - human rights activist for women and girl child advocacy

H.E. Dr. Dalhatu Sarki Tafida - Nigeria High Commission to UK

Davidson Toussaint - Director of Haiti Tourism Inc

Chief Mrs Ekaette Unoma Akpabio - First Lady of Akwa Ibom state

Fatumo Farah - Himilo Relief and Development Association for Somalia (Hirda)  

Dr. Felix Omobude - President of Pentecostal Churches of Nigeria (PFN)

Gesi Asamaowei - Managing Director of PELFACO Nigeria Limited

Gloria Tosin Sido - Nollywood Actress

Apostle Hayford Ikponmwosa Alike (OFR) – Founder of Hayford Alile Foundation (THAF)

Jeffrey Ekhator - Director at Club D’Afrique

Hon Joel-Onowakpo Thomas, the Chairman - Delta State Board of Internal Revenue

Arch-Bishop Margret Benson Idahosa - Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University

Larry Bate Takang - Executive Director at Africa Press International

Chief Michael Bangura - Managing Director of Modac International, Sierra Leone

Governor Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State

Miet Smet – President of the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA)

Rev Moses Alagbe - preacher/trainer at African school project (Nigeria)

Dr. Mrs. N.N. Akanbi (OON) - the Dean of African Missions in the Netherlands

Dr. Mrs. N.N. Akanbi (OON) - the Dean of African Missions in the Netherlands

Nwanne Campo - Business/entertainment promoter in Spain  

H.E. Odette Melono - Ambassador of Cameroon to the Netherlands

Chief Paulinus Akpeki - Hon. Commissioner for Housing in Delta State of Nigeria

Sarah Bomkapre Kamara - Multi-media Journalist from Sierra Leone

Hon. Sharon Gesthuizen - Dutch MP

Akinyi Weiniger von Korinda-Yimbo - African writer from Kenya based in Germany


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2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul


The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.


Business News

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Abebe Aemro Selassie as Director of the IMF’s African Department

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), today announced her intention to appoint Abebe Aemro Selassie as Director of the IMF’s African Department. Mr. Selassie succeeds Antoinette Sayeh whose departure was announced previously. He is expected to begin his work in this capacity on September 19, 2016.

“Abe brings a profound understanding of the challenges facing Africa, having worked closely with policymakers from across the region for much of his career. His proven ability to provide intellectual leadership, track record of building collaborative relationships, analytical depth, and warm collegiality make him ideally placed to lead the IMF’s work with our membership in sub-Saharan Africa. Having had the opportunity to work with Abe over the last five years, I have been struck by his sound judgement, integrity, and commitment to teamwork,” Ms. Lagarde said.


Media News

When an American Born Journalist Die…

This piece is not a tribute but a message and lesson for all practicing journalist.

Death is a necessary end it comes when it would come. The end of a female popular journalist, Manjia Parkinson came at 42 years in July 24, 2016 with a big blow to family friends, media colleagues and her family. When I listened to the numerous glowing tributes at her vigil in the Bo City Hall and the Winners Chapel International Church, Bo branch from Rose Konima Stevens, Princess Gibson, IbrahimBatiloMattia, Dan Parkinson and others representing the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Women in the Media Sierra Leone (WIMSAL), the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), the Family, and the Government of Sierra Leone ably represented by Deputy Minister of Information and Communications, Mr. Cornelius Deveaux,  I decided with spiritual emotion to title this story, “ The American Born Journalist”.

Many beautiful names were given to the late woman by friends and colleagues in the media but I listened to the tribute given by her elder brother, Dan Parkinson that he used to call her during their teenage days ‘American Born’, a name that eventually saw her in America, and returned home with smiles from the White House, and then said to myself what God has destined no man can change, and the voice of man is the voice of God. In Latin, we say: “Voxpopulivox dee”.

The fondly name by Parkinson never fell on thorns or the way side but with the grace of the Almighty.



President Koroma, Governance and Service Delivery

Citizen engagement is crucial to sustaining democratic governance. It allows for openness in decision making process and ensures trust and public confidence.

Participatory democracy, according to Aragone`s et el, is a process of collective decision making that combines elements from both direct and representative democracy (A theory of participatory democracy based on the real case of Porto Alegre. European Economic Review 2008)

Sierra Leone pays greater attention to public engagement and citizens’ participation in governance both at the central and local levels of government. At the local level, it is clearly manifested in the local councils, which serves as efficient, or as expected, conduit for ensuring proper service delivery and community participation at the local level.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, during a two-day National Conference on Community Engagement and Convergence in Freetown on 31 August 2016 underscored the role participatory governance and citizen engagement can play in enhancing service delivery across the country.


View Point

Sierra Leone, Governance and the Political Will to Fight Corruption

We do have challenges as a country, but we have come a long way. One area is the fight against corruption. President Ernest Koroma came in 2007 with the commitment to stepping up the fight against corruption.

His Success in the fight against corruption is measured not only by looking at the tangible gains like the number of cases investigated, prosecuted or convictions secured; but also by looking at the conducive environment created through enactment of stronger anti corruption laws and giving the space to accountability institutions operate. This is what one would call the political will to fight corruption.


News - Press Release


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the invitation of the Inspector-General of Police attended the Executive Management  Board meeting of the SLP, to demonstrate the use of the Pay No Bribe (PNB) Reporting system on Wednesday 12th October, 2016 at the Police Headquarters, George Street Freetown.

Welcoming ACC, the Inspector-General of Police Francis Munu, said the purpose of the meeting was borne out of a previous meeting with staff of the Commission together with Coffey International on a tour to piloted MDAs on the Pay No Bribe Project. He said during that meeting, he saw the need for the Executive Management Board (EMB) of the SLP to gain knowledge on how the Platform operates.


Society -Local News

Sierra Leone Pilgrims Jet in Next Week

The first batch of 400 Sierra Leonenans who performed this year’s hajj are scheduled to begin the journey back home on Sunday, 9th October, 2016, Chairman of the 2016 Hajj Committee to Saudi Arabia says.

Alhaji Sheka Sahid Kamara (aka Shekito) who is also the Special Assistant to His Excellency the President on Social Affairs further said that the second batch of 400 pilgrims is also expected to leave the Hajj Terminal of the King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah the following day.

Shekito says the pilgrims will be ferried through Flynas, a Saudi Arabian indigenous airline which is also Saudi Arabia’s first and only budget airline.




FREETOWN – To mark World Food Day on 16 October, the World Food Programme (WFP) is highlighting the need for bold and constructive partnerships between governments, business and organizations that will create the requisite momentum towards achieving Zero Hunger and shaping a brighter future for millions of children.

“Ending hunger in our lifetimes is possible. We can build a world where everyone, everywhere has access to nutritious food – if we all work together, as partners,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “Whether in a humanitarian or developmental context, partnerships must be bold, strategic and innovative, and be measured by how they change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.”




The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has said that they will continue to provide justice for the poor across the country.

He made this remarks while launching the Legal Aid Board (LAB) office in the southern city of Bo at the coronation field over the weekend which attracted over thousands of people from all works of life.

Hon. Kamara made it clear to the people of Bo City that the “scaling up” access to justice campaign is for the poor and therefore ask them to take the full advantage of the benefit it is rendering.

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