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Another Award For President Ernest Bai Koroma PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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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

“Sierra Rutile is part of Sierra Leone’s economic growth…” -VP Foh

During a courtesy call on him by Management of Sierra Rutile Company, Honorable Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said in Freetown, Tuesday, 26th May, that the Company is a major player in Sierra Leone’s economic growth trajectory.

According to Vice President Foh, Sierra Rutile is an old and weather tested company that has stood by Sierra Leone at all times, good or bad.

Speaking earlier, Alex B Kamara, a Director of the Company, said, the Company will continue  to do its utmost to contribute to the development of Sierra Leone.


Media News

UNMEER boss lauds female journalists for campaign towards zero Ebola

Sierra Leonean female journalists, under the umbrella ‘Women in the Media Sierra Leone’ (WIMSAL), have injected fresh energy into efforts to end Ebola in their country following the 27 April kickoff of their “Getting Ebola to Zero and Staying at Zero” campaign. The campaign highlights the role of women as leaders in eradicating the disease.

The Ebola Crisis Manager for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in Sierra Leone, Ms. Bintou Keita, described WIMSAL’s effort as “a crucial part of the national Ebola Virus Disease response.” Ms. Keita said that in the final push towards ending Ebola, “the role of women becomes even more important. They are the community and family leaders, the caregivers and organizers.”

The “Getting Ebola to Zero and Staying at Zero” campaign builds on the existing Yellow Ribbon Campaign by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ),  but this time with a greater focus on engagement with communities as well as youth, religious and women leaders.   WIMSAL is supported by UNMEER through UN Women, the UN entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment.




At 24, Karl Marx was the most feared critic in Germany – the Prussian King and the ruling class often couldn’t figure what his next commentary would be, and spent endless hours trying to guess which policy he will try to riddle with holes and make them look small before the eyes of the people.

  But the one most worried was the censor – hawk-eyed for any devilry either from Marx or any of the radicals at Bonn University or elsewhere – the censor because his job depended on it, it was reported, never went to bed early until he had read all the proofs. And there were so many proofs to read! Worst of all, Marx and some enterprising columnists like inserting a paragraph or two that could rue the day for the monarchy and all.

  Karl Marx, as a law student at the University of Bonn in the early 1800s, and later when he became editor of the Rheinische Zeitung was a daredevil who gave the censor trouble, and the censor in turn sought to show Marx and his kind the power that lay in the law, which eventually had to close the paper because of its radical posture and constant criticism of the Prussian monarchy.


View Point


I visited Njala University two years back with the Parliamentary Education Committee, and still remember the camaraderie then between the staff and the deputy vice chancellor. Everyone was congratulating everyone, and is happy to have met the other.

  There was good reason to rejoice – Njala was then and still is, the leading university in Sierra Leone, and even the Education Committee was proud to be a part of the success story, and encouraged them to go for the gold.

But today, two years later, the situation has gone sour; everyone has reached for his sword and is threatening fire and slaughter – with none of them caring about the students caught in this useless crossfire.


News - Press Release

RSF hails Security Council's historic decision on protecting journalists

Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary-general Christophe Deloire hailed the council’s unanimous adoption today of an historic resolution on the protection of journalists in armed conflicts.

At the same time, he called for concrete measures to ensure implementation of international law on the safety of journalists.

“This is an historic day for the protection of journalists and also, we hope, for freedom of information,” Deloire said, addressing the ambassadors of the Security Council’s 15 member states and around 50 other United Nations member states.


Society -Local News

Taylor Application to Appeal Decision on his Motion for Transfer to Rwanda Denied

Charles Taylor, the convicted former President of Liberia, will serve the remainder of his 50-year prison sentence in the United Kingdom after RSCSL President Justice Philip N. Waki denied his application to appeal. On 30 January 2015, a special Trial Chamber convened by Justice Waki dismissed Taylor's motion asking that he be transferred to Rwanda where other SCSL convicts have been imprisoned.

In his decision, Justice Waki upheld the Trial Chamber's decision on Taylor's "Motion for Termination of Enforcement of Sentence in the United Kingdom and for Transfer to Rwanda". At the same time, he denied Taylor's "Application to Appeal Decision on Motion for Termination of Enforcement of Sentence in the United Kingdom and the Transfer to Rwanda" filed on 6 February 2015.

The Defence had argued that the wording of Rule 73(B) on interlocutory appeals implied it was applicable to special Trial Chambers empaneled by the President. They argued further that they had met the conjunctive tests of "exceptional circumstances" and "irreparable prejudice" prescribed by the Rule. The Prosecution argued that Rule 73(B) applied only to motions arising in the course of judicial proceedings, and not "in the post administrative designation of place of confinement."



The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone on Wednesday 27th May, 2015 ended a symposium at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex on the drafting of a position paper to the Constitutional Review Committee.
One of the functions of the Human Rights commission is to review existing legislations and advise government on human rights concerns. The Commission is a major stakeholder in the constitutional review process and plays a critical role in ensuring that the revised constitution is human rights friendly.
Various speakers drawn from the legal, civil society and academia spoke on specific human rights topics that should form part of the position paper.



For the purpose of providing sustainable water supply to the residents of Freetown and its environs, the Parliamentary Committee on Water Resources which is chaired by Hon. Sualiho M. Koroma few days ago summoned the management of GUMA Valley Water Company; charged with the exclusive responsibility of providing water for Freetown; at Committee Room 1 in Parliament to give an update on the status of their activities undertaken in 2014.

According to the Chairman, this was the first time the management of GUMA had met with the entire membership of the Committee since it was reconstituted in the third session of the fourth Parliament. He recalled that such engagements last year resulted in an oversight of GUMA’s existing facilities. He also assured the management of GUMA not to feel intimated as the Committee was only performing its oversight function; whose findings and recommendations would be tabled and debated in Parliament for necessary action. He furthered, that the briefing was not meant to witch-hunt anyone, but to sincerely discuss their status report; as MPs had a lot of water related issues in their constituencies in Freetown.

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