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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

Standard Chartered Bank Thieves Exposed

As trial continue on the conspiracy matter of four former staffs of Standard Chartered Bank, the sitting judge, Justice Abdulai Charm, has re-discharged the first defendant Madam Aminata Bangura.

The four defendants were arraigned before him for proper trial after found guilty on preliminary investigations in the magistrate court on two counts charges of conspiracy to commit felony and larceny by servant contrary to the laws of Sierra Leone.

The prosecution alleged in count one that some times last year, the defendants conspired with other persons unknown to commit a felony.


Media News

ACC Romances with Guild of Editors

In a bid to maintain the relationship between the two institutions, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), has organized a one-day seminar for the Guild of Editors on the theme, “strengthening   partnership with the media on the fight against corruption in Sierra Leone.”

  Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Hill Valley Hotel, at Signal Hill, in Freetown, ACC deputy commissioner, Shollay Davies, who doubled as the chairman of the program, said corruption is an epidemic that is responsible for the low standard of living of the people of Sierra Leone.

  He also stated that the reason why they are partnering with the media is because they believe that media reports will provide valuable link to identifying corrupt cases.



Salary Increase Nah Salone!

Yesterday’s press release from the ministry of finance about the 15 percent salary increase for all public workers came on a low key, with little meaning.

  Last December, when the finance minister made the pronouncement about the pay raise starting this July, older workers just grunted because more than half of whatever government promises goes to the taxman, or is taken back by government.

  The worker, since when, has been a mere donkey in this country – that is if you’re working for the government; and if you’re working for the private sector, apart from lacking job security, your lot is almost like that of a slave, without the power for you to protest about your rights. Those who dare protest have the ministry of labour and labour unions abandoning them midstream, or the trigger-happy police wounding or silencing some.


View Point

Maada Bio: ‘Paopa Salone For Betteh’?

When Spartacus set out on his campaign against the Roman Empire, many thought his excursion won’t last for a fortnight because of the ruthless discipline that characterized Roman warfare.

  True, the Romans were the finest soldiers the world has ever seen, and their centuries of dominance is a testament to that fact. Spartacus too learned this hard fact when he finally hung on a cross on the Appian Highway after years of fighting against the mighty Roman war machine.

  Spartacus, a slave, made a dash for freedom, along with thousands of other slaves, but sadly fell short of his goal. No problem – it was left with history to proclaim him a villain or a hero for his infamous undertaking, and we never knew whether he regretted about his failed exploits as he hung dying on a Roman cross.


News - Press Release

New project to boost fair sentencing and reduce detentions

Freetown: 2 July 2015: The Acting Chief Justice of Sierra Leone, Hon Justice Valesius Thomas has today launched a two year project aimed at developing sentencing and bail policies and guidelines at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, Kingtom in Freetown. The project is undertaken in collaboration with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and funded by the US Department of State with the aim of reducing the number of people detained before trial, and reducing overcrowding in prisons.

The U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, John Hoover, who joined the Acting Chief Justice and the UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. David McLachlan-Karr at the workshop to launch the two year project said “The United States is pleased to support and help build more transparent and accountable governance institutions,” adding that “This programme will help Sierra Leone’s justice system become more transparent, efficient, and fair. As such, it will contribute to the development of rule of law and democracy in Sierra Leone.”

The new bail instruments will involve the creation of guidelines and policies for magistrates and judges regarding when defendants should be detained before trial. The instruments, which are to be rolled out in 2016, will help ensure consistent sentencing across the country, so that justice will be the same everywhere in the country. It will also help make sure people are incarcerated only when absolutely necessary, by providing a clear, consistent set of procedures for all Sierra Leone’s magistrates and judges.


Society -Local News


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has just concluded a massive awareness creation on the Grievance Redress Mechanism, set up to address corruption related issues within the Social Safety Net (SSN); a scheme created to alleviate poverty within selected chiefdoms in the country.

These engagements took place in six chiefdoms benefiting from the project, which are Magbaimba Ndorhahun and Tambakha chiefdoms, from the Bombali District; Toli and Mafindor chiefdoms, in the Kono district, as well as Kowa and Timdale chiefdoms, of the Moyamba District.

Dilating on practical ways of detecting corruption, not only within the SNN but also in other sectors of society, ACC Deputy Director, Public Education and Outreach Patrick Sandi said the Commission was established to tackle corruption in every facet of society.



Six (6) Man Chinese Technical Team depart for Freetown ahead of arrival of 100 buses July 8

With 100 buses purchased in China by the Government of Sierra Leone slated to arrive the shores of Sierra Leone July 8, a six man technical team will be leaving China on the 4th July for Freetown to receive and handover the said buses to Government through the Sierra Leone Roads Transport Cooperation, and also undertake a training program for staff of SLRTC.

According to Chen Hongli, Senior Project Manager, Africa Department, Poly Technologolies, Inc, the period of stay for the team will depend on the working progress, but “however, the team will last at least one month”

In 2014, the Government of Sierra Leone (Ministry of Transport and Aviation) and Poly Group Corporation signed a contract for the supply of the said Buses.




The Parliament of Sierra Leone on the 02nd July, 2015, after a marathon debate has unanimously ratified a Government Motion on the AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, dated 11th July, 2003.

In presenting the Protocol to the House, prior to ratification (while both lower and upper galleries in the Chamber were filled to capacity with concerned women), the Minister for Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mr. Moijueh Kaikai, said that Sierra Leone is yet to ratify the Protocol since it was signed on the 11th July, 2003, 12 years ago.

He furthered that most of the Articles in the Protocol are provided for in the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, and are also contained in the policies and programmes of the Agenda for Prosperity (AfP), like Pillars 6 and 8.

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