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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 makes second donation of one billion Leones to GOSL Ebola response

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Mr John Bonoh Sisay, CEO of Sierra Rutile, said that Sierra Rutile was making this additional contribution of one billion Leones to support government work in eradicating the outbreak, and to provide additional help for the increasing number of children orphaned by the virus in Sierra Leone.


Media News

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. David Tam-Baryoh arrested and detained on Presidential Order released on bail

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh, a journalist who hosts the programme “Monologue” on Citizen Radio in Sierra Leone was released today, Friday, November 14, 2014 at about 3:30 pm, after 10 days in detention even though the executive detention order stated that Tam-Baryoh was arrested for incitement, many believe the authorities wanted to prevent him from further criticizing how the government is handling the Ebola crises.

The journalist was released on a 50 million Leones bail (approximately US$10,000); and has gone home without any charges, but must be reporting at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) every Monday morning.




Once again, the somber valleys and hills of Sierra Leone are echoing the hallowed cry of grief and sadness for the passing of a national hero, Dr. Martin Salia, who tragically lost the battle against the deadly Ebola Virus at the Nebraska Medical center in the United States of America on November 17, 2014. Despite every effort to save his precious life and in the midst of the world’s best equipped medical isolation unit with experienced Surgeons in the world, he could not survive the journey of hope he so eagerly wish to see for his beloved Sierra Leone.

Dr. Martin Salia’s death marked a new turning point against the fight of the Ebola virus – that early intervention is so critical to the chances of survival. His message to every Sierra Leonean is one of doing the most good for the absolute welfare of our nation: Dr. Salia also summoned us to heed to our sacred callings and to know that we are the vessels of the Almighty God. “I firmly believe that God wanted me to do it.” He said. “I knew deep within myself, there was just something inside of me, that the people of this part of Freetown needed help.” Such moral inspirations reaffirmed the brave heart and the indelible spirit of compassion that Dr. Salia represented in every human imagination.


View Point

7 Doctors Dead, What’s Wrong!

Seven doctors have now been confirmed dead by Ebola. We fear that’s not the end of the story.

  Starting with Dr. Omar Khan, the first doctor to die of Ebola in Sierra Leone, on to the latest ones yesterday Dr Martin Salia and Dr. Moses M. Kargbo, many of us still wonder why others could survive (as we have been told all this while) but our doctors couldn’t survive.

  Who really should be blamed for the death of these doctors – people whom we so badly need? Is it because of lack of proper treatment or what?

 Or is it that we should blame no one for their deaths except the doctors themselves? We are told that early reporting helps a great deal – but this early reporting business is absent on the side of these dead doctors: they prefer observing and treating themselves until it is too late.


News - Press Release

EBOLA OUTBREAK UPDATES---November 24, 2014

? New Confirmed cases = 39 as follows:
Kailahun = 0, Kenema = 0, Kono = 1
Bombali =0, Kambia = 2, Koinadugu = 0, Port Loko = 13, Tonkolili = 3
Bo = 0, Bonthe = 0, Moyamba = 1, Pujehun = 0
Western Area Urban = 11, Western Area Rural = 8
Cumulative confirmed cases = 5,441 as follows:
Kailahun = 561, Kenema = 494, Kono =73
Bombali = 763, Kambia = 62, Koinadugu = 78, Port Loko = 792, Tonkolili = 333
Bo = 236, Bonthe = 3, Moyamba = 157, Pujehun = 30
Western Area Urban = 1,093, Western Area Rural = 766
? Total cumulative confirmed death is 1,364
? Probable cases = 79
? Probable deaths = 208
? Suspected cases = 1,079
? Suspected deaths = 158


Society -Local News


Like all the markets in Freetown, it’s business as usual at the Calaba Town market along the long stretch muddy Main Motor Road in east end Freetown; a scene that contradicts the picture being painted by the international media of a country gradually succumbing to an outbreak of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease-EVD. The market is so busy there is hardly any room for vehicles to go through.

At the Friendship Ataya Base, perched in one corner, a group of young men share their views- truths and myths- on the most topical subject in the country at the moment, Ebola, while sipping ataya from tot cups. One of the men is busy on his mobile phone; his expression suddenly changes, along with the mood in the Ataya Base, as he stands. He has just received news of the death of a 64 year-old man down the road.




The CEO NERC, Major Retired Alfred Palo Conteh on Thursday 20 November 2014 visited the 34 Military Hospital Ebola holding and treatment centres under construction at the Wilberforce Barracks.

The purpose of the visit was to assess the level of work done so far and ascertain the date of completion for future commissioning of the facility.

The CEO was welcomed by the Commanding Officer 34 Military Hospital, Commander British Medics and a cross section of Medical Staff.



Friday 21st November 2014 marked a memorable day in Koidu City – Kono District, Eastern Province of Sierra Leone as President Koroma commissioned electricity in the City which made the people happy. It could be recalled that Kono had been in darkness since 1995 marking 19 years of blackout.
Briefing the President before commissioning, the Minister of Energy – Ambassador Henry Macauley stated that the 2 MW generator is serving the township out of which the Ministry through the National Power Authority (NPA) has connected about 1,000 customers in Koidu town and is striving to connect more on prepaid meters.
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