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Sierra Leone rapper detained for a week without charges

Freetown based rapper LAJ, aka Alhaji Amadou Bah was arrested and detained on Sunday 12th June on his way to watch the Sierra Leone and Guinea Bissau match in Guinea’s capital Conakry. He has since been in Police detention and had not been charged at the time of writing this article. LAJ’s lawyer Madieu Sesay …

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Guinea: FNDC calls for nationwide protests against the military junta

Guinea’s Front National for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC) have organised a nation-wide protest for Thursday 23rd June. This will be the first protest since the junta took over and is supported by the two main opposition parties in the country. The junta has banned all sorts of protest. Ahead of the upcoming protest, …

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APC leader on economic and political challenges in Sierra Leone

This year Sierra Leone celebrated it’s 61 years of independence from the UK. President, Dr Julius Maada Bio has recently shared his government’s successes including measures put in place by his government to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Sierra Leone has recorded one of the lowest rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases and associated deaths in …

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Disputes between Fullahs and the Konos Leads to Burning of Houses in the Upper Neya Chiefdom of Sierra Leone

The burning of houses and killing of cows continued in Upper Neya Chiefdom, Falaba District of Sierra Leone. On Tuesday 19/4/22, two more houses in a Kekero village which borders Falaba District and Sando Chiefdom were burnt with no lives lost.  Reports from the area stated that on Monday 18/4/2022,  fifteen cows were shot and …

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Thousands attend coronation of Sierra Leone’s Fula tribal Chief

On March 13th, 2022, thousands of people, including Sierra Leone’s vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh and delegates from many West African countries including Guinea, Liberia, The Gambia, Tchad and Nigeria attended the coronation of Sierra Leone’s Western Fula tribal leader, Alhaji Mohamed Sajor Jalloh. The event which was held at the Bintumani hotel in …

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Tough criticism for Sierra Leone’s government in the growing tax row

Baillor Jalloh is in Sierra Leone where a tax row between government and traders along with various stakeholders has been growing. The Sierra Leone government is currently under intense scrutiny and criticism by consumers and traders alike after a decrease in the tax threshold from 350 million Leones / $35 000 to the equivalent of …

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What’s in a Name? Zimbabwe Decides.

What’s in a name? The revolving door of Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (founded 1999) factions took a turn on 24th January when leading opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, announced his newly formed party, Citizen’s Coalition for Change (CCC). This episode features Dr Nkululeko Mkastos Sibanda, Nelson Chamisa’s official Presidential spokesperson. It was recorded before the …

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Resuming constitutional governance in Guinea

This week, Mamadou Aliou Bah joins AVP from Guinea to give a citizen’s view on interim military President Mamady Doumbouya and the deadline date for the transition from military to civilian rule. We also talk about former President Alpha Condé, the environmental crisis and the state of the mining industry in Guinea and Africa. Mr …

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Horn of Africa – Geopolitics

A lot has been happening in the Horn of Africa countries in recent months. Foreign players including China, Turkey, USA, UAE have increased their interests in the area mostly owing to their geostrategic position on the Red Sea. External actors and not African states, are obtaining & exerting soft power through multiplication of military bases …

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Olivia Blake Sheffield Hallam MP Joins Nationalities and Borders Bill Protest

On 18th December, human rights activists staged a demonstration outside Sheffield Town Hall to protest against the Nationalities and Borders Bill currently progressing through Parliament. The draft legislation includes provisions to criminalise refugees and asylum seekers who enter the UK by illegal routes. It also includes powers to strip individuals of their British citizenship without …

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