A Life Cut Short: Adama Sallie Kargbo aka Adama Kai of Aschobi Designs

Young, gifted and black Adama Kai (birth name Adama Sallie) Kargbo was a Sierra Leonean-American fashion designer determined to conquer the world.

Born in New Jersey on March 5, 1983, Adama moved to Sierra Leone aged four with her parents and later lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Kargbo family returned to the United States when Adama was 10 years old.

After high school, she attended the Parsons School of Design in Paris before moving to New York.

In New York, Adama worked for Flaunt magazine and Magnet Management. She also spent her early career working on fashion campaigns for big brands like Versace and Prada, before striking out on her own. She moved back to Sierra Leone and launched Aschobi Designs.

Since its debut, Aschobi Designs has been featured in stories by Reuters, BBC and CNN, but it was during a recent Paris Fashion Week that Adama experienced her breakthrough fashion achievement by presenting her collection at the Hotel Bristol with influential retailers like Maria Lu…

A global data analyst whose crowning glory is Statistics Sierra Leone

"In case you haven't heard, I am leaving the INDEPTH NETWORK to head Statistics Sierra Leone as Statistician-General," the exclusive email read. "I will start April 2018."

You heard?!

Then give it up for Prof. Osman Alimamy Sankoh, also known as Mallam O.

Mallam O is an associate professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is also a visiting professor at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences at the University of Sierra Leone.

To his fans, Statistics Sierra Leone is Mallam O's crowning glory. He's not just the writer of Hybrid Eyes and publisher of the fledgling Sierra Leonean Writers Series, he is Salone's data king!
Over the past eighteen years, the German-trained statistician has taught Sierra Leoneans online about numbers. Whether it is conducting a population or census survey, collating records and data, Mallam O has promoted the beau…

Sierra Leone: Political predictions 2018, district by district

A man who has bet on people who pay every time out of the gate thinks the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) will win all parliamentary seats in Bo, Sierra Leone's second city; Pujehun district, and Bonthe district.

Moyamba, the old southern town of rutile, bauxite, zircon, and gold, will be a tougher force to crack, he adds. And Kono, the land of diamonds will be even tougher.

So what is it about these mining towns?

Diversity, money, independence, freedom from rural repression, perhaps? 
In Kenema and Kailahun, the man predicts SLPP will win all constituencies, “except constituency 08 where the Independent candidate may beat Yatta Songa with John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB) support,”
he states.

Benjamin (born in Segbwema, Kailahun District) was the leader of opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). He served as Sierra Leone's Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2007.
The Western Area, where Sierra Leone has its bustling capital, Freetown, will go APC, APC, APC!

The All P…

Public transport operation in Freetown, Sierra Leone

There is a need to rethink urban transport in Freetown. Improvements should be made to the infrastructure, revenue control system, and transport services.

Clearly, it is necessary to think holistically, where the effort is not just building roads and fly-overs or mass transit systems, but also reducing the need for travel, the length of each trip, and the number of vehicle kilometers. It is necessary to facilitate the movement of people – not the movement of vehicles.

Vision, appropriate policies and appropriate institutions seem to be the key success factors towards sustainable urban transport.The Sierra Leone Road Transport Corporation is the state corporation with responsibility for providing public passenger transport in Sierra Leone. 

Since its creation in 1964, the SLRTC has been the dominant transport operator although they are in competition with private sector services providers ranging from large intercity buses, urban minibuses (poda poda) and more recently motorcycles and tr…

Sewa News Opinion Page

A pointless and potentially dangerous controversy has recently been triggered by an argument about the extent of rights to be enjoyed by dual citizens of Sierra Leone.

This is in part because of the ruling All Peoples Congress has opportunistically, in an effort to disfranchise its most potent rival the National Grand Coalition’s standard-bearer Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkellah (see photo)), seized upon Francis Gabbidon’s ill-timed and wrongheaded opinion that a justly long-ignored provision in the 1991 constitution should be enforced.

In his article, Mr. Francis Gabbidon, a former ombudsman, cited Section 76(1) of the 1991 Constitution which states that no naturalized citizen of Sierra Leone or a “citizen of a country other than Sierra Leone having become such a citizen voluntarily” can contest an election to become a member of parliament and by extension president and cabinet minister.

This interpretation misunderstands the letter, context, and spirit of this provision and the intent o…

Digging Out of A Hole: Koroma fights for Sierra Leone's interests in 2018 elections

Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma might just leave a legacy as leader of the  All People's Congress (APC) political party.

Abubakr Sankoh,  APC candidate for Constituency 062 in Samu chiefdom, Kambia district, has objected to Kandeh Yumkella's nomination for member of parliament.

The districts of Sierra Leone are divided into chiefdoms. Samu is a chiefdom in Kambia district.

Sankoh, who hopes to become Member of Parliament for the area, doesn't think Yumkella has met the requirement to run for office because he was a dual citizen in contravention of the 1991  Sierra Leone Constitution.

Now, Sankoh's objection to Yumkella's nomination has won support from Sierra Leone Attorney General and Minister of Justice Franklyn Bai Kargbo, who has made a case.

"What has happened in Samu is simply that people have used their rights," argues Attorney General Frank Kargbo.

Kandeh Yumkella

Yumkella, an agricultural economist and former special representative of the Sec…

"Give what you can and make a difference" - A charity you can help

"Give what you can and make a difference," their motto says. The hard-working, dedicated staff of the King George VI Memorial Home for the Aged give those eight watchwords meaning to the residents. But the home needs more support to keep doing the work they do so well.

In total, there are 22 paid and volunteer staff members at the King George VI Memorial Home, which is located in the east end of Freetown on the Grafton/New Regent Road.

Mrs. Hannah I. Deen (sitting almost center in pink traditional print with the residents) is the treasurer of the not-for-profit organization.  She said the home is a charity and sponsored by annual donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations in the community.

Every year, the Rokel Commercial Bank gives the home Le10Million in cash and sometimes in-kind donations also worth about Le10 million.

Mrs. Deen made mention of other community organizations that make monetary donations to the home, but she said money often doesn't come …