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African Union Recognises Sierra Leone’s First Lady Fatima Bio as Champion of Sanitation and Hygiene


African Union Recognises Sierra Leone’s First Lady Fatima Bio as Champion of Sanitation and Hygiene, Praises Her Hands Off Our Girls Campaign

State House, Freetown, Thursday 27 May 2021, The African Ministers’ Council on Water, AMCOW, has recognised Sierra Leone’s First Lady, Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio, as African Champion of Sanitation and Hygiene, the third prominent person to be honoured after Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame and former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The championship honour is in recognition of her tireless efforts in ensuring that women and girls have access to a clean and safe environment, citing her landmark ‘Hand’s Off Our Girls’ campaign and programmes, which has also commenced a nationwide distribution of free sanitary pads to school-going children.

AMCOW was formed in 2002 in Abuja, Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources and provision of water supply.

Acting Executive Secretary of AMCOW, Thomas Banda, extended warm fraternal greetings from the secretariat and noted that the status of Africa in terms of water and sanitation was not anything good to write home about. He added that access to adequate water and safe sanitation and hygiene services was still a challenge to many of the over 400 million people of the African continent.

“It is in this regard that AMCOW Secretariat initiated efforts to identify, engage and nominate a high-level champion for sanitation and hygiene. The search kept narrowing down until we landed at the profile of Her Excellency, the First Lady of Sierra Leone,” he stated.

Mr Banda said they looked forward to working with Madam Fatima Bio to strengthen their advocacy efforts and to ensure that everyone around the continent had access to safely managed sanitation and hygiene, including menstrual health and hygiene services, and towards ending open defecation in Africa.

In her brief acceptance speech, the First Lady said she was positively overwhelmed by the African Union recognition of her work, which she was doing very passionately. She thanked President Bio for not only being her husband but for also being her adviser, mentor and for believing in her as a woman.

“I want to say thank you, Your Excellency, for your support. I will succeed only if you continue to give me that support. For Africa to see me and the work I am doing to serve humanity, it is because of the free space you have given me to work,” she noted.

Mrs. Bio further said that hygiene and satiation together remained a serious challenge and one she said needed attention. She, therefore, promised to would work with all stakeholders to not only see Sierra Leone become a cleaner and hygienic country, but to also push for a cleaner Africa as a whole.

“Thank you very much African Ministers’ Council on Water for this recognition. Thank you, my team, from the Office of the First Lady, for your support. It is because of you that I have the zeal and oxygen to do more work that has led to this achievement,” she concluded.

President Bio described the event as particularly significant because it was a ceremony at which a very passionate Sierra Leonean, who had provided leadership for causes that had changed attitudes and life outcomes, was being recognised.

“We are especially proud of her extensive work throughout Sierra Leone with ‘Hands Off Our Girls.’ Madam First Lady, as a result of your fervent advocacy for gender empowerment and for the protection of women against sexual and gender-based violence, more girls are now safer in their communities and schools.

“More girls persist in school and are not forced into early marriages; more girls have access to menstrual hygiene products; and there is greater recognition of the immense potential of girls in fostering sustainable and inclusive development in Sierra Leone.

“Equality, equity, access, and empowerment are suddenly not incidental to how girls see themselves and believe in themselves in Sierra Leone. Congratulations again, Mrs Fatima Maada Bio, Sierra Leone is very proud of this continental recognition of your selfless and committed leadership. Thank you,” he concluded.

Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of George Floyd murder


Derek Chauvin, former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of George Floyd murder

New York: 4/20/21 Derek Chauvin found guilty

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, killing the 46-year-old Black man, has been found guilty on all charges against him.

2nd degree murder- guilty
3rd degree murder- guilty
2nd degree manslaughter- guilty.

Bail was revoked and convict sent back to jail.

Derek Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd, faces 75yrs in jail

A US jury found the former police officer, Derek Chauvin, guilty of murdering African-American George Floyd after he knelt on his neck for over 9 minutes, on a Minneapolis street in May, 2020.

In a verdict which was broadcasted live on Tuesday, April 20, Chauvin was found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The disgraced officer who has been in prison custody since his arrest, faces up to 75 years in prison when he returns for sentencing in eight weeks, BBC reports.

Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died


Buckingham Palace has announced that His Royal Highness Prince Philip has died

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

The Duke was married to Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years and became the longest-serving consort in British history.

The Royal Family Twitter Page

New song – Salone Bista: Munagi means My Happiness


New song – Salone Bista: Munagi means My happiness

Sierra Leone’s Most underrated Prolific Melodious Singer by the name of BISTA

“BISTA” In A Typical African Accent Apiece His Fans With A Song title call MUNAGI and MUNAGI means “My happiness” 👩‍❤️‍👨 BISTA🇸🇱 continues to prove his God given talent beyond expectations.

With the saying that “Every man is a fool for the woman he loves” BISTA🇸🇱 continued to be a fool in a trapped unconditional relationship, until he finally comes to meet *MUNAGI* that’s when he finally knows the true meaning of love and happiness💓

With all the unconventional love BISTA showed to this wonderful Angel Call *MUNAGI*💓
and MANAGING never let him down for no reasons, she showed him love and stands behind him beyond expectations. Really love is a beautiful thing when u finally meet the right person💓“MUNAGI❤️ – A typical Africa accent melodious song is said to be loved by every facet of good Music listen fan cuz it’s describes the real love situation of all addicted lovers💓

Maada Bio and Fatima Bio Visit Victims of Susan’s Bay Fire Incident


Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio, First Lady Fatima Maada Bio Visit Victims of Susan’s Bay Fire Incident in Freetown

Susan’s Bay, Central Freetown, Tuesday 30 March 2021, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and First Lady Fatima Maada Bio have visited victims of the fire disaster at Susan’s Bay in central Freetown and donated food and related relief items to the hundreds of displaced people in the slum area.

He said even though their visit and the gathering to welcome them were not joyful moments, he was still happy that no lives were lost to the inferno that ravaged the community a few days ago.

President Bio told the people that he went to see for himself what he heard and saw on television and to sympathise with them, adding that his government was determined to improve the lives of the people. He said he had been in contact with all bodies concerned to ensure they helped the people with their basic needs, noting that he was pleased with the updates so far.

He encouraged the victims to sum up courage because all was not lost but assured them that his government would provide more support to them. He thanked the community leaders and all those that are supporting the victims.

Welcoming the President and entourage at the community, Director General of the National Disaster Management Agency, Lt. General Rtd. Brima Sesay, told the gathering that the President had been in constant communication with all concerned to see how the victims could be supported.

He updated the president that immediately after the fire incident a total of 7,093 people, 1,597 family households and 254 makeshift structures were affected. He further said that since the incident occurred supports had come in from different bodies, among them Rokel Commercial Bank, UNICEF, Save the Children, Caritas, WFP and Mercury International.

Speaking on behalf of the victims, the local chief at Susan’s Bay Community, Pa Alimamy Kamara ll, expressed appreciation for the visit, adding that such a gesture would encourage them not to further grieve what had happened to them. He thanked the President and his entourage and all who had helped them, especially the security forces who helped them in saving lives.

Kadijah Saccoh, accusers are both acquitted of rape and murder


Kadijah Saccoh, accusers are both acquitted of rape and murder

On Friday 19th March 2021, the trial judge in the Kadijah Saccoh rape and murder case at the Freetown High Court, acquitted both accused persons Mariama Sarjoh Barrie and Ibrahima Bah of all charges. Coming nine months after the disaster that ended Kadijah’s life, the family and friends of the victim have been left totally shocked and devastated by the verdict.

A lot has already been said and written about the trial judge in the case, justice John Bosco Allieu. From accusing Kadijah’s father, Mr Abubakar Saccoh, of being emotional in court and threatening to bring contempt charges against him, justice Allieu showed he lacked both the professional and emotional expertise to handle cases of such nature and magnitude.

It is clear the judge allowed his emotions to get the better of him in this case. His track record in the legal professional remains chequered. He is on record to have sentenced a 70 year-old rape convict to three days in prison. Observers have spoken of justice Allieu misdirecting the jury in the Kadijah Kadijah Saccoh case on Friday, resulting in the non guilty verdict reached by him. They also point to him discrediting key witnesses in the case.

The less said about that now, the better. Gender parity and anti sex abuse campaigners have got their job cut out for them. But they should not relent. Now is the time to act. Beyond the sound bites and rhethorics should now come firm actions that would help bring Kadijah’s killers to book. And further protect children as well as other vulnerable members of the Sierra Leonean community. Friday’s court verdict was certainly a setback to all our collective efforts at getting justice for Kadijah. We definitely have lost one battle in the war against sex abuse and violence in Sierra Leone. But our resolve to fight on must not diminish. We must stay together to continue the fight for justice for Kadijah and other rape victims out there. Kadijah’s family will certainly take her fight for justice further.

What they do will be communicated with this forum and beyond. There is no resting until justice for Kadijah is secured!!

Source: Khadija’s dad Facebook profile

The accusers

Samia Suluhu Hassan, First Tanzania Female President


Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan Sworn In As First Female President

Samia Suluhu Hassan, 61, a soft-spoken Muslim woman from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.

Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan was on Friday sworn in as the country’s first female president after the sudden death of John Magufuli from an illness shrouded in mystery.

Hassan, 61, a soft-spoken Muslim woman from the island of Zanzibar, will finish Magufuli’s second five-year term, set to run until 2025.

Wearing a bright red headscarf, Hassan was sworn in as the country’s sixth president, at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam, where neither she nor the majority of attendees wore a mask, in the Covid-sceptic nation.

“I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” said the new president, as she took the oath of office before inspecting troops at a military parade and receiving a cannon salute.

She becomes the only other current serving female head of state in Africa alongside Ethiopia’s President Sahle-Work Zewde, whose role is mainly ceremonial.

Hassan was little known outside Tanzania until she appeared on state television on Wednesday night to announce that Magufuli had died aged 61 from a heart condition after a mysterious three -eek absence from public view.

But questions have been raised over the true cause of his death, after multiple rumours that Magufuli — one of the world’s most fervent Covid-sceptic leaders — had caught the virus and had sought treatment abroad.

Main opposition leader Tundu Lissu insists his sources said Magufuli had Covid-19 and had actually died a week ago.

And Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper, which last week reported an “African leader”, in clear reference to Magufuli, was in a Nairobi hospital, on Friday gave more details of his illness, also indicating Magufuli had in fact died last week.

Citing sources, the paper said Magufuli was discharged from Nairobi Hospital on life support after it was determined he could not be resuscitated, and returned to Dar es Salaam where he died last Thursday.

The paper details his initial evacuation to Nairobi on March 8 in a medical plane, as he suffered “acute cardiac and respiratory illnesses.”

The main question hanging over the new president is whether she will usher in a change in leadership style from her predecessor, nicknamed the “Bulldozer”, notably in the handling of the pandemic.

‘A new chapter’

Magufuli leaves behind a complex legacy, after a swing to authoritarianism which saw him crack down on the media, activists and free speech, while refusing to take any measures against Covid-19.

He called for prayer instead of face masks, refused to publish case statistics or implement lockdown measures, and championed alternative medicines.

In May last year he revealed a papaya, quail and goat had tested positive for the virus in a secret operation, proving “sabotage” at the national laboratory.

However by February, as cases soared and the vice president of semi-autonomous Zanzibar was revealed to have died from Covid-19, Magufuli conceded the virus was still circulating.

The opposition and rights groups have urged Hassan to change course.

“As we continue mourning, let us use this period to open up a new chapter for rebuilding national unity and respect to freedom, justice, rule of law, democracy and people-centred development,” said Freeman Mbowe, the chairman of opposition group Chadema, in a statement Thursday.

He urged Hassan to “lead the nation toward reconciliation”.

Meanwhile Human Rights Watch said in a statement that the new government “has a chance for a fresh start by ending problematic past practices.”

‘Hold your breath’

However analysts say Hassan will face early pressure from powerful Magufuli allies within the party, who dominate intelligence and other critical aspects of government, and would try and steer her decisions and agenda.

“For those who were kind of expecting a breakaway from the Magufuli way of things I would say hold your breath at the moment,” said Thabit Jacob, a researcher at the Roskilde University in Denmark and expert on Tanzania.

Hailing from Zanzibar, the semi-autonomous island in the Indian Ocean, Hassan rose through the ranks over a 20-year political career from local government to the national assembly.

A ruling party stalwart, she was named Magufuli’s running mate in the 2015 presidential campaign. The pair were re-elected in October last year in a disputed poll marred by allegations of irregularities.

Hassan must consult the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) about appointing a new vice president. The party is set to hold a special meeting of its central committee on Saturday.

Tanzania is observing a 14-day mourning period and details on Magufuli’s funeral have yet to be announced.

Magufuli is the second East African leader to die under mysterious circumstances.

Free sanitary pad distribution hits Lungi, Lunsar, PortLoko and Masiaka


Free sanitary pad distribution hits Lungi, Lunsar, PortLoko and Masiaka

Her Excellency, Madam Fatima Maada Bio has on Wednesday 24th FEBRUARY 2021 continue with the distribution of the Free Sanitary Pad to school girls within Lungi, Lunsar, Port Loko, Masiaka environs, as part of a Nationwide distribution process that will target 60,000 beneficiary.

Speaking during the distribution exercise, the Resident Minister Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara in her statement, said that history has been made in her region, and that the government is a people cared centered government who takes nothing more precious, than the people they are serving.

She added that in the history of the country, it is the first time a First Lady is undertaking such a project.
“The First Lady is a champion for women’s empowerment and a respecter of human beings,” she said.

The resident minister stated that the girls will never forget her visit as the distribution is a felt need one.

The First Lady in her statement said, she is in school because H.E the President believes in the empowerment of the girl child, hence is committed to giving them the same opportunity as boys so that together they can develop Sierra Leone in the future.

The CEO of Maada and Fatima Bio foundation Mrs Samba in her addressing the pupils added that, she stand as a proud woman to see the historic event, as the foundation has been existing for the last two and half years, and they have been working towards developing girls through the Hands Of Our Girl’s campaign which is the flagship program of the First Lady, and have also gone nationwide doing advocacy and creating awareness on the need to empower and protect the Girl child.

Giving a welcome remark at the schools the Principals appreciate the First Lady for her commitment in protecting the Girl child and for always thinking about visiting their schools, as she has been doing that before her present present status.

He affirmed that the Free Sanitary Pad distribution is an indication that the First Lady is passionate about girls to stay in school, while assuring Madam Fatima that the girls at school shall do excellent in their exams and make good use of the Sanitary Pads and not sell them.

In her statement at the distribution event in all the schools in Lungi Ammaddiya muslim Secondary school, Port Loko Catholic Secondary School, A D Wurie Secondary School Lunsar, and Ammaddiya Secondary School Masiaka, Madam Fatima told the cheerful young girls that menstruation is not a crime and therefore, they should not be ashamed of it.
“Menstruation is not a choice, you need not to be ashamed because it is not a crime” Madam Fatima told the girls. She admonished them to focus on their education and say no to early marriage and teenage pregnancy.

She said the delivery of the Free Sanitary Pad is in fulfilment of a promise she and H.E President Julius Maada Bio made to provide hygiene sanitary pads to school girls as part of the ‘Hands off Our Girls’ Campaign to keep them in school during their menstrual circle, therefore, the idea of the First Lady to provide free sanitary pad for young girls has been welcoming across the country and describe by many, as a project that aims at liberating young girls from the systemic cultural shame and embarrassment.
The ‘ ’ campaign serves as a defense for young women against well placed men in society who use underage girls as a sex object for pleasure.

Madam Fatima said Sierra Leone can only change if we as Sierra Leoneans understand what patriotism truly means, adding that it is ok to believe in one’s political party but it is better to believe in one’s country and humanity.

She states that sex is inevitable but it is better to have sex at the right time and urge the girls that sex should not be their priority while in school.
The First Lady urges the girls to focus on their education as it is with education that they will be assured of a promising future.

She disclosed that she engages in Hands Of Our Girl’s campaign tour to get to know her girls from a close proximity and for them to get closer and feel free to see and interacact with her and be inspired by her story and what it means to be a resilient woman.

Other highlights of the distribution tour included performances by Markmuday and Rap Gee.

Celebrity Couple: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West


Celebrity Couple: Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kanye West

The couple have been married for almost seven years and have four children together. The news was broken by celebrity news website TMZ after months of rumours of marital difficulties.

Reports in US media suggest the reality star, 40, has requested joint legal and physical custody of their children. Neither has publicly commented. The couple are among the most recognisable stars in the world and are both hugely successful in their own right.

Kim first found fame in 2007 as the star of an E! Television reality series about her family. Keeping up with the Kardashians has remained hugely popular since, with its 21st and final series due to air next year.

The reality star has found success in many other areas of business, from mobile apps to make-up, and Forbes estimates her personal wealth to be about $780m (£556m). Known for huge international hits like Gold Digger, Kanye West has been one of the biggest names in rap music for over 15 years. The Grammy-winning musician has also found success as a fashion designer.

The pair were friends for years before they got together and West first appeared on her family’s reality show in 2010. Their first daughter, North, arrived in June 2013. West famously hired the San Francisco Giants’ baseball stadium and an orchestra to propose to her in front of her family, and their show’s cameras, later that year.

They got married in Italy in May 2014 and a photograph of them kissing on their wedding day became, at the time, Instagram’s most liked post ever. By this point she and her sisters had turned social media into an art form, with their online followings propelling their business success and fame ever further.

Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s first son, Saint West, the following year. They went on to have two other children, Chicago and Psalm, through a surrogate after the reality star suffered from health complications during her previous pregnancies. The couple have rarely been away from tabloid headlines since, most notably when Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016.

Last year, West unsuccessfully ran for US president. During his campaign, a series of erratic public appearances and online postings by the rapper sparked concern and led Kardashian to speak out. She said her husband had bipolar disorder, was a “brilliant but complicated person” and called for greater empathy surrounding his mental health from the public and the media.

Rumours of their divorce have been around for months amid speculation Kardashian had hired well-known lawyer Laura Wasser. Page Six reported the filing was imminent in January, claiming West spent the festive season away from the California-based family at his Wyoming ranch.

Adesua and Banky W welcome their son, baby Zaiah


Adesua and Banky W welcome their son, baby Zaiah couple of weeks ago

Actress Adesua Etomi-Wellington and artist Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, who got married November 2017 welcome their first child, baby Zaiah. The couple are over the moon as they announce their son to the world who was born couple of weeks ago on Instagram. The photos trending on social media when she was pregnant and Banky W posted the pictures on Instagram to wish his wife happy birthday.


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