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Why was rapper Laj arrested by the police?

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According to close source, selected entertainers including Laj, Prezo Koroma, Dj Lawva, Foyoh and Henrietta Mbawah had a meeting at Mams in regards to singer Vida’s health. During the meeting, they noticed a police van pulled up at their location. Prior to that a call was made to a known person that Laj is going to be arrested. Laj went outside to find out the reason for his arrests and he was told a gentleman reported to them (police) that an iPhone was taken from him by the rapper.

According to Laj’s explanation to the police the gentleman is also in possession of his watch worth  around £8000 plus some money totalling to three million Leones. To our understanding Laj and this gentleman used to hang out together and were cool at some point. He was given a bag to look after which had the money inside, the gentleman stated there was an incident where the money got lost in the process. After some time the gentleman and Laj met, he had an iPhone in his hand, Laj took it away from him and seized it since he could not produce his money and watch. However the phone doesn’t belong to this gentleman so the owner of the phone reported the gentleman for his phone to the police. The gentleman spent days in police net, when asked the whereabouts of the phone he told the police that Laj has it which led to the arrests of La.

Though some people and blog pages online are saying otherwise and that it’s politically motivated. Laj is currently in police cell for further questioning till later on for a way forward.

The phone in question

Note: some information were not disclosed due to names mentioned and how personal the conversation was.

Watch video of his arrest

Sierra Leone young achiever, Bashir Koroma | A graduate from Makeni

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Read Bashir Koroma story, despites his struggles and challenges he was able to graduate and in his own words made his family and friends proud. It was so inspiring to read which shows that anything is possible all is needed is determination and focus. Congratulations to the young man.

I AM BASHIR FROM A HUMBLE BEGINNING!

After my Dad’s death in 2017, that led to the dropout of my 2 elder siblings, our elder sister never attempted school, I was traumatized if going to school was achievable. As a young boy in high School, I witnessed a transition from Middle class to lack as all our properties were sold to save many in the family and mom’s health which we are still battling with.

After Secondary school, I knew I wanted to attend the best University in Sierra Leone, the vision was clear even when the money was not there, I took 3 years off. I worked as a Secondary School Teacher during the day (7am-2pm) and retired to the aid my brother to rent bicycles during the evening hours(4pm-7pm). My weekends were the busiest, I organized classes for JSS1- SS2 (Saturdays) on Sunday I do rent bicycles and also visit the tailoring shop to learn, but each time I go to the track to rent bicycles and tailoring shop to learn, I remind myself that I don’t belong here, I cried many times due to the scorching sun, tattered clothes which we consider designers dress at that time, getting underpaid as a community teacher of le100,000 and I told God to help me.

Fortunately in 2016 I joined Families Without Borders as a new Bee, got a scholarship to do one year of community service as a probationary stage and in 2017, I was fully admitted to study Mass Communication at the University of Makeni (UniMak).

My parents and siblings were so happy for me but life didn’t get easier, I started Lectures with few dresses , I did part-time jobs to cope like posting for individuals on my page as a form of advertising, steal part of my studies to teach and do assignments for colleagues even when we aren’t not in the same department. Each semester break, I didn’t go home but be in the search for places to do my internship as the organization requires, I was fortunate to do internship with the Makeni City Council, Africa Young Voices, and many more….I did this even in the 3rd year as an undergraduate and it was still tough. My colleagues in Mile 91 said I’m deceiving them that I was in the university, they told my customers who do rent bicycles from me that I lied, but I was so desperate to transit from the “old me” It was terrible, I was utterly broken when issues of such do came up. I cried to God to help me complete my undergraduate degree.

Today, I’m happy that i have finally graduated at the University, the first in our family lineage, I’ve made my family and friends super proud. I can gladly go to that School and tell my colleagues that I’m done with school.

I finished with a First Class- First Division with Honours in Mass Communication, I held the highest leadership position a student can have, as the Student Union President with a population of over 7,000 , I led over 15 university students to impact their communities which transformed the lives of many youth and trigger many to valued education because I know what it means to have nothing and want to pursue your dream, bagged 8 Awards in the University event organized by various departments and the SRC, Led a team to Win competitions and Prizes for the University , Provided Job Opportunities for colleagues students, Organized events that will aid colleagues, volunteered in over 10 organizations, passed 140 examinations and got featured twice in a newspaper both national and International, served as a Guest Speaker in many leadership event both national and international.

Take a look at my picture and see the smile on my face, it’s a smile of victory, I pray the gown on my graduation day unlocks future degree + and celebrations.

You see, God didn’t fail me, I know he won’t fail you too. This story is to inspire you to focus on your dreams and stay True to God.

God kept to His words.

Housemates Salone Season 3 contender Augusta Kumba Youngai

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Augusta Kumba Youngai is currently living in the United States of America, an aspiring contestant for Housemates Salone Season 3. She is a BSC holder in Business Administration as well as an IT Specialist (Data management Processing) and an inspiring Lawyer. She is a spontaneous humanitarian who has been involved in independent charitable works for children, women and youths in Sierra Leone for a decade now on a low scale. She’s also an Entrepreneur and a Business woman doing her business in and out of Sierra Leone where she uses her funds to empower selected youths in order to develop their skills and help with job opportunities.

Augusta Youngai is an embodiment of inspiration and has so much under her sleeves that she wants to continue implementing in her country Sierra Leone therefore taking part in the Housemates Salone will enabled her to further and developed her skills as well as empowering others with the winning prize and her voice. She is an intentional woman who has been making a difference and has so much more to offer. Please join her on this journey of Housemates Salon Season 3.. She has all what it takes to make Sierra Leone and her people PROUD.

#TheFirstLady4HMSS3 #TeamEmpowerment

Sierra Leone must win with Equatorial Guinea match on Thursday

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Sierra Leone must win with Equatorial Guinea match on Thursday

Leone Stars are set to play their final Group E match against Equatorial Guinea on Thursday at the ongoing Afcon2021 tournament in Cameroon. However there is a pressure for Sierra Leone to win the match for them to proceed to the last 16.

Sierra Leone will be going head to head with Equatorial Guinea on its last group match of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon on the 20th January 2022 at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium, Limbe city, Cameroon. Exactly 4:00pm

On paper, Sierra Sierra Leone is going into this game as favourites considering the huge stats advantages its has against the Equatorial Guinea side.

In six (6) meetings, Sierra Leone had won four (4) and Equatorial Guinea only managed to win one (1) and draw one. Sierra Leone position 25th whilst Equatorial Guinea is position 28th in Africa according to the FIFA ranking in 2021. At the ongoing African Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea sits 2nd with 3pts whereas Sierra Leone is 3rd with 2pts.

A win for Sierra Leone is enough to qualify to the round of 16 as that is what speaks the anticipation of the fans back home. A draw depends on other fixtures to favour Leone Stars to qualify as one of the four best losers, which will be a huge pressure and a setback to the Leone Stars team and country.

What’s your prediction and if you were the coach who will start and bench?

Credit: NewsFeedSierraLeone🇸🇱

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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