March 23, 2018: A New Sierra Leone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, March 23, 2018

On March 23, 1991, the Revolutionary United Front, led by a former military corporal, Foday Sankoh invaded Sierra Leone, igniting a brutal civil war that lasted a decade. I have written this book 27 years later as Sierra Leoneans go to the polls on March 7th to elect a new leader.


I hope the experiences I have shared in this memoir (#ADAMALUI) will remind us of where we have been as a society and compel us to always choose a peaceful, democratic path. Moreover, since the end of the Sierra Leo...

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The Agony of Freetown Mudslide Victims

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, December 21, 2017 In : Articles 

Photo: Umaru Fofana

In Sierra Leone, victim always languish in their victimization. From our civil war victims to ebola survivors and orphans, the Freetown mudslide victims should have known that in this country their suffering is purely their burden. When the funds are raised and the immediate tragedy ends, our government is not in the habit of caring for those for whom its coffer is filled by those who care.

It was the hope of the Freetown mudslide victims that after condemnations concerning ...

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Presidential Power to Remove Vice President is Undemocratic

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, December 9, 2017 In : Articles 

Among the odd constitutional changes recommended by the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee is the undemocratic idea of constitutionalizing the power of a president to remove her/his vice president without due process. Including this provision in the future constitution will enshrine the recent unconstitutional decision of our president to remove his vice president because of issues arising within their party, hors the power of parliament to impeach.

The president and the vice preside...

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Understanding the ECOWAS Court Ruling Against the Government of Sierra Leone in the Sam Sumana Case

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 8, 2017 In : Articles 

The response of the Government of Sierra Leone through its Attorney General to the ECOWAS Court has always been an adamant adherence to the incompetent position that the court had no jurisdiction in the case of the petitioner, former Vice President Sam Sumana, against his former administration. In order to understand the ruling against the Government of Sierra Leone, I begin by dismissing the position, as the court earlier did, that a court established by the Economic Community of West Africa...

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Sierra Leone: A Putrid System Breeds Maggots

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, August 27, 2017 In : Articles 

In the past week, I have witnessed with horror and outrage as individuals, businesses, NGOs, Plenipotentiaries, foreign heads of state, and even our own local government ministries make direct donations of cash, cheques, and supplies to the president and vice president for victims of the recent flood and mudslide in Freetown. These donations, amounting to millions of dollars, are made under no concrete instruments of accountability. C’est a dire, these donations are not for t...

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SProWNET Offers A Reliable Anchor for Southern Women and Girls

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, August 26, 2017 In : Articles 

From a distance one could hear the sangbes, accompanied by a segula and the soothing voice of a female Mende singer, the sort of griots I grew up hearing in the town squares of my Southeastern villages. But I was faraway from the villages of my childhood, where dust clouds rose from the feet of dancing women, and their waist, adorned with beads, moved like the spinning threads of a kondi gula. I was in the west of Freetown, and for a moment, a conference room in the luxurious R...

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Sierra Leone: Living from Tragedy to Tragedy

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, August 17, 2017 In : Articles 

We live from tragedy to tragedy, surviving on strings of misery, but all I hear are prayers, even when God has nothing to do with our suffering. The same leaders who fail us are the ones who encourage us to pray, so that while we are conjuring angels and casting demons, they can continue to squander our resources. As long as we continue to believe that our tribulations are connected to a divine punishment for waywardness, we will never be able to remove the beam from our eyes in order to see ...

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Guardians of Lion Mountains

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 In : Poems 

Guardians of Lion Mountains
©Joseph Kaifala

descendant of ancient tribes
whose stories 
of triumph and tribulation
are told on many shores,
among friends and foes,
thrive in the indefatigable spirit 
of the Kebali of Kasseh.

our bond strengthened
by Masarico’s valiant hands
that sorted us into clans
linked by ethnic arteries
affixed to our matrilineal heritage,
the Mali Empire where
our ancestry lives.

We rise and fall
in humble imitation of our forebears,
walking in the path
of men and women of valor

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Africa Rising: Opportunities and Possibilities

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 In : Articles 

Africa is coming to terms with democratic governance and free market economy. The continent possesses significant deposits of natural resources, but it is mostly limited by bad governance and poor financial systems. In spite of these limitations, however, opportunities exist all over the continent for economic growth and development. There has been a decline in the civil wars and political insurrections that marred the continent’s development throughout the eighties and early...

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KATEHUN KATEHUN (pronounced Ka-te-hun)-is a Mende word for a symposium or community center where disputes are settled. Everyone is permitted to make his/her case before a presiding chief in an open forum. On this forum, I write primarily for those who stand committed to the Rule of Law in Africa and to the value that our future is better determined by the government of the people, by the people, and in service for the people. To advance the African value of Ubuntu through International Law and the Principles of a United Nations, which propels us towards Life in Larger Freedom.
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