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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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Woman of Africa

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, In : Poems 

Woman of Africa
Joseph Kaifala

African woman
Woman of the north
Woman of the south
Woman of the east and west
Woman of the Makona river
How beautiful you are

I look at you without blinking
Your black braided hair
A beauty I cannot resist
Like an alignment of the stars
Your smooth dark skin
Complements your fierce white eyes

I could stare at you forever
As you do your majestic walk
Feet and hips in rhythm
To the beat of your internal djembe
With the attitude of a goddess
You flirt wit...

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Maxim On Peace With Oneself

Posted by Joseph Ben Kaifala on Saturday, May 23, 2015, In : Pictures 

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There Was A Meeting In Heaven Last Night

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Poems 

There Was A Meeting in Heaven Last Night
By Joseph Kaifala

Hear ye, Hear ye!
Did the town crier not pass through your town tonight?
There was a meeting in Heaven last night
What meeting do you speak of, Eyes of the Dead?
Chief Albert Luthuli was there
I said what meeting do you speak of, Messenger of our Ancestors!
Oliver Tambo was in attendance and he sat with Mandela
Chris Hani was there, too, and he sat at the feet of Old Luthuli
Ruth First and Joe Slovo were there!
Then the child...

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Hold My Hand

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, February 12, 2015, In : Poems 

Hold My Hand
A Poem by Joseph Kaifala

Hold my hand
And lead me down the path
Where our love endures forever
And wash away my cowardly fears
As we gaze at the setting sun
Hold my hand
And be my unwavering strength
When waves of life attempt to sway me
For your love holds firmer than levees
Even on quicksand that slides beneath

Hold my hand
My stunning angel of dusk
And dilute my untamed anxieties
As the sun dissolves into sea
And the sky overshadows their embrace


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Tribute To Chinua Achebe

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, In : Video Blog 
This is one of the best video tributes to a titan of African Literature. His voice will inspire us forever. Because of him, much is known about Africa around the world. He was determined to show, as his comrade Wole Soyinka has put it, that the darkness so readily attributed to Africa may prove to be a willful cataract in the eye of the beholder.

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Africa Stop Ebola

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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June 16, 1976: South Africa's Deadly Riots that Started in a Classroom

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, June 20, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Applying International Law to Armed Groups: On the Recruitment of Children or their Use in Armed Conflict

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, April 10, 2014, In : Articles 

Could Armed Groups be Held Accountable under International Law?

International law remains unclear about its direct application to armed groups. Even international laws that unequivocally apply to non-state actors fail to specifically mention armed groups.

Increased violations of international law by armed groups has led a few scholars to speculate the idea of including armed groups in treaty-making.

According to Sophie Rondeau, Legal Adviser at the Canadian Red Cross, “[i]...

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A World of Challenges

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Sierra Leone: UN Political Office Closes But Post-Conflict Work Undone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, In : Articles 

March 5, 2014 marks the closure of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) and a transition to a standard UN presence through a Country Office. But as we celebrate almost fifteen years of UN commitment to lasting peace in Sierra Leone, it is important to note that many lives could have been saved and perhaps a decade of carnage prevented in the country had the UN intervened earlier. Sierra Leoneans, like we are currently witnessing in Syria,...

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Lampedusa My Brother's Grave

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Poems 

Lanpedusa My Brother’s Grave


Lampedusa my brother’s grave

From rickety slums and human misery

My brothers and sisters have come

Bundled in the bond of awful memories

Tightened by the confines of their wretched vessels

Huddling and cuddling in their wooded graves

The hope of a better life their only lighthouse

Where they perish others will follow


Lampedusa my brother’s grave

Where tombstones flow upon salty liquid

Numbering not in single files

But in hundreds of mass liq...

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CNN Exclusive With Yoweri Museveni On Homosexuality

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, In : Video Blog 

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Girl's Education in Sierra Leone and the Remaking of the Athens of West Africa

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Articles 

The question of limited girls’ education in Sierra Leone is not an issue of misogyny as experienced in other parts of the world; it is mostly about pragmatic investment in a poor and underdeveloped country. Like every shrewd investment, poverty often forces parents to make hard choices concerning their children’s education. Most Sierra Leonean parents understand the value of education and would like both their boys and girls to go to school; however, the economic realities many parents fa...

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Tribute To Nelson Mandela Song

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 16, 2014, In : Video Blog 
This is one of the most beautiful tributes to Nelson Madiba Mandela, RIP. Indeed, we will always remember and love you, the black pimpernel of Africa. We pray that ones even half your caliber will once again walk the African continent.

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Japan Joins the New Scramble for Africa with Bold Moves

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Articles 

As the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, prepares a week-long visit to Africa, the BBC is reporting that he intends to pledge more that $14 billion in aid and trade deals. It seems Japan knows that if it is to compete with other world powers scrambling for and partitioning Africa’s resources, especially its main rival China, it has to go beyond the efforts of Yasuhiro Murotatsu, the so called bare foot diplomat who achieved some wonderful diplomatic gains by competing in t...

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Sierra Leone: Twelve Years Since War Ended Reparation Remains An Unfinished Business

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Articles 

January 2014 marks twelve years since the end of the Sierra Leonean civil war and reparation for victims remains an unfinished business of our reconciliation process. In addition to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, which was established to try those who bear the greatest responsibilities for violations of International Humanitarian Law and Sierra Leone Law committed between 1996-2002, the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission was also setup to “to create an impa...

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No Christmas for South Sudanese as the World Watches the Collapse of Another African State

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, In : Articles 

John Garang fought for many years for South Sudanese to have their own republic, but he died just before that dream came through two years ago, and the taste of independence has only just acquired savor before Africa’s newest republic joined the company of comrades in the power struggles that continue to keep Africa on the low ends of all major sociopolitical indices. As Christmas Eve celebrations ensure around the world, there are talks of mass murders and displacement in So...

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Don't Take Your Sexy Legs To Uganda:They Don't Like That

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 20, 2013, In : Articles 
Uganda is one of Africa's poorest and tumultuous countries, ranking 161 out of 187 countries on the United Nations Human Development Index. The countries indexed are categorized into Very High Human Development, High Human Development, Medium Human Development, and Low Human Development, and Uganda falls among the group of countries in the last category. Uganda was also the longtime playground of Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord Resistance Army, who is still operating in that region.  

But the ...

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Poems 
As Nelson Mandela is laid to rest, I read a poem I wrote in honour of the great leader a few years ago when he was first admitted to hospital. 

Now is the time for us, Madiba's children!

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, December 7, 2013, In : Articles 
As the world mourns the loss of Madiba and condolences continue to flow on social media, I personally feel like the centurion in the biblical story of the crucifixion of Christ. As Christ took his last breath on the cross, the book of Luke tells us that it was the sixth hour, and the earth was consumed by darkness until the ninth hour, the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was ripped apart. It was at that moment that the centurion is said to have wondrously glorified God and exclai...
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Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, December 5, 2013, In : Video Blog 
As founder of the Jeneba Project, evidently everything I do is surrounded by that organization. So it is, then, that my first blog on this forum is an end of year video about the project and how you can support our activities in Sierra Leone. I hope you enjoy the video and certainly hope that you donate any amount you can afford. Please, also remember to share the video on your network and encourage your friends and family to donate.

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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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