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Artists In Residency

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, March 11, 2019, In : Articles 
I am one of this year's Africa Center Artists in Residency. I will use this opportunity to work on a new manuscript reexamining the Sierra Leone Hut Tax War. I am delighted and looking forward this process. I also look forward to spending some time in Brazil, looking at the history of people of African descent there. 

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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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Stephen Hawking: Questioning the Universe

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, August 6, 2016, In : Video Blog 

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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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Joseph Kaifala|Sierra Leone is Ebola Free But Crisis Not Yet Over

Posted by Jeneba Project on Sunday, November 8, 2015, In : Articles 

Photo: WHO

On November 6, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Sierra Leone ebola free, joining Liberia in the free zone and leaving Guinea with one case. The emergency in Sierra Leone and Liberia has ended, but the ebola crisis is not yet over.  As long as one country is carrying the disease and a vaccine has not yet been found, all countries are at risk.  I have written before that ebola, like all other diseases perpetually killing people in that region, will con...

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Lion Mountains

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, In : Poems 

Lion Mountains

In the Lion Mountains I was conceived
In her absence I have redefined myself
I was compelled to leave you Romarong
But I am strengthened by your blood
The blood of free blacks mixed with natives
On the western side of a continent
A home for Africa’s abandoned children

How I long to coil in your black belly again
And smell the aroma of foufou and tola
Cooked with hog-foot and canya pepe
And the tang of Mama Jeneba’s pemahun
Dispersed by the smell of ken...

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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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If Love Were...

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, February 13, 2015, In : Poems 

If Love Were…

A Poem by Joseph Kaifala

If love were in a day 
I would ask the creator for a thousand more 
To quench this loving thirst that dries my lips 
Since last February fourteen 
When my lover beyond mountains flew

If love were in bouquets of flower 
So shall I pray for fertile ground 
Where my heart will blossom 
To fill the world with choking fragrance 
That all lovers may suffocate 
In this wild field of rose

If love were diamond rings 
A Jeweler's sh...

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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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How To Become A Better Person

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Video Blog 
Alain de Botton and the School of Life have a great way of summarizing some of the most important ideas I frequently ponder. Here is a list of ten values that may help us become better people or community members. Even a little of these in practice could make the world a better place. So get your game on and heal the world. 

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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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An Unhappy Christmas in Sierra Leone, Guinea And Liberia

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Articles 

In a region of extreme poverty and underdevelopment, religious occasions such as Ramadan and Christmas are usually the only times that most people enjoy the joy of life rightly embedded in these festivities. Christmas and Ramadan in Sierra Leone are not only about the religious meanings of these events; they are also a social opportunity for the haves to share with the have-nots, for families to reconcile their differences, and for neighbours to entertain each other through parties an...

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Reopening Schools in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia Before Ebola is Contained Will be Irresponsible

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, December 5, 2014, In : Articles 

The ebola emergency in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia has led these countries to temporarily close schools in order to manage the spread of the disease. It has been estimated that the closure of schools affects estimably five million children in the region, and fears that some of these children might not return to school after the emergency have caused some NGOs to call for the reopening of schools in the region. As founder of the Jeneba Project Inc. and someone who has provi...

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Don't Stigmatize Africans: Ebola Is A Disease And Not A Crime

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, In : Articles 

One of the greatest pleasures of traveling around the U.S. on public transportation to give presentations and attend fundraisers for the Jeneba Project Inc., a nonprofit I founded to provide educational opportunities to the children of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea after more than a decade of civil war in that region, is the privilege of talking to ordinary Americans about these countries and the work we do. In my experience, when Americans are interested in an issue, they a...

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Inside the Library of Congress

Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, November 3, 2014, In : Pictures 
I recently visited the Library of Congress, one of my favourite places in Washington DC. I visit the library often, but this time I thought of sharing some photos from inside this wonderful reading space. There is respect for learning and knowledge in a place this beautifully constructed to benefit all those who enter its doors. There is also an ongoing year-long exhibit on the US Civil Rights Act, so make your way there and learn some history. 

The Original Thomas Jefferson collection at the ...
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Stop Ebola Stigmatization

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, In : Pictures 

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Africa Stop Ebola

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

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Ebola: What Should Be Done Before A Vaccine Arrives

Posted by Jeneba Project on Thursday, October 23, 2014, In : Articles 

Experts are stating that while there is considerable progress towards some form of ebola vaccine, a cure may not be available until sometime next year. What this means is that the fight against the deadly disease must proceed as if there was no vaccine in order to halt its projected exponential spread.

Now that many of the myths have been dispelled and the lackadaisical attitudes of Western countries and international organizations have been checked, it is time to provide conc...

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The Gods Are Not To Blame: Why Ebola Persists In Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, In : Articles 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has plagued mostly Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. The most recent estimate is that the disease has killed nearly 5,000 people and continues to spread exponentially. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine has found that at current rate of infestation, the toll could reach 20, 000 by November, if more robust actions are not taken to curb the disease. The question people are asking is why has it been so difficult to contain a disease that is no...

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In War and Peace: The Making and Remaking of Sierra Leone

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Articles 
I am currently working on a comprehensive national history book for Sierra Leone. Since the publishing of "A New History of Sierra Leone" by Joe A.D. Alie, no other historian has offered a comprehensive understanding of our national history. I hope this book will offer the next generation of Sierra Leoneans another picture of their national journey as a country and how they have arrived at where they are now.

Those who commit to writing their national history should be prepared for encounters ...

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Presentation at Vermont Governor's Institute

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

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Lungi-Freetown Transit

Posted by Jeneba Project on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, In : Video Blog 

Lungi International Airport in Sierra Leone is separated from Freetown, the capital, by sea. Travelers often have to take a local and usually overcrowded ferry to reach Freetown. In addition to international travelers, the ferry is usually full of traders and hawkers of all sorts. This is a video of the ferry transit between Lungi and Freetown.

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Germain Katanga: Guilty of War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity

Posted by Jeneba Project on Friday, March 7, 2014, In : Articles 

Germain Katanga, former commander of the Patriotic Resistance Force of Ituri (FRPI) has been found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of four counts of war crimes and one count of crimes against humanity under article 25(3)(d) of the Rome Statute. He was however acquitted on charges of Rape and Sexual Slavery and the use of child soldiers. His conviction was mostly based on crimes committed by the Ngiti militia on February 24, 2003 in the town of Bogoro in the Itu...

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Poda Poda Connection

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, In : Video Blog 
One of the major developmental setbacks in many African countries is poor transportation infrastructure. Some African cities are way too congested for traffic to flow and others lack proper roads for goods and services to be distributed throughout the country. In Sierra Leone,minivans known as poda podas provide some reprieve. But the poda podas have always been a forum for expressions of sociopolitical consciousness and religious perspectives. A few years ago I did a documentary research on ...

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Articles 
Bosco Ntaganda, a DR Congolese warlord dubbed the "Terminator" because of his brutality and violent nature as head of the M23 rebel movement, has appeared at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to place him on trial for atrocities committed in the DRC. Gen. Ntaganda, one of the ICC's most wanted criminals, surrendered about a year ago at the US Embassy in Rwanda. The Terminator is facing eighteen counts of war crim...

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Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, In : Articles 

When old John Quincy Adams undertook the defense of the Sierra Leonean Amistad mutineers, he had been a diplomat, lawyer, lawmaker, and president (In other words, he knew the heck he was talking about, especially as to the international law arguments). He accused the government of discrimination against the Africans in favour of the Spanish and also what he referred to as  "Lilliputian trickery," after exposing the government’s plan to clandestinely deport the Africans to Cub...

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National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a Place I Face God In America

Posted by Jeneba Project on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : Pictures 

One of my favourite places in Washington DC is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at the Catholic University of America (CUA). Every time I enter the Shrine, it feels as though God resides there. I try to visit the Shrine whenever I am in Washington DC for reflection and introspection. That is where I go to clean the mental slate and press the reset knob of my mind. Since the Shrine is devoted to Mary the mother of Christ, I always get the comfort ...

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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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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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Shop Through AmazonSmile And Donate To JenPro

Posted by Jeneba Project on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, In : Articles 
When you shop at Amazon through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to the Jeneba Project. So as you do your shopping this holiday, please do so through AmazonSmile and select the Jeneba Project as the recipient of your donation. Thank you for your support and please spread the word among your friends and neighbours.

Jeneba Project Inc

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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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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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