Columns

Using COVID-19 Donations To Give Charity A Bad Name, By Azu Ishiekwene

The current packages – all of them almost exclusively bearing the names of ruling governments – are a recipe for scandal. The packages, as currently structured by donors, would only give charity a bad name. Global response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Africa has been remarkable, especially following…
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Guest Columns

Leadership and “Conversation” In Dialogue: Securing Peace In the Unromantic Context, By ‘Funmi Olonisakin

This is the text of the first Inaugural Lecture by a female scholar of African descent, delivered at King’s College London. 1. Journeying Through the ‘Romantic’ and ‘Unromantic’ Contexts The labeling of the context that constitutes the focus of this inaugural lecture as unromantic has invoked much interest. The use…
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Opinion

Why a Run-off is likely In Sierra Leone’s March 7 Presidential Election, By Yusuf Bangura

It is difficult to predict the parties that are likely to be in the run-off in the absence of credible polls. The three main parties have mobilised large crowds across the country. It is, however, becoming difficult to use crowd turnout to gauge voter preferences, as voters may be turning…
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Opinion

Sierra Leone’s March 7 Elections: What Nigerians and the Global Public Need to Know, By Yusuf Bangura

Will the elections be free, fair and credible? Will losers - government and opposition parties - accept defeat if the results are certified as credible? And will Koroma usher in a peaceful transfer of power if his party loses, as Ahmad Tejan-Kabbah did in 2007? Nigerians and the global public…
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Opinion

Sierra Leone: Our Disingenuous Dual Citizenship Debate, By Lans Gberie

If the National Elections Commission or the Supreme Court accepts the former attorney-general and deputy secretary general of the APC, Frank Kargbo’s contention that dual , this would be a serious reversal of all the gains in expanded rights and opportunities for citizens of Sierra Leone that have been made…
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Opinion

Sierra Leone: The Importance of Partnerships In Humanitarian Response, By Momodu L. Kargbo

By working collaboratively and proactively, digital payments can help build resilience in the face of challenges such as those we encountered in the Ebola crisis, can contribute to greater financial inclusion of citizens, and can drive economic opportunities throughout the country in the aftermath. Crises of all sorts, from conflicts…
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Columns

Resetting The Nigerian Leadership Clock, By Muhammad Buhari

When speaking about Nigeria overseas, I normally prefer to be my country’s public relations and marketing officer, extolling her virtues and hoping to attract investments and tourists. But as we all know, Nigeria is now battling with many challenges, and if I refer to them, I do so only to…
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