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As Africa flowers and its traditional values play out naturally with international ideals, the ensuing schisms are helping to refine some toxic African values that have been entangling Africans' wellbeing. The conviction for life in London, UK of Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu of murdering Bamu's 15-year-old brother Kristy, accused of using witchcraft to cause their existential predicaments, reveals how Africa's inhibitive rites are crossing international borders and how the international community is responding.
(It is important to note that the international community isn't only the Western world but also Africans in the diaspora and those who work in international organizations. Much of the information received by the international community about Africa's inhibitive cultural values is supplied by Africans themselves. Whether Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI asking Africans "must fight against dangerous beliefs and superstitions" or UNICEF studying the implications of witchcraft in Africa's progress or the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) investigating human sacrifices in Uganda, their information is supplied by distressed Africans).
AfDB's 2012 Annual Meetings takes theme of Africa's role in emerging global landscape
TUNIS, Tunisia, March 13, 2012/ -- The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) (http://www.afdb.org) will hold its Annual Meetings this year in Arusha, Tanzania, from 28 May to 1 June.
The theme of the 2012 meetings will be 'Africa and the emerging global landscape: challenges and opportunities'. As always, the meetings will be a gathering of numerous high-level participants from the AfDB's member countries.
Participants will come from both the AfDB's African regional member countries and its non-regional member countries outside Africa, representing the worlds of finance, banking, government, economics, donors, the media, civil society, development and academia.
An Open Appeal to President Koroma: Please Condenm Incendiarism.
It was a very hazy day in Freetown and the harmattan was doing justice to its name. It was hard to distinguish between the dry sands from the Sahara and the huge amount of dust rising into the atmosphere from road construction sites all over the west end and central parts of the city. People were milling around the overcrowded and lawless Lumley/Regent Road roundabout and junction respectively, crawling through occasional cracks among the mass of humanity in the street market spread all over the place. Traffic was at a virtual standstill. Then I heard someone made a comment about EBK and Lokomassama. I was not sure what it was all about. The traffic started moving and I gladly found my way to downtown Freetown. The next mention about Lokomassa was a in press release from the Special Assistant to the President, Mr. Oswald Hanciles that read in part:
"At dusk of Wednesday, 8th February, 2012, in the court barrie of Lokomassama, Port Loko District, in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone, dozens of former SLPP leaders and partisans of the chiefdom publicly took off their green SLPP T-shirts (some, with campaign T-shirts of the 2007 SLPP presidential candidate, Solomon Berewa) and put on red T-shirts of the governing APC – in the presence of the APC Leader and Chairman, H.E. President Ernest Bai Koroma. There was loud cheering from the crowd inside and outside the court barrie. Bedlam broke when dozens more former SLPP partisans surged forward to get their own APC T-shirts. The green SLPP T-shirts were then publicly burned by the former SLPP partisans now turned APC."
IMF Executive Board Completes Second and Third Reviews Under ECF with Sierra Leone and Approves $US 13.8 Million Disbursement.
Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation
The journey of the next fifty years of independence has begun; and we are gathered here today to map out how we are going to make it better than the journey we made during the last fifty years. This Conference is a moment for solidifying our collective promise to make this country better than we inherited it; and to deliver a country to our grandchildren that is worthy of their admiration, respect, and honorable remembrance of us.
The vision is already cast; the aspirations made known, and the situation more opportune than at anytime since the founding of our nation. Sierra Leoneans all over the country are in agreement that this nation must seize the opportunities inherent in the growing interests in our natural resources and commitment to democracy. We are here to map out how we will utilize our natural resources, our democracy and our culture to transform this nation into a middle-income level country and an advanced economy within the next twenty-five to fifty years.
Fellow Sierra Leoneans, distinguished friends of our great nation, it is within our rights to have this vision for Sierra Leone; it is within our rights to want to be in charge of our transformation, and it is within our rights to chart the way forward towards this great vision. More importantly the realization of this vision is within our reach, it is within the possibilities offered by our immense natural resources; and it is within touching distance of what could be achieved by resolute and confident citizens.