Julius Maada Wonie Bio is a Sierra Leonean politician who was the Head of State of Sierra Leone from January 16, 1996 to March 29, 1996. He is best remembered for initiating the peace process that brought back peace to a bitterly divided country, returning Sierra Leone to democracy and handing power to a democratically elected government.
He is also currently an active member of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and was its presidential candidate in the 2012 presidential election.
Born on May 12, 1964 in Tihun, a village in the Sogbini Chiefdom, Bonthe District, in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone, Maada is one of 35 children born to a Mende Paramount Chief, Charlie Bio II, of Sogbini Chiefdom.
Maada began his primary education at the Roman Catholic Primary School in Tihun. After finishing his early years in primary school, he was sent to the town of Pujehun where he completed his primary education at the Holy Family Primary School. He then enrolled at the Government Secondary School in Bo (commonly known as The Bo School) where he spent seven years. He graduated from Bo School in 1984.
After graduating from secondary school Maada enrolled in the Sierra Leone Armed forces military academy. He graduated from the Military academy as a Second Lieutenant in October 1987 at the age of 22. In 1990, he was deployed by the Sierra Leone Government as a member of the ECOMOG peacekeeping force to battle the rebels of the Liberian Civil War that were fighting to overthrow the Liberian Government. At the time, thousands of Liberians were fleeing to Sierra Leone weekly, exposing the country’s fragile security and adding to the economic hardship.
After a year in Liberia as an ECOMOG soldier, the Sierra Leone Government ordered Maada to immediately return to Sierra Leone and become a member of a 600 battalion of soldiers set up to squash a rebellion by rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front (RUF).
Maada officially became a member of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in 2005. That same year, Bio sought the leadership of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) at its national convention in Makeni in September 2005, where he came third. On 31 July 2011, he won the election to become the SLPP’s 2012 presidential candidate at the SLPP convention in Freetown. He faced off with President Ernest Bai Koroma of the ruling APC and was defeated, winning 37% of the vote, but established the SLPP as the only viable opposition party in Sierra Leone.
Since the 2012 election, Bio has continued to work closely with his colleagues in the SLPP to provide a vocal and effective oppostiion in Sierra Leone.
In 2014 Bio launched the Maada and Fatima Bio Foundation. The objectives of this new charitable organization providing educational subsidies for disadvantaged children, skills training and enterprise development programs for deprived women and youths, assisting with the provision of basic healthcare services in needy communities and supporting rural community agricultural development programs.
Bio also remains a respected commentator on international affairs, with published articles in The Guardian and Huffington Post. Bio has also spoken on the key challenges facing Sierra Leone at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House.
Maada is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. with a Masters Degree in International Affairs. He served as the President of International Systems Science Corporation (ISSC), a consulting and investment management firm based in the United States. He is also married with four children.
Currently a Senior Research Fellow at the prestigious University of Bradford in UK pursuing a PhD in Peace Studies.
A ceremonial wreath laying in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev Martin Luther King Jr at MLK Memorial in Washington DC.
Fifty years after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights leader’s family and admirers will remember him with marches, speeches and quiet reflection on Wednesday.
The commemorations stretch from his hometown of Atlanta to Memphis, where he died, and points beyond.
Among the first events Wednesday is a march led by the same sanitation workers union whose low pay King had come to protest when he was shot. Hundreds of people gathered at the headquarters of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, where they chanted, banged drums and held signs saying “I Am” — one of the slogans for events surrounding the anniversary of King’s death.
Andre Gipson, the local president for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said about 400 members from other cities were in Memphis for the march. He said it promised to be a “very special” event for workers.
The Memphis events are scheduled to feature King’s contemporaries, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, along with celebrities such as rapper Common. In the evening, the Atlanta events culminate with a bell ringing and wreath laying at his crypt to mark the moment when he was gunned down on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. He was 39.
Events were also taking taking place in Atlanta, where King’s daughter, Rev. Bernice A. King, moderated an awards ceremony in his honour, and near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in D.C.
Shots were fired on Tuesday afternoon, at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, hitting three employees, before turning the gun on herself.
The woman was identified as Nasim Aghdam, 39, a frequent user of YouTube. She was furious with the video sharing site because of their new policies which has stricter rules and censors certain videos.
Aghdam was a prolific YouTuber who had ranted online against the company’s new policies and accused them of censoring her videos. So, on Tuesday, she walked into YouTube campus wearing glasses and a scarf and opened fire on employees, hitting a man and two women.
Aghdam, who described herself as an animal rights activist and vegan bodybuilder, had a significant online presence with multiple YouTube channels and social media pages. Her YouTube channel, where she posted bizarre videos, had more than 5,000 subscribers and got many views but when YouTube introduced its new policies, the views on her video reduced.
In January 2017, she posted a video in which she vented about being censored by the company. She said the company “filtered” her videos and this has caused her to lose views and money.
After the shooting, Aghdam’s YouTube channels and social media pages were all removed.
When police arrived at YouTube’s headquarters, they discovered one victim with a gunshot wound and then found the shooter with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound several minutes later, the police chief said at a press conference. He said two additional gunshot victims were later located at an adjacent business and that a fourth injured person suffered an ankle injury.
Law enforcement officials had initially said the shooting was being investigated as a domestic dispute after early indications suggested she had shot her boyfriend. But further investigation led to the discovery that she had a personal vendetta against YouTube.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai called the shooting a “horrific act of violence”. And President Donald Trump offered his “thoughts and prayers” after being briefed on the shooting.
World footbal governing body, FIFA says almost 1.7 million tickets have been sold for the World Cup in Russia after some 400,000 were snapped up in the latest sales stage which ended yesrterday.
FIFA said that 394,433 tickets were sold during a first-come, first-served window since March 13. Russians dominated by buying 216,134 of them, followed by fans from the not qualified U.S. (16,462), Argentina (15,006), Colombia (14,755) and Mexico (14,372).
In all, 1,698,049 tickets have now been sold for the June 14 to July 15 tournament in 11 Russian cities, FIFA said, naming overall international demand at 53 per cent. A final sales phase starts April 18, also first come, first-served.
The South African government has announced a state funeral forWinnie NomzamoMadikizela-Mandela, the anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the country’s first black president,Nelson Mandela.
“Freedom fighter Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela-Mandela will be laid to rest on 14 April 2018, during a state funeral,” a government statement read.
Ahead of the funeral, an official memorial service of Madikizela-Mandela will take place on 11 April 2018.President Cyril Ramaphosamade the announcement on Monday night after visiting the family home of the former activist inOrlando, Soweto.
“At a national government level, we have declared that Winnie Mandela will have a national official funeral. We would like to express our gratitude and our thanks to the many across the country and the world who are wishing us well,” said President Ramaphosa.
In a televised tribute, Mr. Ramaphosa described Madikizela-Mandela a “champion of justice and equality” whose “dedication to the plight of her people gained her the love and the respect of the nation”.
“For many years‚ she bore the brunt of the senseless brutality of the apartheid state with stoicism and fortitude,” he said. “Despite the hardship she faced‚ she never doubted that the struggle for freedom and democracy would triumph and succeed.
“She remained throughout her life a tireless advocate for the dispossessed and the marginalised. She was the voice for the voiceless.”
The late Winnie who was married to Mandela for 38-years died on Monday at the age of 81 following a “long illness.”
Tiffany Haddish plays Kevin Hart’s new comedy, Night School. The trailer stars Hart as Teddy, a dim-witted grill salesman who accidentally blows up his own store during his candle-lit marriage proposal. In an effort to impress his fiancee with a better job, Teddy decides to get his GED and enrolls in a night school course taught by Haddish’s character, Kerry (“I’m here to make a little extra cash so that I can afford this warrant that I got – but that’s none of y’all business,” Haddish deadpans).
Tiffany announced it on her IG page and she was so grateful that one of her dream has finally come to pass.She refers to Harts as the “Big little brother ” Here’s what she wrote;
Some years back, the photo of a malnourished Somalian girl with her bones sticking out of her ribs generated sympathy all over the world. Today, that girl is so beautiful and healthy .
She survived severe malaria as a child, and was later adopted by a couple and taken to the United States where she was raised. She is now grown and has turned into a beautiful young woman. But asides the beauty, she’s also got brains and a heart of gold.
At the moment, she is a premedical student majoring in Biology. She aspires to be a medical doctor so as to help other kids who are currently going through what she went through all those years.
Famous Sierra Leonean traditional artist, Ahmed Janka Nabay has died in his home in northern Sierra Leonean district of Kambia, according to his band colleague Pa Fullah.
Late Janka moved to the US in 2003 and returned home last year. He’s known as the King of Bubu Music, played the traditional music of the Temne people of Sierra Leone, who dominate the northern part of the country. His music, which has its roots in the Sierra Leonean Muslim tradition, is played with the traditional bamboo flutes.
Nabayy, 54, who died on Monday, was credited for being the first musician to record this version of music by reworking the bamboo flutes and metal pipes with electronic instrumentation, hence the tag, King of Bubu Music. According to APA, The dreadlocked artist was best known internationally, especially in the United States, where he relocated in 2003 and returned only in 2017.
Nabay and his Bubu Gang band made the Bubu music popular in Brooklyn and Manhattan in the US. Fans have taken to twitter to mourn the musician.
As if been a parent in this century is not hard enough and now this? God save humanity. There are a number of very serious medical risks involved with this trend. Beyond choking, bleeding and infection, there are a few additional concerns for parents. Dr. Shilpi Agarwai noted, “If things don’t go as planned and you end up swallowing the condom instead of pulling it out of your mouth, it might end up in your stomach or you could inhale it into your lungs and develop bronchitis or pneumonia.” The main motivation for this latest craze seems to be all about getting views on social media. In a statement, Bruce Y. Lee, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Forbes: “Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful. ”
YouTube is currently working to remove these videos from their platform. In the meantime, be aware of the latest safety risk facing our children and if you think it’s a possibility, have a conversation with your children.
South African website Eyewitness News said Mandela had been ill for several years and had been hospitalized recently with kidney problems.
She was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, during 27 of which he was imprisoned by the minority-white apartheid regime. After her husband’s release in 1990 and ascendancy to the presidency of South Africa in 1994, the couple soon separated and divorced in 1996.
Israel has finally reached an agreement with the United Nations to allow the deportation of asylum seekers and illegal infiltrators in Israel to third countries, Channel 2 News reported on Monday.
According to the report, the deal discussed between the Prime Minister’s Office and the UN High Commission on Refugees stipulates that Israel could immediately deport some 16,000 people while granting temporary residency to thousands others for a period of five years.
The report said that 16,000 asylum seekers would be deported from Israel, with the assistance and direct intervention of Western countries, and an additional 16,000 others would be allowed to stay as long as they meet so far undisclosed criteria, which are to be determined in cooperation between Israel and the commission.
Israeli diplomatic sources characterized the agreement as unprecedented as the UN rarely engages in efforts to actively expel asylum seekers from their current country of residence and credit the move to intense deliberations held over the past few months.
The experts at Mattress Online have created a series of handy infographics to show exactly how often you should clean and wash a variety of household items.
Like for instance,Your make-up brushes,should be cleaned once a week using a cleanser or shampoo,simply because a nasty bacteria called streptococcus can live in the bristles or on a sponge, and cause illnesses such as strep throat, scarlet fever and impetigo.
The government of Sierra Leone, on Saturday night, disrupted the services of all providers of telephone and internet services for over nine hours on a day the country’s citizens were voting in the presidential run-off election. The run-off poll, which held after a four-day postponement, recorded a very low voter turnout and caused the National Electoral Commission (NEC) to be accused of electoral malpractices by the ruling All People’s Congress (APC).
SaharaReporters correspondent reported that internet connectivity went off at about 9.45 pm local time. It was briefly restored till about 10.15pm before being shut down again for the whole night. In addition, the government also blocked all telephone and text messaging services.
The disruption of communication services ensured that while counting and collation of votes were going on across the country, it was impossible for electoral officials to communicate among themselves.
At about 7.30 am on Sunday, both internet and telephone services were restored. However, the government is yet to officially explain why it restricted the services on election day.
It is becoming a common trend in Africa for governments to restrict internet services. In November 2016, the African Human and People’s Rights Commission adopted a resolution on the Rights to Freedom of Information and Expression on the Internet in Africa (ACHP/Res.362), which calls on all states “to guarantee, respect and protect citizen’s rights to freedom of information and expression through access to internet services”.