Archive: Beoku-Betts Commission of Inquiry (later the Percy Davies Commission) 1967

Report of the Beoku-Betts Commission of Inquiry (later the Percy Davies Commission) into the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board from 1st January 1961 to March 1967: the price maintenance fund

Author:Ronald William Beoku-Betts; Percy R Davies; Sierra Leone. Commission of Inquiry into the Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Board.
Publisher:[Freetown]: Govt. Printer, [1968]
Edition/Format:   Print book: English

Sierra Leone. -- Price Marketing Board. Agriculture and state -- Sierra Leone.

Why January 6, 1999 went down as an unforgettable day in Sierra Leone's history

Zainab Hawa Bangura recalls how Freetown was caught off guard in the days leading up to January 6, 1999. She remembers the fearless, unarmed students and civil society members who stayed behind to confront the rebels. The original article is archived on the website of the University of Makeni in Sierra Leone. 

By Christmas Day 1998, the rebels led by the late Solomon A.J. Musa (SAJ Musa) were at Waterloo and Freetown was under siege. Sierra Leone had collapsed like a pack of cards under the combined invasion of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC).

By some divine intervention, SAJ Musa died mysteriously on the outskirts of the city before the year rolled over. His death delayed the attack on the city as we were later informed. Following reports of his death, we knew it was just a matter of time before all hell broke loose.

The civil society was working with Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), the Kamajor…

Collins Pratt 'De Champ' receives British Empire Medal for services to Music

Sierra Leone's Collins Pratt has been honored for services to Music in the West African community in South London. The New Year’s Honours list 2019 recognizes the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom. Sewa News spoke to Amanda Ann, Collins's wife of more than 20 years, to find out more about this popular musician. 

Collins Brian Ade Pratt, a.k.a 'De Champ' has been in the music industry for four decades. The sounds of his musical instruments have resounded in scores of churches and community halls, crossing continents as well as classical, dance, and highlife genres.
Primarily self-taught, Collins learned to play by ear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

When he was only 16  he was appointed an assistant organist at Freetown's Buxton Memorial Methodist Church.

Under the guidance of the late Lloyd Beckley, Collins made his debut into the organ music world. At the time, the young musician was also a pianist at the Prince of Wales School in Sierra Leone&#…

Is Sierra Leone’s Bio Going After Corruption or His Adversaries?

As 2018 came to a close, police cracked down on supporters of the All People's Congress (APC), Sierra Leone's main opposition party. The skirmishes in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, come as political tensions mount with pro-government commentators invoking ethnic loyalties in their portrayal of the main opposition APC as a "party of thieves" and former cabinet ministers who served in the last administration are locked up. 

Earlier in December, Jamie Hitchen, an independent researcher who studies politics in East and West Africa, published commentary on what he thought was driving the ruling party's agenda. Hitchen's article "Is Sierra Leone’s Bio Going After Corruption or His Adversaries?" was first published in World Politics Review. 

In late October, a corruption inquiry into the activities of Sierra Leone’s former ruling party, the All People’s Congress, or APC, came closer to reality when a procedural vote in the APC-dominated parliament fa…

Sierra Leone's masses don't have to die young

Another year. Another year-end list.  It should come as no surprise Sierra Leone is poor.

The "25 Poorest Countries in the World" list, published Wednesday, Nov. 7, ranked the West African nation at No. 8, with GDP estimated at $11.53 billion in 2017, placing 151 out of 185 countries.

As well as GDP from the Monetary Fund, writers at 24/7 Wall Street included life expectancy, using data from the World Bank.

Although Sierra Leone's population continues to grow, rising to 7.41 million in 2017,  life expectancy at birth in 2016 was only 51.8 years.

That's a notable change.

In 2011, a "World's Poorest" list ranking Niger, Chad, Liberia, Burkina Faso, CAF, Guinea, and Sierra Leone said:

Life expectancy in developing countries had increased from 59 years in 1970 to 70 years in 2010, according to the UN's 2011 Human Development Report. 
Earlier in 2018, Business Insider ranked where people live on less than $1,000 per year. The article titled "The 28 p…

Massah Kaikai has been missing since August 2018, no new leads

Stephen Douglas, a Canadian journalist, photographer, author, and media development specialist is leading an online campaign to find Massah Kaikai, who went missing sometime between August 4 and 8, 2018.

According to Douglas's blog, one suspect, Ibrahim Mansaray, Massah’s driver, is currently in custody and has been questioned by the Inspector General of Police and the Head of CID.

The suspect has provided very little information as to Massah’s disappearance but was in possession of Massah’s iPhone when he was arrested.

Mansaray reportedly looted Massah’s apartment of furniture, clothing and kitchen items before returning the keys to the landlords. The apartment was paid for until the end of December 2018.

After 45 days, the Cyber Crime Unit of CID finally retrieved scant information from Massah’s phone but it has not proved useful in tracking Massah’s movements or whereabouts.

The legal team at Orange, the telecom provider, will not comment and have not been helpful in providing …

'25 Years of Peacekeeping in Mano River Basin'

Featuring the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers who dedicated their lives to covering conflict zones and played an important role in bringing the Second Liberian Civil War (1999-2003) to an end.  ON VIEW: 26 Oct - 16 Dec 2018

Bronx Documentary Center--St Mary’s Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx Free Entrance
Location: Bronx Documentary Center--St Mary’s Annex, 364 E. 151st Street, Bronx25 years of peacekeeping in Mano River Basin For inquiries about the exhibition, please contact Xia Zhang (