Showing posts from February, 2018

A Life Cut Short: Adama Sallie Kargbo aka Adama Kai of Aschobi Designs

Young, gifted and black Adama Kai (birth name Adama Sallie) Kargbo was a Sierra Leonean-American fashion designer determined to conquer the world. Born in New Jersey on March 5, 1983, Adama moved to Sierra Leone aged four with her parents and later lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Kargbo family returned to the United States when Adama was 10 years old. After high school, she attended the Parsons School of Design in Paris before moving to New York. In New York, Adama worked for Flaunt magazine and Magnet Management. She also spent her early career working on fashion campaigns for big brands like Versace and Prada, before striking out on her own. She moved back to Sierra Leone and launched Aschobi Designs. Since its debut, Aschobi Designs has been featured in stories by Reuters, BBC and CNN, but it was during a recent Paris Fashion Week that Adama experienced her breakthrough fashion achievement by presenting her collection at the Hotel Bristol with influential retailers like

A global data analyst whose crowning glory is Statistics Sierra Leone

"In case you haven't heard, I am leaving the INDEPTH NETWORK to head Statistics Sierra Leone as Statistician-General," the exclusive email read. "I will start April 2018." You heard?! Then give it up for Prof. Osman Alimamy Sankoh, also known as Mallam O. Mallam O is an associate professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is also a visiting professor at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences at the University of Sierra Leone. To his fans, Statistics Sierra Leone is Mallam O's crowning glory. He's not just the writer of Hybrid Eyes and publisher of the fledgling Sierra Leonean Writers Series , he is Salone's data king! Over the past eighteen years, the German-trained statistician has taught Sierra Leoneans online about numbers. Whether it is conducting a population or census survey, collating records and data, Mallam O

Sierra Leone: Political predictions 2018, district by district

A man who has bet on people who pay every time out of the gate thinks the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) will win all parliamentary seats in Bo, Sierra Leone's second city; Pujehun district, and Bonthe district. Moyamba, the old southern town of rutile, bauxite, zircon, and gold, will be a tougher force to crack, he adds. And Kono, the land of diamonds will be even tougher. So what is it about these mining towns? Diversity, money, independence, freedom from rural repression, perhaps?  In Kenema and Kailahun, the man predicts SLPP will win all constituencies, “except constituency 08 where the Independent candidate may beat Yatta Songa with John Oponjo Benjamin (JOB) support,” he states. Benjamin (born in Segbwema, Kailahun District) was the leader of opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP). He served as Sierra Leone's Minister of Finance from 2002 to 2007. The Western Area, where Sierra Leone has its bustling capital, Freetown, will go