Jamaican Jerk Festival Hits New York

Sirak Getachew cofounder & creative director of Africology Media Inc., flanked by an unidentified friend from Djibouti -right and Meron BK to Addis - left

Not even the scorching 96 degrees heat wave could deter 16,000 patrons from attending New York’s largest Caribbean food festival. The festival upgraded its status turning out closest to the outcome its promoters had hoped for attracting 4,000 more patrons comparatively to last year’s 12,000 who thronged into Roy Wilkins Park in Queens past Sunday to enjoy the festival’s fifth edition, according to Eddy Edwards, CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA Inc.

President Koroma attends AU International Ebola Conference

President Ernest Koroma -front row from left-attends African Union International Ebola Conference in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

African leaders including Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone concluded an African Union (AU) International Ebola Conference Tuesday in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea in West Africa. “All the trips being undertaken by President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma from Guinea Conakry, Brussels, Washington, DC, New York, and now Malabo in Equatorial Guinea are a further demonstration of his profound and unfettered commitment to defeat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD,” said Abdulai Bayraytay, Government of Sierra Leone Spokesman said about President Koroma’s participation in a statement via email.

Colony of chimpanzees brutalize woman, 48 in Liberia Advocate organizations raised concern

Mary, the brutalized woman

What should have been the latest wildlife site for tourist attraction on six islands in Liberia has turned into a harmful Colony of chimpanzees brutalizing women in search of food for survival. Mary Walker, 48 is one of several to come under attack and victimized at the hands of ten chimpanzees when they were picking kiss-meat in early March 5, 2014 on one of the islands near Zangar Town, Charlesville, Lower Margibi County, near Monrovia-Liberia.

Bayraytay supports Bombali Women Farmers and Agribusiness

Bombali Farmers in Action with Abdulai Bayraytay-from right

The National Publicity and Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Government Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay has commended the Bombali Women Farmers In Action, a conglomerate of fourteen women’s groups, for their commitment to take the lead in farming and agribusiness in the Bombali district.

GITP returns for 5th Annual Fest

Groovin' In The Park Flyer

You probably have heard about Groovin’ In The Park (GITP), a pop, R&B and reggae summer festival in New York but have not attended any of its shows. No worries, opportunities abound when GITP returns for its 5th season on June 28 at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, New York.

Is Bondo for white women now? Caitlyn Jenner’s “initiation” into western womanhood

Fuambai Sia Ahmadu, PhD - President Kono Union USA, Inc., & Vice Chair of Concerned Sierra Leoneans USA

A couple of weeks or so ago Reverend Kabs Kanu’s Cocorioko published a cover picture of some random, recycled internet image of a presumably African woman, her arms flailing and she is screaming in either horrific pain or terror or both. Her bottom half is cut off from sight so we don’t know what is going on – is she giving birth? No. The sensational headlines invite the spectator to conclude that she is a victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), allegedly the greatest crime against girls and women in Africa and beyond. While Cocorioko, a Sierra Leonean owned pro-government online newspaper, ….