Award-winning producer, actor, musician, writer and DJ  has visited the Sierra Leone for the first time.

Idris Elba OBE’s parents are originally from Africa, his father is Sierra Leonean and a Ghanaian mother.

 

 

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His arrival in his father’s motherland is regarded as a private one, the tourism minister of the country refers Idris Elba’s visit as “homecoming”.

The Hollywood Actor has visited various tourists sights of the country which is said to be a part of his investment plans.

According to reports, Idris Elba first met President Julius Maada Bio at an investment Event in the U.K and also at  the UN General Assembly meeting where he first hinted of his plans to invest in Sierra Leone.

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Idris Elba to has been granted Citizenship and made Ambassador for Sierra Leone

 

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He will be present at a movie premiere about Chimpanzees and Sierra Leone’s national animal.

Idris Elba has starred in so numerous movies including Long Walk to Freedom, One Love, Beasts of No Nation, Thor, The Dark Tower

 

 

Bastille Day, Molly’s Game, A Hundred Streets, Concrete Cowboys, Yardie, Second Coming, Obsessed, 

Have you listen to ‘Party & Bullshit’  single off the ‘Black Love’ album by Ghanaian Rapper Sarkodie that he was featured in?

 

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Join us in wishing Sierra Leone Happy Independence Day! Are you from Sierra Leone ? Lert us know how you’re celebrating Independence Day today.

The people of Sierra Leone celebrates 27 April as the colonial rule came to an end in 1961 and the dawn of their independence.

 

 

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Idris Elba Idris Elba was born an only child and grew up in London. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and mother, Eve, is from Ghana.

Idris Elba’s credits includes: Portrayal of drug lord and aspiring businessman Russell “Stringer” Bell in the HBO series The Wire, Detective John Luther in the BBC One series Luther, and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. American…

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William Pooley Ebola Survivor Will, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone, has criticised the Band Aid 30 charity single released to raise money for the crisis.

The British aid worker told Radio Times that “It’s Africa, not another planet…“Stuff about Do They Know It’s Christmas? It’s just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There’s a lyric about ‘death in every tear,’ it’s just a bit much.”

Pooley is currently in Sierra Leone c helping Ebola victims also said…  “I would say that it’s a good idea to read as much as you can about what’s going on in west Africa, and if you feel so inclined then donate some money to one of the charities, like King’s, that are working out here, directly caring for Ebola patients.”

Pooley’s comment echoes the views of most Africans, Others have also labelled the single insensitive. Emeli Sande said that “a whole new song is required”, while ‘Azonto’ artist Fuse ODG said he was “shocked and appalled” by the lyrics and pulled out of the recording as a result. “I, like many others, am sick of the whole concept of Africa..

This also confirms some points made in an article by Michael Mahadeo and Joe McKinney ‘Media representations of Africa: Still the same old story…’There is a dominant stereotypes influencing our ideological perceptions of the ‘Dark Continent, we see mainly images of the starving child, Aids and disease; no traders except poor ones eking out a living; little education; no police except as enforcers of harsh regimes and mostly Africans as having no agency’

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World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will arrive in Ghana on Thursday, October 30, 2014, for meetings with Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur and other country officials. Dr. Kim will also meet with officials of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to discuss the Ebola epidemic and its debilitating impact on the three most heavily affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and on the West African sub-region as a whole.

Dr. Kim will reaffirm the World Bank Group’s commitment to fighting the Ebola epidemic and will share the latest news on how the World Bank Group will continue to work closely with partners to assist the affected countries.

The Ebola epidemic continues to spread exponentially in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has ravaged families, health workers and communities; disrupted normal life; and led to a breakdown of already weak country health systems.

If the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries and spreads to neighboring countries, the two-year regional financial impact could reach $32.6 billion by the end of 2015, dealing a potentially catastrophic blow to already fragile states, according to a recent World Bank Group report, The Economic Impact of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic: Short and Medium Term Estimates for West Africa.

The World Bank Group has mobilized a $400 million financing package to help the three countries hardest hit by the epidemic contain the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and to improve public health systems.

A major obstacle to containing and stopping the epidemic is the lack of massive, rapid and coordinated deployment of health workers, especially foreign medical teams. A massively scaled and coordinated international response with qualified, high-caliber foreign medical teams is needed to set up and maintain effective Ebola treatment centers and other health facilities to support affected countries, stabilize the situation, and help prevent the further spread of Ebola, while also reactivating the provision of essential health services for non-Ebola conditions.

EBOLA-TRAVEL-SCREENINGTEbola Controlhe Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that all travelers from Ebola outbreak countries in West Africa will be funneled through one of five U.S. airports with enhanced screening starting Wednesday.

Customs and Border Protection within the department began enhanced screening — checking the traveler’s temperature and asking about possible exposure to Ebola — at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Oct. 11.

Enhanced screening for travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea was expanded Oct. 16 to Washington Dulles, Chicago O’Hare, New Jersey’s Newark and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airports.

Those airports were supposed to screen 94% of the average 150 people per day arriving from the three countries. Lawmakers from other states asked for enhanced screening at their airports, too.

Some lawmakers have called for more restrictions, such as suspending visas or denying entry at ports for citizens from the three countries.

Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, announced that travelers from West Africa must arrive at one of the five airports starting Wednesday.

“We are working closely with the airlines to implement these restrictions with minimal travel disruption,” Johnson said. “If not already handled by the airlines, the few impacted travelers should contact the airlines for rebooking as needed.”

The enhanced screening will apply to anyone who traveled recently to, from or through the three outbreak countries, according to the department’s announcement to be published Thursday in the Federal Register. Customs and Border Protection will work with airlines to identify potential travelers before they board, but airlines will be obligated to comply with the rule for carrying to the USA any passengers who recently traveled through the region, according to the filing.

The restrictions should affect only about nine travelers per day who would have arrived at other airports. Katie Cody, a spokeswoman for American Airlines, which serves Europe from hubs such as Philadelphia and Charlotte, said the airline has no concerns about the change.

“We have been tracking that, and we don’t have any concerns because the numbers are so small,” Cody said.

British Airways, which serves a variety of U.S. destinations other than the five targeted airports, said it would comply with the measures.

“Customers affected will be offered a refund or will be rerouted if there is availability,” spokeswoman Michele Kropf said.

Republican lawmakers offered muted praise but pressed for stricter travel restrictions.

“In addition to requiring all travelers from at-risk countries to fly through airports with enhanced screening measures in place, I continue to call on the administration to suspend all visas from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the head of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said a “real solution” is to deny entry to anyone from the three countries under a provision of the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.

“President Obama has a real solution at his disposal under current law and can use it at any time to temporarily ban foreign nationals from entering the United States from Ebola-ravaged countries,” Goodlatte said. “The vast majority of Americans strongly support such a travel moratorium, and I urge the president to take every step possible to protect the American people from danger.”

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said steering travelers through the five airports is a sensible precaution.

“As agreed upon by experts in both the public health and transportation communities, issuing a blanket travel ban would not only be counterproductive, but it would also irresponsibly impede getting much-needed supplies and relief to the countries that need it most,” Conyers said.

Roger Dow, CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group for all aspects of travel, praised the move to calm travel concerns while avoiding a travel ban.

“The Obama administration continues to heed the counsel of an overwhelming consensus of health and security experts and resist calls for any sort of travel ban on the grounds that it will be counterproductive to efforts to contain Ebola,” Dow said.

A Liberian national, Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first person diagnosed with the disease in the USA after arriving in Dallas on Sept. 20, had a temperature of 97.3 degrees but didn’t tell airport officials in Monrovia, Liberia, that he had cared for a pregnant woman suffering from Ebola. He died Oct. 8, and two nurses who treated him have become infected.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the enhanced screening adds a layer of protection against Ebola entering the country.

“The Department of Homeland Security’s policy to funnel all passengers arriving from Ebola hot spots to one of these five equipped airports is a good and effective step towards tightening the net and further protecting our citizens,” Schumer said.

Obama and Johnson have said they will continue to monitor travel restrictions for possible changes.

“We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly,” Johnson said.

Source: USATODAY

William Pooley A British volunteer nurse who survived Ebola said he is returning to West Africa where he caught the disease “because there is still a lot of work to do out there.” William Pooley was the first known U.K. citizen to be infected in the current outbreak but made a full recovery after he was flown to London in a military plane in August and treated in isolation with the experimental drug ZMapp.

The 29-year-old said Wednesday that he is preparing to fly back to Sierra Leone to help fight the outbreak that has claimed almost 4,500 lives. “I know my mum and dad are worried but they know it’s something I have to do,” he said while at a training session for U.K. health workers who have volunteered to help on the ground to combat the spread of the disease.

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Czech policeCzech police and hazmat suit-wearing doctors have seized a traveler from Ghana at Prague’s main railway station. The man, suspected of suffering from the Ebola virus, was wrapped in black plastic by the authorities and taken away.

The police dispatched some 15 officers from the capital’s rapid response squad to cordon off the station’s lobby, iDNES.cz news website reported. The operation didn’t interrupt the normal operation of the railway station, but probably scared passengers who were in the vicinity.

Footage from the scene showed a man wearing biohazard suit pushing a luggage cart with a person sitting on it almost completely covered by black plastic.

The target of the police operation was a student from Ghana, who arrived in Prague earlier Saturday evening. He managed to get through medical screening at the airport and was caught later at the railway station.

“We took emergency measures after receiving a report that there was a man from Ghana at the station possibly carrying Ebola,” Prague police spokesperson Andrea Zoulová said.

The health ministry later reported that the student only had a cold. Ghana has not reported any Ebola cases confirmed so far, while the worst-hit countries are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ghana is where the UN mission to combat the outbreak is located.

The Czech Republic is among the countries maintaining strict precautionary measures over possible carriers of the deadly Ebola virus arriving from Africa. #RT

 

nkrumah nkrumahstamp nkrumahToday September 21 marks the 105th birthday of Ghana’s first President, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

In 2010, the late President John Mills instituted the Founders Day to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The day will be marked with lectures, symposiums and other programmes to highlight his achievements and vision.

The Convention People’s Party (CPP) which was founded by Nkrumah will celebrate the 105th birthday of their founder who was born September 21, 1909.

The celebration which began on September 14 has so far been highlighted by a series of activities including a durbar and launch of the reprint of ‘The Big Lie’, a book written by Nkrumah in 1969.

Since the Founders Day falls on Sunday, Monday has been declared a national holiday in Ghana.

The CPP says it is not enough to set a day aside as a holiday to celebrate Ghana’s first President, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

The party is calling for the day to be linked to an activity such as a cleanup exercise to make it more productive.

Speaking ahead of Dr Nkrumah’s 105 anniversary, the Deputy Communications Director of the party, Ernesto Yeboah also called on President Mahama to amend NLC decree 332, on election and public office qualification decree which bars some people from standing for election.


Biography

Kwame Nkrumah was born as Francis Nwia Kofi Ngonloma in Nkroful, Gold Coast.

He studied to be a teacher at Achimota School in Accra from 1925 to 1935.

He worked as a teacher in several schools in the Gold Coast including a Roman Catholic school in Axim, while he was saving money to continue his education in the United States of America.

In 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Takoradi, Gold Coast, to Liverpool, England, and made his way to London, England, where he applied and received his student visa from the American Embassy.

It was while Nkrumah was in London in late 1935 that he heard the news of the Invasion of Abyssinia by fascist Italy, an event that outraged the young Nkrumah. This prompted him to set his sights on a political career.

In October 1935, Nkrumah sailed from Liverpool to the United States, where he enrolled at the Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.

He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1939, and then he completed his Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree in 1942.

Nkrumah also earned his Master of Science degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942, and then his M.A. in philosophy in 1943.

Return to the Gold Coast
In 1947, Nkrumah was invited to serve as the General Secretary to the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) under Joseph Boakye Danquah.

This political convention was exploring paths to independence. Nkrumah accepted the position and sailed for the Gold Coast.
After brief stops in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast, he arrived in the Gold Coast on 10 December 1947.

On 28 February 1948, police fired on African ex-servicemen protesting the rising cost of living, killing and injuring sixty eight.
The shooting spurred riots in Accra, Kumasi, and elsewhere.

The government suspected the United Gold Coast Convention (UGCC) was behind the protests and on 12 March 1948 arrested Nkrumah and other party leaders.

Realising their error, the British released the convention leaders on 12 April 1948.

After his imprisonment by the colonial government, Nkrumah emerged as the leader of the youth movement in 1948.

Facing international protests and internal resistance, the British decided to leave the Gold Coast.

Britain organized the first general election to be held under universal franchise on 5–10 February 1951.

Though Nkrumah was in jail, his party, CPP was elected by a landslide, taking 34 out of 38 elected seats in the Legislative Assembly.

Source: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation ‎-

The ‘long walk to freedom’ actor Idris Elba is planning a trip to the birth place of his parents. His father hails from Sierra Leone & his mother from Ghana.

From his twitter post below looks like his first stop will be his mother’s homeland Ghana.
“Ghana what’s up? I’m going back to where my Mum is from for her birthday… My first time… Next up Sierra Leone.”

 

Idris Elba has stared in numerous movies 

 

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