The last twelve months have been very challenging for the world at large. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about an unprecedented change in economies, health and global traveling, with series of restrictions and preventive measures all in a bid to tackle the deadly virus. 2020 has been a truly shocking year.
For Sierra Leone, COVID-19 was relatively well handled by the Government with fewer cases and deaths than anticipated but it failed to bridge divide the country has been faced with for decades. It continues to be about self-interest before national interest.
Our politics remains regional rather than national. The judiciary continues its aged old trend of showing its lack of independence.The political leaders from all sides have not seen the need to look beyond their political interests.
This year also witnessed a global assault on democracy. From the United States of America, a nation viewed as a bastion for democratic values, to third terms in Guinea and Ivory Coast , the future for young democracies around the world looks in danger. Struggling democracies in the Third World no longer have anything to learn from the United States when it comes to credible elections and Autocrats now have a reference point to undermine free and fair elections that go against them.
In this edition, we have an exclusive interview with First Lady, Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio, on her marital life, politics and the presidency. Love her or hate her, she has been a driving force behind her husband’s successes. The First Lady takes us through her first encounter with Julius Maada Bio who later became the “perfect friend” in her life. She opens up on her role in bridging a sharply divided nation along partisan and regional lines.
We look at what female doctors have been doing to help deliver healthcare services to the country.
Naasu G. Fofanah’s LEAVE IT TO NAASU gets a thorough review by Augustine Sorie-Sengbe Marrah. In his review, he submits that the book itself is “a tell-it-all about the mountains, valleys and oceans of difficulties and barriers in and around the way of women.”
We discuss the tourism sector, by attempting to take our readers on a trek of Freetown’s mountains. If you are visiting for the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, a walk along the beautiful beaches can be most relaxing.
There are stereotypes in Sierra Leone that label musicians as ‘idlers’ and ‘unserious’. Benjamin Menelik George, known as Drizilik, finally breaks his silence on these stereotypes surrounding the Entertainment Industry. His parents were against his music, Drizilik disclosed to SierraEye. “I knew I wasn’t doing the right thing from my parents’ perspective and that of society and I wasn’t going to argue with them about that. So, I just found my space and did my thing,” he disclosed.
Finally, as we enter 2021, SierraEye remains grateful to all its valued readers and advertisers. Without your unflinching support, we could not have come this far. We remain committed to bringing you the very best in the coming year. We thank you all for your support.