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Decision Time For Sierra Leone

Here is a guide to the Sierra Leone Election.


Sierra Leone: Election FactFile

When: The Sierra Leone election will take place Saturday, 17th November 2012

Who: Incumbent Ernest Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC); Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP)

The Issues for the Sierra Leone Election:

Infrastructure and living standards -People are calling for better infrastructure and quality of life. President Koromo has an advantage as the incumbent: during his first term he built new roads in Freetown and beyond, and completed the first stage on a long-delayed hydropower dam.

Women's rights and representationWomen's groups across the country have been calling for increased political representation in the form of a quota that would guarantee 30% of seats to women candidates. If the opposition comes to power then Kadi Sesay will become the first woman Vice President in the country's democratic history.

Corruption - President Koroma came to power promising to fight corruption but nobody has been convicted.

Natural resourcesThere's been a huge mining boom raising the question of who will benefit from the country's natural resources. A controversial Aljazeera documentary spearheaded by journalist Sorious Samura suggested that timber was an equally profitable and exploited as the gold and diamond mines.

The Word about the Sierra Leone Election:

"We are expecting development for the country, like good roads, jobs, light. Now this country is a peaceful country, we don't want no fighting no more." - Henry Tommy, 35, self-employed stone mason

"Women have been terrified by senior male authorities in some constituencies in past elections, and in the end those women have had to step down for fear of their lives. This new system, if actualised, will ensure women's security and safety to exercise their franchise." - Hannah Koroma, Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (Waves).

"Peaceful elections resulting in a credible outcome are critical for consolidating Sierra Leone's hard-won peace," said Ban in the statement, adding praise for the cooperation of political parties and other stakeholders who signed a May 2102 declaration committing themselves to fair and free elections." - Ban Ki Moon, United Nations Secretary General

In anticipation of tomorrow's election, Sierra Leonian superstars Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew released this video for "Give Peace a Chance." A song from their upcoming album Cotton Tree. The song and video are intended for Sierra Leonian people and it aims to promote peace amid rising tensions leading up to the election.

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Best Music of the Week: Maleek Berry, DJ Neptune x Runtown & More

These are the songs you need to hear this week.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow OkayAfrica on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week and read about some of our selections ahead.

Maleek Berry "Let Me Know"

Maleek Berry's excellent Last Daze of Summer EP is still banging pretty much everywhere. "Let Me Know" is the latest track off the EP to get the visual treatment. In the romantic clip, Maleek and the girl he has his eye on head to Cape Town.

DJ Neptune "Why" feat. Runtown

DJ Neptune comes through with "Why," the latest single off his upcoming album, G.R.E.A.T.N.E.S.S. The slow-burning tune features the man behind one of 2016's biggest songs ("Mad Over You"), Runtown, and was produced by Del B.

Kae Sun "Stalk"

Ghanaian-Canadian singer Kae Sun is back with a guitar-led dance jam in "Stalk." The new single is paired with a striking, nighttime forrest music video, filmed in his home of Montreal. "Stalk" is the lead track of Kae Sun's upcoming LP due next year.

RMBO x Peta Teanet

RMBO, the solo moniker of Tshepang Ramoba (BLK JKS), is readying the release of his upcoming EP. In the meantime, he's sent over this addictive remix of South African disco artist Peta Teanet. "Chachali Malindela" will light up any dance floor.

Ayo Awosika "You're The One"

Nigerian-American singer Ayo Awosika has played stages across the globe as Miley Cyrus' backup singer. She's now stepping out on her own with "You're The One," a sweet and beautiful love letter to Nigeria.

Yaa Yaa "Life" feat. FanteFante

Ghanaian singer Yaa Yaa has released the motivational and uplifting single "LIie," featuring FanteFante. The song's about shaking off life's troubles and pushing on ahead. Check it out above and grab it on iTunes here now.


Follow our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music to get immediate updates every week.

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