Swiss extend detention of war crimes suspect

Alieu Kosiah, the Liberian war crime suspect held by Switzerland, is expected to remain in preventive detention for another three months.   A source told Nordic Africa News that the decision to extend was made after a hearing recently.   When contacted the spokeswoman of the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland Jeannette Balmer said  “We […]

Report shows Indicators of success in African markets

For brands eager to tap into the growing African markets and the region’s estimated 350 million middle class consumers, relying solely on macro-economic data such as GDP growth, population trends and regulatory governance data to identify opportunities and predict success can lead to costly missteps, according to a new report from Nielsen ( The findings, which […]

Samsung introduces new products in Africa

Samsung Electronics is introducing a range of products to the African market at the sixth annual Africa Forum in Antalya, Turkey, as the company continues to contribute to the continent’s ongoing transformation in the consumer electronics space. Showcasing its commitment to the African market, Samsung will be presenting its latest flagship products to delegates over the […]

Ecobank manager ends duty in Liberia

The management of Ecobank-Liberia on the evening of Monday, February 16 honored its outgoing Managing Director Kola Adeleke for his contributions to the growth and development of the bank. Mr. Adeleke served in that capacity at the bank from February 2010 to February 2015. In his farewell speech at the Monrovia City Hall, Mr. Adeleke said he […]

Sweden’s first ambassador for global women’s issues

On 1 January 2015, Annika Molin Hellgren took up her post as Sweden’s first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the Coordinator of Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy. She has previously held positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) Africa Department, the Delegation of Sweden to the OECD in Paris, the Permanent Mission of Sweden […]

Liberia: A place where platitudes and hypocrisy take precedence over noble goals, part II

Continue from last edition Only in Liberia, but culture is culture in other parts of the world In other places of the world culture, generally, is regarded as “culture,” however bizarre some may appear. For that matter, one will often see people from different cultures join in with celebrants and celebrate without much questioning. For […]

Decentralization in Liberia: A giant leap into the future

On Wednesday, February 18, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf launched the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance. The policy is aimed at decentralizing governance in Liberia, and the launching is in response to the long yawning of the Liberian people to see tangible evidence of decentralization.  For all practical reasons, this is an expressed commitment of […]

Togo hosts forum to improve African business environment

Lomé, the capital of Togo, will host the first Africa Best Practices Forum on 26 and 27 February 2015. Pan-African bank Ecobank, recruitment agency AfricSearch and company Ellipse Communication are working together, with the support of the World Bank and the West African Development Bank (BOAD), to organise this first forum, which is dedicated exclusively […]

Ebola: Relief shipment from Liberians in Germany

On February 13, 2015, Liberians in Germany and their friends, organized under the umbrella of the Liberian-German Association (ROOTS) e.V. completed the European phase of a relief project that they initiated late last year. This project is our quota in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus ravaging our homeland – Liberia. The project brought […]

Sweden unveils new banknotes, coins

This fall the Swedish Central Bank will start introducing new banknotes and coins for the first time in 30 years.              It’s the first time for decades that Sweden is replacing all of its coins and banknotes with new designs and security in focus. Only the 10-krona coin will remain unchanged, the rest of the roughly 300 million notes […]