Public Health Students Visit Adax and Sunbird Bioenergy Company on Field Trip

By Matthew Kanu

70 Public Health students of the University of Makeni visited the Adax Bioenergy and Sun Bird Bioenergy Company in December to have first hand information on the administrative management, waste management and operations of the factory. In 2016 the Adax Bioenergy Company sold about 75% of the company to Sun Bird Bioenergy Company. The two companies, located in three Chiefdoms in Tonkolili District and Bombali District,  will be producing ethanol and electricity in Sierra Leone. The trip which ended with Question and Answer sessions was an eye opener for the students because they were able to learn directly about the operations of the company and how they control waste .

Admin Officer of Adax Bioenergy and Sunbird Companies, Andel Mark William, addressing UNIMAK Public Health students

Distillery Manager Dr. Joe Lahai Sumana addressing students in front of the factory

Public Health students observing and taking notes on their findings

Matriculation of Students for 2016-2017

By Matthew Kanu:

UNIMAK‘S 2016-17 academic year Matriculating Students

The 2016-2017 academic year matriculation of students was held at the Fatima Campus on the 3rd December 2016. 434 new students attended the matriculation ceremony with parents, staff and senior management of the university. Addressing the students Vice-Chancellor Professor Joe Turay said that this was the beginning of the journey into the university. He invited them to enjoy the culture and experience of UNIMAK, and encouraged them not to exploit, or be exploited by, others.

Vice Chancellor of UNIMAK delivers the welcome address to students

Professor Turay emphasized that the University of Makeni is a unique local brand made in Sierra Leone because it is the first catholic and private university in Sierra Leone. At UNIMAK students can enjoy the experience of having a free and secure  environment, an open minded environment with public lectures, and the willingness to work in communities. He said knowledge is transforming society, liberating people from poverty, respecting the dignity of the human person and driving social transformation.

The students and parents attending this year’s matriculation ceremony said they are happy to be part of the UNIMAK family  because of the commitment of UNIMAK‘s staff and management to the promotion of quality education in Sierra Leone.

12th Foundation Day Public Lecture

By Matthew Kanu:

Professor Monty Jones

The 12th Foundation Day Lecture was held on 22nd November 2016 at the Fatima Campus . Foundation Day Lectures have become traditional for the University of Makeni marking the beginning of every academic year . The university invites people that have contributed in shaping society or contributed in the development of Sierra Leone. The topic for this year’s Foundation Day Lecture was “Which is the way forward for a New Sierra Leone: Agriculture or Mining ?” The speaker for the lecture was the Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Professor Monty Jones. The lecture attracted people from all walks of life including students and staff of the University of Makeni who enjoyed an educative interactive lecture.

Staff ask questions of the lecturer, Professor Monty Jones

Staff Retreat develops the Strategic Plan


Group discussions during the retreat

Group discussions during the retreat

By Matthew Kanu:


The University of Makeni (UNIMAK) has concluded this years annual staff retreat at the Sylvanus Koroma campus situated at Yoni Village. During the retreat check lists for all fourteen departments and and seven faculties were discussed. The check lists included evaluations of the teaching staff, the students and of the facilities and premises of the university.

Exams Officer Mustapha Ishmael and Registrar Fr Francis

Exams Officer Mustapha Ishmael and Registrar Fr Francis

These are all focussed towards the strategic plan and improving teaching, research and community engagement at the university.

UNIMAK MBA Programme finishes with Second Business Idea Competition

By Matthew Kanu:

On the 8th October 2016 the University of Makeni organized their 2nd Business Idea Competition for forty two new MBA students .

Addressing students and invited guest before the competition Dean of Commerce and Management Victoria Iheanacho said teaching, research and community engagement are core values of the university that led to the establishment of the MBA Program .

She noted that The University of Makeni is grateful to the ALTIS Business School of the Catholic University of Milan and the Catholic University of Kenya for their positive partnership and collaboration in establishing the executive MBA in social entrepreneurship in Sierra Leone  “ We need innovation and creative thinking to be able to reach a peak in the development of Sierra Leone. You will all agree with me that entrepreneurship is what we need in Sierra Leone” she emphasized .

Madam Iheanacho stated that the MBA Program create the opportunity to be job creators rather than a job seekers that aimed at producing a new brand of Sierra Leonean entrepreneur that will able to combine economic success with social and environmental sustainability ,

She further maintained that the program also helps participants to develop their business idea into an investment through the development of a business plan, thus turning great ideas into great business, and also to link up with investors ,incubators and partners .

The business idea competitions gives the MBA participants opportunity to pitch their business idea for the first time to a panel of judges which comprises of investors, business experts , business partners and facilitators . The business idea competition is an initial assessment of the MBA participants business coaching .

At the end of the competition Abdul K Mansaray said that the participants had put together very good business ideas but the best among them with full scholarship was Musa Sanu Konteh with the business idea title VES Maize Production and Marketing .

Speaking in an interview Musa Sanu Konteh said he spent hours and days researching about what could be a business idea that will contribute in the economic development of Sierra Leone

He mentioned that a successful business idea depends on full concentration, possible investment and community engagement “It is something that is practical and can contribute to national development. It is something that is visible, enhance youth employment and attract investors to support your dream ” he noted .

Mr Konteh noted that the MBA program aim was to teach, support, strengthen and train entrepreneurs to be self sufficient and stand out in the business community. “My business idea is called VES Maize Production and Marketing .This enterprise will provide poultry feed for poultry farms . Maize forms over 70% of the feed for poultry farms . Our farm site will be expanded and there will be communities engagement to inform farmers that maize production is not time wasting and can contribute to agricultural development” he emphasized

He said maize contribute very highly to our household nutrition values and it has several vitamins . “There is already ready market, the industrial consumers like ADAX Bioenergy use maize to produce ethanol that can generate electricity ,restaurants ,hotels, government line ministries all need maize for their daily food” he explained .

Mr. Konteh also reiterated that an FAO 2010 reports state that Sierra Leone slightly produce 50,000 tons of maize but with an initial capital there will be an increase in production more than the 50,000 tons mentioned . “My business is just starting with an Initial capital investment of thirty three million five hundred thousand Leones using labor” he said.

Nigeria is the biggest producer of maize in Africa followed by south Africa and Tanzania . The United State is the biggest producer of maize globally. And this increase their social standing in society. So if Sierra Leone can invest in maize production our economy will develop and there will be more jobs for young people