The historic Cotton Tree, a large "Ceiba pentandra", is felled during a rainstorm in Freetown, Sierra Leone. President Julius Maada Bio calls the destruction of the iconic tree a "great loss to the nation".
Sierra Leonean president Julius Maada Bio signs into law a gender equality bill mandating the employment of at least 30 percent of women across all businesses. The law also guarantees at least 14 weeks of maternity leave and equal pay.
President of Sierra Leone Julius Maada Bio calls for urgent action on Guinea-Bissau to "avoid a civil war". He makes the statement before the Chairman of ECOWAS, Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou.
The second round of a general election begins in Sierra Leone with a tight race expected between the People's Party and the All People's Congress. Incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office.