Interviews 

11 Questions: Ophelia S. Lewis, Writer, publisher, Humanitarian

Born Nov.7, 1961 Ophelia S. Lewis is a Liberian writer and publisher. Her first book, “My Dear Liberia” [2004] was published in memory of pre- civil war Liberia. She is referred to in some quarters as a feminist-nationalist, and is the founder of Village Tale Publishing. She is also the author of novels, and children’s books, poetry, short stories and essays. Ophelia is active in helping other authors getting their writing published using a self-publishing platform. When she is not writing she can be found fundraising for worthy causes such…

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Editor's Desk 

African Literature: Ekwensi & John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi

Could This Be Literary Fraud? Dissecting Cyprian Ekwensi’s An African Night Entertainment And John Tafida’s Jiki Magayi By Ibrahim Musa In the literary world, Cyprian Ekwensi is a household name. This holds true particularly for the volume of work he churned out within the corpus of African literature. He was a very good story teller, especially of the urban tale, that many people see him as a better story teller than the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka or even the more famous novelist, Chinua Achebe. In stark contrast, John Tafida can…

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Politics 

Enemies Of Progress

The Editor, When it comes to lifting Liberians out of poverty, our government programs and policies have had disastrous consequences on the poor— but yet Governor Jones calls those who are opposed to our Central Bank’s highly risky loan program (micro-finance loans) … “enemies of progress”! (“Enemies of Progress”, Liberian Daily Observer Online) Ok, let’s see who are the real enemies of progress, shall we? #1) Since June 2009, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) started a micro finance program to promote access to capital, reduce poverty and finance Governor…

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Politics 

HOPE IN MIDST OF STORM- A RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT SIRLEAF’S STATE OF NATION

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s 2016 SON, in my analysis, is a forward leaning message, in spite of the ups and downs in the last decade of the UP led coalition. As I listened to the Harvard trained Public Administrator on Monday afternoon, I found a lot of symbolism in her annual message, while driving around a very distress section on the Southside of Chicago, ten minutes between my residential block to that of President Obama’s Chicago residence in the Hyde Park Neighborhood. For a brief description, these blocks once served as…

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News 

FIRST INTL. BANK LIBERIA SOLD AFTER US$500K ‘IN-HOUSE’ ROBBERY

By Rodney Sieh Monrovia – FiBank Liberia, one of the first financial institutions to surface in the aftermath of the election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf that was at the verge of bankruptcy has now been taken over by new shareholder, Ghana Growth Fund Company (GGFC) to protect the bank from collapse. The bank was about to close as the report of the bank’s imminent collapse surfaced amid what sources tell FrontPageAfrica has been a series of lingering suspicious inside robbery activities at the institution. The report follows the acquisition of…

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Politics 

Liberia 2017: John Morlu the generational change and leader that Liberia needs

By Francis Cordor What type of man leaves a high-paying job in the United States to go fight corruption in Liberia – a move that immediately earns him high-powered enemies at all levels of the Liberian government? What type of man fires the entire General Auditing Commission staff upon assuming the Auditor General position, yet generously provides former employees with career opportunities such as four years of education or the opportunity for rehire through an employment test? What type of man faces off against a hostile legislature, and wins its…

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Politics 

Pres. Sirleaf Annual Message

Mr. Vice President and President of the Senate; Mr. Speaker; Mr. President Pro-Tempore; Honorable Members of the Legislature; Your Honor the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court and Members of the Judiciary; The Dean and Members of the Cabinet and other Government Officials; Mr. Doyen, Excellences and Members of the Diplomatic Corps; His Excellency, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Liberia; The Officers and Staff of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); The Chief of Staff, Men and Women of…

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News 

Students Run Speaker Tyler Off University Campus

By Jonathan Browne What was arranged by the campus-based University of Liberia Student Union or ULSU for students of the University to engage House Speaker Alex Tyler on the work of the Legislature turned disruptive Wednesday, 27 January on the UL Main Campus in Monrovia when protesting students from opposing campus-based parties booed and threw stones, disbursing the crowd that had gathered under the famous Palava Hut on campus. The Intellectual Discourse Committee of ULSU had invited Speaker Tyler, head of the Liberian Legislature, to address the student populace on…

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Editor's Desk 

Game A Poem

GAME by ralph geeplay —ooo— we had no time to waste, because the bees had come The Buds are ripe of taste, the morning spring is fresh dew sprinkled, good mist… Mine Mine, burnt against flesh pressed against thee, the wait over, eternal, just when love was lost Like The hidden treasures buried beneath the sea beds— the cost sealed still, yet Gold All over, the steady deck, a blossom flower bed the rain, the rain, nectars Beating The heat, hectares Locked Lips, sunrise, bees!

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Society Arts & Leisure 

Pres. Sirleaf We are in Difficult Times; Corruption Must Be Holistic and Waged Collectively

Executive Mansion Capitol Hill, Monrovia Monrovia, Liberia – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again drawn the nation’s attention to the ailing state of the economy influenced largely by external influences including the spontaneous deterioration in the country’s traditional exports of iron ore and rubber and the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease. Delivering her 11th Annual Message on the State of the Republic to the Fifth Session of the 53rd National Legislature at the Capitol Building on Monday, January 25, 2016, in fulfillment of Article 58 of the Constitution,…

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