Rita Dove, /Literary Arts Op-ed 

Former United States poet laureate Dove honored as trailblazer

    The U.S. State Department has named Rita Dove, one of America’s and the University of Virginia’s most celebrated poets, as one of five Black women “trailblazers.” In honor of Black History Month, the State Department’s “ShareAmerica” platform is featuring Dove, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, alongside artist Amy Sherald, sculptor Simone Leigh, the late singer Ella Fitzgerald and the late author Toni Morrison. They are recognized as female African American trailblazers who “transformed and elevated American culture, leaving their mark on the national – and international –…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Progressive Forces Cornered Weah To Accept Nwabudike’s Letter of Resignation

  By Socrates Smythe Saywon   Monrovia – Former Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission [LACC] Chairman Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike according to a LACC source resigned finally due to massive pressure from Liberian progressive forces, including Bar President Cllr Tiawon Gongloe and the left leaning campus based Vanguard Student Unification Party, or (SUP). After several weeks of advocacies against Nwabudike by the progressive class calling on his immediate resignation and departure from the agency, due to president Weah’s refusal, to fire the Nigerian national who falsified Liberian documents for his citizenship, Cllr. Tiawon…

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Plans to Unveil a Bust of Marcus Garvey in Ethiopia Revealed

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Now, 81 years after his death, officials in Ethiopia plan to unveil a Bronze Sculpture in Addis Ababa to honor the legacy of the Pan African independence movement architect. According to a news release, the sculpture highlights Ethiopia as a focal point for Pan-Africanists to engage in constructing a unifying African heritage and destiny. “Our history began, in a sense, with Ethiopia,” Dr. Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s youngest son, told NNPA Newswire. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Marcus Garvey the first “man on a mass…

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That the House Speaker is third in line to the presidency, therfore Liberian Assemblyman in the lower house of the chambers should have given the election of Mr. Koffa serious thoughts before putting him on the ballot for consideration, his party the Congress for Democratic Change, should have considered this proposition also, by putting Liberia's interests first. Op-ed 

Electing the Corrupt People Party (CPP) and the CDC in 2023 will be a disaster and here is why.

  The Editor, From statistical evidence, the CPP lawmakers dominate the House of Representatives. Given that they (CPP) are professing to be the best alternative to the CDC-led government, it would have been a great idea if they had produced a Deputy Speaker to strike a balance of power in the Lower House. But guess what? They elected a CONVICTED CRIMINAL, Rep. Fonati Koffa. Can you imagine that? Do we expect the CPP to actually clean the mess created by UP and CDC ? Cllr. Jonathan Koffa was the town…

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Plato, in his groundbreaking and immortal postulation of the Republic, once asked a fundamental question which today’s African voter must pay critical attention to, if we are to avoid this present scourge of Africa being misled by foreign-anointed and controlled puppet leaders. The question still stands today as it did 3000 years ago: given the analogy that a nation is a ship sailing on high tempestuous sea’s, who would we, the citizens or passengers aboard that ship want as our captain? Would we pick any man aboard the ship on the basis of his stardom or popularity as an entertainer or some other trade unrelated to sailing; or would we search for a man who is trained and skilled in the art of navigation on the high seas? Logically, we would definitely chose and pick the man knowledgeable and capable of executing the task of ship captain! Why, because we instinctively know that our hopes of arriving at our destiny in one peace depends on the caliber of the man in whom we have entrusted our fate! Editor's Desk 

Africa needs its enlightened young people to lead

EDITORIAL—- We need an emerging Africa that caters to its people needs, thus  one that bring changes across the board on the land.  In an era when the African Union and many African countries and its leaders are amassing personal state power, not as a means to develop the continent but to amass personal wealth, from the public purse, this phenomenon has left Africans poorer. Studies say young Africans make up the bulk of the population in their various countries and yet, are hardly if ever represented in the leadership…

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tidjane thiam /archyde Public Policy 

Rwanda recruits Tidjane Thiam to boost country’s financial prospects

    The former Credit Suisse boss has just been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Finance Limited, the government agency responsible for the development and promotion of the Kigali International Financial Centre (KIFC). After his hasty departure from the Credit Suisse bank, Tidjane Thiam confirms his African ambition. The Franco-Ivorian banker has just been appointed by the Rwandan government to head the board of directors of Rwanda Finance Limited. The appointment, which comes at the same time as six other members, was signed by Rwandan Prime…

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fela kuti, pan african music Music 

Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

(CNN)—Afrobeat pioneer, Fela Kuti has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2021. The legendary Nigerian musician made this year’s list of nominees more than two decades after his passing. Fela was nominated alongside 15 other artists including rappers Jay-Z and LL Cool J. R&B stars Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Dionne Warwick. Greg Harris, President and CEO of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame unveiled the list of nominees Wednesday. Also shortlisted were rock stars Rage Against the Machine and Foo Fighters, as…

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musa bility Op-ed 

Open Letter: Musa Bility must resign as Chair of Liberty Party and solve his “corruption cases”

  An Open Letter to: Rev. Dr. Abba G. Karngar, (Father of Senator, Nyonblee Karngar Lawrence) Message: Kindly ask his daughter, Sen. Karngar, for Musa Bility to resign and solve his “corruption cases”   Dear Rev. Dr. Abba G. Karngar, I extend my sincere gratitude to you for serving the Liberian people over the years.  Sir, we organized the Friends of Brumskine so that we can help our country governance system to be viable and have the characteristics of sustainable development virtues respecting the rule of law, good governance and…

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Emmerson Mnangagwa /Zimbabwe Situation Editor's Desk 

African leaders who condemned democracy in the U.S. were silent about events closer to home.

EDITORIAL—– When Donald Trump appeared to incite a riot at the Capitol building, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Zimbabwean counterpart Emmerson Mnangagwa were scathing in their response. But when it came to Uganda’s deeply flawed election, they and the African Union had little comment. Yoweri Museveni, who has led the eastern African country since a 1986 coup, shut down the internet and made sure 38-year-old opponent Bobi Wine was under house arrest for days. Protests were brutally crushed, people were killed and the U.S., European Union and United Nations Commission on Human Rights all…

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Dr. Nyan is winner of the 2017 African Innovation Prize for Social Impact and also awarded a Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his invention of the rapid multiplex pathogens diagnostic test, which can simultaneously detect and identify multiple infections, including Coronaviruses (COVID-19). He has been providing COVID-19 pandemic preparedness advice to the Liberian government and awareness in Africa and laboratory diagnostic training webinar to West African laboratory personnel. Public Policy 

Close Borders, Vaccinate Against EBOLA and COVID-19, Says Infectious Diseases Expert Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan

 By Robin Dopoe and Jana-Astrid Schäfer Monrovia February 16, 2021– As another Ebola virus outbreak has been reported in the Republic of Guinea, infectious disease scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan has said that regional governments in the Mano River Basin should close their borders with Guinea and secure Ebola vaccine to immunize their citizens in addition to surveillance measures. Responding to questions from journalists during an interview yesterday, Dr. Nyan emphasized that “Liberia and other countries in the sub-region need to completely close their borders with Guinea immediately, as well as purchase…

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