Monrovia comes alive with poetry readings this weekend

By Ralph Geeplay Monrovia will come alive his weekend, when the much anticipated and expected poetry reading takes place on the Congo Town Back Road, behind the Ministry of Health, and right opposite the Chinese Restaurant. Liberian writer and poetry enthusiast Forte Otheniel, who is headlining the event, says some of Liberia finest writers will be reading and in attendance, in what is expected to be an eventful night. Recent attempts to make Monrovia and adjacent cities the center of multiple readings is gradually paying off. These efforts are geared…

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After Liberia’s Costly Rioting, Great Soul‐Searching

  April 14 1979, is some 38 odd years ago, an important day nonetheless in Liberia’s trajectory and troubled recent history. We bring verbatim a New York Times piece of what actually happen on April 14, 1979   New York Times, MAY 30, 1979 By Carey Winfrey MONROVIA, Liberia, May 26 — The event is remembered here simply as “April 14.” On that day last month, at least 41 demonstrators protesting a proposed increase in the price of rice were shot and killed by army and police forces here, triggering…

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APRIL 12 1980: Remembering a stained legacy

John Weghorst In 1980, Samuel Doe was in charge of a beachfront security patrol near the Executive Mansion. Doe and his army friends grew up in meager conditions, mostly living in huts, with nothing much to eat and attending school when they could. In the army, life was not much better, just more wooden shacks with corrugated zinc rooftops. There was no electricity, no plumbing and no running water. One day, after having a few beers, Doe and his soldiers playfully talked about overthrowing the government. It started out as…

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Biography of Sirleaf Illustrates Adichie’s ‘Danger of a Single Story’

By Brooks Marmon In an animated interview with The Atlantic, ‘On What Americans Get Wrong About Africa’, the acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie observes, “I don’t think stereotypes are problematic because they are false, I think that’s too simple.  I think stereotypes are problematic because they are incomplete, so it is important constantly to question them.” It’s doubtful that Adichie would expect the plethora of positive media coverage surrounding Africa’s first female elected head of state to be problematic, but the publicity for a new biography of Liberian President…

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Honorable Justice Philip Banks Dissenting Opinion: CoC

Today I have, as I believe have most Liberians, shared tears for Liberia, for by the decision of the majority colleagues of this Court, some of the most sacred rights of the people and the most sacred provision of the Liberia Constitution have been shredded and placed into a waste vent, and by the Act the Constitution has been turned upside down on its head. This is the second time that a challenge has been mounted in this Court to certain of the provisions of the “Act of Legislature Prescribing…

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Liberia Code of Conduct: This can only lead to confusion

  The Supreme Court of Liberia last Friday made a decision that has the tendency to shove a monkey wrench into the 2017 electoral process. The Court’s decision, by the narrowest of margins—three for and two against—to uphold the highly controversial Code of Conduct could further disrupt the electoral process, and plunge the nation into a constitutional crisis. The Constitution decisively gives the Supreme Court the final word on interpretation of the law, clearly stating that it is the Court’s sole prerogative to determine whether or not a law, such…

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Africa: prestigious Brunel Poetry Prize name shortlists candidates tomorrow

The 2017 international Brunel poetry prize shortlists will be announced tomorrow March 6th 2017. The Brunel prize for poetry is the African poetry prize that spots new talents every year on the African continent and the diaspora, and is composed of several eminent luminary poets drawn from across the globe. According to the site “The winner,” will be “announced  on May 2nd 2017. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fourth year, this year the Prize is sponsored by Brunel…

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Caine Prize: For Emergent African Writers, or the Best African Writers

This essay was originally published in the second volume of Oduor Oduku’s KUT Anthology.  It’s hard to tell the story of contemporary African literature without talking about the Caine Prize for African Writing. It’s the biggest and most prominent prize for African Literature—or at least the best publicized—and in the 17 years of its existence, what it means to say “African Literature” has changed quite dramatically, a transformation the Caine Prize has in part reflected, and in part helped to produce. This is easy to see at the level of the individual writers:…

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Liberia-Village Tales Publishing invite submissions

Submission Guidelines ONCE UPON A TIME IN LIBERIA Once Upon a Time in Liberia is a VTP first anthology to be published in paperback and ebook formats. The following guidelines are for submission for publication. We are accepting submissions from November 1, 2016 to November 1, 2017 from anywhere in the world. Send us your best work, we’d love to read it. CURRENT CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS: Short Story | Poetry | Essay How to submit: Submission(s) must be sent through our email as an attachment; to submissions@villagetalespublishing.com along with author’s…

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Opposition MOVEE prepared to provide new leadership for Liberia

The Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) has called on voters not to reward incompetence in the October presidential and legislative elections so that Liberia can move forward in its development. In a statement reacting to the recent State of the Nation address delivered by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a week ago, MOVEE said no nation that wants to move forward will reward incompetence, and certainly not one that has been stuck in the pit of underdevelopment for so long as Liberia has been. MOVEE said while there was a list…

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