Ngũgĩ wa Thiongio will succeed Vinton Cerf, known for being one of the fathers of the Internet. Cerf was the first technologist to receive the prize, with other awarded figures including the philosopher Karl Popper, oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, politician Václav Havel, writer Doris Lessing, and activist Malala Yousafzai. The prize will be awarded to the Kenyan author during the first quarter of 2020 at a ceremony chaired by Catalan president Quim Torra.  Artists & Reviews 

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o nominated as author and translator in first for International Booker

Kenyan novelist’s The Perfect Nine is first work written in an indigenous African language to be longlisted Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has become the first writer to be nominated for the International Booker prize as both author and translator of the same book, and the first nominee writing in an indigenous African language. The 83-year-old Kenyan and perennial Nobel favourite is among 13 authors nominated for the award for best translated fiction, a £50,000 prize split evenly between author and translator. Thiong’o is nominated as writer and translator of The Perfect Nine,…

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OyadBisi Tributes 

Tribute: OyaBisi Ideraabdullah, a lifelong work to restore hope to Africans at home and abroad

OyaBisi Ideraabdullah is a Brooklyn, NY-born, educator, activist, humanitarian, and a wife and mother of five children. She graduated from City College and attended Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the University of Ghana, and the University of Zambia.  As the first Black recipient of the Brooklyn College Alumnae Study Abroad Scholarship, she chose to study for a year in Africa. When her year was up, she vowed that one day she would return to Africa.  Mrs. Ideraabdullah is the founder of Imani House Liberia and New York – www.imanihouse.org, and the Women…

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angel gabriel trial /premium times News 

Witness at Massaquoi Trial links Charles Taylor to Blood Diamonds

  Mae Azango New Narratives Justice Correspondent  MONROVIA, Liberia – A witness told the Finnish court hearing the war crimes trial of Gibril Massaquoi on Friday, that the former leader of the Sierra Leonean rebel group the Revolutionary United Front gave then Liberian President Charles Taylor gold and diamonds in exchange for arms and ammunitions to fuel Liberia’s civil war. Taylor is serving a 50-year prison sentence in a United Kingdom prison for aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sierra Leone. He has never faced charges…

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gabriel matthews, liberian listener Interviews 

Voice of the Revolution Special Issue September 1979 : Gabriel Bacchus Matthews Interviewed

SPECIAL EDITION September 1979 APRIL 14 A YAH!  “It is madness to suppose that the capitalists will submit voluntarily and that they will  calmly surrender their…profits, their privileges of exploitation. All ruling classes have fought  obstinately to the end for their privileges… All shed rivers of blood. They trampled upon  corpses, they committed murder, arson, and state treason; they precipitated civil war for the  purpose of defending their privileges and power.  The imperialist capitalist class will defend its ‘holy of holies’—its profits and privileges of  exploitation—tooth and nail. It will…

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angel gabriel /abc news News 

Liberia: War Crimes Court Hears “Angel Gabriel” roasted women and children 

    Mae Azango, New Narratives Justice correspondent  MONROVIA, Liberia – A former government soldier told the Finnish war crimes trial of Gibril Massaquoi, the former Revolutionary United Front commander, harrowing stories Wednesday of Massaquoi massacring women and children in Lofa County and roasting them. “Gibril Massaquoi killed women and children and opened up the bodies and roasted them just like roasted meat,” said the soldier codenamed “Soldier 1” by the court to conceal his identity.   “Soldier 1” told the court his brother, a child, was among the victims. “He…

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sup Op-ed 

Sup wants Ministers Samuel Tweah and Zoegar Wilson dismissed

    PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In solidarity with the youth and student movements: SUP demands the resignation of the Minister of Youth & Sports, Mr. Zoegar Wilson and the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah; calls for mass protest on April 14th if LINSU, FLY & MRYUP allotments in the National Budget are not disbursed in time.  Sons and daughters of the pepper and bitter ball sellers who are dwelling in  ghettos and hamlets, student populace, marketers, motorcyclists, farmers, taxi drivers, pen-pen riders, rock crushers,…

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Op-ed 

Conversation with Rev. Dr. Paulina Cole-Hardy

Rev. Dr. Paulina Cole-Hardy Liberian Listener: For those who don’t know you, who will you say you are to them? Paulina Cole-Hardy: I wear many hats, l am Rev. Dr Paulina Cole-Hardy, a speaker, spiritual counselor, influencer, mentor, entrepreneur, a cook, wife, mother, and a grandmother. LL: You are a writer, a Pastor, you have a YouTube cooking channel through which you share your cooking experience. That’s too much for one person. Where do you get the energies for all of that? PC: I have developed a healthy eating and…

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pearl brown bull /fpa News 

‘Greed, Wickedness Undermining Liberia’s Image’ -Pearl Brown Bull

  By Mae Azango MONROVIA — A Liberian clergywoman and lawyer, Rev. Cllr. Dr. Pearl Browne Bull, says the image and prosperity of Liberia are under threat as a result of greed for money and wickedness. Delivering her sermon at Liberia’s oldest church, the Providence Baptist Church in celebration of its 200 years of existence, Rev. Cllr. Bull acknowledged that a country with a great Christian history such as Liberia stands on the verge of collapse if wickedness and greed for selfish wealth accumulation remain the order of the day. According…

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prof soyinka /thenewsnigeria.com.ng Artists & Reviews 

Professor Wole Soyinka Writes a New Novel!

  Wole Soyinka at 86 will publish a new novel titled ”Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth” in November this year. The news of the novel has been circulating secretively since Soyinka submitted the typescript to his publishers–BookCraft in Ibadan and Random House in New York– in June this year. Those who are close to the 1986 Nobel Laureate in Literature were expecting a new collection of poems which was in its final stage of editing, only for Soyinka to spring a big surprise with a novel of 524…

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