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These are the same young people who saw Mr. Weah as the “Country Giant.” Even though then-candidate Weah never had a debate with any of his opponents during the presidential campaign to know his local and world views of the issues, and he never held a press conference, and never put forward his governing platform and ideas, Liberians foolishly voted for George Manneh Weah. Op-ed 

June 7th A Call To Action In Liberia

  By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Never overlook the power of protest. It is real.   People’s power is real in Liberia. The protest you saw in Liberia on June 7 is an expression of anger and dissatisfaction with a grossly insensitive, incompetent and corrupt Liberian government that wouldn’t change course and address prevailing national issues that affect the Liberian people. The prevailing national issues that require the attention of President Weah are many: poverty and hunger, massive unemployment, massive public-sector corruption, the culture of impunity, accountability, the establishment of a war…

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Lesotho could not hold back and they probed for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded in the 32nd minute through midfielder Jane Thabantso. The Zimbabweans continued to push for a win and their efforts were eventually rewarded when Leeroy Mavunga made it 2-1 in the hour mark, but their lead was short-lived. Sports 

Bafana Bafana Successfully Defend COSAFA Cup

The 2019 Cosafa Cup action continued on Friday, where the hosts South Africa were looking to defend their Plate trophy against Malawi at Moses Mabhida Stadium. In a clash that got underway at 17:00, coach David Notoane’s men were chasing for an improved performance following a loss to Botswana in the quarter-finals, and a win on penalties over Uganda during the week. Notoane made changes in his starting line-up and brought back the likes of Reeve Frosler, Grant Margeman as well as Tercious Malepe for experience, yet they could still not…

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George Weah threatens critics: “you will not walk the streets freely”

    On the eve of the June 7 anti-government protest in Monrovia, President George Manneh Weah has warned citizens in the habit of publicly insulting and ridiculing him that he will no longer tolerate their actions Speaking when he dedicated a market in the Monrovia suburb of Duport Road in Paynesville on Thursday, June 6, 2019, President Weah [said] defied such individuals to continue their attacks on him. In a serious mood, President said: “Those that are constantly insulting the President. I want to [make this clear]. That after this,…

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She Would be King tells the early formation story of Liberia through historical fiction and magical realism. By exploring her own familiar history, Wayetu Moore’s debut novel offers a powerful exploration of Liberia’s relationship with colonization by freed American slaves. Moore’s literary contribution to the Liberian story is one that exudes an important brilliance that shows creativity, thought, and the true essence of Liberian Girl Magic. Artists & Reviews 

8 Books by Liberian Authors for Your Bookshelf

by Karkay Adrienne Tingba   Liberia has been telling its own stories for many generations – be it written or orally. The world, however, at some point collectively decided that story could not be told beyond the vulgar violence of civil war, poverty, disease, etc. Liberians on the other hand, know that their stories, even if about experiences in the war, carries deeper dimensions beyond the single story of barbarity to which they’ve been subjected; and we all know the dangers of a single story thanks to our Nigerian sister…

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Leelai is an advocate with clear focus on private sector development, developing suitable environment, strategy for international investors with focus on doing business in Liberia, West Africa and encouraging international increase in trade and commerce. Business News 

Meet The Liberian Business Executive: Leelai Kpukuyou Who Is Shaking up Things

    Who is Leelai? Leelai is a Liberian businesswoman who stands out as a successful Entrepreneur with demonstrable record of achievements in her business endeavors over the past nine years. Leelai is a Liberian Entrepreneur who emerged from a humble beginning, under the mentorship of her mother, to becoming an Actor in Liberia’s successful post-war economic recovery. Leelai has keen sense and ground knowledge on the day-to-day business environment of Liberia in most sectors of the economy. Due to her consistent work and tireless innovation rooted in trust, she…

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Dr. Nyan is globally recognized for inventing the Rapid Multiplex Pathogen Diagnostic Test (now called, the Nyan-Test), which detects multiple infections in less than an hour. He recently received a US Patent for the invention from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is also a former student activist at the University of Liberia and an executive of the Liberia National Students Union who was arrested for pro-democratic activism, imprisoned, and exiled by the Samuel Doe government in 1988. News 

Respect Citizens’ Rights To Protest- Says Liberian Scientist, Activist

    Monrovia – With few days remaining to the staging of the June 7th Save the State protest march, Liberia’s award-winning medical scientist and social activist, Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan, has averred that, “citizens’ rights to protest is constitutional and must be respected by the Liberian government.” Article 17 of the Liberian constitution of 1986 states that “All persons, at all times, in an orderly and peaceable manner, shall have the right to assemble and consult upon the common good, to instruct their representatives, to petition the Government or…

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Pan-African Free Trade Deal Is In Effect Now

    After years of painstaking negotiations, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement finally came into effect on May 30. Yet huge obstacles remain as African leaders iron out legislation on inter-state agreements and build the infrastructure needed to enable regional trade. In a major boost to the regional integration agenda, the first phase of the Africa’s continent-wide free trade agreement, signed by 44 African countries in Rwanda in March 2018, was finally completed last week. The agreement, which plans to boost regional trade by 54% by cutting…

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Born in Pleebo, Southeastern Liberia in West Africa, Cde Cherbo Geeplay is a Pan African poet; the Liberian native writes about: Africa, the Liberian civil war and its tragedy, and his Grebo heritage. His recently published short story: A CHECK POINT AWAY FROM DYING, was published by a literary magazine in the United States, which foretold the dire struggles of a family desperately trying to survive a gruesome war. Geeplay was among the younger Liberian youth, forced to attend college during the brutal civil war. He studied at the University of Liberia, majoring in Journalism and while in college, worked in the media as A senior staff reporter for several news outlets. His work has been described as layered and intelligent. His poetry first appeared in Sea Breeze Journal (Liberia) and in the Blue Lake Review (New York), Rigorous, a New Orleans based literary magazine, was also the publisher of his poems and debut short story. Geeplay have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies and was THE FINALIST OF THE ADELAIDE LITERARY AWARD FOR POETRY in Adelaide Literary Magazine, 2018, based in New York, also. Cde Cherbo Geeplay is the editor of an online journal, The Liberian Listener, and lives in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, with his family. Artists & Reviews 

Three Poems: Behind Those Walls, By Cherbo Geeplay

  Born in Pleebo, Southeastern Liberia in West Africa, Comrade Cherbo Geeplay is a Pan African poet; the Liberian native writes about: Africa, the Liberian civil war and its tragedy, and his Grebo heritage. His recently published short story: A CHECK POINT AWAY FROM DYING, was published by a literary magazine in the United States, which foretold the dire struggles of a family desperately trying to survive a gruesome war. Geeplay was among the younger Liberian youth, forced to attend college during the brutal civil war. He studied at the University of…

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In our country Liberia, there has been severe leadership deficit from the founding of the Liberian state to today. Liberia has been a country where there has been growth without development from year in year out. All these anomalies culminated in the fratricidal civil conflict that destroyed the fabric of our society and undermined our collective ability to move forward as one nation. With the help of ECOWAS and the International community, peace was restored to our country 15 years ago. Our collective responsibility as a people now is to maintain the peace. Instead, strange things are happening that could weaken our collective resolve to maintain the peace!! Yes, indeed strange things are happening in our country today- where people who were just barely managing to make life yesterday are today among the wealthiest people in Africa, if not the world, just in one year of being in power, as though they are money magicians. Op-ed 

Keeping the Legacy of Bishop Michael Francis Alive

Keeping the Legacy of Arch-Bishop Michael Kpakala Francis Alive: A call to Catholics of Liberia SPEECH His Grace Lewis Zeigler Archbishop of the Arch-Diocese of Monrovia Most Rev. Andrew J.Karnley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas Most Rev. Anthony Fallah Bowah, Catholic Diocese of Gbarnga, President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) Priests of the three Dioceses of Liberia Catholic Brothers and Sisters Members of the lay apostolate Officials of Government Distinguished ladies and gentlemen My fellow Catholic brothers and sisters, before I proceed any further, please permit…

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Rethinking The State In Liberia, Part II

  By Alaric Tokpa   Counter-hegemonic Discourse and the Crisis of the Liberian State The above framing of subject heading is in no way intended to suggest that counter-hegemonic discourse preceded the crisis of the state in Liberia. In fact, it was the crisis of the state that generated and gave fertile grounds to militant activism which, in turn, provided greater public exposure to the crisis of the state and induced popular opposition. Taking advantage of the space thus created by the unrepentant failure of the state, several mass organizations…

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