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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Romeo Mark A Lifetime of Writing

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA, Liberia (1976-1990), London, England (1990-1991), and in Switzerland since 1991. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University, U.S.A. She also has a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CETEFLA). She considers herself a citizen of…

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Land of My Fathers: A Review

By Moco MacCaulay On February 4, 1857, Mary Mickey, a former slave from Charlottesville, Virginia, wrote a letter to her former master about her journey to Liberia and her impression of the new country she would now call home: “It affords me great pleasure to have this opportunity to address a letter to you. In the midst of danger & death, while we could discern nothing above, & around us but the blue canopy of heaven, & under us the deep, deep blue sea, we were Providentially cared for, and…

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Book Review-When The wanderers Come Home

Described by African scholar and literary critic Chielozona Eze as “one of the most prolific African poets of the twenty-first century,” Patricia Jabbeh Wesley composed When the Wanderers Come Home during a four-month visit to her homeland of Liberia in 2013. She gives powerful voice to the pain and inner turmoil of a homeland still reconciling itself in the aftermath of multiple wars and destruction.   Wesley, a native Liberian, calls on deeply rooted African motifs and proverbs, utilizing the poetics of both the West and Africa to convey her grief. Autobiographical in…

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The editorial that landed a Liberian editor in trouble

This week the Chief of staff of the Liberian Army Gen. Daniel Gen. Ziankahn summoned perhaps Liberia’s best known and respected journalist to his office for correctly stating that personnel from the defence ministry and the army brass were late for the world peace keeping day festivities…memories immediately flashed back to Gen. Samuel Doe, military dictator of the so-called People Redemption Council [PRC] who led by military decrees during the 1980S as he rained hell on the Liberian people—infamous and notorious amongst his decrees was 88A, crafted by the brigade…

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The arrogance of Minister Amara Konneh

At a recent farewell dinner thrown in his honor by “Friends of Amara Konneh”, the outgoing Finance Minister told several hundred guests that he and the Sirleaf administration had nothing to apologize for. “Madam President,… we have done well,” Konneh told his boss at the gathering, “and we owe no one an apology for our success.” How arrogant. What a slap in the face for the Liberian people. What a kick in their butts even as they lie on the ground, beaten by foreigners in their own country. How much…

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PHOTOS: Harry Greaves Funeral Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia

E D I T O R I A L Harry A. Greaves Jr. who died mysteriously about a month ago, was laid to rest yesterday, and on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia, his remains saw funeral arrangements at the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church. For his, was an untimely death and the plenty aftermath drama. This has sent jitters through an unsettled country that have seen much the last decades. And yet, mysterious deaths continue to play out across the nation, say reports: Ballah Scott, whose body was found buried on the…

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Under pressure for unexplained wealth Alex Tyler calls for audit

OPENING THE 5TH SITTING of the national legislature this week, the Speaker of the House of Representative, Mr. Alex J. Tyler (UP, District #1, Bomi County) assured that lawmakers would no longer compromise their mandate in the discharge of their duties. AS REASSURING as the Speaker’s intentions were, they came ten years late. TEN YEARS AFTER the body became notorious for its now infamous “Cold Water” label; ten years after members of both the lower and upper house sat idly by and allow one corrupt official after the next to…

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Liberia: Welcoming UNMIL Mandate Extention

E D I T O R I A L THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council Resolution 2239 has extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and decreased UNMIL’s authorized military strength from 3,590 to 1,240 military personnel. THE 1,240 MILITARY personnel includes one infantry battalion and related enablers, by 30 June 2016 and to decrease UNMIL’s authorized police strength from 1,515 to 606 police personnel, which includes three formed police units, as well as immigration and police advisers, by 30 June 2016. THE UN RESOLUTION also requests…

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