President Weah keeps 2005 promise of threats against Journalists

No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed.

  By: Staff writer Monrovia—Recently, a young journalist was mysteriously murdered, by unknown men, and I can’t help it, as thoughts of threats against journalists, made by then Ambassador George Oppong Weah, in 2005 keeps coming to mind as a flash back. During the campaign for the presidential runoff elections between the only two parties standing, CDC and UP, the then CDC standard bearer Mr. George Oppong Weah, went to Nimba County that year and gave his campaign address when he said; “To journalists, remember life is reciprocal, today is…

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Liberia Bans Female Genital Cutting in Triumph For Local Journalism

Though women’s activists had done heroic work to kill the practice, Liberia’s political leaders, including President Sirleaf, avoided the topic.

  Report by Mae Azango & Prue Clarke  Monrovia FPA- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf left office in January with a tremendous, if overdue, parting gift for the girls of Liberia. During her final hours in office, Africa’s first woman elected head of state signed an executive order abolishing female genital cutting, an ancient practice that is endured by more than half of Liberia’s girls.  The fight is not quite over. Lawmakers have a year to enshrine the ban into law, and it may be many years before the law is…

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Professor Burrowes Motivates Liberian Students Through Black Panther

Monrovia – Over a hundred students from nine schools in Monrovia and its environs were privileged to watch the world’s most trending movie – Black Panther for free on Tuesday at the Silverbird Cinema in Monrovia. This rare opportunity was made possible by Patrick Burrowes, a Liberian professor who had been based in the United States over the years. This gesture, he said, was intended to motivate students through the movie and help them improve their academic performance. The movie followed conversations between Mr. Burrowes and the students, basically on…

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Rejected by NOCAL, Woman Graduates With Associate Degree

  Ms. Williams became one of a handful of women to graduate from Lofa County Community College (LCCC) walls with an AA degree. This seemed very unlikely in 2015 when Williams was one of many scholars who lost their scholarships from the National Oil Company of Liberia as NOCAL slid into financial collapse. As the Ebola crisis strained her family Williams GPA dropped below 3.0 and NOCAL said they would drop her. On Friday all that was forgotten. Williams was one of 413 students graduating from the College. Her delighted…

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The Shaft of the Arrow’s Bow: The “Negro Clause” and Liberia

Jackie N. Sayegh [After president Weah speech today,] I immediately thought of the Langston Hughes poem “I too sing America.” In it, Langston laments the discrimination faced by African-Americans as he penned the words: I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And…

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Zari Hassan releases details for All White Party

    Zari Hassan is back with her annual All White Party after taking a break last year to attende to her son Nillian, the Cat is out of the bucket now   play Ugandan Socialite Zari Hassan has released details of her upcoming All White Party that was cancelled Last Year by the Tanzanian Government. According to the new details released by the Boss Lady, this years  “All White Party” will be held on December 21, 2017 at the Guvnor Hall in Uganda. play   This will be the…

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Paradigm shift: Pres. Addo calls for a new generation of African leaders

  Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphatically said that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is not prepared to intervene in another crisis in Liberia should there be one, urging Liberians to stay true to the tenets of democracy. Ghana is one of the well respected members of the regional body and this strong warning comes at a time when Liberia is yet to reach a conclusion of its electoral process, which was allegedly marred by gross irregularities and probable fraud. Liberia has the unwanted tag…

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Streamlining women’s rights in Liberia and Africa

    Monrovia – The overview of the gender situation in Liberia usually talks about the roles society has assigned to both male and female. According to Liberia’s former Tourism, Cultural Affairs Information Minister, Rev. J. Emmanuel Bowier, back in the day, before the 1940s in Liberia, women were not given equal opportunities and rights as men.  “They were not allowed to go to seek higher education, to have a decent job, or enjoy the right to own properties or even partake in politics. It was believed that a woman’s role…

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Appreciation: Edward Wilmont Blyden 1882-1912

    Edward Wilmot Blyden, widely known as the father of Pan-Africanism, was born on August 3, 1832 in Saint Thomas,… in what are now the U.S Virgin Islands. Blyden was the third of seven children and was born to Romeo and Judith Blyden, a tailor and schoolteacher, respectively. The family lived in a predominantly Jewish and English speaking community, and attended church at the integrated Dutch Reformed Church. Blyden’s parents were free and literate at a time when most blacks on the islands were enslaved and illiterate. In 1842,…

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ALJA Cautions NEC Against Electoral Irregularities

Press Release NEW Castle, Delaware— The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is calling on the National Elections Commission (NEC) to take steps that would ensure that some of the lapses that evolved out of the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections are not repeated during the November 7th run-off presidential election. ALJA says is it alarmed by the numerous complains of alleged electoral irregularities and the numbers of invalid votes that engulfed the first round of the presidential and legislative elections. The Association, in press release…

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