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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Top Ten African Leaders Of All Time

    #1. Thomas Sankara, born on Dec 21st 1949, killed on Oct 15th 1987, was a charismatic left-wing leader and president of Upper Volta, which he renamed Burkina Faso (“the land of upright people”) during his period of office between 1983 and 1987. As a professing Pan Africanist he fought for a united Africa. He is frequently referred to as the “Che of Black Africa” for his resemblance to Ernesto Guevara with regards to personality and political ideas. Inspired by the Cuban Revolution, Sankara is widely considered as an…

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PHOTOS: The Liberian Supreme Court

LIBERIA SUPREME COURT PUTS STAY ORDER ON PRESIDENTIAL POLL:  “The Supreme Court’s decision is an example of an increasingly assertive role some African judiciaries are playing in overseeing elections. Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the results of a presidential election in August. National Elections Commission chairman Jerome Korkoya questioned the need for the Supreme Court’s decision, which he said has halted preparations for the vote, including training polling station staff. “Let me categorically say I see no reason, legal or otherwise, for such an order,” he told reporters. “The election was transparent…

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First Lady Dr. Grace Mugabe Buys Exotic Mansion In Affluent Sanhurst

Johannesburg – Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe has bought two mansions worth more than $8-million in Johannesburg and Harare this year, an investigation has revealed.   According to a report in the Zimbabwe Independent, which has conducted a long-running investigation into the property acquisition spree of President Mugabe’s wife, a $3,4 million (R45 million) palatial house in the affluent Sandhurst suburb of Johannesburg is not the only mansion she has snapped up in recent months.   It has also emerged that Grace has been renting a sprawling property owned by…

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Pres. Sirleaf Invites Officials Of Elections Commission and 19 election magistrates for private meeting at her home

Monrovia—Cllr. Johnson-Allison told reporters that she agrees with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s call for a new generation of leadership, but noted Liberia needs people who are adequately prepared to steer the affairs of the country. “I don’t have a quarrel with the generational change thing, but when we talk about generational change, we need people who are prepared, people who are educated, people who are refined; not because you are young so you’re fit to be President, that’s not it. As long as we’ve been here I’ve never heard or…

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PHOTOS: KENYA CHIEF JUSTICE DAVID MARAGA

David Maraga whose full name is David Kenani Maraga was born in 1951, he hails from Bonyamatuta, Nyamira County. He is the 14th Chief Justice and the president of the Supreme Court of Kenya. He preceded Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. Justice David Kenani Maraga,  was the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal in Kisumu. He was appointed to the High Court in October 2003 and to the Court of Appeal in 2011. A holder of both an LL.B and an LL.M from the University of Nairobi, he also chairs the…

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Nina Simone In Liberia

Someone who knew Nina Simone well—a Liberian friend of hers, I suppose a mutual friend now—told me a story. Liberia’s past is in pieces, he said, and here’s one of them. Maybe it’s the one you’re looking for. On a September night in 1974, the wet season was closing down and an encore of rain washed the streets of Monrovia, Liberia; a torrent of sky and trash—discarded slippers, supine roaches, maybe a lost crab. The rain stopped as abruptly as it started, as if a conductor had pressed his fingers…

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Rapper Buckey Raw goes off on new release: Temptation

BY LIBSTARSVIEW Trapco sensation Bucky Raw has released a brand new single titled “Temptation” on which he gets candid about corruption in Liberia, rapping about greed. The rapper a couple of weeks ago spoke to LIBSTARSVIEW intimating that a politician had reached out to him to help him, to help his campaign, and he refused, not wanting to get involved with corrupt leaders. Good God, not many will turn down such opportunity. WHO IS BUCKEY RAW?—LINK A native of Liberia, with residence in Philadelphia, Bucky Raw is an up and…

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