The new President’s accepted the challenge with an amazingly activist response: the university had “duties to society.”[3]  This singular statement became a powerful metaphor of self-determination. It motivated his indefatigable efforts to provide teaching and learning services to thousands of UL students caught in the bind of a fratricidal conflict that had destroyed all the infrastructure of the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning founded in 1862 as Liberia College.  Tributes 

A Tribute to Dr. Patrick L.N. Seyon, University President

  By Al-Hassan Conteh, Ph.D The family of Dr. Patrick L.N. Seyon, the Ninth President of the University of Liberia (UL) (1991-1996), recently announced his passing. According to a fitting tribute by eminent historian Dr. Elwood Dunn, “Patrick passed away recently in the State of Massachusetts, USA in the loving care of his wife, Dr. Barbara Greene Seyon.”[1] As a mentee and collaborator of Dr. Seyon in the reopening of the University of Liberia during the Liberian civil war, I would like to add my voice to  Dr. Dunn’s kind…

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Bai T. was a father, a great husband, and family man, but he was the mentor of many young Liberians who were seeking a place for Liberian literature in the world, especially, during those several years before his death. I visited both his home and his office a few times to chat with Bai T. Moore during those last years. Despite his fame and place in Liberia then, he was always willing to listen to us young people, and was quick to offer his words of wisdom whenever you found yourself in his presence. He was a very calm and wise man who reminded many of us younger writers of his place as father and elder in our quest to define Liberian literature and to help Liberian literature find its place in the world of African literature. Tributes 

Remembering Bai T. Moore, Poet, Writer, Novelist

By Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley An Elder’s Prayer Oh great Spirit of the forest, I have nothing in my hand But a chicken and some rice It’s the gift of all our land Bring us sunshine with the rain So the harvest moon may blow Save my people from all pains; When the harvest time is done We will make a feast to you. —-By Bai T. Moore The late Bai T. Moore was born on October 12, 1910 in the town of Dimeh, a Gola village between Monrovia and…

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Cheapoo later participated in the 1997 general elections as the standard bearer of a reconstituted Progressive People's Party (PPP).  Additionally, Cllr. Cheapoo will be remembered for his struggles and efforts for multi party democracy in Liberia as he was persecuted by the political establishments he served, impeached by two different 'Assembly' of the Liberian legislatures, showing what appeared to be a non-ethnic cleavage to his politics, since his advocacies and persuasions while in office were against two different parties and ideologies. Accounts say, under what looked to be ’kangaroo court' by the hegemonic-one party True Wing Party led oligarchy and the military cum-civilian governments of the National Democratic Party administrations, Cheapo was sanctioned as the legislatures of the era according to reports acted against the national interests to undermine and intimidate his person, because of his independence and outspoken personality and convictions. Tributes 

Chea Cheapo: progressive icon and Supreme Court Chief Justice is dead- (1942-2020).

Staff Report Cheapoo (1942_2020) served in the late 1970s as a Senator from Grand Gedeh County. At that time, he also served as the head counsellor for the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), an opposition party later outlawed by President William Tolbert.  In early 1980, he served as a spokesman for its successor, the Progressive People’s Party (PPP). Following the overthrow of the Tolbert government in a 1980 coup, Cheapoo was appointed Attorney General in April 1980 under the People’s Redemption Council regime. However, Cheapoo was removed from his position…

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Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was at once dignified, witty and humble, a calming physical presence in that special way the truly great sons of Africa are. Tributes 

Of Grief and Memory: Mourning Big Brother Comrade Thomas Jaye

  By Stephanie C. Horton   “The duiker will not paint ‘duiker’ on his beautiful back to proclaim his duikeritude,” Wole Soyinka wrote, “you’ll know him by his elegant leap.” Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was…

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Unarguably, there's a very critical few of our gullible generation who sees merit as the sincerest tool to morally fulfill the prophecy of man's indebtedness to transform his understanding and society. We have held sacred those deep Hegelian dialectics the, moral and spiritual decadence, wide-scale violence, economic hardships, complacency, stunning poverty, conflicts, a buckled education system, paralyzed health system, vilified cultural configuration, gullible youths, unprepared menfolk, and the monstrous intransigent vices of capitalism. Tributes 

Tribute: Eulogizing the Revolutionary Journey of H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr.

  We have searched, as well as studied and struggled for the objective conditions of our people and the achievement of an egalitarian society. We have always wanted a better Liberia, where Liberians will live irrespective of their tribe, culture, race, tradition, and creed or political affiliation. We went to the houses of the grandeur political politicos including those who are in the status quo yet we couldn’t get the empirical answer we wanted to march in the people’s struggle. Nonetheless, we remain with the facts to ascertain our acceptance…

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Nigeria Reggae Legend Majek Fashek dies at 57

    By GBENGA BADA   REGGAE star Majek Fashek joyfully sang “Majek Fashek in the New York” and the gifted musician died in a hospital in the American city on Monday around 5:45 pm. after a health crisis that lasted nine months— September 2019 till June 2020. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Fashek introduced the world to a softer-edged style of reggae which he touted as ‘kpangolo music’ in 1988 on his debut album ‘Prisoner of Conscience’. His influences included Jimi Hendrix to Bob Marley and Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In…

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Here is it: Illusion is being extinguished, the charade has ended, and the old moribund True Whig Party has fallen from grace to grass being defenestrated, being consigned to the ash heap of history by their social inferiors, as they call the people. A new day has come. The masses are joyous; the exhilaration is electric, and the celebration has overwhelmed the streets. Monrovia has seen a swarm of stampede, hope high, aspiration reawakened, and a new day has come. The wall of invincibility has fallen like a deck of cards. All the reactionary rhetoric of using the coercive force of the state to teach the working people and Liberian masses a lesson has been all talk, talk and talk. Tributes 

Still in the cause of the people: a tribute to Prof. Dew Mayson

By A. Bombo Kiadii We must not lose focus to convey an outpouring of comradely salutation to a remarkable icon who has fought relentlessly to reshape the historical contours of the fatherland and make his worthwhile contributions to the peoples of the global South in the fight for social justice, equality, and a better world. As I journey through history and look back to the defeat of the bankrupt oligarchy, I have developed a great admiration for this man and his comrades who placed their lives on the line. As…

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In you, the people have an exemplar of courage, a symbol of excellence, a highly respected figure, and an iconic Diva Doyen. Throughout the decades, you have never toyed with the ideas of amassing wealth at the expense of the disadvantaged masses of the people. Wealth without work or through exploitation has never been your fixation. Rather, you have used your meager money to educate people who you didn’t know and perhaps got no business in helping. But as a patriot who beams with that everlasting radiant of compassion, you do so without even mentioning it. Although some of those whom you helped to nurture and made your home a refuge for the hungry and sick, have abused your trust. Some of whom today make very mean comments about you. Notwithstanding, Miatta Fahnbulleh has never lost her appetite for social justice, compassion, and solidarity. Tributes 

Tribute: The Diva Doyen of Liberian Music Miatta Fahnulleh

  By A. Bombo Kiadii When the red-letter day of a stalwart of progressive values, an excellent human to the hilt, and an epitome of treasured values comes, a tsunami of people takes the time to weigh in and express how happy they are with the fantastic personality for the immaculate examples such person displays and does regularly. They trot a range of superlatives out to mark the ritual of the day. These appreciations, especially for a person who has displayed the highest qualities of human excellence, is a badge…

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A Delaware County man, who served throughout the ‘90s as a top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and whose prosecution for U.S. immigration violations in 2018 drew headlines across the globe, died Sunday from complications related to the coronavirus. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, 74, of Collingdale had spent more than a week in Bryn Mawr Hospital battling the disease, family members said. Tributes 

Covid19 Kills Key Civil War Actor “Indictee” And NPFL Spokesman Woewiyu in USA

A Delaware County man, who served throughout the ‘90s as a top lieutenant to Liberian warlord Charles Taylor and whose prosecution for U.S. immigration violations in 2018 drew headlines across the globe, died Sunday from complications related to the coronavirus. Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu, 74, of Collingdale had spent more than a week in Bryn Mawr Hospital battling the disease, family members said. He leaves behind a complicated legacy as both a champion for democracy in his home country and one of the leading voices of the Liberian diaspora in the…

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“There is a talent entrusted to you. It is your duty to call into action the highest forms of your being. It does not matter what your calling may be – whether it be what men call menial or what the world calls honorable – whether it be to speak in the halls of Congress or to sweep out those halls – whether it be to wait upon others or to be waited on— it is the manner of using your faculties that will determine the result- that will determine your true influence in this world and your status in the world to come. Everyone should do his part to advance humanity. Each should exert himself to be a helper in progress. Whatever your condition, you do occupy some room in the world; what are you doing to make return for the room you occupy? There are so many of our people who fail to realize their responsibility, who fail to hear the inspiring call of the past and the prophetic call of the future.” This article was first published in kentakepage.com, in 2015 Tributes 

Edward Wilmot Blyden: A Voice from Bleeding Africa

“Africa will furnish a development of civilization which the world has never yet witnessed. Its great peculiarity will be its mortal element.” Edward Wilmot Blyden was a Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and statesman. During the late 19th century, Blyden was the best known and highly respected African intellectual in the Western world. It was Blyden, who first coined the phrase, “Africa for the Africans,” and because of this, he along with Henry Sylvester Williams, are both known as the father of Pan-Africanism.   Edward Blyden was born in St. Thomas,…

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