dougbeh Chris Nyan, sup-linsu, 1987 Tributes 

Young Democracy Activist, Dougbeh Chris Nyan Profiled by Archie Williams Archive Center

    MONROVIA, LIBERIA – He is sometimes referred to as a “political doctor.” Many who may not know of his past continue to wonder why a medical doctor, inventor, and award-winning scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, is so politically informed, engaging, and astute to Liberian, African and global politics – on issues of democracy, good governance, economic independence, women’s rights, the disadvantaged, etc. Recently, the electronic-based “Archie P. Williams Center For Historical Information And Archives Research” profiled Dr. Nyan and his early days of pro-democracy and human rights activism…

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OyadBisi Tributes 

Tribute: OyaBisi Ideraabdullah, a lifelong work to restore hope to Africans at home and abroad

OyaBisi Ideraabdullah is a Brooklyn, NY-born, educator, activist, humanitarian, and a wife and mother of five children. She graduated from City College and attended Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the University of Ghana, and the University of Zambia.  As the first Black recipient of the Brooklyn College Alumnae Study Abroad Scholarship, she chose to study for a year in Africa. When her year was up, she vowed that one day she would return to Africa.  Mrs. Ideraabdullah is the founder of Imani House Liberia and New York – www.imanihouse.org, and the Women…

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We may not be physically present in Tanzania, but we are watching. Wed cannot remain mute when Tanzania is bleeding and crying out for our solidarity. As many voices continue to be silenced, we know that there are bold and courageous sisters and brothers who are not relenting in this struggle. We stand by them, and we stand by the spirit of pan-Africanism. Tributes 

Authoritarian President John Magufuli Who Sought to Reform Tanzania Dies At 61

John Magufuli, who presided over an increasingly authoritarian regime as president of Tanzania and, during the final year of his reign, rejected scientific evidence of the coronavirus pandemic, urging his citizens to raise their voices in prayer rather than cover their faces with masks, died March 17 at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. He was 61. The death was announced in a statement by Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who cited “heart complications” as the cause. There had been earlier unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders, which Mr. Magufuli’s government…

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bishop michael francis /wikipedia Tributes 

Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, How We Wish You Were Here—A Tribute

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh In turbulent times like these, men of conscience and avid readers of history reminiscence on special and telling eras, watershed moments, and the great people who blazed the trail and performed wonders etched in the pages of history books. For over one week now, I have been reflecting on your impactful life, extraordinary works, and unmatched heroism, our venerated Hero Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. You were a revolutionary extraordinaire, a prelate of moral ethos and conscience, and a fearless bulwark of social justice who defied…

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askia the great /acient origins Tributes 

Askia The Great: The Man Who Transformed Songhai Into An African Power

    The 15th and 16th centuries have been called the Age of Empires. We are taught in western public schools about how Spain and Portugal explored the world’s seas and colonized large parts of Africa and the New World. We are taught about the Mughal Emperor Akbar who extended the power of his empire across the Indian sub continent. And we are even taught about the rise of China was a world superpower during the Ming Dynasty. But we are rarely told of the far more powerful and influential…

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Plans to Unveil a Bust of Marcus Garvey in Ethiopia Revealed

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Now, 81 years after his death, officials in Ethiopia plan to unveil a Bronze Sculpture in Addis Ababa to honor the legacy of the Pan African independence movement architect. According to a news release, the sculpture highlights Ethiopia as a focal point for Pan-Africanists to engage in constructing a unifying African heritage and destiny. “Our history began, in a sense, with Ethiopia,” Dr. Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s youngest son, told NNPA Newswire. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Marcus Garvey the first “man on a mass…

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oscar quiah, Liberian listener Tributes 

Comrade Leader Oscar J. Quiah : Tribute to a progressive Struggle Icon

    By Chorpie Charlie And so a revolutionary actor has fallen, not to the wretched of human depravity, but he is now enjoined to the everlasting struggle he help ignited for a better Liberia, through the memory of history; and in pursuit of stamping his blessings on human progress, especially for an inclusive Liberian nation, Comrade leader Quiah left us these words: “We [Liberians] have fallen behind many years” as a result of the ugly bloodbath we unleashed on ourselves. This has rendered us to the characterization as bookey…

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Wilton Sankawulo, www.liberianlistener.com Tributes 

Tribute: Writer, Wilton Sankawulo, 1937—2009

  Wilton Sankawulo began earning his fame as a prolific Liberian writer in the 1970s. He was born on 26 July, 1937 in Haindi, Bong County, Republic of Liberia, unto to the blessed union of Dougba and Naisua Sankawulo. He began his educational pursuit at Kpalopele, Lutheran Mission, near Haindi, in Bong County, where he received his initial and elementary training. He first enrolled at the Totota Lutheran School, and later continued at Sanoyea Lutheran School, where he completed his Junior High Education. He moved to Lofa County and attended the Lutheran Training Institute (LTI) in Salayea, Lofa County, from which…

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Predictably, the coup failed, and Rawlings was arrested and condemned to death in a military trial. But his blunt statements on the country’s urgent need for a new era of social, political and economic justice had fired up his peers, and on 4 June 1979 a group of soldiers forcibly released him from prison before he could be executed. Tributes 

Revolutionary Pan Africanist Leader Jerry John Rawlings Dies at 73

By Victoria Brittan   Jerry Rawlings, the former military leader then twice-elected president of Ghana, who has died aged 73, dominated the country’s political life for two decades in the 1980s and 90s. In May 1979, Flt Lt Rawlings of the Ghanaian air force burst on to the country’s political scene. With a handful of officers, he launched an unsuccessful coup d’etat against a corrupt and discredited military government headed by Gen Fred Akuffo, shortly before a planned election. Rawlings was part of a radical underground organization in the military…

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Ho Ho, dear reader, they are obviously in transit. Even the post office takes time these days to deliver on such promises. Trust me, they are really great-looking bird stamps. Birds, and lots of ‘em. Hey, look out the window: there’s a Liberian pterodactyl attacking that space monster in the park! WOW, did you see that? Incredible. Tributes 

Bird Land: The beautiful birds and stamps of Liberia

    By Dag W. Walker   My mother was a status-conscious woman back in the old days when working class people had aspirations of climbing the social ladder into the dizzying heights of the middle class. My mother, realizing she would never be the high-achieving being she longed to be, determined that I would be her surrogate, that shining social success she failed to become. Success, mine and hers, depend on me to rise, according to my mother’s limited understanding of success, to the professional heights as a doctor…

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