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PHOTO ESSAY: Speaker Alex Tyler

The recent Global Witness damning report on Liberia has raised the stakes as the 2017 presidential and legislative election looms. Caught in this dragnet is a presidential candidate and Liberia’s third most powerful politician Alex Tyler who is the speaker of the Honorable House of Representatives. But who is Alex Tyler?—Alex Tyler, 52, was born on December 15, 1963 in Klay District, Bomi County Liberia, and belonged to the Unity Party up until late last year when he defected from the ruling Unity Party to formed his own Liberian People…

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Profile: Justice Sie -A- Nyene Yuoh

She was born in Montserrado County, Liberia. She has five (5) children, and two (2) grandchildren. Justice Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Yuoh obtained a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia in 1981, a BA degree in Political Science from the Cuttington University College, Suacoco, Bong County in 1978 and a High School Diploma from the St. Teresa’s Convent in 1974. Prior to her ascendency as Associate Justice in May 2013, she served as Commissioner and Acting Executive Director of the Law Reform…

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Remembering Liberia’s first President Joseph Jenkins Roberts

President Roberts, Liberia’s first president left a legacy. His J. J. Roberts educational foundation, which he dedicated to Liberian students and children has been much praised. March 15 is celebrated every year in his honor. President Joseph Jenkins Roberts [March 15, 1809 – February 24, 1876] JOSEPH JENKINS ROBERTS and two of his brothers, HENRY and JOHN, were the dominant men in politics, medicine, and Methodism as the colony of Liberia became a republic and made policy decisions that would reverberate through generations. Henry Roberts, initially a trader, returned to…

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“I fought my fight” tribute to Harry Greaves

By John Erakias Fallah, PhD Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” Mt16:24-26 The Late Harry A. Greaves It was about a month ago today when I received the vexing text that suddenly altered my…

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Nigerian Monarch Ooni of Ife, Olubuse II Dead At 85.

Nigeria’s president announced on Wednesday the death of a traditional monarch influential in the south of the country. Oba Okunade Sijuwade — a royal among the Yoruba people known as the Ooni of Ife, Olubuse II — was 85. President Muhammadu Buhari’s office did not give the cause or date of death but local media reports citing family said he was in frail condition and died at a private hospital in London at the end of July. Buhari mourned “the revered traditional ruler who will be long remembered and celebrated…

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STARING AT DEATH: A TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM WEAH

By Moco Maccaulay “STARING AT DEATH: A MEMORIAL TO WILLIAM WEAH” is our latest post paying tribute to a young Liberian student who was summarily executed on a roadside 25 years ago. The last moments of his life were captured in photographs that have touched the hearts of people around the world. August 3rd 2015: On this day, 25 years ago, during the early years of the First Liberian Civil War, a Liberian student was summarily executed by a rebel of Charles Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) in…

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Muslim Cleric Sheikh Kafumba Konneh: 1944-2015

Hawa Wesseh hwesseh@yahoo.com The late Sheikh Kafumba who pass away recently in Monrovia and for decades, the face of Liberian Muslims was born on February 4, 1944 in Seclepea, Nimba County. He was predeceased by Mr. Fombo Konneh and Mrs. Madoye Kromah, his parents. Reports say he will primarily be remembered as an Islamic cleric who was an eminent Liberian religious leader and also for his dedication to peace and his association with the inter faith religious council, which compromised different inter denominational groups that work tirelessly for peace during…

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Tribute: Amos sawyer a distinguished African Statesman

By Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, Today June 15, 2015 marks the seventieth birth anniversary of Prof. Amos Sawyer, a man who has for over forty years played a leading role of a scholar, activist, leader, and mediator in Africa’s most troubling and sometimes complicated political crises. Sawyer was born on June 15, 1945 in Sinoe County in Southeastern Liberia to a lower-middle class family. His parents meant well for the family and wanted to change the social status of the next generation of the family, thus they strove for young Sawyer…

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Johnny Lewis 1946-2015: Liberian Chief Justice

Hawa Wesseh Former Liberian Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis is dead. He was 69. Chief Justice Lewis, had been ailing for some time, and will be remembered according to friends and family members for beginning the reforms which are currently ongoing in the judiciary branch as Liberia seeks to entrench the rule of law after almost three decades of social and political upheaval in the West African country. He earned his bachelors from the University of Liberia, followed by another bachelor in laws from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law…

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Remembering Thomas Sankara ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’

  By Bruno Jaffré Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, was assassinated 20 years ago. His original ideas for his country prefigured the alternative world movement and current approaches to change in Africa and South America Former Burkina Faso’s president, Thomas Sankara, defined his aims shortly before he was assassinated in 1987: “Our revolution will be of value only if, looking back… and ahead, we are able to say that the Burkinabe people are a little happier because of it. Because they have clean drinking water, because they have plenty…

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