News Tributes 

Sobukwe: The president South Africa never had

Round about this time 93 years ago, on 5 December 1924 to be precise, greatness was born out of the savage oppression of the Africans and out of that oppression it grew like a giant. Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe was one of the greatest leaders that the black race ever produced, especially considering the conditions and circumstances of his time. Like any other great fellow before him, he is simply known, in history, as Sobukwe The Great. As a president of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), he left a…

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Remembering Thomas Sankara on the 30th anniversary of his assassination Tributes 

Top Ten Leaders In Post Independent Africa

    #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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Op-ed Tributes 

Thomas Sankara’s Short Life Was Worthwhile

The Editor Sankara seized power in a popularly-supported coup in 1983, aged just thirty-three, with the goal of eliminating corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power, he immediately launched one of the most ambitious programs for social and economic change ever attempted on the African continent. To symbolize this new autonomy and rebirth, he renamed the country from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso (“Land of Upright Man”). His foreign policies were centered on anti-imperialism, with his government eschewing all foreign aid, pushing for odious…

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In 1924 Chief Justice J.J. Dossen wrote a letter to the UNIA reiterating Edwin Barclay’s promise to cooperate fully with the Association’ s Liberia plan, but two months later, President King unexpectedly ordered all ports to refuse entry to any member of “The Garvey Movement.” What the so-called “experts” on Liberian history overlook is that King’s action came right after his government signed the Firestone concession agreement. The land set aside for the UNIA became part of the million acres leased to Firestone at six cents an acre for a hundred years, compared to the dollar an acre lease agreement with the UNIA. And with increased American investment came increased foreign control and the end of any hope of UNIA settlement or any other form of Pan-African empire. Indeed, President William Tubman years later would impose severe restrictions on the immigration of Black Muslims and other American and Caribbean Nationalists, a manifestation of the dark side of his “Open Door Policy.” Tributes 

Marcus Garvey and UNIA Failed Liberia Expedition

By Morgan Files Widespread misconceptions surround the aborted plans for a UNIA settlement program in the Republic of Liberia in the 1920s. Chief among these is that the Liberian upper classes were averse to Garvey’s plans which would have undermined “Americo-Liberian hegemony” over the country. The more complicated truth has less to do with “Americo-Liberian hegemony” than a curious combination of French, British and American interests in Africa, an all-too-human rivalry between Garvey and African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey’s own failure to keep his grandiose plans under…

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Tributes 

The Critical Role of Liberian Women in Society

By Josephus Moses Gray It is imperative for a liberal society such as ours to encourage women, to enhance the growth and development of the society, so as to enable them excel. Any society that downplays the ability of women and that continues to subscribe to outdated beliefs which prohibit the advancement of women such society will always be at conflict with itself. Giving the information gathered during this research, it is all clear that women have become victims of not only war but of so many unfortunate practices that…

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Artists & Reviews Tributes 

Romeo Mark A Lifetime of Writing

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA, Liberia (1976-1990), London, England (1990-1991), and in Switzerland since 1991. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University, U.S.A. She also has a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CETEFLA). She considers herself a citizen of…

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Politics Tributes 

Tribute: Joe Max Hinneh, Jr. 1978-2016

By Emmanuel Savice I write with great sadness over the unbelievable loss of a very good friend, a family friend, to an unknown illness in Liberia these past few weeks—a sad tragedy indeed—because the health situation in our country is bad, and the government cannot guaranteed adequate, or a some sort of partial health care to its citizens, my friend’s illness was undiagnosed, in Liberia in this 21lst century. I encountered my friend, the late Joe Max Hinneh Jr, in the early part of 1995, and we have remained friends…

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Sports Tributes 

Nigerian Manager Stephen Keshi Is Dead

Stephen Keshi will be remembered, he’s a coach the Liberia Lone Stars should have hired AFP— One of African football’s most recognisable figures, former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, has died of a suspected heart attack, his family said on Wednesday. He was 54. Keshi in 2013 led Nigeria’s Super Eagles to victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, and a year later took the side to the last 16 of the World Cup finals in Brazil. Only he and Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary won the AFCON as player and…

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Politics Tributes 

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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Tributes 

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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