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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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Tribute: Zambian President Michael Sata Dies in London

Michael Sata 1937-2014 Michael Sata, the serving President of Zambia, has died in hospital in London, aged 77. Nicknamed “King Cobra”, he was known for his sharp, forked tongue and forthright manner of speaking to his political opponents and colleagues alike. Michael Sata was born in 1937 in Mpika, Zambia, then known as Northern Rhodesia and under British rule. The son of Langford Mubanga Sata and Harienta Bukali Kabuswe, he was eduated at Mpika Education Authority School and seminaries at Katibunga and Lubushi. Although his studies were towards the priesthood,…

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Benjamin T. K. Blamo: 1935-2014

By Moses Gray When death comes and takes away our loved one, it leaves our homes and community so lonely and places us in a state of misery, thus forcing tears from our eyes; some time it places us in the state of sorrow, pain and uncertainty. This is truly the case of Mr. Benjamin T. K. Blamo, a former Legislator and Deputy Minister in the Government of Liberia. He was 74. He crumbled in the uncompromising cold hands of death on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at in the Ahmadiyya…

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Tribute: Thiong’o is one of Africa’s foremost writers

By Emilia Ilieva The Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o is one of Africa’s foremost writers, thinkers and commentators; a progressive and socially engaged intellectual. His works stand out for their unequivocal criticism of colonialism, the subjugation of African cultures by the imperially-minded West, and the oppression of the African masses by the ruling neocolonialist elite. Ngugi attended Makerere University College, Uganda, and Leeds University, UK. In 1967, he was appointed Special Lecturer in English at the University of Nairobi. He resigned his position in 1969 in protest against government interference…

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Longtime Presidential Aide Willie Knuckles Is Dead

Hawa Wesseh Willis D. Knuckles Jr., who served President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her first term as Ministers of Public Works and Presidential Affairs, is dead, after a short period of illness. Family members say he died from stroke. The sad event occurred in Accra, Ghana late July 2014.  He was also Chief of Staff in the office Vice President James E. Green. Knuckles graduated from the College of West Africa in 1963, and then proceeded to the elite Cuttington College in Soukoko Bong County in 1967 finishing the four…

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Tribute: Garrett Jasper Cummeh, III 1970-2014

By Norris Tweah As news of Jasper’s death filtered around late Saturday morning on 25 January 2014, I was at a funeral with two people who knew him very well. My brother Samuel D. Tweah Jr., who and Jasper became standard-bearers of their respective student political parties on the campus of the University of Liberia in the 1990s and Thomas Doe Nah. We were in utter disbelief as many others were upon hearing the news. In 2004, Thomas, Jasper and James Thompson founded the Center for Transparency and Accountability in…

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Appreciation: Jlator Nah Gewleh – (April 14, 1958 – December 12, 2013)

      By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh My heart is bleeding with sorrow and my spirit is wandering endlessly as I write these lines. The fact that my good friend and dear brother, Jlator Nah Gewleh is dead is beyond description, and beyond my imagination. See, Jlator was a good friend. I used the word “good” in the sense of a precious jewel you want to hold on to forever, since it is difficult to find one. So when you find that precious jewel, you want to hold on to it….

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Liberia Mourns President Nelson Mandela

Here, tears laced, the broken heart must dance What must have been a great loss to Afrika Has turn into stumping feet of songs for joy in Soweto! In merriment of a drum major who played the bass Gandhi must be pleased that apartheid mailed us Two giants—fathers of two nations sprung like wells from evil Excellence is inexplicable where malevolence brings out the worse in man Others will see beyond it, forgiving their pesters like rain washes dust! King must be pleased, the legacy continued continents apart! Madiba the…

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Tribute To A Fallen Hero, Comrade Theophilus T. Bettie

   By Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan When I entered the University of Liberia, I heard great stories of men and women who had achieved great exploits during their days there, at our dear “ Lux in Tenebrix “ [the university’s motto in Latin for light in darkness]– Bettie’s record of academic and political achievements at the university were legendary and exceptionally inspiring. We met face to face for the first time at a July 26 Celebration at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, DC in 2007. Instantly, both of us experienced an…

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A Liberian Patriot of the Century Had Fallen!

  By Keith Neville Best Following the 1944 emergence to the Presidency by William V. S. Tubman, Albert Porte’s writings took on a more political flavor. It is believed that his prolific bent gained added momentum as a result of the readiness with which he tooled up his spirited pen against the excessive use of power by Tubman. It is not surprising that one of his first major clashes with Tubman centered on monthly deductions of funds from his meager teacher’s salary to support the ruling True Whig Party. Here was a man declaring…

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