President Ellen Sirleaf and Press Freedom In Liberia

BY: Hawa Wesseh The future belongs to us because we have taken charge of it. We have the commitment, we have the resourcefulness, and we have the strength- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Just as last month came to an end, two significant concerns popped up in post war Liberia. Depending on which one you want to take first; all 25,000 students sitting the nation’s most prestigious university, the University of Liberia (UL) entrance exam failed to make a passing mark. It was perhaps the biggest front-page grabber since the Charles Taylor…

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“A Time For transformation?”

      By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh President Sirleaf’s vision for transforming Liberia took a rhetorical twist during her Annual Message to the 53rd National Legislature recently when she spoke of “a time for transformation” in a nation besieged by abject poverty, nepotism, record unemployment, rampant corruption and violent crime. Even as Sirleaf carefully mapped out a strategy to possibly change the mind-boggling problems that she created or inherited from previous administrations, living conditions continues to be unbearable for millions who have nowhere to turn for assistance. For this President to speak…

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      By: H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro-Tempore, Honorable Legislature, my dear partner, Vice President: Let us remind ourselves how far we’ve come during this decade of peace. When we came into office in 2006, we were only able to look to the first 150 days of our Administration. Then we drew up an Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy that took us to 18 months. From there, we developed our first full Poverty Reduction Strategy, “Lift Liberia,” that we implemented over four years. Each of those plans…

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Journey to Partnership: An Enduring Legacy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

      By:  Shirley N. Brownell Monrovia – The word “legacy” gets bandied about in political circles, almost ad nauseam. With reference to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, comments abound – even with five full years to go in her second and final term – that “it’s time for Ellen to think about her legacy, the legacy she will leave Liberia.” Everything that this President does, or says, is examined, nay dissected, through the prism of how that action will affect her legacy. Never mind that she inherited, in 2006, a…

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Nepotism Rewritten With An Ink of Pure Nobel Gold: A More Appealing Kind Of Nepotism?

    By Moco McCaulay As the debate over nepotism rages in Liberia regarding President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s appointment of her 3 sons to key posts in the Liberian government, fermenting simmering disaffection with her leadership, not only has Africa’s first woman president’s commitment to reconciliation in her post-war nation come into question, but her recent utterances in praise of nepotism must certainly leave readers of her memoir, This Child Will Be Great, rather befuddled whether she is one and the same person who authored that book. Granted, there is…

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Liberia’s Sirleaf: the burden of leadership

  By: Ralph Cherbo Geeplay The Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been busy touring Europe: getting awards, giving speeches and receiving investors. For a Liberian president, Sirleaf clout in the international community is unmatched. On her most important trip days ago she stopped in Paris, France to receive France highest award, the Grand Croix of the Légion d’Honneur, commissioned by Napoleon in 1802 putting her in the company of the select few: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Queen Elizabeth II, Aung San Suu Kyi, Toni Morrison and Lord Mountbatten, Etc. About month ago,…

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