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GBAGBA: A Review by Stephanie C. Horton

R E V I E W Robtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book Gbagba is populated with characters bound to the changing meanings of ethics in post-war Liberia. The story touches on the role of traditional values to transform social thinking. When the young twins Sundaygar and Sundaymah leave the countryside to visit their aunt in the capital Monrovia, the collusion of adults in everyday corrupt practices—robbery, bribery, fraud, vigilantism—collides with the children’s strong moral sense of right and wrong. Immediately after the children arrive in the city, a thief “in dirty…

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11 Questions: Robtel Neajai Pailey, Writer/Scholar

   Pailey is a Liberian writer/independent researcher. She has written for several publications including: the Newsweek-Daily Beast, Pambazuka News, The Guardian (UK), the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings, and the Liberian Studies Journal, amongst others. Robtel is currently pursuing her doctorate in Development Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) as a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Ph.D. Scholar. She is also a New Narratives Fellow. Her recent children’s book, Gbagba was released by publisher One Moore Book earlier this year. 1. You recently…

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