We may not be physically present in Tanzania, but we are watching. Wed cannot remain mute when Tanzania is bleeding and crying out for our solidarity. As many voices continue to be silenced, we know that there are bold and courageous sisters and brothers who are not relenting in this struggle. We stand by them, and we stand by the spirit of pan-Africanism. Tributes 

Authoritarian President John Magufuli Who Sought to Reform Tanzania Dies At 61

John Magufuli, who presided over an increasingly authoritarian regime as president of Tanzania and, during the final year of his reign, rejected scientific evidence of the coronavirus pandemic, urging his citizens to raise their voices in prayer rather than cover their faces with masks, died March 17 at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. He was 61. The death was announced in a statement by Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who cited “heart complications” as the cause. There had been earlier unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders, which Mr. Magufuli’s government…

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Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, How We Wish You Were Here—A Tribute

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh In turbulent times like these, men of conscience and avid readers of history reminiscence on special and telling eras, watershed moments, and the great people who blazed the trail and performed wonders etched in the pages of history books. For over one week now, I have been reflecting on your impactful life, extraordinary works, and unmatched heroism, our venerated Hero Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. You were a revolutionary extraordinaire, a prelate of moral ethos and conscience, and a fearless bulwark of social justice who defied…

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Comrade Leader Oscar J. Quiah : Tribute to a progressive Struggle Icon

    By Chorpie Charlie And so a revolutionary actor has fallen, not to the wretched of human depravity, but he is now enjoined to the everlasting struggle he help ignited for a better Liberia, through the memory of history; and in pursuit of stamping his blessings on human progress, especially for an inclusive Liberian nation, Comrade leader Quiah left us these words: “We [Liberians] have fallen behind many years” as a result of the ugly bloodbath we unleashed on ourselves. This has rendered us to the characterization as bookey…

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Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was at once dignified, witty and humble, a calming physical presence in that special way the truly great sons of Africa are. Tributes 

Of Grief and Memory: Mourning Big Brother Comrade Thomas Jaye

  By Stephanie C. Horton   “The duiker will not paint ‘duiker’ on his beautiful back to proclaim his duikeritude,” Wole Soyinka wrote, “you’ll know him by his elegant leap.” Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was…

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Unarguably, there's a very critical few of our gullible generation who sees merit as the sincerest tool to morally fulfill the prophecy of man's indebtedness to transform his understanding and society. We have held sacred those deep Hegelian dialectics the, moral and spiritual decadence, wide-scale violence, economic hardships, complacency, stunning poverty, conflicts, a buckled education system, paralyzed health system, vilified cultural configuration, gullible youths, unprepared menfolk, and the monstrous intransigent vices of capitalism. Tributes 

Tribute: Eulogizing the Revolutionary Journey of H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr.

  We have searched, as well as studied and struggled for the objective conditions of our people and the achievement of an egalitarian society. We have always wanted a better Liberia, where Liberians will live irrespective of their tribe, culture, race, tradition, and creed or political affiliation. We went to the houses of the grandeur political politicos including those who are in the status quo yet we couldn’t get the empirical answer we wanted to march in the people’s struggle. Nonetheless, we remain with the facts to ascertain our acceptance…

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PHOTO ESSAY: HUGH MASEKELA: JAZZ LEGEND, 1939-2018

  April 4th 1939—January 23, 2018 Hugh Masekela, a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. He was born in the town of Witbank, South Africa in 1939. At the age of 14, the deeply respected advocator of equal rights in South Africa, Father Trevor Huddleston, provided Masekela with a trumpet and, soon after, the Huddleston Jazz Band was formed. Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s during a period…

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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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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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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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