Japan Gives Liberia 33.5m

    Executive Mansion Press Release Monrovia, Liberia – The Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Naoto Nikai, paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia on Thursday, December 13th, after signing a joint US$33.5 million agreement aimed at providing increased energy to Liberians as well as improving Liberia’s food sovereignty. Ambassador Naoto was accompanied to the Office of the President by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. The two, on behalf of their respective countries, had earlier signed two separate bilateral agreements for…

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Society Arts & Leisure Tributes 

Amos Sawyer Gets Gausi Nod

  Professor Amos Claudius Sawyer has had an immensely burly professional career in his native Liberia and at the twilight of his career, he must sense vindication that he is getting recognition for his efforts both at home and abroad. A 2011 Gausi recipient, Sawyer was recognized by the peace foundation last year because of “his work in promotion of democratic governance and socio-economic development through regional integration.” The Manila based foundation also said; Sawyer “has led numerous missions on peace building and elections observation and has been deeply involved in the strengthening…

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Business News 

Ngafuan and Liberia’s economy diplomacy

    By: Ralph Geeplay Liberia’s Foreign Minister (FM) Augustine Kpehe Ngafuah comes to the foreign minister  position with a core strategic objective for promoting Liberia policy initiatives by advancing what he and Sirleaf on many occasions have termed the “the economy diplomacy,” of the Unity Party-led administration. The West African state which is still reeling from almost two decades of civil strife wants to build bridges with investors and foreign governments by winning investment to the country as it advances peace, and thereby, over all create stability. A trusted…

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Julius Malema Throws Up

    Listener Staff Report Julius Malema, the madcap South African politician who is always in the news was in Zimbabwe recently, preaching the pro poor rhetoric and racial politics that saw him ostracized from the ruling African National Congress this year. Malema was in Harare to attend the wedding of the Zanu-pf Youth League president. In Malema’s delegation was the ANC Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa who was also suspended recently. Malema has been mad with the ANC for quite a while since his expulsion, with the current nationwide strikes…

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Editor's Desk 

Meet Liberia’s Boss Lady!

Listener Staff Report Entertainment impresario and Liberian business magnate, Miss Barkue Tubman who returned to her native Liberia in 2005 is a known trailblazer in the entertainment industry, achieving incredible triumph in the United States while cracking the glass ceiling especially as a young woman in a field normally reserved for male executives.  she has been described as a workaholic and an innovator whose drive to succeed at making enduring deals, contacts and keeping them are qualities that define some her capabilities.   Upon her return home few years ago,…

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Politics Public Policy 

Nepotism was wrong yesterday and is wrong today

By: Cllr. Tiawon Saye Gongloe The two leading parties [during the last elections] were products of the True Whig Party, the party that institutionalized nepotism, cronyism and other forms of patronage in this country. The only way of doing politics that they know best is the True Whig Party way, which is represented the slogan of the True Whig Party, “So say one so say all”.  It was, therefore clear to me that a victory for any of the two parties would have led to another era of nepotism in Liberian…

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How Prepared Is Weah For Senate?

    By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh   Since he failed to win the Liberian presidency on two occasions, some are now urging George Weah, the former football star-turned-politician to run for the Liberian senate, as if the Senate is the only place Weah can do a better job to further his vision for the country. With the presidential election a good four years away, supporters of various individuals are aggressively pushing their favorite candidate’s names into our consciousness, so that when the day of the actual campaign and election comes, Liberians…

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Liberian editor speaks truth to power

    11 Questions: Activist Stephanie C. Horton Horton is the managing editor and founder of Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings (SBJ), an e-publication that promotes Liberian arts and culture. 1. Why was Sea Breeze Journal established, and how long have you been in existence? Thanks for the interview, Ralph, and for shining a spotlight on our arts and culture. I founded SBJ primarily as a platform for creative expression, but also to bring other intellectual works to public attention. This is why the word “writings” in the…

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SA coach Gordon Igesund is sweating

    By: Ralph Geeplay Appointed in June this year to lead the South African national football team to greener pastures, Gordon Igesund, the home grown 56 year old silver hair tactician is finding out that life on the job is not as fancy as he thought when he accepted the post. Before him it was Pitso Mosimane, Carlos Alberto Parreira, and Joel Santana—-four coaches in four years; significantly though, 13coaches since 2000 for The Boys (Bafana), meaning a coach a year and that is not a good record. With…

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News Politics 

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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