Paye-Layleh’s calls for clarity from the Liberian leader stems from an open accusation made by the President on Thursday, March 23, during a press stakeout with visiting Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. News Op-ed 

Reporter writes Weah: I am baffled by these allegations and verbal attacks

      Dear Your Excellencies, My name is Jonathan Paye-Layleh, the Liberia correspondent of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and The Associated Press news agency. I am a Liberian who has lived at home and worked for the two institutions since 1993 and 1996, respectively.  I write to draw your joint or individual attention, through this open letter, to a situation that involves my safety; and I eagerly look forward to your prompt intervention to save a Liberian life. On Thursday, March 22, 2018  the United Nations  Deputy Secretary General,  Amina J.…

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President Weah were taking questions from reporters in the midst of dignitaries, I asked the visitor if the UN was willing to support efforts in Liberia to set up a war crimes court like it did in Sierra Leone News Politics 

Open Letter to PUL on the Media Climate in Liberia

    Mr. Charles Cuffey President Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) Clay Street, Monrovia Liberia Dear Mr. Cuffy, In these last few weeks the media in Liberia have been challenged in the line of their duties like we’ve seen before under the dictatorships of Samuel Doe in the 1980s and Charles Taylor in the 1990s. What was unique about attacks on the media and journalists over those periods was the threats came directly from the men occupying the highest office in the land. Newspapers and radio stations were accused of…

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Though women’s activists had done heroic work to kill the practice, Liberia’s political leaders, including President Sirleaf, avoided the topic. News Society Arts & Leisure 

Liberia Bans Female Genital Cutting in Triumph For Local Journalism

  Report by Mae Azango & Prue Clarke  Monrovia FPA- President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf left office in January with a tremendous, if overdue, parting gift for the girls of Liberia. During her final hours in office, Africa’s first woman elected head of state signed an executive order abolishing female genital cutting, an ancient practice that is endured by more than half of Liberia’s girls.  The fight is not quite over. Lawmakers have a year to enshrine the ban into law, and it may be many years before the law is…

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The President then mandated all heads of autonomous agencies of government, public corporations and state-owned enterprises are mandated to fully cooperate with my above-named advisor and provide him with any and all information, documents and support requested. News Public Policy 

Charles Bright’s appointment Ruffling International Feathers

  Report by Rodney D. Sieh Monrovia, FPA – Dr. Fred van der Kraaij, a retired career Dutch diplomat and author says the world must pay keen attention to Liberia following the elevation last week of Mr. Charles Bright to a full Cabinet-level position in the George Weah-led government. The world must watch closely what’s happening in Liberia, former European Union diplomat issues caution after elevation of former Charles Taylor’s ally to cabinet-level post  A letter from President Weah dated March 8, 2018 bestowed unlimited power and access to the…

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Usman’s last attempt for the ABU featherweight title was against Edward Kakembo of Uganda in 2015 which the Nigerian lost via a unanimous decision. News Sports 

Waidi “Skoro” Usman vs. Michael “Shaka” Nyawade

By James Agbereb Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman will hope to be second time time lucky when he takes on Michael “Shaka” Nyawade of Kenya for the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title at the 14th GOtv Boxing Night, reports. The bouts were announced during a press conference by the organisers in Lagos on Tuesday. The 14th edition will take place inside the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Lagos on April, 14. Usman’s last attempt for the ABU featherweight title was against Edward Kakembo of Uganda in 2015 which the Nigerian lost…

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The Minister, with no higher level public service experience in planning and development prior to this job, boasted he could take President William V.S. Tubman plans of the 1950s and build a nation like the United States. Business News 

No Need to Plan, Says Finance Min. Samuel Tweah

    Cheehiay Jablasone Samuel Tweah, the man entrusted to lead the planning and development aspect of the Liberian government, has disclosed planning will be unnecessary over the next six years, instead he’ll focus on execution. Tweah told a gathering of journalists at the Ministry of Information last week in Monrovia that over the last 12 years there were several studies done on various sectors of the economy and he’ll carry out no further studies and planning, going forward. He said all he his to do was just to execute…

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Okpewho is one of the finest and prolific scholars in the field of oral literature in Africa and Europe in the last three decades Artists & Reviews News 

Okpewho orature and African literature

    The land of the living was not far removed from the domain of the ancestors. There was coming and going between them, especially at festivals and also when an old man died, because an old man was very close to the ancestors.A man’s life from birth to death was a series of transition rites which brought him nearer and nearer to his ancestors (Chinua Achebe, 1958:97).” The above excerpt from Chinua Achebe is a fitting tribute to Professor Isidore Okpewho, the doyen of African oral literature who departed…

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To me, this action on the part of the minister is an insult to the Liberian masses. The average Liberian lives on less than US$1.00 a day. McGill's loan to acquire a mansion, sends a bad message to everyone and solidifies the notion that the only quick way to get rich is working for government. This action on the part of the Minister of state undermines the "Pro-poor Agenda" News 

Refussal to declare assets, two months in Pres. Weah building new mansion?

    Monrovia – Facing mounting questions about his reluctance to declare his assets or encourage newly-appointed members of his administration to do so, President George Manneh Weah is being heavily criticized in the wake of the demolition of his 9th Street home. Many Liberians have taken to social media to voice their anger that the President is undertaking a building project of his personal property without declaring his assets, especially in the backdrop of the government’s controversial pro-poor policy. Section 10.1 of the revised Code of Conduct referencing declaration…

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Liberian Vice President Taylor Denied US Visa?

Report by Rodney D. Sieh Monrovia, FPA –– The United State Embassy has declined to address numerous inquiries regarding speculations that Liberia’s Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor was denied visa to travel to the United States of America. FrontPageAfrica and other media institutions recently made inquiries to the US mission in Monrovia but has been informed that privacy laws restrict the embassy from discussing status of applicants for visas. Responding to an inquiry Friday, Mr. Robert J. Clarke, Jr., Information Assistant at the embassy wrote: “Following inquiries from some media…

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