Some years ago, I had a discussion with Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River State in Nigeria. I commended his vision for a plan to attract large numbers of tourists from around the world, impacting positively on the economy of the state and the nation. I observed that a large number of leaders in Nigeria can’t envision Nigeria as a developed nation, and talk more of mobilizing citizens to actualize the vision. He replied with an illustration: Nigeria, he said, is like an aircraft that is being flown by pilots that did not go to flying school. He added that when the plane crashes, everyone blames the pilot. The question therefore is: where are Africa’s leadership “flying schools?” How and where do Africans acquire sophistication in the leadership skills required to guide the continent into development? Op-ed 

Africa doesn’t need charity, it needs good leadership

  By Sam Adeyem   There is an ongoing discussion on the effectiveness of foreign aid in helping the economic development of Africa. One thing is obvious: the results are not exactly what Africa’s development partners have expected, and the reasons are not far-fetched. Dambisa Moyo, global economist and author, contends in her book Dead Aid that while foreign aid that addresses humanitarian needs caused by drought and conflict is helpful, most of the aid given to African countries is rather harmful. The OECD provides comprehensive statistics on the kinds and volume of aid…

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Berlin 1884: Remembering the conference that divided Africa

135 years ago, European leaders sat around a horseshoe-shaped table to set the rules for Africa’s colonization.     On the afternoon of Saturday, November 15, 1884, an international conference was opened by the chancellor of the newly-created German Empire at his official residence on Wilhelmstrasse, in Berlin. Sat around a horseshoe-shaped table in a room overlooking the garden with representatives from every European country, apart from Switzerland, as well as those from the United States and the Ottoman Empire. The only clue as to the purpose of the November gathering of white…

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Note: While the political superstructure may have changed its features since the second imperialist war, the economic base of the society has remained the same. Under Tubman, it was a Black Apartheid state in the service of imperialist capitalism. Under Doe, it was a military dictatorship in the service of imperialist capitalism. Under Taylor, it was Black Fascism in the service of capitalism. The Ellen’s era ushered in a liberal democracy; not a popular democracy but a democracy in the service of neo-liberal capitalism. In the current era under the soccer dolt, the fatherland is drifting away from liberal democracy and neo-colonial capitalism back to Black fascism in the service of private ownership of the properties of production, free market economy and free trade. Under these different conditions, the major aim of the state has been to create the condition for the wholesale exploitation of labor and resources by foreign capital.    Public Policy 

The Liberian Election Of 1951: A Witness To History

    By Dagbayonoh Kiah Nyanfore ll   The presidential election of 1951 in Liberia was one of the interesting events in the country’s electoral politics. I was five years old during the election. I write about what I witnessed and what I later learned and understood through research. The race was between sitting President William V.S. Tubman and his challenger Didwho Welleh Twe pictured above with Tubman on the right. Tubman knew that Twe would easily win the election because of Twe’s native background. Twe was the first Liberian…

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Interestingly, the 2017 elections have come and gone and many are clinging on to the CDC victory as if it’s the triumph of their lives. Some of these very ones, like myself have always considered George Oppong Weah, grossly incompetent and unfit for the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. But some of these people are somersaulting suddenly and are singing praises to Weah. You will not believe who they’re scapegoats, THE PROGRESSIVES! News 

Gbarpolu Celebrates as Comrade Alaric Tokpa declares Senatorial Intent

    After weeks of declaration of intent for senator in one of the most “underrepresented and developed” counties, Gbarpolu, citizens of this part of Liberia have started celebrating the desire of Dr. Alaric Topka to context for the position. The decision comes after a long period of “cries” from citizens in the county calling on the professor to take on the senatorial position in the county. The declaration of intent which occurred on Sunday, 14 June in Fallah Clan of Gbarpolu County brought together chiefs, elders, women and youth…

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ATTORNEY BLOH of the ECC told FrontPageAfrica Wednesday that the nominee to co-chair NEC, Cllr. Reeves has strong ties to the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change because she contested on the party’s ticket in the 2017 elections as Representative Candidate for River Cess County. Editor's Desk 

Alarm Bells Over Partisan Appointments National Elections Commission By Weah

  E D I T O R I A L   OVER THE PAST SEVERAL weeks, there has been a lot of wrangling over the nominations of chairperson and commissioners at the National Elections Commission. BACK IN MARCH, the largest civil society group which oversees electoral matters out-rightly rejected President George Weah’s picks to the NEC. THE ECC expressed concerns that the President’s nominations lacked broad-based consultations with stakeholders. WHILE IT REALIZED that the President has the power to appoint, ECC took serious exception to the nomination of Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike,…

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These are the fruits of the heroic struggle of the Soweto Uprising and the people determination to achieve a resplendent South African through permanent struggle. The historical antecedents of this day is a tribute to the Soweto Uprising inspired by a younger generation on the African continent, reminds us to always not tremble at the indignation of injustice anywhere and to rise to the demands for better welfare and the advancement of our given rights. With our right arms up, we give in red, green, and black salutes to the memories of the heroic student and the general masses of South Africa for the role they played in crippling imperialism on the African soil. To the commemoration of the African youth day, this occasion should not just be a mere jamboree of fine speeches and flattering activities. We must struggle to lift Africa in a new era of new beginnings! Op-ed 

In remembrance of the Soweto Uprising on June and 16, 1976 and African youth day.

By: Jusu Kamara We appreciate the history of resistance and the role played by African men and women who took the risk of protesting to honor the race and restore their people’s dignity. It is with this understanding that we join conscious men and women in the world and Africa in remembrance of the heroic struggle and sacrifice of the Soweto Uprising, and the commemoration of The African Youth Day. History has taught us that on this day, African school going students from the bantustans and native reserves of South…

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For example, Article 19 (3) (a) and (b) of the ICCPR provides that restriction of the rights to freedom of expression can be limited: a. ‘for the respect of the rights or reputations of others; b. for the protection of national security or of public order (ordre public), or of public health or morals.’  Additionally, Article 27 (2) of the ACHPR provides that ‘[t]he rights and freedoms of each individual shall be exercised with due regard to the rights of others, collective security, morality, and common interest.’ Op-ed 

‘COVID-19 and State of Emergency: implication for freedom of expression in Liberia’

  By Urias Teh The surge of the global COVID-19 pandemic has provided a compelling reason for States to impose restrictive measures, some in the form of health protocols to beat back the spread of the deadly disease. These measures have provoked debate, essentially around the nature and scope of these restrictions vis-à-vis the protection of human rights. While limitations for public health reason is legitimate, there have been concerns that the outbreak is opening a window of opportunity for some States to further entrench repressive measures and far overreach…

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Disclosing to the public the disbursement of funds at the Liberian Senate, declaring his assets, subject himself to double pay cut, influencing fellow Senators in debates and votes on critical national issues at the Liberian Senate such as the rejection of NEC Chairman nominee Nwabudike, interventions in distressing conditions of poor people are only a few examples of his leadership, faithfulness, and vision. I urge all well-meaning Liberians as well as CDCians to reject the negative propaganda scheme launched against Senator Dillon by the corrupt Weah CDC government and their surrogates. Public Policy 

Sen. Dillon Wants Cllr. Nwabudike Out of Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission

    Monrovia – Senator Abraham Darius Dillon (LP, Montserrado County) has called for the intervention of the Liberian Senate in getting Cllr. Ndubuisi Nwabudike out of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) over controversies surrounding his Liberian citizenship. Senator Dillon, in a communication to the Senate’s Plenary, stated that Part IV Section 6.3 of the Act creating the LACC requires that only citizens of Liberia are eligible to serve as Commissioner of the anti-graft institution and Cllr. Nwabudike, as   Chairman does not meet the criteria. “Mr. Pro-temp we hold strongly…

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You deprived yourself of all the social luxuries that a young man enjoys while growing up just to ensure that the tragedy that then presided over the state vanish! You exposed yourself to horrors and tyrannic menaces when it was not fashionable to do so. Op-ed 

Hats off to Struggle icon Cde. Alaric Tokpa as he runs for the Liberian Senate

  By Jusu Kamara Prof. Alaric Tokpa, congratulations as you declared your intentions to run for the Liberian Senate. You are a sainted struggle icon and have lived all your life fighting for the dignity of our people. At a very young age, you threw yourself in the vortex of the struggle for social justice, academic freedom, and peace which in its gyration, you emerged as a pure revolutionary. For this, you were imprisoned at the famous Belle Yalah slaughter camp by despot Samuel Doe. You have paid your dues…

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Dr. Nyan is the inventor of the US patented multiplex test for infectious diseases which detects and identifies Coronaviruses, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis virus, Ebola, Zika, Dengue and many more. He testified before the US Congress in September 2014 on the Ebola outbreak. He is the winner of the 2017 African Innovation Award Special Prize for Social Impact for his invention. During this COVID-19 Pandemic, Dr. Nyan has provided extensive pandemic response awareness to the population and expert advised on public health regulatory measures directly and via radio and television in African countries including Liberia. Op-ed 

Another Invitation for Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan to Lecture on COVID-19 Pandemic at Rowan University – as he Postulates Herd Immunity in Parts of Africa

By Jana-Astrid Schäfer and Fatoumata Njei ZüRICH, June 9, 2020 – One of Africa’s prominent infectious diseases expert from Liberia, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan of Shufflex Biomed has postulated that many African countries including Liberia could be “going through a stage of Herd Immunity at this point of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the continent.” Dr. Nyan made the statement recently during his presentation to faculty and staff at the Rowan University Rowan College’s Division of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in New Jersey, the USA. Meanwhile at the end of…

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