Rita Dove, /Literary Arts Op-ed 

Former United States poet laureate Dove honored as trailblazer

    The U.S. State Department has named Rita Dove, one of America’s and the University of Virginia’s most celebrated poets, as one of five Black women “trailblazers.” In honor of Black History Month, the State Department’s “ShareAmerica” platform is featuring Dove, Henry Hoyns Professor of Creative Writing, alongside artist Amy Sherald, sculptor Simone Leigh, the late singer Ella Fitzgerald and the late author Toni Morrison. They are recognized as female African American trailblazers who “transformed and elevated American culture, leaving their mark on the national – and international –…

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The two authoritative sources that I have just given do not make competence or integrity of relatives an exception to the definition. Therefore, those who are saying that the appointment of relatives who are competent and have integrity falls outside the definition of nepotism are wrong. Unless they write their own dictionaries, they have to accept the current definition of nepotism. Except for monarchies, like Kingdoms and empires, where countries are ruled by families, nepotism is wrong everywhere, especially in democratic countries such as ours. Nepotism is wrong because it is an abuse of power. It provides a situation where the best jobs in a country are occupied by relatives of public officials. It deprives better qualified citizens who are not relatives of public officials of opportunities for employment. A nepotistic leader promotes patronage, opportunism and sycophancy as avenues for employment. In an atmosphere where nepotism prevails, honest patriots and nationalists are deprived of opportunities for employment because they are not prepared to stoop so low. Nepotism therefore is a dangerous and very serious corrupt practice because it has the tendency to promote corruption and mass unemployment. Public Policy 

Progressive Forces Cornered Weah To Accept Nwabudike’s Letter of Resignation

  By Socrates Smythe Saywon   Monrovia – Former Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission [LACC] Chairman Cllr. Ndubusi Nwabudike according to a LACC source resigned finally due to massive pressure from Liberian progressive forces, including Bar President Cllr Tiawon Gongloe and the left leaning campus based Vanguard Student Unification Party, or (SUP). After several weeks of advocacies against Nwabudike by the progressive class calling on his immediate resignation and departure from the agency, due to president Weah’s refusal, to fire the Nigerian national who falsified Liberian documents for his citizenship, Cllr. Tiawon…

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