Dr. Dunn /ROAPE Interviews 

Liberia’s Pan-Africanism: a reappraisal and interview with D. Elwood Dunn

Brooks Marmon introduces the work and life of D. Elwood Dunn. Dunn, a Liberian intellectual and former politician interviewed by Brooks, asserts Libera’s position in the pan-African, anti-colonial world in the 1970s. While Liberia was associated with moderate states in the 1960s, Dunn sees Liberia, under William R. Tolbert, as a progressive force helping to shape Africa’s post-colonial political trajectory. By Brooks Marmon A violent coup d’etat in April 1980 saw the implosion of 130 plus years of rule in Liberia by American-born black repatriates or their descendants.[1] President William R. Tolbert Jr.…

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castro /africapedia Interviews 

When Cuba Provided Crucial Military Aid to African Independence Movements

AN INTERVIEW WITH WITH PIERO GLEIJESES Under Fidel Castro, Cuba backed independence movements across the Third World. This support was decisive in battling South African apartheid, thwarting US covert operations, and securing self-rule across southern Africa. In the 1970s, hope for southern Africa seemed bleak. Angola, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau were under Portuguese control. After the collapse of Portuguese rule, the United States collaborated with South Africa to crush Angolan guerrilla movements. In South Africa, the apartheid regime was firmly in place and extended control over Namibia. Cuban intervention in the…

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swahili Interviews 

Useful Swahili words and phrases to learn as the language spread across Africa

Are you planning on learning Swahili? Then you’ll need to learn some basic Swahili phrases. But don’t panic – you likely already know at least one phrase in Swahili. “Hakuna matata” or “no worries” is the Swahili saying made famous by The Lion King. It’s the perfect introduction to the Swahili language, but there are a few more words to learn to give you a headstart that are so much more rewarding. Don’t worry if you’re not perfect – even just a few well-meaning attempts at speaking the Swahili language…

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Interviews 

Conversation with Bridget Nzeribe on Her Life Experiences in Liberia and Nigeria

  With our short-lived publication, The Uptown Review magazine in Liberia between 2010 and 2011, I came across Bridget Nzeribe who became our advice columnist on sex, relationship. On her Facebook page she writes about the same subjects from time to time. Over the years we have maintained professional contact as writers. When I found out recently that Bridget has relocated back to Nigeria and is engaged in farming, I was surprised, which prompted a long conversation and now this interview. While in Liberia, Bridget also served as Liberia’s correspondent…

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dag walker /liberian listener Interviews 

Interview: Alternative housing in the modern world

  This is Blaz Vovk of Radiosraka, Novo Mesto, Slovenia. I am sitting in the jungle drinking wine and watching colorful tropical birds in Mindo, Ecuador with American writer D.W. Walker.  Dag, what brings you to the jungle here in Ecuador for close now to two years? Don’t you miss the cities around the world? Dag: I miss very little of the rush of modern life. Life today is not “fast-paced,” as so many Europeans and Americans say: Life is just busy. Too often people don’t have time to live…

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gabriel matthews, liberian listener Interviews 

Voice of the Revolution Special Issue September 1979 : Gabriel Bacchus Matthews Interviewed

SPECIAL EDITION September 1979 APRIL 14 A YAH!  “It is madness to suppose that the capitalists will submit voluntarily and that they will  calmly surrender their…profits, their privileges of exploitation. All ruling classes have fought  obstinately to the end for their privileges… All shed rivers of blood. They trampled upon  corpses, they committed murder, arson, and state treason; they precipitated civil war for the  purpose of defending their privileges and power.  The imperialist capitalist class will defend its ‘holy of holies’—its profits and privileges of  exploitation—tooth and nail. It will…

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“2. Interview: “Dr. Patricia Wesley & Comrade Cherbo Geeplay”. Liberian Listener. August 14, 2019 https://www.liberianlistener.com/2019/08/14/interview-dr-patricia-wesley-comrade-cherbo-geeplay/ “3 Wen Wryte, “Dismantling the cancel culture.” American Thinker. July 6, 2020. https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/07/dismantling_the_cancel_culture.html “4. Trudier Harris, “African American Protest Poetry.” National Humanistic Center, 1917 http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/freedom/1917beyond/essays/aaprotestpoetry.html Interviews 

Cherbo Geeplay: ‘an age when poets’ voices are ever-needed to speak truth to power’

By Mae Azango Who is Cherbo Geeplay and where was he born? I am an African who takes pride in his origins. I consider myself as a pan-Africanist, a Garveyite in that respect, and a great admirer of Edward Wilmot Blyden. I come from humble beginnings, like most of my fellow citizens. I was born in Pleebo, Liberia, where my dad worked for the Firestone Rubber Company as a teacher. Both of my parents hailed from River Gee. Most of my time growing up was lived in the southeastern part…

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Interviews 

April 12, 1980–40 years later: Surviving the Coup that Transformed Liberia

Liberia erupted in violence on April 12, 1980 as Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe seized power from President William Tolbert, ending 133 years of political dominance by Americo-Liberians. Americo-Liberians traced their ancestry to African Americans and Black British subjects who immigrated to Africa and became the founders of the Republic of Liberia, in power from 1847-1980. In October 1985, having promised to return Liberia to civilian rule, Doe was declared the winner of Liberia’s first multi-party elections. The results were largely rejected by the international community after his own staff took the ballots…

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lumumba patrice /rwandaises Interviews 

Patrice Lumumba: 50 Years Later, Remembering the Pan Africanist leader

On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected leader of what is now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lumumba’s Pan-Africanism and his vision of a united Congo gained him many enemies. Both Belgium and the United States actively sought to have him killed. The CIA ordered his assassination but could not complete the job. Instead, the United States and Belgium covertly funneled cash and aid to rival politicians who seized power and arrested Lumumba. On January 17, 1961, after being beaten…

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Janetta Marilyn Konah is a Liberian Poet and Author of "Beautiful Pieces" a poetry chapbook published on Amazon. She writes themes that explore the full range of human emotions, nature, life, and society. Her writing has appeared in KWEE, a Liberia Literary Magazine where she was featured as Author of the month of January 2020. She is a member of the reading literary team, Monrovia Reads, and WeWrite Liberia, where she gets to hone your creative passion for both writing and reading. The author lives in Monrovia where she moves through her daily life on the wings of poetry. Interviews 

Interview : Janetta Marilyn Konah, Liberian Poet and Author

Janetta Marilyn Konah is a Liberian Poet and Author of “Beautiful Pieces” a poetry chapbook published on Amazon. She writes themes that explore the full range of human emotions, nature, life, and society. Her writing has appeared in KWEE, a Liberia Literary Magazine where she was featured as Author of the month of January 2020. She is a member of the reading literary team, Monrovia Reads, and WeWrite Liberia, where she gets to hone your creative passion for both writing and reading. The author lives in Monrovia where she moves…

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