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A PATRIOT’S DIARY: SIERRA LEONE’S VP DR. JUDEH JALLOH LECTURES LIBERIAN SENATE: WOULD THEY TAKE A CUE

With Ekena Wesley – What manner of the nation are we after 174 years of independence; Sierra Leone’s Vice President would visit us to lecture our senators cum leaders on Capitol Hill about good governance, commitment to education, health, roads infrastructure, energy sector, gender empowerment, tourism, improving investment climate et al? Indeed the Sierra Leoneans sent their Vice President, Dr. Jalloh to share their dose of irreversible progress to a neighboring country that should know better. Invariably, Liberia at 174 years vis-à-vis Sierra Leone @ 60, the former, in any…

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LIBERIA: EMMANUEL TULOE HONORED AS ‘INTEGRITY ICON’

By Socrates S. Saywon, Monrovia – Emmanuel Tuloe, a struggling motorcyclist from Nimba County whose life has changed due to his honest behavior has set an integrity record in Liberia. Center for Transparency and Accountability of Liberia (CENTAL) in collaboration with Accountability Lab Liberia and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, held an honoring program for Emmanuel Tuloe who exhibited a high level of ‘Integrity’ by returning US$50,000 plus L$100,000 that he found. During the colorful ceremony, saw remarks from various stakeholders, especially the Honoree and organizers of…

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PIONEERING PAN-AFRICANIST KWAME NKRUMAH USED METAPHOR AS A POLITICAL WEAPON AGAINST COLONIALISM

Kwame Nkrumah (1912-1972), a pioneering pan-Africanist and Ghana’s independence leader (1957-1966), is regarded by many as one of Africa’s greatest politicians . Commentators, historians and scholars have given him accolades such as ‘the Black Star’, ‘Africa’s Man of Destiny’ and ‘the Pride of Africa’. Twenty years ago, the BBC’s African listeners voted him as Africa’s Man of the Millennium. Nkrumah was one of the main catalysts of the African independence revolution in the 1950s and 1960s and his political rhetoric influenced world affairs in the 20th century. To understand how his spoken word influenced politics in…

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Sawyer: I announce today my retirement from partisan politics in Liberia

  Monrovia – One of Liberia’s longtime political activists and educators, Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer, has announced his resignation from active partisan politics, as he put it, “continue my engagement as a senior scholar and citizen.” Releasing Resignation Announcement In a statement released and signed by his assistant, Mr. Ibrahim Nyei, Dr. Sawyer said his action would allow him to begin “working along with others to sustain peace and reconciliation, strengthen democracy and enhance development in our dear country and our region.” Publisher’s Pick Liberia Signs World Bank US$40M Fisheries Financing…

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LIBERIA: “OUR LEADERS’ PERPETUAL SILENCE CUM INSENSITIVITY AMID RAMPAGING RITUALISTIC KILLINGS” – SAYS EKENA WESLEY 

Monrovia – The coerced peace that emerged in 2003 when the women of Liberia stood tall in Accra amid solid backing from the international community was essentially about silencing the guns. A Transitional Government was installed, which was programmed to pave the way for the conduct of free and fair elections in the homeland. Those elections were held and the United Nations deployed its single largest blue helmets in the world (15,000) troops ever at the time. We have since enjoyed some semblance of peace while we face the most…

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PAN-AFRICAN FILM FEST DEFIES PANDEMIC AND JIHADISTS

OUAGADOUGOU – Africa’s biggest film festival kicks off on Saturday in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou, delayed eight months by the Covid-19 pandemic and overshadowed by a brutal six-year-old jihadist insurgency. Seventeen feature-length works are in the main competition for the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), the biggest date in the continent’s cinema and TV industry. Held every two years, the hugely popular festival was initially set for February 27-March 6 but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The impoverished landlocked country is also battling jihadist gunmen…

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LIBERIA: 108 GIRLS TO OBTAIN CERTIFICATE IN PUBLIC SPEAKING & CREATIVE WRITING

Monrovia – Books Before Boys Inc., a local and non-governmental organization is expected to graduate and certificate 108 young girls who have completed the “Go Girls” Lead Mentorship program at the institution and where the First Lady of Liberia, Madam Claire Weah will serve as the Keynote Speaker. Books Before Boys Inc. is an organization that promotes gender equity and strives for equal access to equal education for all. As a scale of operation, the organization empowers young women and takes actions against early child marriages including activities that promote teenage…

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US CIVIL RIGHTS HERO WEB DU BOIS, GHANA’S ROLE IN HONOURING…

A cadre of radical African-American intellectuals and artists moved to Ghana after its independence in 1957 and contributed to the invigorating atmosphere of those times. WEB Du Bois – the famous African-American scholar and black activist – was probably the most high-profile figure among the coterie of African diasporans who came to live here. IMAGE SOURCE,WEB DU BOIS CENTREImage caption, WEB Du Bois (L) celebrating his 95th birthday with Ghana’s President Kwame Nkrumah in 1963 The first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University in 1895, he fought…

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LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE ENDORSED THE DECLARATION OF CURRENCY AT EVERY ENTRY POINT…

Monrovia – Liberia and Sierra Leone are two key members of the Mano River Union (MRU) have endorsed the declaration of currency or banknotes at every entry point to robustly help in the prevention and fight against money laundering and countering terrorist financing in the MRU region. Speaking at the Signing of the joint communique on Friday, October 15, 2021, the Director-General of the Sierra Leonean Financial Intelligence Unit, David N. Borbor, elaborated that several provisions in the communique that are common challenges relating to cross border activities such as,…

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LIBERIA: LNP SENT THREE PEOPLE TO COURT FOR ALARMING FALSELY

By Socrates S. Saywon  – The Liberia National Police has investigated, charged, and forwarded to court Bai Sambolah, 22, Pascal Kollie, 22, and Patience Hayes, 31, on a separate occasion raised ‘False Public Alarm’ which, according to the LNP violated Chapter 17, Section 17.4 of the Revised Penal Code of Liberia. Making the disclosure Tuesday, 12th October at a press conference at its headquarters in Monrovia, the LNP spokesman Moses Carter revealed that on October 3, 2021, suspect Sambolah was arrested for claiming he had a male child for sale…

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