mwai kibaki Tributes 

Tribute: In the end, Mwai Kibaki who died at 90 proved to be true to the system that made him

By Patrick Gathara The death of Mwai Kibaki, Kenya’s third president, has predictably elicited a lot of commentaries. There have been the usual hagiographic tributes from politicians and newsmen, extolling him as “the gentleman of Kenyan politics”, praising his custodianship of the country’s economy both as finance minister and president, as well as his supposed integrity. But, and this is somewhat rare, the coverage has not been overwhelmingly cloying. Among the gushing memorials, there have been other prominent pieces laying out his record of cowardice, deception and betrayal, his lust…

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amos sawyer /alchetron Tributes 

The Final Bow: How does one announce the death of a great patriot?

  By H. Boima Fahnbulleh Jr They brought you home finally–colossus, man of vision and wit, philosopher of paradigms and concepts, leader of men, a fusion of the best and the brightest, a great and noble African, humble servant of your people and Republic–you have come home to rest forever in the bosom of the motherland and we who knew and followed you will now take our final bow! How does one announce the death of a great patriot and stalwart fighter for social justice? How does one inform the…

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amos sawyer Tributes 

1945-2022: Amos Claudius Sawyer, the political icon and progressive academic

    By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh Amos C. Sawyer is the professor whose class you always wanted to take – that political science class – that government class that you dreaded so much but you took it anyway because your professor’s name happens to be “Moos,” Dr. Amos Claudius Sawyer. The glowing sentiments from his former students which seemed to be unanimous, speaks of the clear-minded, gutsy intellectual lens he brings to his classroom, his lectures, and political engagements. I was never his student and I never sat in his classroom.…

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amos sawyer /alchetron Tributes 

Progressive Leader, Amos Claudius Sawyer was larger than national statesmanship: 1945-2022

By Samuel D. Tweah jr. MONROVIA – Amos Claudius Sawyer was larger than national statesmanship; he encompassed a moral voice in an age of amoral politics; a moral political tutor who helped to pull Liberia back from the precipice of annihilation. He defined an era of restless resistance to monstrous and grievous national wrongs. This is why his passing on February 16, 2022, leaves an irreplaceable national void to be filled only by national recourse to the mores, values, and principles that propelled him to heights of national significance. My…

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amos sawyer /alchetron Tributes 

TRIBUTE: Amos Sawyer, a distinguished African statesman retires from partisan politics

By Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, Prof. Amos Sawyer, a man who has for over forty years played a leading role of a scholar, activist, leader, and mediator in Africa’s most troubling and sometimes complicated political crisis has resigned from “partisan politics.” An attempt to write a full biographical sketch of an outstanding statesman like Amos Sawyer would require extensive research and probably end up producing thousands of pages. I, therefore, seek not to go on such an expensive route. This tribute in commemoration of his contributions to his dear country, Liberia.…

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amos sawyer Tributes 

Amos Sawyer: An African Statesman and Struggle Icon, A Tribute

  By Cherbo Geeplay The pan-African progressive community is hugely grateful to Dr. Amos C. Sawyer for his contributions to Liberia’s development and his personal sacrifice as an activist, leader, professor, and public servant. Sawyer’s recent announcement to leave the political stage is indeed the end of an era, but it is also the beginning of another! It was a daunting task to write this tribute in honor of an esteemed pan-Africanist and statesman. Perhaps poets are not good prose writers.  “We can write the new chapters in a visual…

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joshua dogonyaro /getty images Tributes 

Ex-ECOMOG Commander, Lt. General Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead

ByAgency Report NAN—-A former Chief of Defence Staff, Joshua Dogonyaro, is dead. Mr Dogonyaro, a retired lieutenant general, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday. The first son of the deceased, Joseph Dogonyaro, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Pankshin, on Thursday. “Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention. “Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00 a.m. precisely, he breathed…

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dougbeh Chris Nyan, sup-linsu, 1987 Tributes 

Young Democracy Activist, Dougbeh Chris Nyan Profiled by Archie Williams Archive Center

    MONROVIA, LIBERIA – He is sometimes referred to as a “political doctor.” Many who may not know of his past continue to wonder why a medical doctor, inventor, and award-winning scientist, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, is so politically informed, engaging, and astute to Liberian, African and global politics – on issues of democracy, good governance, economic independence, women’s rights, the disadvantaged, etc. Recently, the electronic-based “Archie P. Williams Center For Historical Information And Archives Research” profiled Dr. Nyan and his early days of pro-democracy and human rights activism…

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OyadBisi Tributes 

Tribute: OyaBisi Ideraabdullah, a lifelong work to restore hope to Africans at home and abroad

OyaBisi Ideraabdullah is a Brooklyn, NY-born, educator, activist, humanitarian, and a wife and mother of five children. She graduated from City College and attended Columbia University, Brooklyn College, the University of Ghana, and the University of Zambia.  As the first Black recipient of the Brooklyn College Alumnae Study Abroad Scholarship, she chose to study for a year in Africa. When her year was up, she vowed that one day she would return to Africa.  Mrs. Ideraabdullah is the founder of Imani House Liberia and New York – www.imanihouse.org, and the Women…

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We may not be physically present in Tanzania, but we are watching. Wed cannot remain mute when Tanzania is bleeding and crying out for our solidarity. As many voices continue to be silenced, we know that there are bold and courageous sisters and brothers who are not relenting in this struggle. We stand by them, and we stand by the spirit of pan-Africanism. Tributes 

Authoritarian President John Magufuli Who Sought to Reform Tanzania Dies At 61

John Magufuli, who presided over an increasingly authoritarian regime as president of Tanzania and, during the final year of his reign, rejected scientific evidence of the coronavirus pandemic, urging his citizens to raise their voices in prayer rather than cover their faces with masks, died March 17 at a hospital in Dar es Salaam. He was 61. The death was announced in a statement by Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who cited “heart complications” as the cause. There had been earlier unconfirmed reports from opposition leaders, which Mr. Magufuli’s government…

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