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 –, 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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bishop michael francis /wikipedia Tributes 

Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis, How We Wish You Were Here—A Tribute

  By Robert Moncio Kpadeh In turbulent times like these, men of conscience and avid readers of history reminiscence on special and telling eras, watershed moments, and the great people who blazed the trail and performed wonders etched in the pages of history books. For over one week now, I have been reflecting on your impactful life, extraordinary works, and unmatched heroism, our venerated Hero Archbishop Michael Kpakala Francis. You were a revolutionary extraordinaire, a prelate of moral ethos and conscience, and a fearless bulwark of social justice who defied…

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askia the great /acient origins Tributes 

Askia The Great: The Man Who Transformed Songhai Into An African Power

    The 15th and 16th centuries have been called the Age of Empires. We are taught in western public schools about how Spain and Portugal explored the world’s seas and colonized large parts of Africa and the New World. We are taught about the Mughal Emperor Akbar who extended the power of his empire across the Indian sub continent. And we are even taught about the rise of China was a world superpower during the Ming Dynasty. But we are rarely told of the far more powerful and influential…

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Plans to Unveil a Bust of Marcus Garvey in Ethiopia Revealed

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Now, 81 years after his death, officials in Ethiopia plan to unveil a Bronze Sculpture in Addis Ababa to honor the legacy of the Pan African independence movement architect. According to a news release, the sculpture highlights Ethiopia as a focal point for Pan-Africanists to engage in constructing a unifying African heritage and destiny. “Our history began, in a sense, with Ethiopia,” Dr. Julius Garvey, Marcus Garvey’s youngest son, told NNPA Newswire. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once called Marcus Garvey the first “man on a mass…

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oscar quiah, Liberian listener Tributes 

Comrade Leader Oscar J. Quiah : Tribute to a progressive Struggle Icon

    By Chorpie Charlie And so a revolutionary actor has fallen, not to the wretched of human depravity, but he is now enjoined to the everlasting struggle he help ignited for a better Liberia, through the memory of history; and in pursuit of stamping his blessings on human progress, especially for an inclusive Liberian nation, Comrade leader Quiah left us these words: “We [Liberians] have fallen behind many years” as a result of the ugly bloodbath we unleashed on ourselves. This has rendered us to the characterization as bookey…

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