This fact is often framed as a continent-wide struggle between the ancient and the modern, between Africa’s age-old tribal allegiances and its modern political institutions inherited from Europe. According to this narrative, African societies are yet to be fully reformed by modern life. When faced with elections therefore, voters continue to express old tribal solidarities rather than deciding based on ideology or policy. This argument presents European colonialism as a civilising mission against the customary order, albeit one which failed to fully de-tribalise its subjects. The 1884 Berlin Conference, far from dividing Africa among European powers, becomes seen as a unifying exercise that brought tribes together into modern political entities. As foreign affairs commentator Jonathan Power wrote in a 2006 article for The New York Times: Op-ed 

Colonialists didn’t fail to root out Africa’s tribal politics. They created it.

Standing in line at a Nairobi polling station to cast my ballot in Kenya’s 2017 presidential election, I struck up a conversation with fellow voters in the queue. The result was a foregone conclusion, said one of the gentlemen proudly. We had the numbers and our candidate was going to win. Everyone else agreed. No one needed to ask which candidate we would be voting for. That was another foregone conclusion. We were speaking in Kikuyu, and the Kikuyus were voting for President Uhuru Kenyatta. In the end, Kenyatta was…

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The silence on the part of principals of major political parties is alarming and shameful. Boakai, Brumskine, Urey, and Cummings cannot be playing coy while surrogates and middlemen remain caught in the crosshairs of this political fluke that is CDC. Op-ed 

Boakai, Brumskine, Urey And Cummings Play Coy

    The Editor The silence on the part of principals of major political parties is alarming and shameful. Boakai, Brumskine, Urey, and Cummings cannot be playing coy while surrogates and middlemen remain caught in the crosshairs of this political fluke that is CDC. If your voices cannot be loud and resounding at this time, the people don’t want to hear a damn thing from you when it is time to campaign. You guys have a moral and fiduciary responsibility to be loud, consistently and constructively confrontational, and direct. Politics…

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Liberian American Journalists Demand Apology

New Castle, Delaware — The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is demanding a public apology from Liberia’s Minister of Information Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, for his recent verbal attack on two local Liberian journalists. ALJA said it wants Minister Nagbe to openly express regrets to broadcast journalists, Emmanuel Capeheart of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and Estelle Liberty Kemoh of Power TV for the unnecessary public humiliation they suffered at his hands while executing their professional duties at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.

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Charles Brumskine Eyes Liberian Presidency Again

By Timothy T. Seaklon Former Liberty Party (LP) political leader, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, may reconsider his decision of quitting politics as he eye the Liberian Presidency again. When asked whether he could return to politics if petitioned to contest for the Liberian Presidency in 2017, Cllr. Brumskine simply replied, “It will be considered.” Cllr. Brumskine who contested twice for the Liberia Presidency in 2005 and 2011 said the desire to contest is there but the decision to do so will be made by the people. Cllr. Brumskine, speaking to…

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Liberian Senate Wants Central Bank Out Of Politics

By Obediah Johnson The Liberian Senate has amended several provisions of the 1999 Act that created the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). The decision to amend Part IV Section 13, Sub Section 3 (a-e), Part II Sub Section 1, Section 17 and Part V, was taken on Thursday, February 13, 2014 during a regular session at the Chamber of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Monrovia. According to the new amendment, the Executive Governor of the CBL and members of the Board of Governors “shall be prohibited to contest political…

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Mary Broh’s apology wasn’t about apology!

    By Ralph Geeplay Recentl, the Lord Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Madame Mary Broh finally appeared before the Liberian Senate few days ago and delivered the apology they long sought. It seems the legislators have been begging for the apology as if some how to legalize and validate their importance, what else can I say. Incensed, that the Lord Mayor of Monrovia ignored several attempts to appear before the senate in a matter that had all to do with the judiciary and the courts, it threw to…

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