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Liberian Historiography and My Making as a Historian
A decade ago, while I embarked on a master’s in history, I searched around for a thesis topic. I knew I was interested in learning more about Africa – my undergraduate research paper examined the work of an American academic on the continent. I was awarded a fellowship for a volunteer position in Ghana, and I spent a semester in Namibia and South Africa   Read More ...
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Tags: Social Science |  History |  Historians | 
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Contender in Montserrado’s First District Concedes Defeat; Drops Electoral Fraud Complaint
BENTOL, Montserrado – Independent candidate Desire Satia of Montserrado’s first district has conceded defeat to the winner of the district’s representative race, Lawrence Morris, another independent candidate. Satia, who obtained the second highest votes in the district, was among five candidates, including incumbent representative Josephine Francis of the ruling Unity Party, who were protesting the results of the October 10 elections, one week after the polls were conducted   Read More ...
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Places: Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  W Africa |  Liberia |  Montserrado | 
Tax Court Orders Musa Bility to Pay U.S.$10,800 Interest
By Abednego Davis A US$190,800 tax fraud claim against Musa Bility, president of Liberia Football Association (LFA), recently took a different turn when the Tax Court demanded that he pay the 6 percent (US$10,800) interest as agreed on. Bility is president and CEO of Srimex, a company dealing in petroleum products that is at the center of the fraud allegation. Bility is also the owner of Renaissance Communications, Incorporated (RCI), which operates the Truth FM Radio, Real TV, and Renaissance Newspaper   Read More ...
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'Opposition Victory Best for Liberia'
By Lewis S. Teh The Association of Opposition Political Parties Youth Wings says it strongly believes that it is about time that a member of the opposition takes stake power rather than the ruling Unity Party (UP). "This is the time for opposition to handle the affairs of the country because we strongly believe that opposition victory is the best for prosperous Liberia and other citizens that are calling for a change," the group said at a news conference on Wednesday, 18 October at opposition United People's Party (UPP) headquarters in Sinkor   Read More ...
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Senator Denies Influencing Voters
By A. Omaska Jallah Gbarpolu County Senator Daniel Nathan has reacted to a story recently aired on Truth FM, linking him to using cash to influence voters in the county against the Liberty Party (LP) candidate, Prince Tormetie. He said the information is not only unfounded, but lacks any iota of truth. Senator Nathan said he has no intention to influence the already made-up minds of the citizens who decided not to elect Mr   Read More ...
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Controversy Hangs Over Mont. County Dist-3 Elections Results
By Willie N. Tokpah Monrovia — Controversy has erupted over Montserrado County District #3 Representative election result following the discovery of some ballot boxes that were not sealed. Outgoing Representative Bill Twehway of the Coalition for Democratic is protesting result after losing to the Unity Party candidate, Ceebee Barshall. The National Elections Commission on Thursday announced a winner of Montserrado County District #3 in the October 10, 2017 representatives poll   Read More ...
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We Have Been There Before, Mr. Korkoya--Many Times
National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome Korkoya is no stranger to the Daily Observer. He once told to its Publisher that Korkoya's father religiously brought home the newspaper in the 1980's for him (young Jerome), his siblings and the rest of the family to read. So why is the NEC Chairman attempting to repeat the history he knows so well, by demonstrating his presumed ignorance about the way the international media works? There have historically been five international news agencies: Reuters, the British news agency and the oldest of them all; Associated Press, United Press International, both American; Agence France Presse (French); and the former Soviet News Agency Tass, now the Russian News Agency   Read More ...
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LFA Yet to Issue Intermediary Certificate
By Christopher C. Walker Monrovia — The Liberia Football Association said it has not issued any intermediary certificate to anyone although it has received couple of inquiries. The LFA said nobody has officially applied according to the situational report on intermediaries in accordance with article 6.3 and 6.4 of FIFA regulations on working with intermediaries issued on October 16, 2017. According to a release from the LFA, the Liberia Football Association has also set up a five-member committee to draw up the Liberia Football Association Regulations on Working with Intermediaries in line with Articles 1(2) and 1(3) of the FIFA Regulations   Read More ...
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MOA, Partners Celebrate World Food Day
By George Harris The Ministry of Agriculture along with development partners, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP), the Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity (LADA) and others yesterday celebrated World Food Day. The program under the theme "Change the Future of Migration, Invest in Food Security and Rural Development," was characterized by a press briefing, stakeholder dialogue, an exhibition of local food products and a display of farm equipment   Read More ...
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National Elections Commission Needs to Do Soul Searching
editorial NOW THAT IT IS OFFICIAL that the nation is heading to a runoff election between Vice President Joseph Boakai's Unity Party (UP) and Senator George Weah's Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), one thing that we think the Commission needs to do now is soul searching. THE GOOD OLD BOOK, the Holy Bible in Romans Chapter 3 verse 23 says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God   Read More ...
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OP-ED: Liberian Historiography and My Making as a Historian - The Bush Chicken
A decade ago, while I embarked on a master’s in history, I searched around for a thesis topic. I knew I was interested in learning more about Africa – my undergraduate research paper examined the work of an American academic on the continent. I was awarded a fellowship for a volunteer position in Ghana, and I spent a semester in Namibia and South Africa   Read More ...
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Tarpeh Optimistic of CDC Victory
By A. Omaska Jallah The Campaign Manager for the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Professor Wilson Tarpeh has expressed optimism for victory in the November 7, 2017 presidential run-off election. According to the NEC, the 100% tally across the country has proven that the required 50% plus one vote required by law across the country was obtained by any of the 20 political parties that participated in the elections   Read More ...
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Women Seek Change in Election Dates
The Women's Situation Room-Liberia (WSR) has released its observation report on the first round of the October 10, 2017 Presidential and Representative Elections in which the group is recommending the change in the election date. According to a statement issued Thursday in Monrovia, WSR-Liberia said a change in the dates of election should be considered so that elections are held in the dry season   Read More ...
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Liberty Party Appeals Dismissed in Electoral Violation Case in Lofa County
Kolahun — Ahead of the pending runoff election, the opposition Liberty Party has appealed the ruling of the National Election Commission which dismissed three complaints brought before its magistrate in Lower Lofa County. The complaints were dismissed on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by NEC hearing officer Daniel D. Dolokelen. Complainant Ambulleh Kanneh, representing the Liberty Party filed three complaints with the NEC local office citing several electoral violations allegedly committed by the incumbent representative of electoral district #3 Clarence Massaquoi   Read More ...
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Where Are They Headed?
By Jonathan Browne At long last the race for the Presidency which saw 20 candidates competing in the 10 October first round of polling has narrowed down to two contenders: Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change or CDC and incumbent Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai of the ruling Unity Party or UP. With the results now official, questions abound as to which way the remaining 18 candidates will be headed   Read More ...
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PYJ Will Support 'Majority Side'
MDR Chief Scribe. By Jimmey C. Fahngon. Ahead of the presidential run-off election in Liberia, the party of Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Movement for Democratic and Reconstruction (MDR) says it will support the side of the majority. Appearing on Prime FM Morning Drive talk show Wednesday, MDR Secretary General Wilfred Bangura did not say which side is the majority, but said there are intense discussions and negotiations ongoing between his party and the two parties that will be in the run-off, Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the Unity Party   Read More ...
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Liberia's controversial school reforms divide the nation a year on
Monrovia - On a weekday morning in Cecelia Dunbar school, a bumpy hour's drive from Liberia's capital, a group of seven-year-olds concentrate on their maths lesson, seated at individual wooden desks. Children at schools like Cecelia Dunbar read and count at a level improved by 60% from a year ago - proof, according to the government and private education companies, that a bold experiment for one of the world's worst education systems has succeeded   Read More ...
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Understanding the Role of the LACC
opinion By Mansfield Y. Kolubah Often, you hear some people say "The LACC is doing nothing. How many persons do you have in jail for corruption?" Unfortunately, such insinuations do not only come from individuals who lack knowledge and understanding about the process of investigation and prosecution, but from persons who should know better, including some media colleagues and elements in the civil society   Read More ...
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IREDD Urges Govt to Grant More Tax Relief to Local Businesses
By David A. Yates Deacon Johnson: "IREDD considered the Executive Order a welcoming development and a direct response to our advocacy campaign for fairer taxation in the country." The Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has called on the government through President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to grant further tax relief to Liberian owned businesses in the form of percentage duty waiver on goods they imported into the country for sale   Read More ...
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Boakai or Weah - NEC Declares Nov. 7 Runoff Campaign Open
By David S. Menjor It is a complex question that will be determined by Liberian voters across the country as they head to the polls in a runoff of the Presidential Electoral scheduled for November 7, as officially announced yesterday by the National Elections Commission (NEC) yesterday in Monrovia. Weah, former world soccer star and now Senator of Montserrado County, has collected 596,037 votes or 38   Read More ...
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Ellen Frowns At 'Abuses' On Social Media
By Robin Dopoe President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has denounced the spate of abuses that has been posted on social media by Liberians during the recent elections , suggesting that the country's democracy is at stake if it continues. The President's statement came yesterday, less than two hours after Jerome Korkoya, chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), declared campaign open for the runoff between George Weah of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Vice President Joseph N   Read More ...
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Tags: Social media | 
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Prince Johnson to Support the Opposition
By Webmaster Admin A source close to Nimba County Senator Prince Y. Johnson (PYJ), standard bearer of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR), has now confirmed that the controversial senator will not abandon the Ganta Declaration, whose intent is to support a united opposition bid to unseat the ruling Unity Party (UP). In September 2016, about 20 opposition political parties signed a communiqué called the "Ganta Declaration," forming a common political collaborative front against the ruling UP ahead of the October 10 elections   Read More ...
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Voter Trucking Could Dampen Turnout During Run-Off
By William Q. Harmon The NEC has released the final results of the October 10 elections and determined that, since none of the 20 presidential candidates managed to gather the required 50 percent plus one of the total valid votes cast, there will be a run-off election. However, there is reason to believe that voter turnout could significantly affect the outcome of the run-off due to a phenomenon from the voter registration period -- voter trucking   Read More ...
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Liberian Govt Officials That Resigned Resurfacing in Govt After Losing Elections
By Henry Karmo Monrovia — Resigned officials of government who were unsuccessful in the just ended legislative elections are returning to work, FrontPageAfrica has learned. Former Gender Minister, Julia Duncan Cassell who contested in Grand Bassa County is poised to reassum her post at the Ministry. Abu Kamara who was denied participation in the elections by the Code of Conduct has also been tipped to return to work   Read More ...
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LBS Apologizes to Movee National Chairman
By David A. Yates The management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) last Wednesday, expressed regret to the national chairman of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., for the erroneous report in a broadcast by its ELBC Lofa County correspondent, Tokpa Tarnue, in Foya. Ledgerhood Rennie, Director General of LBS. , who spoke on the Wednesday Super Morning Show (SMS) on LBS, said the medium deemed it right to add its voice to reporter Tarnue's to say sorry to Kemayah and the MOVEE party for the inconvenience the report caused them   Read More ...
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David Tweh Inspires Monrovia Football Academy Players
By Anthony Kokoi As one of the top players in the Liberia Football Association 1st division league and the National Team, Barrack Young Controllers forward David Tweh yesterday visited the Monrovia Football Academy to inspire the talented kids at the academy. Tweh is admired by most of the academy kids and many wish they could play like him and imitate his skillful tactics and passing accuracy   Read More ...
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CDC, UP Face-Off in Runoff Election - NEC Releases Final Results
By Henry Karmo Monrovia — The National Elections Commission (NEC) has declared campaign open for the run-off election between Vice President Joseph Boakai and the Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC). The runoff comes in the wake of failure by the two political parties to obtain the constitutional 50 plus one vote to be declared winner of the election   Read More ...
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Ex-Minister Disagrees With 'Messy Education' Perception
By Robin Dopoe Moses Blonkanjay Jackson (3rd from left) stands near Acting President of the National Teachers' Association, Mary Mulbah Nyumah during the celebration of World Teachers Day on October 5. Former Assistant Minister of Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education has disagreed with the long-held view of the government that the country's education system is a mess. Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, a veteran educator, said that the statement that the country's education is a mess, attributed to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, lacked real fact, and was meant to shame students and their teachers   Read More ...
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Alexander Cummings Conditions Before Endorsing Boakai or Weah
By Lennart Dodoo Monrovia — Political campaign for the runoff election has already begun - both the ruling Unity Party (UP) and the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) are already lobbying for the support of major opposition political parties. "For me it's about what the parties are willing to commit on behalf of the Liberian people. It's not about how many jobs we get for our party people or how much money we get for our party people   Read More ...
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Who Gets PYJ? Nigerian Pastor Reportedly Courting of MDR Standard Bearer
Monrovia — Utterances from Senator Prince Y. Johnson in recent weeks had drawn many to the conclusion that Vice President Joseph Boakai, the standard bearer of the ruling Unity Party is a sure bet to land the key endorsement of the lawmaker from the vote-rich Nimba County. Sources: Unity Party, opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) Reportedly Competing to lure vote-Rich Nimba County King-maker   Read More ...
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NEC yasema Weah, Boakai kurudiana Novemba
Monrovia, Liberia. Tume ya Taifa ya Uchaguzi (NEC) Alhamisi iliweka rekodi ya kutangaza rasmi matokeo yote ya uchaguzi mkuu uliofanyika Oktoba 10 ikiwa ni siku sita kabla ya tarehe ya mwisho iliyopangwa Oktoba 25. Ikitangaza matokeo hayo, NEC imethibitisha kwamba mwanasoka nyota wa zamani duniani, George Weah aliyewania urais kupitia chama cha Congress For Democratic Change (CDC) atachuana na Makamu wa rais Joseph Boakai wa chama tawala cha Unity Party (UP) Katika uchaguzi huo wa marudio uliopangwa Novemba 7, mshindi ataapishwa kuchukua nafasi ya Rais Ellen Johnson Sirleaf anayemaliza muda wake   Read More ...
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The Votes That Got Away
By Bettie K. Johnson Mbayo Monrovia — Cecelia Dahn, 33, a Plantain Chips seller from West Point registered to vote in March but when it came to casting her vote last Tuesday, October 10, she stayed home. Out of a total 2.1 million registered voters, only 1.6 million cast their votes in the first round of Liberia's historic presidential and legislative elections   Read More ...
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Liberia aims for education reform
Liberia's infrastructure and its education system were ravaged by 1989-2003 back-to-back civil wars and a subsequent deadly Ebola outbreak which closed schools for months.   Read More ...
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“Opposition victory best for Liberia” - The New Dawn Liberia
The Association of Opposition Political Parties Youth Wings says it strongly believes that it is about time that a member of the opposition takes stake power rather than the ruling Unity Party (UP). “This is the time for opposition to handle the affairs of the country because we strongly believe that opposition victory is the best for prosperous Liberia and other citizens that are calling for a change,” the group said at a news conference on Wednesday, 18 October at opposition United People's Party (UPP) headquarters in Sinkor   Read More ...
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Number of Female Representatives Remains at Nine
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article said the number of female lawmakers had dropped by one. It has been revised to include the election of Rustolyn S. Dennis of Montserrado’s fourth district. MONROVIA, Montserrado – With all polling stations’ results in, the results of the October 10 polls show that the number of female lawmakers to sit in the next Liberian legislature will remain the same   Read More ...
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Methodist Clergyman Becomes Lawmaker; Outlines Plans for First 100 Days
GANTA, Nimba – Pastor Roger S. W. Y. Domah, a Methodist clergyman at the Miller McAllister United Methodist Church in Nimba, has emerged as the top candidate to assume the representative seat of Nimba’s seventh electoral district. After all polling station results were in, Domah won 17 percent of the votes. The pastor, who is also the assigned principal at the Ganta United Methodist School, called it a privilege that the people of the seventh district elected him to serve them as their lawmaker   Read More ...
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State Broadcaster Reacts to Criticisms Over Unbalanced Coverage of Politicians
PAYNESVILLE, Montserrado – The Liberia Broadcasting System has reacted to criticisms that it provided unequal access to candidates and political parties during the period of the October 10 presidential and representative elections. The LBS management has clarified that it has had no standing policy directives or editorial guidance to deny or exclude any political parties or their supporters of the use of its outlets   Read More ...
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Liberia Presents Readiness Package At FCPF Meeting In Laos
Liberia has presented a Participatory Self-Assessment and Synthesis of its R-Package (Readiness Package) at the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Participants’ Committee and Participants Assembly meeting in Luang Prabang, Laos, a release from the FDA issued yesterday has said. According to the release, the presentation by Liberia was stratified into four components including REDD+ Integration and Alignment with national development agenda, Liberia’s R-Package Assessment and Progress, Participants Committee (FCPF Highest Decision Making Body) comments at Mid-term Report (MTR) versus progress and next steps   Read More ...
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Journalist Survives Arson Attack on His Home
PAYNESVILLE, Montserrado – Unknown men on Wednesday morning attacked the home of OK FM’s manager, Smith Toby, on the Robertsfield Highway at about 3:00 a.m. According to Toby, he was in bed sleeping when a boy who spent the night in his living room alarmed that the house was on fire. He said when he and the others woke up, they were surprised that the fire was not caused by the generator and soon heard the sound of a motorcycle leaving from around his house   Read More ...
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Final Results for October 10 Elections Released; Runoff Slated for Nov. 7
MONROVIA, Montserrado – The National Elections Commission has officially announced final results of the October 10 presidential and representative elections, declaring no winner for the presidential race. Making the pronouncement on Thursday, the commission’s chairman, Jerome Korkoya, said none of the 20 presidential candidates obtained more than 50 percent of the total votes to be announced as the winner, as required by the constitution   Read More ...
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