A look at Liberia’s traditional Poro and Sande College

Long, long, time ago, in the beginning which has no beginning, there was the Poro and Sande College (PSC). And so it was on that the PSC became the receptacle of knowledge and wisdom of all creation. From north to south of the Saharan, from West to East of the Sahara, the PSC is a […]

Sweden makes it easier for developing countries to export

Large wooden barrels were loaded onto ships, barrel after barrel. They were lined up in rows and stacked on top of each other. The contents smelled slightly rank, but they were nonetheless valuable. Three hundred years ago, herring was more than something we ate at midsummer or Christmas. In the 18th century, herring was in […]

Why spend money we don’t have on expensive by-elections?

Since the reintroduction of multiparty democracy and involvement of the masses in the electoral process, Liberia has had several multiparty elections, dating back to 1985, TQ Harris writes. Arguably, the election of 1997 and its attendant results was a true test of our nascent democracy. However, we survived and have gone on to hold several […]

Senegal’s energised renaissance

After decades of struggles against a deficient power generation system, Senegal is now at the verge of a paradigmatic shift that could put many of its troubles to rest, writes Sebastian Wagner. With the government’s bet in recent years in new power generation facilities, power outages have greatly diminished, system reliability has improved and with […]

Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps. Economic losses were estimated at more than $1 billion across the affected […]

Liberia at 172: What are we celebrating?

Liberia, by any standard, is a blessed nation. With abundant natural resources, talented population, good climate, you wonder why it is occupying the unenviable position it is amongst the countries of the world after the post-Independence brief spell as an internationally acclaimed African country, Seltue Karweaye writes. Liberia has more natural resources than most emerging […]

Weah’s speech at launch of ‘She’s You’ movement

It gives me great pleasure to stand here today to launch the She’s You Movement, which is the flagship program of my dear wife, Her Excellency Ambassador Clar Marie Weah, First Lady of the Republic of Liberia, in her national advocacy campaign for the empowerment of women and girls in our beloved country.  But, before […]

Sweden: Ministerial meeting on nuclear disarmament

We, the participating states – Argentina, Canada, Finland, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland – to the Stockholm Ministerial Meeting on Nuclear Disarmament and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), met today to discuss how nuclear disarmament can be advanced. We are one year away from […]

Liberia: Full text of President Weah’s speech to the nation

Fellow Liberians:  Four months ago, during my State of the Nation address, I reported to you that the state of the nation remains strong. This is still true today, as I deliver my second major national address in 2019.   I wish to speak today to you, fellow citizens, my brothers and my sisters, on […]

Mueller: Let election be start of a new day

Just after the 2014 senatorial elections in Liberia, Michael Geegbae Mueller, who unsuccessfully contested for a senate seat, issued the below statement, which is relevant today in the light of current political tensions in the country:   Despite the Ebola crisis, our mother country, Liberia has held successful elections and avoided a potentially catastrophic constitutional […]