Unmasking Mary Taryonnoh Broh

  A bolt from the blue: This best depicts Mary Taryonnoh Broh’s re-emergence into the national scene after she was named to head the so-called Presidential Task Force with a mandate to clean up the city of Monrovia. The name of Mary Broh is nothing new to the Liberian public, especially since that name is […]

Why invest in Africa?

Africanstates provides information on the investment opportunities in all 54 countries in Africa. It also provides advice on where an investor can procure assistance to invest in every country in Africa. Africa has risen. Carpe diem. Seize the day. The information contained in Africanstates is intended for the use by investors who may largely be unfamiliar with […]

Swedish Minister Kuhnke speaks to youth

I’m very glad to see that so many committed young people from all parts of Sweden and from a number of other countries such as Spain, Denmark and Turkey have gathered here in Stockholm for this important conference. The last few months have been extremely dramatic with tens of thousands of people fleeing from war […]

President Sirleaf and team must be commended

The signing of the US $ 257 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant is a big deal for Liberia. It reinforces two critical development pillars of the Sirleaf administration- roads and energy- as it seeks to address binding constraints to growth; writes Lawrence Randall. The compact negotiated between the two governments ( US and Liberia) will support […]

Is Zanzibar in trouble?

I took the family for a holiday on the paradise island Zanzibar. White sand, turquoise water and colorful marine life. Easy living. The last two days we left our resort and toured the island. It was a week after the Tanzanian and Zanzibari elections. Mindful that elections can be rough, and with previous research experiences […]

Liberia: Why Min. Nagbe’s 5-year plan is ripe

From where I sit in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, I marvel at how the country’s football authority has been able to keep active all its football teams in all the major continental and global competitions. At six (6) different levels, Nigeria’s various national football teams have been simultaneously competing at the highest levels […]

Popular resistance stopped Burkina Faso coup

Last week, Burkina Faso was breaking international news. In the midst of a government meeting, soldiers of the president’s security forces – the notorious Régiment de Sécurité Présidentielle (RSP) – took President Michel Kafando, Prime Minister Isaac Yacouba Zida and other members of the government in hostage and seized power under the command of General […]

Swedish PM speech at UN Summit

  Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s speech at the UN Sustainable Development Summit  in New York on 26 September 2015: Mr President, Mr Secretary-General, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen, I was a foster child. Ten months old I arrived by train to my new parents in the northern part of Sweden. I had the good fortune […]

Open letter: The better Liberia agenda

Fellow Liberians: Liberia is 168 years old, but remains backward and underdeveloped in absolute terms and also in comparison to other African countries that are in fact younger. The cause of Liberia’s underdevelopment is complex, but due in large part to the collective failure of Liberians to work for, demand and make the necessary hard […]

Can Muslims and Christians live in peace?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a place in the world where muslims and christians live in peace? Where their children play together, their families eat together, christians visiting their muslim neighbors at Eid, muslims going to eat next door at Easter? Where a christian girl can marry a Muslim boy without any real […]