Liberia: Women group holds anti-rape program

Women Empowerment Forum Liberia held an anti rape awareness fast and prayer program in Buchanan city, Grand Bassa County last Saturday, September 12. The activity was a part of the group’s efforts to combat rapes which have been declared a national emergency in the West African country. Rape is not only fought physically, it is […]

Africa still prime investment destination despite Covid-19

Participants at a webinar to present the African Development Bank’s African Economic Outlook Supplement to Asian audiences on Monday have endorsed the report as critical for post-COVID-19 Africa. The supplement revises the growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021 and highlights the impact of COVID–19 on Africa’s socio-economic landscape. It recommends policy […]

Liberian pastors flogged for spreading gospel

Liberian police have arrested and charged seven persons who allegedly flogged three pastors for promoting salvation and preaching against their community’s traditional practices. They were charged with felonious restraint, criminal conspiracy, terrorist threat, aggravated assault, harassment, among others and are awaiting court trial. Reports said the police confirmed the incident happened early August. Community youths reportedly held and brutalized […]

African private sector wants fair global trade

A survey commissioned by the Pan-African Private Sector Trade and Investment Committee (PAFRAC) to gauge the private sector view around trade has highlighted the private sector’s desire for considerable reforms to make the global trade rules system fairer and more transparent. Two hundred CEOs were surveyed around issues concerning the WTO and trade in general. […]

Liberian goalkeeper to begin professional career in Spain

In a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier last year, Liberian goalkeeper Ashley Williams, then 18, saved a last minute penalty against home side Sierra Leone to take his team to the next stage of the competition.  That feat won him the hearts of thousands of Liberian football fans and beyond. And it arguably played a part in his later signing for Spanish third division […]

Sweden pledges funds for farmers in poor countries

Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has pledged funds to help avert a potential food crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable rural communities in the wake of COVID-19, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced recently. 50 million Swedish Kronor (approximately US$5.7 million) will be committed to IFAD’s Rural Poor […]

Supporting students and teachers during COVID-19

By Massa Dopoh Liberia as a nation has been faced with a lot. From one tragedy to another. From one disease to another. One global pandemic to another. Yet, in the midst of all these tragedies, we, as a nation and people, have striven and endured. Our endurance is our strength. As our children and […]

Old tensions haunt Ivory Coast’s upcoming election

When Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Dramane Ouattara in March announced his retirement, he had planned for a smooth transition of power. The country’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who had worked alongside Ouattara for 30 years, had been chosen to represent the ruling party in the presidential election on 31 October. However, when Coulibaly died […]

Liberia: Global summit for justice on Saturday

A virtual conference focused on justice in Liberia will be held this Saturday, September 5, via Zoom. The conference with the theme, In Pursuit of Justice, is organized by the Global Initiative for Justice (GIJ) and will be moderated by Welma Redd and chaired by Michael Mueller. Panelists are Liberian legislators Yekeh Kolubah, Armah Jallah, Conmany […]

Africa in COVID-19 vaccine initiative

While the race to find safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines continues, African countries are signing up to a ground-breaking initiative, which aims to secure at least 220 million doses of the vaccine for the continent, once licensed and approved. All 54 countries on the continent have expressed interest in COVAX, a global initiative which is […]