Some questions for Liberian presidential candidates

Dear presidential candidates: The Liberian people are looking for a fighting president.   The fighting president is the one who is willing to fight to give all Liberians equal fighting chance for better livelihoods. He or she is the one who is willing to summon a new dawn to mark a renewed beginning for Liberia by ending the “semi-godly presidency” and the “oligarchy governance structure” in the country. […]

Congolese warlord to face trial

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, leader of the armed group Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC), was transferred on Friday August 4th to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and was handed over by MONUSCO to the Congolese judicial authorities. Sheka has been under MONUSCO supervision in Goma since his surrender on 26 July.  He is […]

Gambia: challenges facing Africa’s youngest democracy

On December 1st, Gambia held a presidential election in what seemed as another victory for the then incumbent, Yahya Jammeh. Just as the fall of communism caught political analysts off-guard, the victory of the coalition over Jammeh was also another miracle that no one saw coming – not because the coalition lacked the support base, […]

UN human rights official visits Liberia

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour will visit Liberia from 1 to 3 August, seeking to mobilize support for the establishment of a UN Human Rights Office in the country following the forthcoming closure of the UN Mission in Liberia in March 2018. During his visit, Gilmour will meet with government and civil society […]

Africa faces weakening of policies, institutions

The quality of policies and institutions weakened in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 amid challenging economic conditions, according to the latest review by the World Bank. This weaker trend was observed in 40% of the region’s IDA countries, notably commodity exporters and fragile states. The review is the annual World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment […]

Liberia: US-based journalists criticise supreme court

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has described a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Liberia as a sad development in the West African nation’s quest for adherence to the rule of law.  The decision was the reversal of the National Elections Commission (NEC) disbarment of the vice presidential candidacies of Harrison Karnwea of the […]

Liberia’s independence day celebrations in Malmo

Liberians from all over Europe are expected to gather in the Swedish city of Malmo next weekend to celebrate their country’s independence and hold the annual convention of the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA).   Liberia’s 170th Independence Day Celebrations get going on Friday, July 28 and last until July 30.   The festivities, hosted by the Liberian […]

Engaging African private sector in science, innovation

Technological progress and innovations do not occur spontaneously, they result from long-term investment. In Africa, innovations are much needed, but possibilities of achieving them are low, according to Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) guest researcher Samia Nour, co-author of ‘Africa Capacity Report 2017’. A survey conducted for the report shows that two-thirds of African countries have adopted […]

Bong Miners hold successful convention in US

“To be transparent, accountable and inclusive, while upholding the by-laws and constitution of the Association of Bong Miners (ABM). So help me God!”   Those were the words of the newly elected national president of ABM, Benedict Philips, when he took the oath of office at the just ended first national convention of the organization. […]

14 die in Boko Haram attack in Cameroon

Two bombers blew themselves up in northeastern Cameroon killing 14 people and injuring 30 people in an attack likely staged by Boko Haram jihadists, security sources said Thursday. The bombings, which took place on Wednesday evening in Waza near the Nigerian border, targeted a busy area in the market town, the sources said. The bombers […]