Politicians with weapons in the closet

Can we really trust former military leaders who become politicians? It is a common feature of many war-torn African countries and the subject of the book, Warlord Democrats. A military background is often beneficial for men – they are almost always men – with political ambitions. This is not unique to Africa, but common the […]

A man with a passion for national service

Richmond Mohamed Konneh is driven by his passion for education for which no sacrifice is too big or two small. Almost going to two years now he relocated to Liberia to take the position of director for special and inclusive education at the Ministry of Education. It took him eight months of going to work […]

Sierra Leone: Flavour was not supposed to die

It’s raining in Freetown and the traffic is, as usual, slow on the road through Congo Town towards Kroo Town Road. The radio announcer is going through the obituaries in a solemn, deliberate monotone, the names different, the pattern the same: Mr John Koroma of Kissy Town passed away on said date leaving said relatives […]

One of Liberia’s finest sons returns home

When Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf first took power after a 2005 post-war elections, she called on Liberian professionals living abroad to return home and help with the building of the war torn nation. Many Diaspora Liberians responded to Sirleaf’s call immediately with some even sending in credentials but never got feedback. Despite the disappointment, scores of professional Liberians continue […]

The magic of Sweden’s personal ID number

  When I first moved to Sweden, I wondered how I’d ever survive the cold. But I knew little of the real struggle ahead – life in Sweden without a personnummer. Deepti Vashisht explains how a ten-digit number unlocks endless possibilities. Imagine my surprise when I got to Sweden, eager to take those ever-important first […]

DAPI provides education to poor Liberian kids

Ever since the end of its long civil war, Liberia has had to struggle to fix its broken education sector. Public and private efforts have been marshaled against this gargantuan challenge. But the challenge remains. However, Liberians are not perturbed and one of such who have made a commitment to see the country though this […]

Florida Teen Becomes Youngest To Pass UK Bar Exam

  If you thought a 14-year-old set to graduate from Chicago State University with a degree in Psychology was an amazing feat, wait until you hear about this next teenager making history. 18-year-old Gabrielle Turnquest recently became the youngest person to pass the bar exam in the UK. “I am honored to be the youngest […]

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe appears in public, ending death rumours

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe newvision HARARE – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe appeared in public for the first time in several weeks on Monday to mourn the death of his sister, ending speculation that he may be bed-ridden, in declining health or even dead. The health of Mugabe, who is 89 and has ruled since the […]