Book review: Cultivating Liberia’s national pride

By Alexander L. Redd

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be genuinely proud of your country? Have you ever felt a deep sense of patriotism? Let me take you on a thrilling journey to the heart of Liberia, a country filled with struggles, victories, and a strong desire for freedom.

Welcome to my book, “Cultivating Liberia’s National Pride,” available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in December 2023. Imagine the sun rising over the beautiful landscapes of Liberia, an enchanting West African country.

Here’s a little history: In 1847, Liberia became the first independent republic in West Africa despite its many challenges.

Liberia has a tumultuous political history, marred by frequent bouts of unrest, coups, assassinations, and corruption that have cast a shadow over the country’s ambitions.

Problems have plagued the country, such as ethnic tension, civil war, and social injustice, leaving a bitter taste among its people.

Deceit seems pervasive and threatens to dash the hopes of a brighter future.

However, despite all the challenges, a ray of hope shines like a star in the dark night.

“Cultivating Liberia’s National Pride” aims to instill faith and hope and tell a story of resilience, determination, and the indomitable spirit of a people who refuse to be silenced despite the fading trust in our nation.

National pride is vital in shaping our identity as individuals and citizens.

As a former Liberian journalist and now a pastor who lived through the horrors of the Civil War, I cannot help but recall the countless stories of fraud, political manipulation, and human rights abuses that contributed to the crumbling trust in our nation.

The impact of this trust deficit on our national pride cannot be understated.

National pride is not simply about waving flags and singing anthems; it is about believing in the fundamental values and principles upon which our nation was built. It is about believing in the supreme God and trusting our institutions, leaders, and individual potential.

When that faith or trust is broken, as has repeatedly happened in Liberia, national pride becomes an empty shell.

The erosion of trust in our institutions and leadership has far-reaching consequences. It breeds apathy and indifference, making it challenging for citizens to engage in the democratic process actively.

Why should we vote, participate in public discourse, or hold our leaders accountable when we have lost trust in the system meant to protect our interests?

The breakdown of trust can lead to a harmful cycle. Corruption and improper management can thrive without sustainable opposition, as people lose interest in the political system.

This creates a cycle of doubt and decline, where institutions that are supposed to protect the welfare of the people end up adding to their hardships. But all hope is still there. We must first acknowledge our collective responsibility as citizens to rebuild trust and restore national pride.

Trust is not a one-way street; it requires reciprocal actions from both the governed and the governing.

We must demand accountability from our leaders, reject corruption, and actively engage in the political process for institutional reforms, transparency, and accountable governing structures prioritizing the common good over personal benefit.

National pride represents our strong bond and loyalty to our country’s growth, peace, and unity. This pride drives us to work towards a brighter future for ourselves and future generations. It’s about cherishing and loving your country’s history, culture, values, and achievements.

Regrettably, this sentiment has been lost in Liberia, particularly among the younger generation.

Imagine Liberian youth longing for a sense of belonging and purpose but losing faith in their country’s capacity to provide opportunities and a promising future due to widespread corruption and leadership problems.

High unemployment has limited their access to education and personal growth, leading to frustration and hopelessness and stripping away their national pride.

I share my observations and experiences to paint a vivid picture of patriotism, unity, and resilience that resonates with every Liberian citizen.

This book is for everyone – from church leaders and faith groups to elders, politicians, young people, international donors, and civil society groups.

If you’re ready to discover the wonders of “Cultivating Liberia’s National Pride,” get ready to be fascinated by Liberia’s intriguing stories and lively culture.

We can rise above the challenges no matter how tough things get. Together, we can reclaim what’s been lost and create a future as bright as a new day.

Author Alexander L. Redd,