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Archive for August, 2012

Liberia Football Association to name squad against Nigeria Super Eagles

Liberia Football Association to name squad against Nigeria Super Eagles

By Ralph Geeplay    The Liberian Football Association (LFA) is yet to release the list of the national team that will go against the Super Eagles of Nigeria, in Monrovia on September 8. The Nigerian Super Eagles have already named 11 professionals players in anticipation of a tie with Liberia. Nigeria’s Coach Stephen Keshi left out Chelsea midfielder John Mikel […]

President Sirleaf must go beyond 'Table Mountain Declaration'

President Sirleaf must go beyond ‘Table Mountain Declaration’

By Ralph Geeplay    President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is being applauded for signing the Table Mountain Declaration, which aims to boost press freedom, and stop the criminal prosecution of journalists in Liberia. Sirleaf deserves commendation. However, it is important to note that the signing comes from the Executive Mansion, at a time when assaults and libels […]

NOCAL's metro Atlanta petroleum forum offers hope for the future

NOCAL’s metro Atlanta petroleum forum offers hope for the future

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh         Metro Atlanta is again the destination for Liberian government officials who arrived here this month to promote another government program, which officials believe needs the input of Liberians in the Diaspora before it can be successfully implemented as the nation’s petroleum policy. The national petroleum policy consultation forum sponsored by the independent state-owned National Oil Company of […]

A daughter's unfortunate experience in Liberia

A daughter’s unfortunate experience in Liberia

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh    My daughter Nanu Twaloh Sungbeh, who is a rising junior studying public health at metro Atlanta’s all-women’s Agnes Scott College, embraced the opportunity this year to do her summer internship in Africa. Her first choice obviously was her ancestral homeland of Liberia. But because Liberia is not on the list of […]

The Brown – Bannie – Boe Saga and Bassa Culture

The Brown – Bannie – Boe Saga and Bassa Culture

By Pianapue Kept Early    In recent news reports (as recent as August 10, 2012), Senator Bannie of Rivercess County and Representative Byron Brown of Grand Bassa County are at bitter odds concerning the marriage or dowry of one of the Representative’s sisters, Cecelia Boe (Bannie).  This sister, Cecelia Boe (a second cousin of mine on […]

Coach Steven Keshi's task: Beat Liberia or lose your job

Coach Steven Keshi’s task: Beat Liberia or lose your job

By Ralph Geeplay    Nigerian Super Eagles coach, Steven Keshi, is about to lose his job if he fails to beat the Lone Star of Liberia for his team to qualify for the African Cups of Nations’ finals finals next year in South Africa, Nigerian football officials are saying. Echoing the sentiments quite recently was Mike […]

Rename Soccer Stadiums after Wannie Bo-Toe and George Oppong Weah

Rename Soccer Stadiums after Wannie Bo-Toe and George Oppong Weah

By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh    If one were to take a random poll of soccer enthusiasts in Monrovia about the most dominant player ever to grace the Liberian sports scene over the years, probably George “Oppong” Manneh Weah would be selected unanimously. Oppong, once a poor kid, grew up in the swamps of Gibraltar near Clara Town […]

The 'boss lady': The elegant Barkue Tubman

The ‘boss lady’: The elegant Barkue Tubman

By Ralph Geeplay     Entertainment impresario and Liberian business magnate, Barkue Tubman, who returned to her native Liberia in 2005 is a trailblazer in the entertainment industry. Having achieved incredible triumph in the United States while cracking the glass ceiling in a field normally reserved for male executives, Barkue is a gem, who it seems everything […]

The Nobel Peace Laureate vs. the provocative 'ambassador': A case of shooting the messenger?

The Nobel Peace Laureate vs. the provocative ‘ambassador’: A case of shooting the messenger?

By Moco McCaulay         The growing hullabaloo between the evidently pissed-off elderly Nobel Peace Laureate, who also happens to be the first woman to be elected President of an African nation, and an irreverent young Danish filmmaker, who became an ‘Ambassador’ of her country only to then go on to represent her country in a […]

Ngafuan's 'economic diplomacy'

Ngafuan’s ‘economic diplomacy’

By Ralph Geeplay       Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan comes to the job with a core strategic objective of promoting Liberia’s policy initiatives. President Sirleaf and Minister Ngafuan referred to that policy initiative as “economic diplomacy.” It means building bridges with investors and foreign governments to win investments, which the duo believes can also advance peace and […]