Month: March 2017

Liberia’s 2017 Presidential Election: The Danger of Identity Politics and Tribalism

By Jones Nhinson Williams In defense of decriminalizing marijuana use globally, former United Nations’ secretary general, Kofi Annan, once wrote on February 23, 2017 in the U.S.-based Huffington Post online journal: “In my experience, good public policy is best shaped by the dispassionate analysis of what in practice has worked, or not. Policy based on common assumptions and popular sentiments can become a recipe for mistaken prescriptions and misguided interventions. Mr. Annan’s words herein may not only hold for this instance.  I believe these words can be applied to many spheres of human activities and undertaken, specifically with respect to...

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The Gloves Are Off:  The New Dawn In Analyzing Liberia’s Failure, Post Taylor

Liberian Ambassadors, Heads of Diplomatic Missions Honor President Sirleaf Liberia is really a joke, and in view of the high degree of irrationality therein, it seems there is no adult in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led Unity Party Liberian government, and here is why. My 9-year old daughter asked me recently: “Daddy, why was your country’s president honored last week by all its ambassadors from countries around the world?” I had no reasonable and honest answer to provide.  Then she proceeded again: “Daddy, why did your country’s ambassadors had to go on national radio to boast about how well paid...

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Four African Nations Included in FIFA U-20 World Cup

The draw for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup occurred today in South Korea, where the tournament will be hosted. Four African countries, Zambia, Guinea, South Africa and Senegal discovered their three group stage opponents. Zambia, who were crowned U-20 Africa Cup of Nations champions on home soil Sunday after defeating Senegal, were handed a tough first match. They will open against two-time FIFA U-20 World Cup champions Portugal on May 21 in Jeju. Also in Group C with the African champions are Iran and Costa Rica. Guinea looks to have what will be the toughest time after being drawn into Group A alongside tournament...

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Former Ghana International Joins Indonesian Side

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien announced on Tuesday that he would be continuing his illustrious football career with Indonesian club Persib Bandung. The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract with the club and has the option to extend it at the end of the season. The seasoned veteran joins Persib Bandung having already won so much in his career and having played in five different countries. For Chelsea, Essien boasts two Premier League titles, four FA Cups and one huge Champions League trophy. After leaving Chelsea, Essien spent time on loan at Real Madrid before signing a one-and-a-half-year contract with Italian...

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CNN Asks Famous African Women to Share Inspiring Quotes From Other African Women

In celebration of International Women’s Day, CNN asked 12 famous African women to share the most inspiring quote they have heard from another famous African woman. Those questioned included Beninese singer-songwriter, Angelique Kidjo, Nigerian singer-songwriter, Tiwa Savage, Nigerian music producer, DJ Cuppy and Ghanaian film director, Nicole Amarteifio. CNN claimed that Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai was the most quoted woman with other quotes coming from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lupita Nyong’o and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Kidjo shared a touching quote from Maathai: “You cannot enslave a mind that knows itself.” Savage expressed a quote from Liberian peace activist...

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