No stranger to the world of words, Sianah Nalika DeShield has utilized her passion and affinity for writing to empower others and advocate for a better world. Having found a love of writing at an early age, Sianah once dreamed of taking her talents to the world. With an early focus on literature, language, English, and History, her skills developed as a base from which she would launch into socio-political advocacy and beyond.
In her beloved home of Liberia, the author found a discrepancy in not only a lack of writers in her country but of unequal opportunities for young people. Her desire to work with youth and advocate for her homeland compelled her to pursue Political Science as an undergraduate degree at the United Methodist University. Her time spent as a freshman and sophomore class representative not only led to her appointment to the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU) but also afforded her the opportunity to experience first hand the dire need for young people in Liberia. Working in the social sciences opened the door for Sianah to help others, promote advocacy, and utilize her writing skills to effect change.
With no interest in slowing down, the author went on to pursue a career in Administration. Her skills led her from Liberia to Ghana as a 2014 MILEAD Fellow and then on to Cyprus where she pursued a Masters Degree in International Relations at the Eastern Mediterranean University. It is then that she refocused her personal and professional goals back to the world of creative writing and married her love of language, advocacy, and international relations in a foundation where she can mentor young writers in her home country.
Once the creative dreamer with the hopes of bestseller- lists, Sianah has developed her skills around a lifelong passion for social change and creative development. Now she is dedicated to creating opportunities for young writers in Liberia that she did not have. Still, as passionate as ever about her own writing, the author can now add novelist to her long list of accomplishments and hopes to become one of the most prolific writers Africa has ever known.
Photo credit: Albert Karyah
Mariam Tuzee Toure speaks out on the celebration of citizens for corruption.
Her message has power and important message in it. And if what she’s speaking about is true then she’s a She Hero.
Every time a public official uses public money to build a mansion of his own, he denies a child somewhere access to school. His action threatens the safe delivery of a pregnant woman somewhere. His action stops a new police station or court house from construction or being Constructed.
So while you’re celebrating the beauty and glare of corruption in Liberia, you should also weep for that poor child who has been denied access to education.
A halt to posting and sharing of Nude videos. Student charged for that act.
There have been leaked nude video of college student and the hands behind this act was charge and locked up last night. Posting of nude video is a crime and people found in such act are facing the law in Liberia for such. Are there many others who does such and need to be dealt with? The answer is yes!
It is the ways of people to post people nude videos and make fun out of it but this time someone took it to the law cos they knew who had access to their phone, laptop or any device that this video was self recorded in. It is not a bad idea for one to record them self in a nude way and have it in their phone or laptop put other people take adventage of that and get into people pravecy.
Students Anitia Woods, Charlotta Dixon, Stephanie Ajavon and Deddeh Yarsiah of the United Methodist University are facing criminal prosecution for posting the nude video of one of their colleagues on social media.
Rape – A Major Challenge in the Liberian Society
When word “RAPE” is mentioned people go wide with a lot of unspoken words like they have never seen it happen or heard of it from the next door neighbor up to the raising offices of higher leaders and lower houses in our society. Liberians are people noted hide the ills in the society until it come out in civil crisis that will involve other international nationals to help clean up the diseases that are killing them (Liberians).
Le us Define Rape: “Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent.”
And again, “Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
We might have seen the most deadly diseases (AIDS) that has taken lives of thousand in Liberia and other Nations around the world but we have not seen the cure to this, yet we still let our nation to be derange by political leaders who successfully allow people of low status in other nations to come in Liberia and make decisions on how to treat our fellow citizens, misused and abuse us like we are no good to be where we are.
Our girls have turn into sex slaves before our own eyes, oyr mothers have embrace it, our oldest sisters, aunties have also teach it in their homes how the little ones can survive out of prostitution acts and how they are not just a man’s wife but men tools. We cry out for rape like it is a new thing in our society. This has been happening from day one till now, only because an international media has reported a big spread of this case act and how the little girls were infected so we all grab to this story and make celebrities posts about it and even rolled about in the street of Monrovia and make our new banners on social media perfect for the world to see we are making progress.
(The fact remains that there are rape cases we still don’t see as rape but they are rape at all level of rape and some people know it but still hiding it.)
This is just it, Rationale of statutory rape laws. Statutory rape laws are based on the premise that an individual is legally incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse until that person reaches a certain age. The law mandates that even if he or she willingly engages in sexual intercourse, the sex is not consensual.
This is not just an article for you to read but one for us to learn from. Most of you that are posting banners have been the full encouragement behind kids being rape through so many ways in this very country, we all know rape is not good it is one of the worst way for an individual to remember that they had sex with Penetration from the Anus or Virginia.
We see our boys turn to gay right before our own eyes, what do you called that? And we say nothing about it, but keep quiet, some will even say, “he’s a follower of material things,” most of you will keep calm when a government official rape a little girl or boy within the same community but keep calm and say “I don’t want to lost my life.” Do you know how many people have lost their lives but just walking like they are alive all because you who stand today could never stand up at first to help them fight for justice only because it was your father, your uncle, your brother, your mother or some older person within the society or government that rape someone child and you knew about it, some of you your own kids were rape but you compromised it because you were giving money to keep your silent.
If we must fight the case of rape we should fight it from the root. We look at the case of MTM that everyone has taken on their head and walking on the street of Monrovia and posting all over Social media. It is a great thing that we call out for justice for these kids. The act of coming together to make this happen is great, let us just hope it is for the best instead of fighting for humanitarian most people are fighting to be noticed. If you are a victim, say it out, fight with proud, speak out openly, change the situation of men sleeping with girls for jobs, men sleeping with their little boys changing them into gay, Jobs, for grades and other little things that are spoiling the society, if we could fight all together we’ll end it all at once. Rape is killing our society in all ways, from the church, schools, the community and the country at large, where we see government official dropping these young people proud to their knees and tears are all over their eyes as the walk the street of Monrovia and other places. We know them by and we will call their names out one by one. This is just the beginning of the change we are fighting for. Those men and women that are in the act of rape we will bring your down not just MTM but those evil people that are breeding it in our society.
Minister Boakai Fofana Sr. Remember his past in good faith
He’s one of Liberia outstanding minister since the newly lead government of Liberia. He was appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia and since then he has been on top of his matters. He’s one of our nation sarvent that is always updating his followers and good citizens about government issues on Facebook to enable them have an open mind with him and the present government.
He recently posted an old picture attached to a newer one of him and his long time school mate who is a doctor, and said he, Alvin (a neurosurgeon) wanted to be a doctor from childhood days when they were school in secondary school. Let us see the post as quoted below and how success showed up on each of them.
“Twenty years ago, Alvin Nah Doe Sr. and I were part of one of Liberia’s formidible high school quizzing teams, along with Muncrauu (on my immediate left). On the team – from the “mighty SDA” High School – Alvin took responsibility for the sciences. I did all things Language Arts (and captained the team). “Muncrauu” handled Mathematics. Our other colleague on the far right in the picture, Augustine Sheriff (not on Facebook), manned the fort for social studies. The team was under the tutelage of the “Academic godfather”, Hon Acarous Moses Gray (now Representative of District #8, Montserrado).
During our games, Alvin made it a duty to always state that his ambition was to become a medical doctor. And doctor he became. Today, he’s arguably Liberia’s only neurosurgeon! He dedicated much of his life to studying: Morocco, Senegal, India, etc. Our mathematician, Muncrauu, currently works as an engineer with the main electricity company in Philadelphia! It was nolstagic having Doctor Doe in my office this morning at MICAT, which is only a few hundred meters away from our dear SDA High School.
Other team members: Mo Ali, Omaru Siryon, et al.
This is memories. This is a moment of life to be happy. They have come a long way.
The Protest Continues and leading opposition parties are heading it forward
A post from Prime FM Monrovia 105.5 was posted few minutes ago with images of the peaceful protest for the 16 Billions Liberian Dollars. These are the direct words that were written on their Facebook page and images that was uploaded.
“Huge protest demanding the return of the reported “missing 16 billion” has paralyzed nearly all activities in Monrovia.
Hundreds of disenchanted citizens are petitioning diplomatic missions in Monrovia to “return the missing money”.
So far, they have presented statements to the US Embassy and the European Union Liberia office. The protest is now headed to the Pan African Plaza which hosts the United Nations offices in Liberia.
University of Liberia Student Activist Martin Kollie, EFFL commander is Chief-Emmanule Gonqquoi and others are heading the protest which is supported by major opposition parties.”
Are our solutions ground not our problems ground? Big question.
Always thinking USA is the mother to Liberia. Why do Liberians think so? Because of the founding of ACS that helped In the founding of Liberia.
USA might be super power but as the world do see their relationship to Liberia as a close one, like mother and child, the same world don’t see that mother caring for her child.
Every time there’s a problem, Liberians run to the United State of America Embassy for help or for hearing as to help with issues bothering them. Great to notice we love this mother that we don’t see seeking our interests. Is it that they don’t like our leaders or they are not satisfied that they never colonize us?
Most citizens see the USA to be a problem to Liberia, because they don’t listen to the people till crisis come out, they watched over years and saw Liberians died and diseases spread, people who killed and supported wars in Liberia are walking sky free and yet Liberians think that the United State government cares about Liberia.
Visiting the silent hills of ghettos, tea shops and other social gathering, people could not say much but they analyzed that “America is not a help to Liberia and Liberians should stop running to them for help instead they are giving us hell in return.”
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO HONOR AMBASSADOR APOSTLE SAMMY A. DAVID WITH INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD.
Ambassador Apostle Sammy A. David, Founder and General Overseer of God’s Family Church International Incorporated in Liberia, West Africa, will be receiving an International Leadership Award at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 during the United States Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Convention by the Caribbean & African Faith Based Leadership Conference (CAFBLC).
He will be the first religious leader in the West African state of Liberia to receive this prestigious award.
He will be recognized for his outstanding faith-based leadership, humanitarian services, civic engagement and advocacy for peace in Liberia and his global gospel ministry in Africa, the United States, Europe and Asia.
This Awards ceremony will honor the accomplishments of leaders in community development that primarily operate from a faith-based perspective, targeting major issues including religious liberty, civil rights, humanitarian concerns, social justice and economic development.
All members and friends of our African and Caribbean Diaspora are invited to register at www.cafblc.net to attend the international leadership awards, faith-based conference and networking reception from 2:00 pm to 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at the D.C. Renaissance, Marriott Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington D.C, 20001.
The CBC Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) is the leading policy conference in the United States that focuses on issues impacting people of African heritage and the global black community.
It brings together approximately 10,000 people who attend 70 public policy forums and other critical events with elected officials and leaders from every spectrum of the black community, including Legislators and concerned citizens to engage on economic development, civil and social justice, public health and educational issues.
Please see more information and updates at www.cafblc.com
I hate religion, it separate us! I hate human rights, it make us forget who we are! I hate people reminding each other of their origin it teaches us hate! I dislike the fact people choose colors in success, it make others think foolish about their origin.
I just hate the way civilization was define. It makes you and I like limited. I hate it that people are protected by laws, it makes me feel we are still under slave trade, especially when those who make the law can break it anytime. I hate it when one color rules, it tells the other colors that the won’t be superior ever. I hate it when people know who’s rich and who’s poor, this make others feel higher and lower. What I hate most is that we all look alike but don’t talk the same, think the same, live the same way, and worship the same. I hate it when people think nothing can be change about things that have change.
I hate it when I see another man making another man cry. I hate it when I survive with out food and then someone die from eating food. I hate it when someone die from not drinking water and someone use water to flush toilet. I hate it when the world see poverty and make movies out of it, when they can change it for the good of human living.
I hate it when they that produce toxic drinks and say it’s for 18+ but don’t have it sold to only above 18+. I hate it when we claim that innovative people will change the world but yet innovative people die with their ideas. I hate it that domestic violence only speak for ladies and children. I hate it that a man must die from a disease or virus another man made. I hate it that we are not looked at equally, black and white. I just hate all these things and because none of them are the will of God but everything are the will of men. So I hate!
By: Anthony Fofana MV
Bit and Pieces of Liberia – Economic and it’s people.
Liberia uses two currency, Liberian Dollars and United State Dollars. As it is certain that Liberia is rich with natural resources that can boast the economic. Presently we look at the present development in Liberia as relating self development and personal initiative that most Liberians are getting involve into. in Liberia average house income is $43,785, Average household net Worth is $282,924, Median Home Sale Price &86,00, Sale tax Rate, 5.995%.
Due to the Civil War in 1989-96, Liberia economy is extremely underdeveloped because it was destroyed by the war, Especially the infrastructure in and around Monrovia. Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Since 2011, Liberia economic begin to hit the standard height once again. The country ranks 144 in the world in terms of total export volumes. Due to an underdeveloped industrial sector, Liberia exports highly depend on agricultural productivity. The major items of export for Liberia are rubber, diamond, timber, iron, coffee and cocoa.
When we speak of Liberia resource we notice Liberia is a nation rich with natural resources including iron ore, gold, diamonds, natural rubber, vast forest for logging and timber harvesting, and vast agriculture land for ensuring food security.
Living in Liberia is one of the best thing any human can wish for, most Liberians and foreigners wish to live in Liberia but most importantly they want to live in the capital city, Monrovia. The cost of land in Liberia varies as It is more expensive in the capital then in the interior. Land price in Monrovia can range from $10,000 USD to $1,000,000 USD per Acre Base on the location of the Land. Land price in the interior can range from $400USD to $16,000 USD per Acre. this is how costly land is on the capital or the County that has the capital city.
A nation that still stand as one of the poorest nation in the world. The poverty ranging in Liberia Poverty Rate Stands at 54 Percent – World Bank Report. Monrovia – The World Bank has announced that about 54 percent of the population of Liberia is living below the poverty line. This means they live on less than $US2.00 a day. This was a clear statics from the World Bank. This means that Liberians are having a lot of trouble getting more to their self then just living. Looking at health care, education, security and lot more.
Let look at the safety of people living in Liberia. The security system in Liberia is poor and can’t be trusted to certain extend. Liberia is one of those places where you need to be on your guard almost everywhere. Monrovia gets much worse at night, but it can be dangerous during the day as well. Areas occupied and frequented by foreigners aren’t regarded as safe, even though they are (marginally) safer than other areas.
If you are finding it hard to know what language Liberians speak then it is certain that you have interest in become a Liberian or getting to interact with Liberians. Liberia is a multilingual country where more than thirty languages are spoken.English is the official language. None of the languages group forms a distinctive majority. The native languages can be grouped in four language families: Mande, Kru, Mel, and the divergent language Gola.
Liberia has been rich from it’s origin but what are the leaders doing with the riches. Overview. Liberia has rich mineral deposits and historically, mineral extraction–particularly of iron ore, gold and diamonds—has been one of the leading export sectors for the country. Diamond deposits, primarily alluvial and artisan diamond mining, are widespread in most parts of the country.
Do we have industry in Liberia? This is a big and might question people ask often in the street and if there are some, what are their contribution? Liberia Industry Sectors. The Liberian economy largely depends on agricultural productivity. The industrial sectors contribute 5.4% to the country’s GDP and employ almost 8% of the working population. The major Liberian industry sectors include mining, oil and electricity.
Liberians are not people who are hard to learn. They often find it possible to gather education in their best and possible way to interact with the out side world. According to UNESCO Liberia, it has an adult literacy rate of 42.94%. While the male literacy rate is 60.77%, for females is 27.03%, showing a big gap between the sexes. Compared to the rest of countries Liberia has a low literacy rate. The literacy rate, has increased in recent years. This means the ladies need to get up and make it to the level of the men, gender equity should run in everything including literacy. (Just a teaser).
It’s the song of everyone living in Liberia, unemployment. everyone wants to work and be able to take care of the homes, to have a better life. Unemployment Rate in Liberia increased to 2.40 percent in 2017 from 2.30 percent in 2016. Unemployment Rate in Liberia averaged 5.85 percent from 1980 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 15.90 percent in 1983 and a record low of 2.30 percent in 2010. This is not too great. In Liberia the only place people seek jobs is the government, reasons why they see this as a means to get quick money and other great help that the government can render. Nowadays Liberians are getting their own initiative and business paying them off, but it depends on the population and how many people can afford what they offers.
Liberia sign the declaration of independence in July 16, 1847, Liberia was said to be founded as a Christian nation. Christianity is the leading religion in Liberia. According to the 2008 National Census, 85.5% of Liberia’s population practices Christianity. Muslims comprise 12.2% of the population, largely coming from the Mandingo and Vai ethnic groups. The vast majority of Muslims are Malikite Sunni, with sizeable Shia and Ahmadiyya minorities. If you intend to visit Liberia and studying any other religion , now you know the religion groups in Liberia and the dominate.
The educational system in Liberia is not so good. Liberia primary school system is free, that is from the government institution. Primary and secondary education is free and compulsory from the ages of 5-16 though enforcement of attendance is lax. … Liberia’s education sector is hampered by inadequate schools and supplies, as well as a lack of qualified teachers and corruption.(This act of still not working as it was to be).
Liberia – Crude death rate. In 2016, death rate for Liberia was 7.9 per 1,000 people. Death rate of Liberia fell gradually from 26 per 1,000 people in 1967 to 7.9 per 1,000people in 2016. Crude death rate indicates the number of deaths occurring during the year, per 1,000 population estimated at midyear.
Do Liberia have a culture? Liberia is unique amongst African states in that it was founded by freed slaves from the American South, bringing with them their own culture and displacing ancient tribes who’d farmed the land and traded with European enclaves in west Africa for centuries.
With our current and past leadership people question if Liberia is a democratic state. Liberia is still in transition from dictatorship and civil war to democracy. Liberia’s government is based on the American model of a republic with three equal branches of government, though in reality the President of Liberia has usually been the dominant force in Liberian politics.
No need to ask, What Country is Liberia. Lying on the Atlantic in the southern part of West Africa, Liberia is bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire. It is comparable in size to Tennessee. Most of the country is a plateau covered by dense tropical forests, which thrive under an annual rainfall of about 160 in.
Liberians are not the type of black people that wear too much of native wear/clothes. Generally, in urban areas Liberians are more likely to dress in typical Western style dress (jeans and t-shirts), while in more rural areas Liberians wear more traditional West African attire. Traditionally men wear short or long pants with a loose round-neck shirt
Liberians and other people around the world who don’t know much about Liberians, claimed that Liberia was founded by the United State of America. Although some freed American slaves did settle there, Liberia was actually founded by the American Colonization Society, a group of white Americans—including some slaveholders—that had what certainly can be described as mixed motives.
Liberia go a flag color that is similar to the United State of America flag. The Flag of Liberia or the Liberian flag bears a close resemblance to the flag of the United States, showing the freed American and ex-Caribbean slaves offspring and bloodline origins of the country. The Liberian flag has similar red and white stripes, as well as a blue square with a white star in the canton.
Last of all let this question be answer. Is Liberia developing? Introduction. Liberia is a low-income country that relies heavily on foreign assistance. … Liberia is one of 14 countries that have recorded impressive Human Development Index (HDI) gains of more than 2% annually since 2000, according to the Global Human development report released by UNDP.