Based on our objective understanding of the political history of this space we occupy, we choose to regard as heroes and heroines men and women who out of unselfish drives have played pivotal roles in the socioeconomic and political development of our country.
With a penetrating heart inventorying on the iniquity that is destroying students’ leadership at the University of Liberia, I have decided to rise above the trappings of inborn indifference to expose this illusion of deceit wrapped up in pernicious greed.
Over the past few years, Forbes has taken an interest in Liberia, one of the world’s poorest countries, but also one with promise (under the leadership of of the first democratically-elected woman president, Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) and one which the U.S. holds historical obligations. We’ve traveled there with a delegation of philanthropists, and supported world-class social entrepreneurs like Katie Meyler and Dr. Raj Panjabi, who have since been globally recognized for their efforts to stem the Ebola crisis, and reform the country’s education and health systems, respectively.
“Nothing is as ephemeral as a political alliance”. This was the candid declaration by the late Kekula B. Kpoto, one of Liberia’s iconic political figures who left an indelible mark on the political landscape of this Republic.
Liberian journalist, Moses Owen Browne, Jr., has shifted field, this time into fulltime civil society works. He is now new executive director of the Movement Against Violence and Impunity in Africa (MAVIA), Inc., a civil society organization campaigning for justice, equal participation and human rights.
Building a successful middle class is the newest mantra on the lips of policy makers and would be policy makers, but whether the framework to do so has been devised is a question we can ponder over. One knows in time like these good intensions do not address the imploding challenges that are pivoting the masses in the abyss.
It is not enough to hold colorful ceremonies on October 11 each year to make big speeches about issues confronting girls. It is not enough to sit in our comfort zones and declare rape as a global enemy. It is not enough for nations to enact laws prohibiting child marriage, trafficking and sexual violence without enforcing them. It is just not enough to print mega billboards and create mass awareness on girls’ education.