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The late Peter Donald wake/funeral
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Just the other day last week, I saw on television five former and current presidents of the United States together at a function beaming with smiles and having handshakes with one another. They are Jimmy Carter, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton, and George W. Bush, all former presidents, as well as Barack Obama, the current president.
I was very excited for the fact that the practice of true democracy in America has culminated to four former presidents still living to tell the stories of their preisidencies to their grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even if life permits, to their great, great grandchildren to come.
These four former presidents-Carter, Bush, Clinton, and Bush W.-are enjoying their retirement benefits in terms of dollars, cents, and security because those are entitlements stipulated for them in the United States Constitution
Should anyone of them have health problem, there are medical benefits to treat them right away. Bush Sr. and Clinton are examples. They were admitted in hospitals and were given the appropriate treatments for their medical conditions.
But in Liberia, it is a different story altogether. Ellen Sirleaf is the current president. She is in her second term and I have not seen any former president of Liberia and her together at any function. Oh, let me clear my own concern that it will never happen.
Reason is, the last time I did a fact check on former presidents of Liberia this is what I found out. Tolbert was killed in 1980, and his shattered body was dumbed somewhere in the Palm Grove Cemetery on Center Street in downtown Monrovia, Doe was butchered like an animal in 1990, and his mutilated body was deposited in Island Clinic on Bushrod Island, and Taylor is reportedly singing "Amazing Grace" with 50 years his backup gazing at a prison wall in the Hague since last year.
Oh, lest I forget, there was also Moses Blah, who just served two months as president. I forgot Liberia had a former president residing in the country because hardly did I hear anything about former President Blah until his death three days ago.
This man, may I say former president, was ill and there was no medical benefit or any kind of provision made to "airlift" him from Liberia and bring him for medical treatment to the United States in order to save him.
The only thing I heard was President Sirleaf saying she was about to make arrangement for President Blah to be airlifted through the UN for medical treatment abroad. Yet, Finance Minister Amara Konneh, a 'little dog' government official was airlifted on taxpayer's expensive and brought to the United States where his his self-inflicted brain-swollen condition was treated unlike former President Blah, a 'big dog' former government official who was only provided a generator and was given $2,000 by President Sirleaf every month while he was sick and finally died.
The question that I am pondered by is when will Liberia-like America-ever have a sitting president and JUST ONE former president EVER be together at a function to share smiles, jokes, and shake hands as a sign of democracy to emulate America?
I am not even sure whether after her term in 2017, President Sirleaf will be in the country to shake hands with a 'President Who?' at a function just like Carter, Bush, Clinton, and Bush W. did with Obama the other day on television.
In closing, I say may the soul of our former president rest in peace(?) and life perpetual shine upon him, too.
Ex-police chief, et al dumped
Jurors in the criminal case involving former Police Director Beatrice Munah Sieh-Brown and four others Thursday brought down a unanimous guilty verdict against the five defendants.
However, the guilty verdict was beclouded with suspicion after defense lawyers took exception.
The defense lawyers rejected the verdict after it was noticed that the jurors requested for additional verdict forms while in their deliberation room although they were given two of the forms earlier.
The court did not hesitate but gave additional four verdict forms as requested by the empanel jury.
When the jurors returned from their deliberation room, they provided one form on which their guilty verdict was written.
But the defense lawyers requested the court to ask the jurors why they sent for additional forms when only one form contained their guilty verdict.
The jurors told the court that they made mistakes on the first form therefore they needed additional forms.
Not satisfied with the jurors' answer, the defense lawyers requested that the form on which the mistakes were made be produced.
Interestingly, when the jurors produced the form, it was tore into pieces thereby creating suspicion as to why they tore the form if it contained honest error.
As a result, Judge Yussif Kaba ordered an investigation into the matter to establish what was written on the destroyed form.
Earlier, as the Clerk of the court read the jurors' unanimous guilty verdict, the defendants became mute as they looked at the jurors in a state of bewilderment.
According to our reporter, as the verdict was read, Judge Kaba's countenance changed. The court became uncontrollable as the audience was seeing discussing the jurors' decision and the destroyed form.
The jurors were later taken to their deliberation room while prosecuting and defense councils tried to put the destroyed form together to establish what was written on it.
Madam Sieh-Browne and others are being accused of stealing over US$199,000 intended to buy uniforms and other accessories for the Liberia National Police.
The five criminal suspects were indicted by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), after the Justice Ministry said it could not proceed with the case because of lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute.
The defendants are charged with theft of property, criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and economic sabotage.
But the five defendants have since pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them by LACC.
Where are they now, and why are they quiet?
By Joseph Toe
The only politician whose whereabouts is known is Baccus Mathews, and the reason why he is quiet is because he is deceased.
However, that ones like Togba Nah Tipoteh, Amos Sawyer, Henry Boima Fahnbullah, Jr., Commany B. Wesseh, Kofi Woods, and Augustine Ngafuahn, just to name a few are living witnesses of high tech rampant corruption in the government of President Ellen Sirleaf and saying ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about it is to me sickening, vexing, and miserably shameful.
There were those guys, who back in the prestigious days of Liberia during the Tolbert and Doe governments, respectively, delivered powerful speeches at the University of Liberia, made press statements, and demonstrated against Tolbert and Doe for corruption and injustices in their governments.
Though they were arrested and sent to jail for their actions, thousands of Liberians-mostly students-were killed in the aftermath simply because they answered their calls by joining their rallies with the conviction that those men were truly acting "IN THE CAUSE OF THE PEOPLE." Now, here are these very guys living in Liberia with some of them both spectators and players in President Sirleaf's organized corruption game, but saying nothing.
Where is Amos Claudius Sawyer now-the man for whom scores of students of the University of Liberia were killed and violently raped by armed soldiers when they demonstrated on the unversity campus demanding his "immediate release" from the Post Stockade on August 22, 1984? Sawyer was a vocal critic of corruption and injustices in the Doe government. And because the government could not use that as a tangible reason, they pinned him with a bogus coup plot and arrested him prompting the LU students' nearly week long demonstration that punctuated in the death and rape of many of them when soldiers-upon the orders of then Defense Minister, Gray D. Allison who, too, was ordered by Doe to "move or be removed"- brutally and violently dispersed them that fateful August day.
It is ironic to note, but very intriguing to state that Sawyer, the man who chaired the committee that drafted the Constitution of Liberia which is the organic law of the land would himself violate the very document by being part of a chorus group that sang corruption songs against Doe, and later planned and executed a war that ousted a constitutionally elected government and destabilized a civilize country.
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especially victims of the August 22 massacre at the university that Sawyer was only doing this for self-aggrandizement (1) being interim president during which he would buy a home in Virginia in a relatively short period of time as well as spreading millions of dollars in his personal international bank accounts and (2) being chairman of a governance commission where he is making over $7,000 a month that he reportedly said is incommensurate for him when apparently most of those very students graduated from college and still are looking for job today.
Where are Togba-Nah Tipoteh and Henry Boima Fahnbulleh, Jr., the "big dogs" of MOJA (Movement for Justice in Africa) whose simplly name mentioning on radio and television news drew thousands of Liberians to their radio and television sets in Liberia? These two attracted considerable crowds when they spoke at public gatherings and preached against corruption and inustices in governments. The poor "masses" believed in them and looked up to them, but now that they are in positions in Sirleaf government, they became mute with corruption at its best worst. Tipoteh heads the "Vision 2030 Committee" and Fahnbulleh is advisor to the president on national security. Get it?
Where are Commany Wesseh, Agustine Ngafuahn, and Kofi Woods? During these guys days at the University of Liberia, demonstrations, leaflets writing, and protests against the Doe administration became the order of the day with them. Then president of the Liberian Student Union (LINSU) in 1980, Wesseh delivered a powerful statement criticising the PRC government and calling for its early return to civilian rule. The ring leaders of LINSU were arrested of course and jailed. A little over 25 years later, Wesseh was given a position in Sirleaf government. Ngaguahn and Woods were advocates for social and political justice in Liberia. Ngafuahn soon became the second finance minister in Sirleaf government, and later was appointed foreign minister, a position he holds despite having no discipline in international relations nor having foreign service experience. Woods was first labor minister, and now is public works minister. Oh, by the way, I just heard two days ago in a social gathering that Woods has completely rebuilt and redesigned his US-based girlfriend's house in Liberia. The girlfriend, whose name I withhold, will soon be relocating to Liberia and will eventually marry to Woods, according to a source in the gathering that came from Liberia recently.
In conclusion, what prompted this posting is the latest development within the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) where the former LAA, managing Ellen Corkrum, allegedly funneled more than half of a million dollars to a US-based ghost company for a contractual work at the Roberts International Airport that was never done in the first place. In fact, fresh reports have it that Ellen Corkrum and her boyfriend Melvin Johnson who was also part of this corruption deal already left the country via RIA amid investigation into the saga.
Mind you, Tipoteh, Sawyer, Fahnbulleh, Wesseh, Ngafuahn, and Woods, the six that were advocates aganst corrution and injustices during the Tolbert and Doe eras, are still living when the very ills are continuing at worst in the Sirleaf era. This is the reason why I simply and fairly ask Where Are They, And Why Are They Quiet?"
Advice to President Johnson-Sirleaf
|H.E. Ellen Sirleaf
Republic of Liberia
The Ellen Corkrum, the Musa Bility, and all those connected with the airport saga-FIRE THEM!
I advise this because you saw how British Prime Minister Cameroun embarrassed you with facts about corruption when he addressed the just-ended HLP meeting at City Hall to which you played host recently. He said there cannot be achievable poverty reduction when corruption and injustice are the centerstage of governance. Your counter-part had to step up and speak bluntly without biting his tongue-not in a closed door meeting with you-but at an international forum such as the HLP meeting to tell you about the level of corruption in your government. How embarrassed I know you were!
So, Madam President, I advise again that you start from Cockrum and Bility by firing them and turning them over to the appropriate government agency for investigation. And, if the facts are indisputable, they must be turned over to the Justice Ministry for prosecution. I believe this will send the right message and help save your face in your strive to fight corruption.
Be reminded Madam President that Tolbert was not assassinated because he was corrupt, but because he did little or nothing to fight corruption in his government.
Be also reminded Madam President that corruption was one of the reasons behind the war you planned and admittedly contributed $10,000 of your personal money to help sponsor. In the end, Doe was disgracefully butchered to death. Again, not that Doe was corrupt, but because he did little or nothing to curb corruption in his government. So he paid the ultimate price.
And now, Madam President, you are occupying the very seat in which Tolbert and Doe once sat when political parties, student groupings, and EVEN YOU accused them of corruption in their governments and other forms of injustices in the country. The same corruption is ongoing in your government, too.
What prompted me to write this letter to you through this open forum is predicated on the fact that the leader of another country is moved by the wave of corruption in your government and had the audacity to speak about it openly. Then few days later, a local daily carried a story about corruption within the airport management involving Ellen Corkrum, Musa Bility, and others.
Prime Minister Corkrum did not accuse you of corruption, nor am I either, but the fact that the likes of Corkrum and Bility are accusing each of corruption in the administration of an agency in which one is manager and the other is a board member is making you the blame. For this reason, I am asking you to fire both of them to send the message that you have a new attitude against corruption since the HLP meeting.
In closing, I write this letter because besides you being president of Liberia and the first female president in Africa, I see you as a mother and respect you as such as well as president. My fear, Madam President, is for you to end like Tolbert and Doe because of the doings of others.
You have more than four years to right the wrongs, and the time to start is now by firing Corkrum and Bility as example.
This is my advice.
May God bless the works of your hands and save the country.
Trenton, New Jersey
May 7-18, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 19
In The Wake Of Othello Warrick's Threat To Journalists
THEY ARE SILENT
...Sirleaf, Sawyer, Weah, Tah, Samukai Saying Nothing
Sirleaf-President Sawyer-Governance Weah-Political leader
Tah-Justice Minister Samukai-Defense Massaquoi-Police
Since the threat unleashed on journalists by Othello Warrick, Director of Executive Protective Services (EPS) during World Press Freedom Day in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County early this month, neither President Sirleaf, politicians, nor any member of the law enforcement apparatus has ever said anything, but remained silent. Click and read FootprintsNewsAfrica's analysis of the situation that caused journalists in Liberia to carry out a blackout on government in a bid to seek redress.
WAJA: Fire Warrick
The West African Association of Journalists (WAJA) of which the Press Union of Liberia is member, has written a position letter to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf calling for the immediate termination of Othello Warrick, Director of the Executive Protective Services (EPS), for threatening the lives Liberian journalists. Click and read the full text of the letter lifted from frontpageafricaonline.
Things Falling Apart in Alan's Govt.
Zeogar Wilson Booted Out!
AUMC women to hold Mothers' Day honoring program Saturday
The women of the African United Methodist Church (AUMC) in Trenton, New Jersey will be holding a fundraising banquet in honor of women at the Ascension Marthoma Banquet Hall in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Saturday.
The Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee, Arlene Tarty, told FootpritnsNewsAfrica earlier today nearly 10 women will be honored at the banquet which is intended "to bring all women together" and recognize them for their serivices to church and humanity during this year's Mothers' Day celebration.
Prominent amongst those to be honored is Mae Elliott, a staunch and supportive member of the AUMC who Tarty described as "really dedicated and committed woman" of AUMC. "Mae Elliott is hardworking and never missed a day in church," Tarty said, adding "she always contributes to everything that is done at the church."
She noted that women of Elliott's caliber deserves to be recognized and honored during the impending banquet.
Guest speaker for the occasion is Oneka Sangster, a school principal, according to Tarty during a brief interview this afternoon. She said tickets for the banquet which starts at 7 p.m. are being "sold like hot cake," noting that for further information regarding the banquet she can be reached at 609-332-5230.
WHO WANTS TO KILL ESTHER?
Esther "E-Lo" Williams
Isn't She Lovely?
...Mother Greenfield feted on her 80th natal day
There's an old Liberian adage 'old lady past young girl.' Mother Nellie Zoe Carter Greenfield, the woman in the picture above, depicts the truism of that adage evidenced by her smooth and sensational skin, coupled with her beauty that is like a bunch of roses. At an incredible age 80, Mother Greenfield dances like a fig to the extent that her dancing partner missed a couple of steps on the dance floor during a geek honoring her natal day at the West Trenton Ball Room in Trenton last Saturday. Mother Grenfield has six children, 18 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren whose stories she tells as she lives. Uvet Greenfield-Williams is one of her daughters. Paying tributre to her mother during the occasion, she hopes and prays that Mother Greenfield lives 20 more years so they will celebrate her centennial anniversary. Click for photos.
Happy birthday to a child of love...She turns 4 today
Her father is a journalist, her mother, an industrial worker, and herself, a little child who's ambitious to perhaps take a father's place when he retires from the profession he's pationate about-journalism. This little child spends much of her time with her father in his office at night while he's working on the week's editions of his paper, Footprints News and its internet version, FootprintsNewsAfrica. She asks her father for a pencil and paper to write. And when they are provided her, she scribbles on the entire sheet until there is no more room to write. That really reflects someone with the ambition of becoming a journalist just like her father did when he was little until he is today. Born April 29, 2009, Snortenee, commonly called "Snortee," turns four years old today. For this reason, her mother, Patricia Krah and the rest of the Toe Family say "Happy Birthday" to this child of love. Click
GAY NBA STAR!
Jason Collins, a center of the Boston Celtics, shocked America and the sports world when he disclosed that he is gay. "I am gay athlete, and I feel proud to come clean about it out of the closet," he told Sports Illustrated in an interview yesterday. Click and hear details about Collin's gay lifestyle in an interview with ABC's George Stephonapolous aired on the network's 'Good Morning America' program this morning.
Thousands throng Liberian youth's funeral in New Jersey
Above is the casket bearing the remains of the late Cornelius "Yaya Boakai (inset) during his funeral at the Assemblies of God Church in Hamilton, New Jersey last Saturday. Thousands of Liberians and other nationals from all walks of life converged at the church to pay their last respects to the youthful Liberian killed violently by gun a little over three weeks prior. See details.
"40 Minutes Too Late"
...Yaya died before police arrived on the scene
Liberian business guru celebrates her
in a grand lavish Hollywood style
Jackie Quaye is 'a one in a million woman that puts her money where her mouth is. So when the managing director of the PJ Enterprise she jointly owned with her husband, Patrick, spent a hefty undisclosed amount of thousands of dollars for her 50th birth anniversary celebration in Trenton last Saturday, it reflected what she has told her invitees that her party would be second-to-none amongst all parties this year. Details
Pastor, Wife In Alleged $46,800 Scandal At GRT
Korboi Muingbeh has been an influencial pastor with everything at his dictates and disposal. Click and find out how he and his wife, Demetra siphoned a total of $46,800 from the Greater Refuge Tabrnacle Ministries International, Inc in Levittown, Pennsylvania and converted same to their personal use.
Entangled in love, sex web
Pastor Falls From Grace To Grass Read
Korboi Muingbeh (Fired)
Terror Attack At Boston Marathon
...3 dead, 138 injured
Terror was again reined on America by two mid-day bomb blasts during the marathon in Boston, Massachusettes killing three and injuring 138 yesterday. Federal, State and Local law enforcement officers have launched a massive dragnet to find in a bid to find the perpetrators of the lethal act that has America on its heels. More
LIBERIAN YOUTH SHOT, KILLED IN TRENTON
Cornelius "Yaya" Boakai (center with mic), son of Morris and Selina Boakai, died after been shot by an unknown assailant in one of Trenton's most notorious areas on Thursday evening. News about his death rocked the Liberian community in disbelief making most people to ask the million dollar question "why?" More
Samukai's Rants, Police Street Acrobatics By Sherman Seequeh
Police and military personel patrol the streets of Monrovia last Friday to engage would-be demonstrators that would have dared step in the streets to demonstrate on April 12 upon orders of Defense Minister Samukai and Police Instpector-General Mssaquoi. Read Sherman Seequeh's appraisal on how bad governance under President Sirleaf has become the order of the day in Liberia.
Pastor blasts Hypocrites
The Pastor of the African United Methodist Church in Trenton lashed out at those predending to have loved the late Patrick Nywah, but never showed it until his death. "They are now saying they care for him and love him after he is dead," Maniyeh said when he delivered the eulogy at the deceased's funeral last Saturday. More.
The Awodes begin another20 years in marriage
Lionel and Grace Awode first tied the knots and became husband and wife in Monrovia,Liberia in 1983. Then 20 years later, they renewed those vows promising to stay together until death do them part last Saturday. They were sitting at the dinner table durng a lavish reception following the renewed marriage at their Freedom Worship Ministry in Trenton,New Jersey when our cameraman snapped in full attention. Click for more wedding pictures.
Poised 2 b 1
“The die is cast,” says Julius Caesar on crossing the river Rubicon to invade Italy in 49 B.C.As for Kladee Krah and Alonzo Munyeneh, the decision is reached and the date for their wedding is set for June 14, 2013 at which time they will join together as one in what is perceived as an elaborate wedding dubbed “wedding of the year.” Invitations are already in the mail to that effect. Kladee is a long time resident of the Liberian community, a working person, and a woman of substance with high moral aptitude. Munyeneh, though unpopular in the community, has a proven quality of an intellect and a gentleman. He is cool, smooth, and politically inclined, but plays a low profile unlike his fiancee who is a high profile personality in the community. However, what is intriguing about the soon-to-be couple is the commonality they share. Apart from being profoundly in love with each others, they share the same title as former presidents of their indigenous tribal organization-the Kplepo Association in the Americas. So , it is no accident that Kladee and Munyeneh are getting married given the enormity of the bond they share and the many years of experience logged on their resume. Although the wedding will be comprised of a minute bridal party of less than 10 persons, the manner in which it is planned and will be executed makes it potentially ‘the wedding of the year’-come June 14.
Tipoteh Turns 'Michael Jackson'
..Thrills a Liberian church with a gospel song on Easter
The African United Methodist Church (AUMC), the largest Liberian denomination in Trenton, New Jersey got a boost in its morale when former presidential candidate, Togbah Nah Tipoteh, paid a surprise visit with the church during its Easter Sunday worship. Added to that, the former Standard Bearer of the Freedom Aliance Party who made three failed attempts to win the presidency during general elections in Liberia, thrilled the congregation at AUMC in a Michael Jackson fashion when he sang a gospel song in his Kru vernacula.His voice was so melodious the congregation got on their feet in ovation. Tipoteh did his song after church pastor, John Maniyah introducd him at the end of his sermon. Earlier, Tipoteh thanked the pastor and said he was happy to worship with the Methodist church as he, too, is a Methodist with membership at the S. Troyan Nagbe United Methodist Church in Monrovia.
Pastor Peabody tells his members, congregants
"LOOK TO THE CROSS"
Churches in the Liberian community of Trenton, New Jersey were jam-packed to capacity on Easter Sunday with pastors of the various denominations delivering powerful sermons about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Henry Peabody of the First International Baptist Church on Stuyvesant Ave was in the number. Click to read the heart-touching sermon that Peabody delivered to his congregation.
Pastor Allegedly Embezzles $13,000 From Church
...He's suspended from the pulpit, under probe
In Brooklyn, New York is a Liberian church of the ethnic Grebo Tribe where corruption of church funds by the pastor has shocked members of the nearly three decades old denomination. Church members are seeking the removal of the young pastor who they said has violated their trust. FootprintsNewsAfrica is withholding the names of the pastor, the church, and all other characters in this startling drama. More.
20 years in marriage
...The Awodes to renew their vows Saturday
The Pastor of Freedom Worship Church, Rev. Dr. Lionel Awode and his wife, Grace will renew their vows Saturday after 20 years of unshakened marriage that brought forth six biological and two non-biological children. Understanding and cooperation has been the bedrock of their marital life, and "with God being the head of it all" tarred their marriage to such longevity. Renewing their vows is to to restate their commitment and love for each other as they intend to contiuously stay together till death do them part. At hand to officiate the vow renewal that takes place in their church edifice will be Rev. Deborah Britts, Emmanuel Kpehe, Father and Mothr Frances Duncan, all of the Freedom Worship Church. Standing with the Awodes will be all their eight children. Reception follows thereafter at an undisclosed location.
LCA opens door for new community center
For the firtst time in history, the Liberian Community in Trenton acquired a community center. Cutting the ribbon of the center which will serve the recreation needs of the residents is Olive Bonner, Chaplain/General of the LCA last Saturday. More
Johnson/Nyenkan Team forecast victory in LCA impending election
2 church members escape death
Mary Gobah (left) and Moses Nyenpan (right) are members of the Jesus Christ the Answer Ministry (JCTAM) in Trenton, New Jersey. Both gave separate testimonies in church last Sunday about God's divine mercy that spared their lives in apparent heart attacks that nearly killed them. More
SIRLEAF TO VISIT JEADEPO AUGUST
FootprintsNewsAfrica has reliably learned that President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will visit the Jeadepo Statutory District, Sinoe County in Southeastern Liberia-come August, 2013. Sirleaf's impending visit prompted by the instrumentality of her long time friend and political strategist, Nagbe Sloh-a son of Jeadepo-will take her to Upper, Central, and Lower Jeadepo, the three locales of the Jeadepo Chiefdom. More
Sirleaf, Sloh 'friendship' a plus for Jeadepo...How it all started
When legendary singer Dionne Warwick made "That's what friends are for,' the truism of it is reflected in the mother/son-like relationship between President Ellen Sirleaf and robust writer/journalist, Nagbe Sloh bringing the smart son of the soil of Jeadepo in close contact with the first female president of Africa and Nobel Peace laureate in person, on phone, text messaging, or email almost daily. Read more written by Footprintsnewsafrica publisher, Joseph Toe, and find out how the two became connected in a friendship that is convincingly unshakable and seemly unbreakable.
Former NEC Boss Breaks Long Silence
By Tarnyennoh Nyenka
The 2011 presidential elections are long over, and the pronounced winner, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, has already served one full year of her six-year term. But the credibility of the election remains in question as the two main opposition parties – footballer George Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and lawyer Charles Walker Brumskine’s Liberty Party (LP) – and many Liberians continue to cry foul. Recently, Mr. Bai Mayson Gbala, former Secretary-General of the late Samuel Kanyon Doe’s National Democratic Party of Liberia, wrote an article in which he questioned the conduct of the 2011 elections and the circumstances leading to the departure of the man who preside over the elections, James Fromayan, who has remained silent since he was forced out in November 2011 before round two of the election.Well, Mr. Gbala’s piece has practically dragged Mr. Fromayan out of his silence and forced him to explain what he believes transpired during the election. The following is Mr. Fromayan’s statement, published in Monrovia last week: More
Pope: I Want You To Bless Me
Minutes following his election at the Vatican earlier today, Pope Francis told an ocean of faithfuls that gathered at the Square to pray for him as he assumes the task as leader of the world's most prominent religious denomination-The Roman Catholic Church. "I want you to bless me," he said to a dense crowd of people from all walks of life to catch a glimpse of him and be a part of history. All along, Pope Francis who is Mario Bergoglio, an Argentine Arch-bishop, was never among the array of front-runners during the election process, but soon became a surprise favorite in the 11th hour of the process. Read more
Thank God for Pelleh Hemgren
The management and staff of FootprintsNewsAfrica wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to God, the Divine Provident, for having had his watchful eye on Mr. Pelleh Hemgren (right in photo above) during the period of his heart surgery at a hospital in Stockholm, Sweden early last week. It was successful. May the good Lord continue to give him strength as he recovers. Sitting with Mr. Hemgren is his wife,Lois who is President of Dujar Liberia and Dame Commander-Knight Great Band in the Order of African Redemption.
...Konneh Reportedly Losing Memory Slightly
Reports reaching FootprintsNewsAfrica have it that Finance Minister Amara Konneh is seemly having slight memory loss evidenced by his steady fashion of forgetfulness nowadays. A source close to the young and brilliant minister who has instilled fiscal discipline in government's revenue spending since becoming minster hinted our publisher yesterday that Konneh "starting to forget things." According to the source, "Amara started forgetting the names of some of the people and friends he knows and asking them for their names when they reach him," the source whose name is being withheld said. "Sometimes he forgets things your talk about, and he will ask repeatedly before he will remember when he is told," the source added. Early last week, Konneh was reported to have collapsed and fainted due to high stress level and fatique, and was rushed to the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia for treatment. Doctors at the hospital found Konneh's brains swelling so he was rushed out of Liberia on a UN plane to the United States for intensive caring. He was treated in an unspecified hosopital in Pennsylvania and released. The source said Konneh is out of the hospital and is at home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he is restricted from using phone and laptop. "His cellphone and laptop are taken away from him as a result of his present medical condition," the source said. The source did not give further details. FootprintsNewsAfrica will keep you posted should additional information become available on the condition of the minister.
8-Year-Old Girl Surprises ULAA Trenton Chapter
As little as she is, Phyllis Quaye thinks big. The 8-year-old and 3rd grader at the Joyce Kilmer Elementary School wants to be president of the Liberian Community Association of Trenton and the Metropolitan Areas, a chapter of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas when she reaches the qualifying constitutional age of 35. Her plan is to unite the community. However, since Phyllis is 27 years away before persuing her dream in community politics, she did something that took members of the association by complete surprise during their general assembly meeting last Sunday. More
Zeogar: I have an address,
I do not live with Kokro like Andrew Gursay
...He takes 'Footprints' publisher to task about his residency issue
He is well-known, active, and instrumental. He brought change and financial discipline to the Barrolle Sports Association of Trenton, New Jersey making it a financially viable entity through fund-raising programs when he was president of the association over five years ago. Zeogar, as he is commonly called, attempted a run for president of the Liberian Community Association once before, but the issue about his residency became a bottleneck to his presidential ambition and made it a fiasco. It is an issue still haunting him today. Read more
LCA Board Dissolved, President Appoints "temporary" members
The General Body of the Liberian Community Association of Trenton and the Metropolitan Areas dissolved the Board of Directors, and empowered the president to appoint "temporary" board members. More
Happy Birthday to 'Wannoh!'
Today marks the birth anniversary of my daughter, the child in whom I am well-pleased. Details
Blidi pays emotional tribute to his late father
Nancy Richards and Kou joint birthday celebration pictures
February 23-24, 2013 Vol. 2 No. 12
...Pres "worried" about her property, etc. after 2017
What becomes of Prsident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's personal safety and that of her properties in Liberia after her term expires in 2017 is reportedly the factor dominating the daily thoughts of the president and worrying her nowadadys, according to Diaspora Liberians returning from vacation in Liberia recently. More
ARREST M. BROH!
House issues warrant as Sirleaf suspends the mayor
What smells as the beginning of the end of Mary Broh, the all powerful acting City Mayor of Monrovia who has seemingly placed herself above the law since her appointment over years ago, has polluted the Monrovia environment with an arrest warrant and indefinite suspension imposed on her by the House Plenary and the President respectively yesterday.
The simultaneous legislative and presidential actions stemmed from Broh's alleged ostruction of justice and insurbordination to the House Plenary Committee Thursday.
On Thursday, the Plenary Committee of the House of Representative sent to jail Montserrado Superintendent Grace Kpaan for insurbordination, and while the Sargeant-At-Arms of the Liberian Legislature, Brigadier/GeneraL Martin Johnson, was transporting the superintendent to the Post Stockade, Broh allegedly intecepted the sergeant-at-arms and took away the culprit.
Flashback: The Frontpageafricaonline photos above show some of Mary Broh's lawless behavior some of which include (1) making a pregnant woman pump tire (2) jailing a four-month-old baby and the mother, and (3) obstructing the effect of justice by an officer of the law.
Very fumed, the legislators felt Broh had gone too far and voted 49-0 with one absenteism to order her immediate arrest seeking the assistance of the Liberia National Police to effect the order.
Following consultation with President Joseph N. Boakai who kept Sirleaf abreast with the unfolding development, the president announced the immediate indefinite suspension as acting mayor.
It is not known if the police had effected the arrest of Broh . FootprintsNewsAfrica will keep you posted.
...Judge signs "Consent Order For Judgment!
The prolonged court battle emanating from a lawsuit filed by out-going Liberian Community Association President, Tarlow Miller seeking an injunction against James Alan et all from administering the LCA is now over with a New Jersey Superior Court Judge penning his signature on the "Consent Order For Judgment" finally on January 29, 2013 and giving recognition to Alan and others as the "status quo" administration until elections for new officers are held in 60 days from the date the order was signed. More
Williams: Support Liberia's educational system
Gabriel Williams (above), Minister Counselor at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C., has called for increased US financial assistance for the improvement of Liberia's educational system. According to tlcAfrica, the young diploma made the appeal to the United States government when he deputized for Liberia's Ambassador, Jeremiah Sulunteh, during a program commemorating Black History Month at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. last Friday. More
Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail
A South African court granted bail on Friday to Oscar Pistorius, charged with the murder of his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, after his lawyers successfully argued the "Blade Runner" was too famous to flee justice.
The decision by Magistrate Desmond Nair drew cheers from the Paralympics star's family and supporters. Pistorius himself was unmoved, in marked contrast to the week-long hearing, when he repeatedly broke down in tears.
Nair set bail at 1 million rand ($113,000) and postponed the case until June 4. Pistorius would be released only when the court received 100,000 rand in cash, he added.
Less than an hour later, a silver Land Rover left the court compound, Pistorius visible through the tinted windows sitting in the back seat in the dark suit and tie he wore in court.
The car then sped off through the streets of the capital, pursued by members of the media on motorcycles, before it entered his uncle Arnold's home in the plush Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof.
At least five private security guards stood outside the concrete walls, keeping reporters at bay.
Under the terms of his bail, Pistorius, 26, was also ordered to hand over firearms and his two South African passports, avoid his home and all witnesses, report to a police station twice a week and abstain from drinking alcohol.
The decision followed a week of dramatic testimony about how the athlete shot dead model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp at his luxury home near Pretoria in the early hours of February 14.
Prosecutors said Pistorius committed premeditated murder when he fired four shots into a locked toilet door, hitting his girlfriend cowering on the other side. Steenkamp, 29, suffered gunshot wounds to her head, hip and arm.
Pistorius said the killing was a tragic mistake, saying he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder - a possibility in crime-ridden South Africa - and opened fire in a blind panic.
However, in delivering his nearly two-hour bail ruling, Nair said there were a number of "improbabilities" in Pistorius's version of events, read out to the court in an affidavit by his lawyer, Barry Roux.
"I have difficulty in appreciating why the accused would not seek to ascertain who exactly was in the toilet," Nair said. "I also have difficulty in appreciating why the deceased would not have screamed back from the toilet."
By local standards, the bail conditions are onerous but it remains to be seen if they appease opposition to the decision from groups campaigning against the violence against women that is endemic in South Africa.
"We are saddened because women are being killed in this country," said Jacqui Mofokeng, a spokeswoman for the ruling African National Congress' Women's League, whose members stood outside the court this week with banners saying "Rot in jail".
TOO FAMOUS TO RUN
However, Nair said he made his decision in the "interests of justice" and argued that the prosecution, who suffered a setback when the lead investigator withered under cross-examination by Roux, failed to show Pistorius was either a flight risk or a threat to the public.
Roux stressed the Olympic and Paralympics runner's global fame made it impossible for him to evade justice by skipping bail and leaving the country.
"He can never go anywhere unnoticed," Roux told the court.
Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated in infancy forcing him to race on carbon fiber "blades", faces life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.
Prosecutors had portrayed him as a cold-blooded killer and said they were confident that their case, which will have to rely heavily on forensics and witnesses who said they heard shouting before the shots, would stand up to scrutiny at trial.
"We are going to make sure that we get enough evidence to get through this case during trial time," a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority told reporters.
In court, lead prosecutor Gerrie Nel was scornful of Pistorius's inability to contain his emotions. "I shoot and I think my career is over and I cry. I come to court and I cry because I feel sorry for myself," Nel said.
"DEEPLY IN LOVE"
In his affidavit, Pistorius said he was "deeply in love" with Steenkamp, leading Roux to stress his client had no motive for the killing.
Pistorius contends he reached for a 9-mm pistol under his bed because he felt particularly vulnerable without his prosthetic limbs.
According to police, witnesses heard shouting, gunshots and screams from the athlete's home, which sits in the heart of a gated community surrounded by 3-m- (yard-) high stone walls topped with an electric fence.
In a magazine interview a week before her death, published on Friday, Steenkamp spoke about her three-month relationship with the runner, who won global fame last year when he reached the semi-final of the 400 meters in the London Olympics despite having no lower legs.
"I absolutely adore Oscar. I respect and admire him so much," she told celebrity gossip magazine Heat. "I don't want anything to come in the way of his career."
Police pulled their lead detective off the case on Thursday after it was revealed he himself faces attempted murder charges for shooting at a minibus. He has been replaced by South Africa's top detective.
Pistorius's arrest stunned the millions around the world who saw him as an inspiring example of triumph over adversity.
But the impact was greatest in South Africa, where he was seen as a rare hero for both blacks and whites, transcending the racial divides that persist 19 years after the end of apartheid
Valentine's Day Deadly Shocker In South Africa
BLADE RUNNER SHOT AND KILLED GIRLFRIEND! allAfrica
Early in the morning in South Africa today, Reeva Steenkamp, 30, entered the home of her boyfriend, Oscar Pistorius, 26, to pay him a surprise visit on Valentine's Day. But little did she know it will be the wrong surprise that will cause her her life. Pistorius allegedly shot and killed her. The paralympian who was since arrested following the incident, told police he thought his girlfriend was a robber. Photo above shows Pistorius running in a track competion in South Africa. Read more for details about the shooting incident.
Will Africa get the papacy?
...Ghana's Cardinal Turkson among the leads
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana
With the surprise and stunning resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the highest office of the Catholic faith yesterday, talks are now on-going both in the Catholic denomination and the world community regarding who will succeed the world's holiest father whose resignation takes effect February 28, 2013 Immediately following the Pope's announcemnt at the Vatican, an array of Cardinals assembled in the Hall and embarked on discussion of electing from their ranks the pope's successor. Reports being widely circulated speak of Ghana's Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Brazil's Odilo Pedro Scherer, and Italy's Gianfranco Ravasi as those whose names dominate the talks. Read more
Liberian 'Millionaire' Busted
... Blay, another arrested in 'black money' scam
Nyondah Blay-the 'millionaire' Carl Jenkins
Footprints News was hinted in 2011 about a Liberian who reportedly hit the jackpot in New Year and became an instant 'millionaire' that year. Our reporter was dispatched to the car dealership he once owned in Trenton, New Jersey and interviewed him about his 'lifetime wealth during which he begged for anonymity fearing harassment by some relatives and friends. When the the story was published, our phone line rang off the hook with people wanting to know who the Liberian 'millionaire' was, but we refused to breach confidentiality. Unfortunately, however, we are compelled to disclose the name of this anonymous 'millionaire' at this time. He is Nyondah L. Blay. We took the decision based on the latest development about Blay. He, along with another Liberian, Carl Jenkins of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was busted in an alleged 'black money' scam in Camden last weekend. The pair is now in a Camden jail in lieu of $150,000 cash or bond each. More of the story culled from the Friday, February 1, 2013 issue of the Trentonian newspaper.
Crying For The Late Esther
...Deceased draws largest crowd ever in funeral history
Above is the Pastor of Elect Saint of the Redeemer Church, Agnes Gbardoe crying unstoppably during the funeral of the late Esther Peters whose remains are in the casket with the opposite photo showing her sister, Welleh Blay (left) and AUMC's former 'First Lady' Musu Gueh (whiping her tears}. The funeral, held at the African United Methodist Church pulled the largest crowd ever in funeral history last Saturday. Read more
'Nor'easter' invades East Coast
The much-anticipated and long-overdue 'Nor'easter' snow has finally hit with heavy snowfall measured at 6-12 inch overwhelming the East Coast yesterday. Preceded by rain earlier in the day, the snow started falling about 7 p.m. throughout the night to the late hours of this morning. The FootprintsNewsAfrica photo above shows the aftermath the snow on a street in Trenton, New Jersey changing the look of the environment for perhaps the rest of the month.
I rather Doodwicken than 'THIS'!
The picture on the left is a street in Trenton covered with snow, and the one on the right is Doodwicken, the hometown of the publisher of FootprintsNewsAfrica. The publisher said if given an option between living in snow-plagued America with $10,000 and living in Doodwicken with $10.00, he will choose his hometown in a heartbeat. Reason is, this publisher, despite the many years in America, is not accustomed to the snow and doesn't like it all. "It changes my mood with the cold, ice, and dirt associated with it," he said. He promised to not step out for the next two to three days unless it is extremely necessary and forcible for him to do so.
Photo of the week
This future princess had the taste of a party when she attended a kids' Christmas party hosted by the Liberian Community Associaton last December. That event planted a seed of trouble for her mother who she always whines every Saturday to have her dressed up for "the party." So, in spite of the blizzard from last night, this three-year-old reminded her mother anyhow, and she was dressed up again for yet another party that never happened. That's when our candid camera picked her up in her red and black Cinderella outfit.
February 1-2, 2013 Vol. II No. 10
Next? The Judgment!
Irene J. Paasewe The late Esther Peters Famatta N. Soglo
The three women above died on separate dates in Trenton, New Jersey and Yeadon, Pennsylvania, respectively. However, they will all be buried the same day-come tomorrow. Read more
Sirleaf Calls For Transformation
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf addressed a joint session of the Liberian Legislature calling for renewed efforts for the economic , political, and social development of Liberia. "It's time for transformation," she told a jam-packed chamber of Senators Representatives, officials of government and members of the diplomoratic corps at the Capitol Building. A press release by presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Matthew Piah, details the president's firs nationwide address on the state of the state yesterday . More
1O PREGNANT WOMEN DIE IN SINOE
DUE TO BAD ROAD
Just how bad can it get before action is taken by government to improve the road conditions in Liberia now that 10 pregnant women in Sinoe County have reportedly become dead victims to such a national crisis that is having sanctuary on deaf ears? The Front page Africa pictures above exemplify the bad, bad road conditions in the country, and their resultant impassableness by cars left those women no choice but to venture with eight hours of walking distances from their towns to Greenville-the capital of Sinoe County-in an attempt for care and met their demise in the end. The story, culled from allAfrica.com, tells the rest. Read more
"Blessing" For Sale At Bethel Church?
,,,Pastor told members to pay $112.00 each for "double-double blessing"
Napoleon Blamo, Pastor of the Bethel World Outreach Ministry, has asked members of his church to pay $112.00 each in order to get the benefit of a "double-double blessing" from God this year. He was speaking when he delivered the sermon at his church during which he simultaneously officiated the wedding of Calvin and Kumba Pope recently. read more
THE WORLD HAS CHANGED
"African" Sworn In Office 2nd Time As US President
"The world has changed so very much than what it used to be..." said Harold Marvin and the Blue Notes, a black American musical group in their platinum-gone song "Wake Up Everybody" years ago. So true=the world has changed- as an American man born of African descent from Kenya, East Africa, Barrack Obama has taken the oath of office to lead the Great United States for the second consecutive term. He was sworn in office by the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court at the White House yesterday. Read more
"Man-man oh man-man oh-ooo"
..A tribute to a fallen brother
Grant, without first performing CPR cardiopolmonary resuscitation), a binding medical procedure required to revive someone who collapses abruptly as was in your case, a clinical nurse declared you dead. When I got that fateful call from Dennis and arrived on the grounds of that clinic minutes later that evening, I saw you sitting in the front passenger seat of your car leaning bqckward with a beach face cap on your head as if you were asleep. I opened the door, grabbed and shook your body repeatedly while crying and shouting "Tommy-Nah, Tommy-Nah" wake up. But that was in vain. So as I write and pay to you this tribute on behalf of your wife , children, brothers , sisters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren, amongst other relatives, I must admit, without pretending, the tears that boggle in my eyes because of your death and how much we miss you and will never forget you. It was on January 26, 2011-come tomorrow-that death snatched you away from our midst without the simple and humane courtesy of a costless warning in advance leaving us in total shock and disbelief to this day. It will be exactly two years tomorrow since you vanished from us to the Great Beyond. There are some family members who might have forgotten about you feeling comforted. Granted. But I will tell you this brother, not Hawa, your widow, Lois, Monah, and Joanna, your sisters, nor Dennis and me, your brothers. Maybe Dennis and I being the men, do attempt to exert some brevity and vigor not to cry, but be informed that those four women are crying by the day since your death. Especially that your second anniversary in death is tomorrow, only Divine Provident will control their individual moods. "Tommy," you were a kindler, gentler person that cared for people. You were not a proud brother, husband, and father, but an humble person who got along with others, and were easy to get along with as well. You were self-less, reconciliatory, and peaceful. Those attributes defined your character. Why death took you at a time you initiated and were championing the cause for family unity is something that beats our imagination and difficult to fill in the puzzle. All that is happening to us now is dream about you living in our midst as if that is reality. But we wake up from our sleep only to know it's just a dream. Oh what a feeling! Oh what an imagination! Oh what a life we live without you! This is an ungly and unbearable experience, but this is the situation that we have no choice but to deal with and live with for the rest of our individual lives. I promise on behalf of Dennis and myself with Jasper our older brother that never saw you since childhood, there will be continuity in the legacy you left behind. You left and happily joined our old parents, James and Amy Toe, who both predeceased you. May life perpectual continue to shine upon you all as your souls rest in peace in the bossom of Abraham.
NAGBE SLOH GIVEN 'ROYAL'
WELCOME IN JEADEPO
The last time Nagbe Sloh was in Jeadepo, Sinoe County was 1983. Twenty-eight years later, Sloh, along with his wife, Kou and two little girls, was in his hometown of Saybliah where he was received and given a royal style welcome like a prince entering his father's kingdom last December. Click
Beareaved Fiance Speaks Highly Of Late Fiancee Saying
"She Was My Everything!"
Daniel Draper (left) is CEO/Publisher of the Liberian BREEZE in the UnitedStates. Sadly, tragedy hit the photo/journalist when his live-in fiancee, Esther Peters (right), died in a hospital environment last Monday. Draper spoke to FootprintsNewsAfrica Publisher, Joseph Toe, at their 48 Merribrook Circle, Willingboro, New Jersey home Thursday and detailed their more th an five-year relationship giving circumnstances that prevailed prior to his fiancee's abrupt demise. Read more
What killed Esther?
She was a kindler, gentler woman, but the ugly wrath of death swept her from the midst of her loved ones, church members, children, fiance, and a host of other associates Monday. What caused the sudden death of Esther Peters remains a mystery until an autopsy report is complete and released to the bereaved family. Details
Lying on Tarlow Miller
The last thing that Tarlow Miller will do is to dupe anyone under falsehood in order to accomplish her financial interest. Short of that, she is a hardworking wife, mother, and out-going president of the Liberian community in Trenton, New Jersey whose honest work ethics has facilitated her life and that of her entire family. Shockingly, some unscrupulous person whose life is characterized by hook and crook linked the God-fearing woman's name to an email purportedly from her that she was robbed and is stranded in the Philippines asking people to send her money so that she will leave the country. More
Who Will Succeed Ellen Sirleaf?
Concern Mounts As 2017 Presidential List Is Drawn Up
Kofi Woods John Morlu George Weah
Antoinette Sayed Leemah Gbowee Jewel Howard
Jerome Verdier Prince Johnson Kwame Clement
The 2017 general elections are four long years away, but there are now escalting talks amongs Liberians at home and in the Diaspora about who will succeed President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who, by constitutional dictates, will be fullfilling the two-year-term limit and will not be eligible for a third run for president of Liberia. Above are some of a platoon of presidential hopefuls that are being talked about. For more click here.
Esther Peters Is Dead!
Esther Peters, one of Trenton, New Jersey's high profile community personalities whose sense of humor and friendly attributes are admired by those that knew her, has died. The late Peters who was at watch night service at her African United Methodist Church (see photo above), died just 14 days in the New Year. Circumstances that caused the death of Peters were not known up to press time. But FootprintsNewsAfrica will keep you posted when they become available. Esther is seated with her live-in spouse, Photo Journalist, Daniel Draper during watch night service.
Delta Airlines May Be Dangerous
...Sirleaf warned against flying the aricraft until...
culled from allAfrica.com
The head of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority, Richelieu Williams, says unless "certain conditions" are met by Delta Air, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should not use the American airliner in the near future. Read more
...Kesselly feted by family as he relocates to Liberia
Anthony Kesselly (right) and his wife, Korto
Following more than two decades in America-17 of which he worked with the Philadelphia, Pa. Department of Human Services (DHS)-Anthony Kesselly, former President of the ULAA, has retired his job in preference to relocating to Liberia where he has taken up a $3,000.00 monthly salary job as Public Policy Advisor to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai. In appreciation for his services, a dinner was held in his honor under the auspices of his family, friends, and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ULAA, Kooney at a Philadelphia joint last night. Read more
Weah's "amnesty" ridiculed
...Expelled CDCians described it as "belated."
It appears that the "amnesty" the Executive Committee of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) extended to its expelled members giving them six months to return to the party has been given the cold shoulder with those affected ridiculing the gesture and describing it as "belated." Click here for details.
Watch night fever
...Thousands throng churches in the Diaspora
Thousands-if not millions-of Liberians in the Diaspora converged in churches in various states of the union where they sang, danced, and praised God for sparing their lives to the new year. The damsel above was overly excited when the clock struck 12 midnight and everybody started shouting "Happy New Year" at the African United Methodist Church in Trenton where she attended watch night service. Read more
Can A Foreigner Lead A Liberian 'Ball Club?'
Whether a foreign national can be president of a Liberian social and athletic association is a controversial question that is engendering mixed opinions by members of the United States-based IE & Majestic Sports Association of Trenton, New Jersey who are currently in a crisis situation regarding a successor to out-going President, Abu Zoeduah, who has over-stayed his constitutionally required two-year-term since October 2012.
Sam Johnson is poised to run for president of IE, a responsibility that some die-hard members and officials, and even former players are not prepared to impose, but his status as a Nigerian national has created the bottleneck for key past and present officials and members alike to endorse him. Read more
Mothers of the Year' 2013-2014
Patricia "Tetee" Krah
Smith: Be agents of change
Place: First Int'l Reformation Church
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Date: May 17, 2013
The death is announced of Cornelius "Yaya" Boakia which sad event occurred in Trenon, New Jersey on April 11, 2013. Funeral arrangements for the late "Yaya" will be announced later.
Denise Scott gets diploma in medical assistance
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Death strikes the Blidi family
The late Buffor Blidi Toh
Michael Blidi is bereaved.
The former member of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Community Association lost his father to an unspecified ailment, which sad event occurred in Monrovia on January 28, 2013.
It is not clear whether the late Buffor Toe died in a hospital environment or at home as details about his death are scarce.
Plans are underway for a memorial for the late Blidi by his son, Michael and Philip Blidi, former president of the LCA and brother of the deceased.
FootprintsNewsAfrica will keep you posted when further information becomes available.
Swedish Govt. Pledges to Help End Sexual Violence
The Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has promised that it would assist in the battle against sexual and gender based violence in Liberia.
Mr. Per Carlson said the battle to end violence against women is a top priority for Sweden's development assistance to Liberia.
Ambassador Carlson was speaking recently when he led a Swedish delegation to the Star of the Sea Health Center in West Point where the Government of Liberia and the United Nations under the Joint Program on Sexual and Gender Based Violence had established a "one-stop-shop" center for SGBV survivors.
Ambassador Carlson was accompanied by the Head of Development Cooperation at SIDA Monrovia Office, Ms. Gisela Strand, Ambassador Joran Bjallerstedt and Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser, Chief of Staff of the Minister of International Development Cooperation.
The Swedish diplomats were in Liberia to attend the High Level Panel meeting on Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He said Sweden was impressed with the "way in which funds provided the Program has been used.
Speaking earlier, Ms. Esperance Fundira, United Nations Population Fund Resident Representative informed the delegation that the One Stop SGBV Center was established to facilitate the provision of comprehensive services under one roof and minimize the constraints and stigma survivors face in seeking redress.
Ms. Fundira stressed the need for more health facilities aimed at providing comprehensive services like the ones provided at the West Point Health Center.
"We need to strengthen justice at the county level and intensify awareness at community level so that perpetrators are brought to justice and survivors obtain timely redress".
She lauded the partnership between the Government under the leadership of the Ministry of Gender and Development in addressing the issue of sexual and gender based violence.
According to her, "the Joint Program is a good example of how the UN is maximizing on the achievement of results based on each agency's comparative advantage and delivering as one in line with the new environment and the Paris Declaration".
The UNFPA Resident Representative thanked the Government and people of Sweden for the support received by the SGBV Joint Program.
The SGBV Joint Program is a partnership between the Government of Liberia and the United Nations to address sexual and gender based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse through prevention, treatment and psychosocial support to survivors. By Alline L. Dunbar, student journalist, Department of Mass Communications, University of Liberia
Church Official At Major Airport
The Chairman of the membership committee at the African United Methodist Church (AUMC) in Trenton, New Jersey was reportedly brutalized by police recently.
The alleged incident occurred when Fred Nyema accompanied FootprintsNewsAfrica's Publisher, Joseph Toe, to Newark Liberty International Airport to pick his (Toe) niece. Read more
County meet starts in Monrovia
NATIONAL SPORTS MEET ATTRACTS THOUSANDS
(MONROVIA, LIBERIA - January 6, 2013): The 2012/2013 National Sports meet kicked off officially Saturday, January 5, in Harper, Maryland County with a colorful ceremony which attracted thousands of sports enthusiasts and spectators in Maryland and other surrounding counties.
Flashback: Opening of the 2011/2012 County Meet at SKD stadium in Paynesville, Monrovia.
Sports and county officials from the political sub-divisions of the country, carrying their respective county colors, paraded the principle streets of Harper to welcome the ceremony to this coastal city.
At an indoor program later at the Harper City Hall, the Mayor of Harper, on behalf of the county, welcomed the decision by the Ministry of Youth & Sports to stage the official opening ceremony of the event in Harper. The people of Maryland, she said were honor by the selection and assured representatives of the counties of a memorable, peaceful, hospitable environment.
The Minister of State without Portfolio, Ambassador Comany Wesseh, representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, extended warm felicitations from the President to all county sports officials, participants and sports enthusiasts.
Ambassador Wesseh, on behalf the President expressed regrets for her inability to personally witness the opening ceremony, owing to other pressing state matters, but assure participants that the Chief Executive would follow closely the events which he indicated are the heart of government's policy of reconciliation through sports, "because without it our development agenda will be hampered." He also commended officials of the Ministry of Youth & Sports, County officials and sports administrations as well as athletes for gracing the occasion and admonished them to be good sports ambassadors for their respective counties. Minister Wesseh later took the ceremonial kick-off, signaling the official start of the 2012/2013 National Sports Meet.
Other officials speaking at the official opening ceremony included the Minister of Youth & Sports, Mr. S. Tornorlah Varpilah. more
Name: Esther S. Peters
Address: 48 Merribrook Lane
Sunset: January 14, 2013
Funeral: February 2, 2013
Venue: African United Metho
1201 Greenwood Ave
Trenton, NJ 08609
Contact: Daniel Draper
Welleh Blay (609)-963-8196
Name: Famatta N. Soglo
Sunrise: May 17, 1952
Sunset: January 6, 2013
Funeral: February 2, 2013
Venue: Lutheran Church
Address: 189 S. Broad St.
Trenton, NJ 08608
Contact: Buster Younis
THAT TARLOW MILLER was purportedly stranded in Manila, The Philippines , and was begging for money because she was robbed in a hotel in that country is stupid, silly, and an absolute nonsense to the highest gravity. more
The church has failed us
THE BURDEN, AS we see it, now rests on the shoulders of Joseph Kokro to ensure that the existing problem within the Liberian Community Association gets solved so that co-existence amongst its membership takes course within the body politic of this august body. more
We 'R' Back
You, the readers, may have noticed that FootPrintsNewsAfrica has been off the airwave for a while now except for its brief appearance on December 31 to close the year. We sincerely apologize for our disappearance and the inconvenience it may have caused especially when that was done without prior notice as a matter of courtesy to you. more
Just married,'gone' from her family
December 8, 2012 changed the life of Eugenia Jappah, commonly known as "Baby Monah" of Stockholm, Sweden. She's married! The wedding was held on an unrelenting and brutal snow-bl day, but that did not dent the enthusiasm of her family, friends, and invitees who defied nature and thronged the occasion. She is happy that her hopes and aspirations were realized. Her mother, Monah-after whom she was named "Baby Monah," was emotional a bit to see that her endearing daughter has taken the monumental decision by joining in a Holy Matrimony with the man she has decided to spend the rest of her life with. This man is Willie Greenfield, a young striker of the Lone Star of Liberia playing pro in Stockholm. Monah was not along in her feeling. Tumah and Neteh, her older and younger sisters, felt that way, too. But all three wished Eugenia the best as he took on the challenge of a new life. Eugenia, now called Mrs. Greenfield, received a lot of gifts and cards from her relatives and friends for her wedding. But the "greatest of all," as she described it, was the attendance by FootprintsNewsAfrica Publisher, Joseph Toe, her uncle from the United States. Her mother and her sister Neteh made the arrangement for Toe's trip as a "surprise wedding present" that made her shed tears when the publisher appeared at her front door Saturday morning (December 8) just hours before the wedding. She cried with joy and disbelief that her uncle made the trip and saw her given away by her "father" Wlemongar Jappah.