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OP-ED: Liberia Not Yet Ready to Replicate Ghana’s ‘Year of Return’

OP-ED: Liberia Not Yet Ready to Replicate Ghana’s ‘Year of Return’

Across social media, Liberians are salivating at what Ghana was able to accomplish with its Year of Return tourism push. The Ghana Tourism Authority branded its campaign as a “major landmark spiritual and birth-right journey inviting the Global African family, home and abroad, to mark 400 years of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in Jamestown, Virginia.”

OP-ED: The Loyal Opposition

Much of what is occurring in Liberia today is very evocative of the period between 1869 and 1872. The 1869 election pitted the Republicans against the newly formed and insurgent (True) Whigs. Liberia was still a fairly new experiment, but a marvel in terms of black governance. The Republicans had been in power for 22 years. As always, parties that stay long in power tend to become entrenched and detached from reality.

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