News of the recent death of former Zimbabwean President Robert G. Mugabe at age 95 led me to my Zimbabwe file. You see, I, along with my delegation, served as the first special envoy of Liberia to incoming Prime Minister Mugabe in early April 1980. As history turned, mine was among the last diplomatic missions…
On July 25, 2018, I lamented our claim to independence for not taking ownership of our failings or actions within our control to change the trajectory of our nation. Having read the editorial by FrontPage Africa’s Rodney Sieh published on 25 July 2019, I felt obliged to give a different analysis. There are some points in the piece that I agree with, but a lot I believe are misplaced. I would like to deconstruct the narrative proffered by my countryman, whom I respect and applaud for his excellent investigative reporting.
Once more, we pause to mark the passing of a veteran Liberian diplomat and dear friend, Christopher Tugba Moseh (Moses) Minikon. Ambassador Minikon died on July 4, 2019 in Rockville, Maryland, in the United States, surrounded by his family including his wife Bernadette. He was 86.
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s co-leadership of the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute observer team for the July 30 Zimbabwean elections builds on significant but overlooked historical connections between the two nations.
Liberia, more than most places in the world, is defined and perceived by others through interpretations of its past. If the mainstream narrative on Liberia is to change, it will be a new generation of predominantly Liberian historians that will be responsible for the shift.
When I began my master’s in history at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London in 2015, my intention was to focus on the nexus between African religions and warfare in Kenya (Mau Mau) and other similar insurgent groups during the 20th century.
In the midst of the current 2017 elections season, I have read many flippant remarks about the imminent peaceful transfer of presidential power as a first in Liberian history.
Svend Einar Holsoe, a major contributor to research on Liberian history, culture, and its people, has been reported dead.