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UN asks Liberia to consider 'unfinished business' of war

Monrovia (AFP) - A top UN official said Thursday the world body wanted Liberia to deal with the "unfinished business" of its long civil conflict, for which no one has ever been prosecuted for war crimes. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed was in Monrovia on the eve of the final departure of a UN mission first deployed at the end of the war in 2003 to guarantee the safety of the population. Mohammed told AFP that as the mission wound down and the final peacekeepers leave on March 30, the UN was committed to working on "sustainable development and therefore sustainable peace". She said there would be "an emphasis on the unfinished business, which really is about national reconciliation and the constitution," underscoring the risks of a fragile economy. President George Weah was accused of sidelining war victims when he chose Vice-President Jewel Howard Taylor, the ex-wife of former rebel leader and president Charles Taylor, as his running mate in la…

Nigeria Absent As 44 African Nations Sign Free Trade Area Agreement

 African heads of states and business leaders from across the continent gathered in Rwanda's capital Kigali on Wednesday (March 21), ahead of a historic signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an agreement that would pave the way for continental commerce. Meeting business leaders ahead of the signing on Wednesday, Rwanda's president Paul Kagame addressed delegates and reiterated the need for the treaty, which he said would boost low levels of intra-regional trade, key to the continent's economic well-being. "This agreement is about trade in goods and services. These are the kinds of complex products that drive high income economies," said Kagame. However, the event was overshadowed by the announcement that Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will not be attending Wednesday's signing of the framework agreement. AfCFTA, the brainchild of the African Union was meant to be signed by all 55 members states of the AU, bringing together 1.…

Check out 61yr old Vanessa Bell Calloway 30yrs after 'Coming to America'

Vanessa Bell Calloway, 30 years ago, she played the princess who was rejected by Eddie Murphy's character, Prince Hakeem, in Coming to America.  She turned 61 on March 20th 2018. We both share the same birthday.

Controversial South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu says she got this far despite her "ugly" face

 Controversial South African dancer, Zodwa Wabantu's body, especially her face is often made fun of by people who believe she has masculine features. The dancer, who is popularly known for performing without underwear, once said she can't change her face hence people should learn to live with it. She recently took to her Instagram page to threaten to block anyone who calls her ugly.

Liberia's Ministry of Health Official Momolu Sirleaf Accused of Rape

Ministry of Health official in Liberia and journalist, Mr. Momolu V. O. Sirleaf, who is commonly known in the media circle as ‘VO,’ has been accused and charged for “committing the crime of Statutory Rape in violation of the statute.”
According to the Writ of Arrest in possession of this newspaper from the Paynesville City Magisterial Court, VO, who is now being detained at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) awaiting trial, is charged in violation of Section 14.70 of the New Penal Code of Liberia.
The writ further details that the incident occurred in the Kendeja Community, where the 11-Year-old child had lived with Mr. Sirleaf when he allegedly took advantage of her.
“The Republic of Liberia by and through the assigned city solicitors has charged you, the herein named defendant with the commission of the crime of rape in violation of the statute. The victim was living with you and your wife, who is her aunty."
"When her aunty was in Ghana, you defendant firstly began to fin…

2C Stresses Liberian Music Business is no longer a child’s play

A U.S.-based Liberian artiste, Romeo Mulbah, known affectionately as 2C has called on musicians to raise the bar. He said there is a need for Liberian musicians to produce quality music, if they must rule the world’s music scene.
Mulbah, who spoke to reporters at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) upon his arrival, said many musicians in the country should be mindful of the fact that the profession is no longer a child’s play.  He stressed the need for musicians to embrace professionalism as a code of conduct.
“I am unhappy with the way things are going on in the music world as the music market is daily flooded with unpleasant music. All hands must be on deck to get rid of this menace, which has eaten deep into the growth of the Liberian music industry.
“As long as you believe in yourself, work hard and chase your dream, you will become successful in life,” he said.
The Liberian international star explained that he was 12-years old when he first met his manager, only identifie…