Skip to main content

US$3,000 Arts and Culture Grant Started For Liberian Musicians

Berenice Mulubah, a Liberian writer and self-described “culture activist” who runs the popular Liberian culture blog C Liberia Clearly is receiving submissions for an Arts and Culture Grant for US$3,000 to help a Liberian musician create a professional music video.
The grant is open to Liberian musicians both in Liberia and the diaspora. Contestants must submit a song they have made, as well as a concept for a music video to accompany it. Mulubah, who is currently funding the grant herself but looking for supporters to donate to it, will select which artist has the strongest song and concept. The deadline to apply for the grant is  October 31.
“The industry is really struggling,” Mulubah said. “The grant is my way of working toward improving the industry.”
C Liberia Clearly’s mission is “to promote Liberian Arts and Culture,” according to Mulubah. “A good 80 percent is on musicians and actors and actresses, fashion, the movie industry,” she said. “100 percent is on anything positive going on. A little bit of politics, a little bit of sports. Just anybody who is doing something positive.”
Mulubah, who was born and raised in Harper, Maryland County, Liberia but now lives in Jacksonville, North Carolina, United States, started C Liberia Clearly about two years ago, after searching for information on Liberian entertainment. “When I googled Liberian entertainers, only Nigerian and Ghanaian entertainers popped up,” she said. “There wasn’t really anybody writing.”
“When you google Liberia, the majority of what you see is what we went through during the war,” Mulubah said. “This is not showing the whole picture of what Liberia is.”
Mulubah wanted for Liberians to be able to “see the whole picture, who we are.” So she started a Facebook page, promoting the Liberian entertainers she knew. The page became very popular. “Right now I’m pretty close to 30,000 followers,” she said. “From the Facebook page I went up to doing a blog.”
Berenice Mulubah, a writer and owner of the popular Liberian culture blog C Liberia Clearly

Mulubah conceptualized and funded the Arts and Culture Grant in response to what she saw as the neglect of Liberian arts and culture. “All the focus is on politics, education, health care, which I’m not saying is not important,” she said.
“It’s like a stepchild in the development process,” she said. “We’re recovering from a civil war and a lot of development needs are being done, but the concentration on arts and culture is not a priority for most Liberians.”
“Liberia has a rich culture that we really don’t know of because a lot of the musicians lack confidence in Liberian arts and culture,” Mulubah said. “So a lot of them try to imitate other arts and culture.”
Mulubah said that much of the reason for this was the dispersal following the Civil War causing many Liberians to lose their sense of identity. “Before the war, even though I was a little girl, I remember dancing, listening to Liberian music,” she said. “I saw people indulging in Liberian culture.”
“We just need to find our way back to who we are and find our way back to enjoying who we are,” she said.
When asked why the grant is only focused on musicians, Mulubah said, “I figured the best way to do this is through music. Everyone relates to music, music is a universal language.”
The winner of the grant must follow stipulations on how the funds will be spent. “The money has to go toward video production,” Mulubah said. ” A lot of the artists are making real good hit songs, but they’re not making any good videos.”
Mulubah has ventured into other aspects of Liberian culture.  She has published a collection of her poems, Landing Safely on a Solid Rock, and is in the process of publishing her second book, Purple Honey Lip. She has also recently registered Zama Records, for which she is looking for talented musicians who emanate professionalism.
Mulubah hopes that more Liberians will be supportive of Liberian arts and culture, both financially and through interest and motivation of artists. “Be more proud,” she said. “Nation-proud. Be patriotic. Enjoy the Liberian music. Enjoy the Liberian food. Enjoy the Liberian fashion. Enjoy being Liberian through arts and culture.”
Mulubah’s Facebook page is available here.  To contact her regarding applying for the Arts and Culture Grant, donating to the grant, or her other work, she can be reached by phone at 910-554-7600 or email at

Source: The Bush Chicken 


Popular posts from this blog

Liberia: Top 7 Iconic Music Videos Directed by Jackie Russ

​By Robert Serge Saint-Pe Alex Nyenga, alias, Jackie Russ has enjoyed a seven-year stint as a videographer which has put him behind the camera of numerous memorable Liberian music videos, earning him several nominations and awards. He has again proven himself as a top-notch video director over the past months, which has landed him nominations for the 2021 MTN – Liberian Music Awards (MLMA) for Best Music Videographer and the 2021 Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA) for Video Director of The Year.  Even if Jackie Russ is not a familiar face, he is definitely a household name who has worked with many top Liberian artists and influential celebrities. One of his unhighlighted gesture is that he gifted Caroline M. Moore, better known as MC Caro with her first ever music video for her song “Bring Our Money Back” in 2018. Here is a look at the top seven iconic music videos directed by Jackie Russ. 7. Christoph Ft. Margas – Hold Your Polaruh (2016) “Hold Your Polaruh” was directed by Christoph

Liberia: President Weah's fatherly role is lauded in an emotional letter written by his presidential aide.

  President George Manneh Weah's Special Presidential Aide, Sekou Kalasco Damaro Jomandy, has praised the Liberian leader for the fatherly role he (President Weah) has played in his personal life over the years. His gratitude to President Weah was expressed in an open letter to the Liberian leader, dated December 24, 2021, in which Presidential Aide Damaro noted that he was short of words to accurately capture the emotions he felt during his recent wedding, as well as the way he continues to feel with the level of fatherly love that President Weah has shown him throughout his life.  Check out the letter below:  H.E. Dr. George M. Weah President of Liberia Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office Capitol Hill Republic of Liberia December 24, 2021 Ref: A letter to my Dearest Dad, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia Mr. President: I pen these few words to you with a very high emotion expressed. In so much gratitude, I am out of words to exactly jot how I felt du

Liberian Movies: Hottest and Sexist Liberian Actors

                                                                      By Berenice Mulubah Checkout the hottest Liberian men in the movie industry.  If you can't stand the heat, don't look. These guys are smoking hot. Here are the10 hottest and sexiest Liberian actors who are burning up the movie scenes.                                                                                     Albert Capeheart   Jose Tolbert   Eddie Waston   Frank Artus   Diezi Dunbar   Bill Myers   Bobby V. Zoe   Montel Swaray   E Owusu Dahnsaw   Dream Debo