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US-based Liberians Donate to Liberia National Police



According to LNP Inspector General, Col. Patrick Sudue, since the police force  was established, the donated speed guns will be the first to be owned by the security force.
The statement was made when Dr. Daniel Cassell and Tarplah Doe donated several speed guns and breathalyzer.
Dr. Cassell said the donation was given as a minimum contribution for the many sacrifices that police officers make in the absence of logistics.
He commended the officers for upholding their creed to protect and ensure safety for citizens.
These US-based Liberians said ensuring public safety has been their concern promising that regular contributions will be done.
“I started returning to Liberia three years ago. On my last trip, I met few senior officers, who told me that they needed some logistics to enable them to effectively perform.
“I was able to acquire speed guns and breathalyzer. I believe in public safety. I do believe that when the police have the right equipment, they will be effective,” Dr. Cas…

Liberian Entertainment Awards Announces Official Nominees for the 2019: Over 6 Entertainers Neck to Neck with 2 Nominations Each

Liberian Entertainment Awards (LEA) today announces the nominees for the 2019 Liberian Entertainment Awards across 15 different categories. The annual celebration will recognize the best in Comedy, Music, Movies and Fashion from legends to the next generation. Hosting on March 16th in Washington DC, the LEA presents: 2019 Liberian Entertainment Awards nominees.
2019 breakout star, Nuchie Meek ties with big names like CIC, Bucky Raw, Christoph, Foreign Ward, leading the nominations with two each. Nuchie Meek’s nominations include ‘Hipco Artist of the Year,’  and ‘New Artist of the Year.’ Bucky Raw’s nominations include ‘Artist of the Year,’and 'Hipco Artist of the Year'.
Other nominees include Chi Chi Neblett who garnered 2 nominations, Tamba Hali, C-Jay, and Jaredo each garnered 2 nominations for this year’s awards.
These are the newbies to Liberian Entertainment Awards nominee list: Ace Harris, Lil Jay, Ladia Jackson, Rickslyn Myers and mo…

Liberia: ‘Remittances from OFWs to exceed $31 billion’

According to Central Bank data, remittances from OFWs in Africa alone rose by 22.7 percent to $113.23 million in January to October this year, from $92.3 million in the same period last year.
These remittances largely came from Liberia, which posted $57,85 million. Also contributing to the hike were remittances from Nigeria, Seychelles, and Egypt at $8.74 million, $2.01 million, and $2.06 million, respectively, Ong said.
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Liberia: Today in History December 26

Voters in Liberia went to the polls for a runoff election that saw former soccer star George Weah elected as the African country’s new president.

Terrence Howard Proposes To Ex-Wife Mira Pak With Jaw Dropping Diamond Ring

She said yes! You know what they say, second time's a charm and so is the case for Terrence Howard and his ex-wife Mira Pak who have come back together yet again. The happy couple got engaged over the holidays and Mira received a seven-carat VVS diamond in a "Ben Baller Setting," E! reports.
"We have an idea of how long we think life is, but we do know how short it can be," he said in the video below. "It took me 45 years to find you, honey. It took me 45 years to find you. But now that I have you in my 50th year, I will spend the rest of eternity at your side. And I pray that everybody finds that one that will complete them for all eternity because it means everything. I love you."


The engagement took place at Crustacean in Beverly Hills with family and friends all in attendance. Terrence and Mira first tied the knot in 2013 but ended things at the beginning of 2015. At the end of that same year they quietly reunited …

Top 5 Liberian Artists Who Were Very Hot In 2017 But Nowhere To Be Found In 2018

Several artists were trending in 2017, receiving awards, dropping hits and performing in front of huge crowds. Then, came along 2018, and their careers just disappeared in thin air. Check out the top five who fall in this category.
1. DenG
2. Shine P
3. Flex
4. Bernice Blackie
5. Benji Cavalli 

MTN Liberia Music Awards 2018 Winners - Complete List

The complete list of winners of the 2018 MTN Liberia Music Awards, presented Saturday at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia, Liberia.
Male Artist of the Year
CIC

New Artist of the Year
Jaredo

Female Artist of the Year
Davero

Video of the Year
Hello – C.I.C. ft Joey B.

Album of the Year
CS2 – Bucky Raw – WINNER

R&B /Afro Soul Song of the Year
Boss Chick - CJay

MTN People’s Choice Award
Bucky Raw

Artist of the Year
CIC

HipCo Artist of the Year
Pascal

Gbema Artist of the Year
Kzee Big Name

Traditional Artist of the Year
Fullest 4

R&B / Afropop Artist of the Year
Kizzy W.

Gospel Artist of the Year
Alvin Soeh

Song of the Year Boss Chick - C Jay
Afropop/Afro Dance Song of the Year Go Down - PCK & L'Frankie
Gospel Song of the Year Bow Before Your Throne - K-Praise ft Sayon Mayson
Hop-Hop Artist of the Year CNote 
DJ of the Year DJ Nelly
Producer of the Year Duke Blac
Video Director of the Year Jackie Russ
Collaboration of the Year Bae - DJBlue ft C.I.C, Cypha D'King & Geno
Afropop Artist …

Liberia: Exclusive Interview with Korto Momolu

Internationally known for her vibrant, fashion-forward clothes and accessories, Momolu uses traditional and luxury fabrics, skins, and mixed prints to celebrate her rich heritage. On top of Project Runway, she’s dressed the president of Liberia, British singer Estelle, and Miss Universe Leila Lopes; launched an accessories line for Dillard’s department stores; and was named a top designer to watch in New York this season.
Momolu’s creations plus more from local artists including Joan Bristow, Elizabeth Montgomery Shelton, Leslie Abrams, Dr. Rhea Lawson, and Robbie Lee are on sale at the holiday market through December 29 at The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116. Hours are noon to 5 p.m., Thursday–Saturday. She opens up to Houstonia about her journey. How did Project Runway impact the trajectory of your career?It totally changed my life. When you first start, you’re nationally known, everybody’s watching, but when you get to the end, you’re internationally known. Even after the s…

Liberia: Nakie Suh Is Looking for His Korean Father

Nakie Suh, 30, is facing his second winter in South Korea. He moved there from the West African country of Liberia in July 2017, and he finds it challenging to cope with the cold weather. But Suh is trying to staying on until he meets his objective. He is there to find his father. “People said my dad’s name was Nakie Kang. My mom met dad when he worked with my uncle at Daewoo E&C, and they were in a relationship for one year. My dad already had a wife and two daughters in Korea,” Suh told Korea Expsoé.
Suh was born in 1988. He is among an estimated 30 Korean-Liberian children who were born in Liberia between the mid-eighties and early nineties, roughly the same time that South Korean firm Daewoo Engineering & Construction (Daewoo E&C) was building a highway between Monrovia, the Liberian capital, and Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.
Most South Korean fathers left Liberia and severed all connection with their Liberian wives and lovers.
“When my parents found out that mom…

Liberia: No heath certificate; no cookshops

West Point Township Commissioner William C. Wea clamps down on cooked food centers here, issuing a month-long ultimatum to operators of restaurants and cooked food centers referred to here as cookshops, to obtain health certificates or face closure. Commissioner Wea discloses the township has reached an agreement with a local health center, Star of the Sea Health Center in the township where people engaged in public food sales may go for medical exmination and obtain official health certificate before they can operate. He gave the ultimatum recently at his office in the township during an interview with reporters. According to him, the inspectorate division of his office has been authorirized to arrest, prosecute, and close down cookshops and restaurants that are not in compliant as of December 31, 2018. He notes that the sanitation department of the township has over 83 registered cookshops and resturants, but only 10 meet this standard to serve the public. Commissioner Wea says the…

Liberia: Is Charles Taylor Free?

  Officials of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) have denied a rumor circulating on social media to the effect that former President Charles Taylor has been released from prison. Mr. Taylor, now 70, was sentenced in May 2012, to 50 years in jail at age 64, by the then UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), after being found guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war in that country. In an email to this paper on Wednesday December 19, 2018, Mr. Peter C. Andersen, Press officer of the RSCSL, which is an offshoot of the SCSL told the New Dawn that the news is false and that Mr. Taylor is continuing to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes against humanity. During the trial the prosecution had wanted an 80-year prison term to reflect the severity of the crimes and the key role that Taylor had in facilitating the rebels, while his defense team had hoped that judges would had taken into consideration the fact that T…

Liberia: Hilton Monrovia to Open 2023 in Liberia's Capital



Hilton (NYSE:HLT) has signed a Management Agreement with Hospitality Concept & Allied Services Limited to bring its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to the capital city of Liberia. The $48m project was unveiled at a signing ceremony today in Monrovia and will see the Hilton name adorn a 192-guest room property in the Eastern suburb of Paynesville.
Hilton Monrovia is expected to begin welcoming guests in 2023 and will become the first hotel to open in the city under an international operator. The 12-story tower complex (which will be the tallest building in the country) will contain state of the art conferencing facilities, a restaurant, bar and outdoor pool. Guests will be able to choose between upscale appointed guest rooms and a range of suites, including two Presidential Suites.
The hotel's location on SKD Boulevard offers ease of access to the main road linking Roberts International Airport with the Eastern districts of Monrovia. Its immediate surrounds house …

Liberia: CIC’s announces album release date

Liberia's superstar CIC has released the artwork for the album and announced the date for its release. He posted the news of the anticipated album through his social media page. Check out his post below.  “I’ve worked days and nights in putting stories about my life and other day-to-day activities into writing,” he wrote.
”For months all I wanted was to showcase our local language (Koloqua) to the world in a way it will be on par with the rest of Africa and the world in terms of quality and delivery. I wanna thank God, my team, my supportive fans, the media and everyone who have supported me in this struggle. This will officially be dropping 7 January, my debut album 1994.”
The album’s tracklist, which has also been released, features several international acts including Ghana’s Mzvee, Yaa Pono and Medikal, Nigeria’s Iyanya and Aramide and Zimbabwe's Buffalo Souljah. Liberian acts Jaredo, Bucky Raw and Nuchie Meek also appear on the album.


Liberian Billionaire Richelieu Dennis of SheaMoisture, Essence shares vision for Irvington mansion

The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a "learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations," according to New Voices Foundation's Richelieu Dennis. Just in time for the estate’s 100th anniversary, New Voices Foundation, which was founded by ESSENCE Ventures Chair Richelieu Dennis, has acquired the one-time home of Madam C.J. Walker, known as the first Black woman to become a self-made millionaire in the U.S. The Villa Lewaro estate will be used as a “learning institute, or think tank, to foster entrepreneurship for present and future generations,” according to Dennis.
The 28,000-square-foot property is located in Irvington, New York, and boasts 34 rooms. Walker lived in the estate, which in 1976 became a National Historic Landmark, from 1918 to 1919. Named after her daughter, A’Lelia Walker Robinson, the home was the first to be owned by a person of color in Irvington, and welcomed historic guests such as W. E. B. Du Bois…

Liberia: Weah lights first Christmas Tree

 President George Manneh Weah has lit the National Christmas Tree on the grounds of the Executive Mansion on Capitol Hill, the first in his capacity as Liberia’s chief executive. His predecessor former President Ellen Johnson – Sirleaf, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Bench, international partners, officials and members of the public were in attendance for the event on Tuesday, 18 December. Mr. Weah in a very short message on behalf of his Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, First Lady Clar Weah and in his own name expressed Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year to all. Before lighting the Christmas tree, President Weah describes light as life, and urged all to receive life through the lighting of the lights in Jesus name.The event saw the performances by Choirs and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Band. Earlier, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel McGill said the day, December 18 marked the official light…

Liberia: Senators accused of fearing Weah’s wrath


A member of the Liberian Senate, Sando Johnson is claiming that lawmakers, especially Senators are harboring fears to speak against unfolding issues affecting their constituents to avoid losing the support of the president in their quests for re-election in 2020. “How many of us speaking up right now? Because, especially for the Senate, people are worried, they are not talking because they say well you know, 2020 [Senatorial Election] is coming,” Sen. Johnson told a local radio station in Monrovia Tuesday, 18 December. According to him, 15 members of the Liberian Senate are going for re-election in 2020, and so none of them will think about how the country is moving and how things are happening.“They are concerned about re-election,” he contends, and warns his colleagues of not being re-elected if things are not working good for their constituents as a result of their silence on national issues. “So this is where we are going. The Senate will not be active right now because of the…

Liberia: Brumskine Speaks on Patriotism During Christmas Tree Lighting

 Cllr. Brumskine appeared Monday, December 17 at the Liberty Party headquarters near the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Junction, in Monrovia to officiate “Lighting of Christmas Tree and Christmas Message” to Liberians globally. Check out his message below: “The spirit of Christmas teaches us to place the interest of the family, the interest of the community, and the interest of the nation above our personal interest. Those in our country whom God has allowed, during this phase of our national journey, to be in charge of our political, judicial, police, and/or economic power, would well serve our country, all of its people, and themselves, if they would simply follow the example of the original, the ultimate, and the true spirit of Christmas, a servant-leader who embodied the fullness of Christmas.” 

Liberia: U.S. to Support Pro-Poor Agenda With U.S.$112 Million in Aid

By Joaquin M. Sendolo According to the statement, signed in Monrovia by the United States Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder, President George Weah, both countries will continue to work to fulfill the responsibilities they have assumed in connection with their collaborative efforts. The Government of the United States has announced its intention to support Liberia's Pro-Poor Agenda, with a planned budget of approximately U$112 million for the 2018 fiscal year. The planned support for Liberia was announced in a Joint Statement of Collaboration between the Governments of Liberia and the United States and released on Thursday, December 13. Both countries expressed their intention "to actively collaborate in exploring the most sustainable ways to achieve the inclusive growth goals of Liberia's Pro-Poor Agenda." In particular, the United States, acting through its Agency for International Development (USAID), will seek to help Liberia effectively and transparently mana…

Liberian Native Malvin Glbah

Lakewood High School senior Malvin Glbah was recently selected as a member of the United Soccer Coaches All-America Team. Malvin is just one of 68 young men selected for the honor. The award is icing on a cake full of accolades for Malvin's play this year. His honors include All Lake Erie Regional Team, All Ohio First Team, Greater Cleveland Player of the Year, All Greater Cleveland First Team, and All Southwest Conference Second Team.
Malvin joined the LHS soccer program in 2015 during the start of his freshman year at Lakewood High School. His road to Lakewood was not typical or easy. He was born in a refugee camp in Ivory Coast, his family displaced by the extreme civil war in his homeland of Liberia. His family endured refugee camps for many years before eventually coming to the US and finding a home in Lakewood.
Malvin attributes his success on the field directly to his supportive teammates and the soccer program at LHS led by Coach Andrew Toth. The culture of the team embra…

Liberia: Isaac Kelgbeh Becomes New Presidential Press Secretary



MONROVIA, Montserrado- President George Weah has appointed Isaac Kelgbeh as his new press secretary. The disclosure was made Tuesday in an Executive Mansion release.
Prior to his appointment, Kelgbeh served the UN Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS as Outreach Officer.
He now replaces Sam Mannah who became Weah’s first presidential press secretary. Mannah was recently appointed as deputy managing director for administration at the National Insurance Corporation of Liberia.
He was reportedly suspended as press secretary to the president for allegedly disclosing confidential information. But the government did not make any public disclosure on the report.

Liberia: ‘Africa’s Solutions Must Come From Africans’

Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan tells pan-African medical confab One of Africa’s renowned scientists and medical doctors, Dr. Dougbeh Christopher Nyan of Liberia, was recently invited to speak at the annual conference of the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM-2018), a dispatch from Nigeria has said.
He spoke on the topic, “Innovation in Africa: Promoting Ingenuity, Addressing Challenges and Building Innovation Ecosystem in Africa.”
Dr. Nyan’s multiplex infections diagnostic test was recently awarded a US Patent.
According to the dispatch, the conference, which brought together medical laboratory scientists from all over Africa and the world, was held in Abuja, Nigeria, last week under the theme, “Preventing and Controlling the Next Epidemic: The Role of the Laboratory.”
The Special Session on Innovation was organized by and featured the Innovations in Laboratory Engineered Accelerated Diagnostics (iLEAD) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).
FIND is a global non-…

Dubious road investor jailed


The foreign national who allegedly attempted to dupe Liberia of US$32 million from its Federal Reserve’s account has been jailed at the Monrovia Central Prison following his re-arrest Monday, 17 December. Mr. James Lamin Kargbo, believed to be a Sierra Leonean national, is accused of criminally gaining access to Liberia’s swift code and account number at the United States Federal Reserves as a result of engaging in dubious business talks with government officials from the Ministries of State and Finance, according to police findings. He is accused of posing himself as an investor intending to give Liberia loan to finance its road projects. But Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Edwin Martin told Criminal Court “C” that defendant Kargbo “is one of those con-artists, fraudsters and imposters who is within the basin of West Africa purporting to be an international” personality. President George Manneh Weah’s quest for roads across Liberia has pushed his administration into engaging a …

Liberian referee resigns


FIFA badge Liberian Referee Isaac Montgomery has resigned from refereeing activities both locally and international. His resignation comes as a result of his appointment as Secretary General at the Liberia Football Association (LFA). According to Montgomery, his decision to step aside from active officiating activities is based on his new role at the Liberian FA. He says his new job is so huge, as he has to manage the secretariat of LFA. He joined the LFA in 2009 as a student referee and he became a national referee in 2013. His first international match was in Benin and he ended his referee career on Saturday, December 15, 2018 in Algeria with a Beninese serving as his Match Commissioner. He has extended appreciation to LFA president Mustapha Raji and the Executive Committee for his preferment. By sally Gaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley

Liberia: Finance Ministry Clarifies Report of 'Questionable Us$180k Taylor-Era Debt'


Mr. Flomo: "Gov't is continuity, but we don't subscribe to false claims and reportage." Authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) on Monday, December 17, 2018, refuted a story published by a local newspaper under the headline "Kickback Suspected in US$180K Taylor-Era Debt Paid to 'Inactive' New York Company" , According to the story Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Mr. Samuel Tweah approved a payment of US$182,000.00 (One Hundred Eighty-Two Thousand United States Dollars) to a purported US-based construction company. According to the FrontPageAfrica(FPA) newspaper, the company has been inactive since 2003 shortly after the country emerged from civil war following Charles Taylor's abdication and exile in Nigeria. In the publication, FrontPageAfrica newspaper (FPA), said nearly all payment vouchers in its possession originated from the instruction from the Ministry of State headed by Minister McGill to the Mi…

Liberia: U.S. Ambassador Elder Relaunches Daily Talk News Chalkboard

Monrovia – US Ambassador to Liberia Christian Elder on Monday declared herself a “big fan” of the Daily Talk chalkboard newspaper while assuring her support to the media outlet. Ambassador Elder expressed her gratitude to the Daily Talk team for their outstanding work over the years.


“If this needs to be rebuilt a hundred times, we will do it a hundred times. We see tremendous value in what you do and how you do it,” she said at the relaunched on the popular chalkboard newspaper located at 24th Street intersection.  
The Daily Talk blackboard has been an historic fixture for citizens travelling along Tubman Boulevard since 2000. Throughout its history, Daily Talk has evolved along with the citizens walking and driving past it daily; surviving civil war and welcoming new governments with feisty dialogue and open debate through this interactive blackboard.
Alfred J. Sirleaf (no relation to President Sirleaf), founded his blackboard newspaper in 2000 because of his belief that a well-in…