George Weah is best known to the world as the only African to have won the Ballon d’or. With more than two decades gone, the international wire has not grappled with the reality that the legendary soccer star is now president of the world’s poorest country. One could argue that President Weah himself has not come to terms with the reality that unlike the soccer pitch, leading Liberia requires vision and unmatched leadership to get the right wheels turning.
Like him or not, President George M. Weah will be credited for offering youth the privilege to assemble at the table of governance with the golden opportunity to provide their insights in plotting a smooth trajectory for Liberia.
Everyone in Liberia has one way or another experienced the powerful bite of a mosquito. Most Liberians, especially those who cannot afford to purchase a mosquito coil or net, experience restless nights, mainly during the dry season.
Last month, Monrovia was spellbound with what was one of the best oratory I have ever witnessed in my short life. Prof. Dr. Patrice L. O. Lumumba, a Kenyan pan-Africanist, was in Liberia and delivered two speeches.
The long trumpeted 2017 is here, and the airwaves, intellectual centers, radio stations, market places and social media networks are engulfed by political actors spouting out propaganda and marketing their political interests.
I had just graduated from high school and was teaching a study class with eight amazing kids during my gap year. Idle-minded and patiently awaiting my entrance results from the University of Liberia, I began to write stories and poems. But I was drawn to take up the study class because I didn’t feel satisfied seeing children in my community gallivanting with no direction or focus.
In Liberia, young people play a vital role in our politics. They spend hours on social media serving the interests of their political leaders, and even more times at intellectual centers discussing issues.