Liberian Author Releases Second Anti-Corruption Children’s Book, ‘Jaadeh’

MONROVIA, Montserrado – Liberian academician, activist, and author, Robtel Neajai Pailey, has released her second anti-corruption book titled, Jaadeh, a Bassa language book.

Jaadeh is the sequel to Pailey’s Gbagba, the anti-corruption children’s book that was incorporated into the curriculum in 10 elementary schools in Montserrado in 2015. It has also been translated into short films, including a video featured by hipco artist Takun J for a song adaptation of the book.

Jaadeh was illustrated by Chase Walker and translated into Bassa by Amos Gbaa, Sr. The book is now on also on sale at the One Moore Book store and on Amazon.

Pailey described the books as “a labor of love” during the past six years.

“I look forward to piloting both throughout Africa, collaborating with linguists for translations into other languages, and co-producing more multi-media tools, including TV animations,” she wrote in an email.

In December 2018, she was presented with the 2018 Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for her anti-corruption children’s books.

“I was honored to receive in December 2018 an International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for both books at a lovely ceremony in Putrajaya, Malaysia,” she said.

Featured photo courtesy of One Moore Book

Gbatemah Senah

Gbatemah is a graduate of the University of Liberia and a recipient of the Jonathan P. Hicks Scholarship for Mass Communications. In 2017, Senah won three Press Union of Liberia awards: Women's Rights Reporter of the Year, Legislative Reporter of the Year, and Land Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2018, he was also recognized as the Land Rights Reporter of the Year.

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