Tempers flared in Blacksmiths Lane, Seaforth just yards away from the polling station, as the Jamaica Labour Party’s James Robertson, who is vying for another term as the Member of Parliament (MP) of Western St Thomas, addressed a small group of community members. Robertson, who was being accused of being absent in the constituency, was assuring the people of the work that he had put in over the years. “I have been a father to this lane for almost 30 years, long before I was elected as MP,” he said. Robertson’s proclamation was met with shouts and nods of agreement from a few of the people who had gathered. However, one man, who was holding a cup of what appeared to contain alcohol, approached the candidate with slurs contrary to what he had proclaimed. Another resident of the community exclaimed that the man was drunk and asked him to move away. The accusing man refused, which escalated to a brief fist fight. Robertson ensured that the dispute was settled before leaving the location.
WE-CARE Foundation, a local non-governmental educational organization, recently hosted a weeklong celebration marking Liberia’s 169th Independence Day. The activities, which started from July 11 to July 25, were held at the Foundation’s head offices on Carey Street in Monrovia. The program included the identification of the flags of each of the 15 counties; showing documentaries on Liberia and an essay contest among participating students. “Identifying our flags was an exercise where the flags of the 15 counties were displayed for participants to identify. Five of the participants won a book. The documentaries were shown on the 18, 19, and July 25, and featured Firestone and the Warlords (How Big Corporations Influence National Policies); “BlackMarks on White Paper” (The story of former Vice President Bennie D. Warner); “Liberian History from the rule of President Tubman to President Doe”; “Liberia’s Presidents”; “Liberia from 1964-1966”; and “Liberia’s First Female President” (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf). Ending the documentaries was a presentation on‘Liberians who have contributed to the Liberian state by Prof. James Emmanuel Roberts, educator and author, a WE-CARE statement said. The essay contest, the statement said, was for students from grade 7 to grade 12. The topic was, “Liberia’s 169th Independence: What Does It Mean to You?” The first winner was Ansumana M. M. Konneh of James Doe Young High School in Clara Town, who walked away with US$100. The second placer, Lassana A. Jawaraka of Salafiya Grammar School of Front Street, won US$75 while the third place student, Clinton Freeman of Matilda Newport Junior High School of Newport Street, won US$50. The prizes were presented by Mrs. Sia Barbara Kamara of Friends of Liberia. For identifying the county flags, 35 winners walked away with sets of books. WE-CARE Executive Director, T. Michael Weah, said the activities were aimed at joining in Liberia’s Independence Day celebration by educating Liberians about their history, building patriotism in Liberians while promoting literacy, a key component of democracy and WE-CARE’s focus in its educational endeavors.These Independence Day activities, Mr. Weah said, provided the public and the library members with an opportunity to participate in the library as a home to promote literacy and provide access to books and information thus fostering and supporting a reading culture for a well informed society. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)