"Better late than never" in Discovering Diamond in Our Backyard

By Siahyonkron Jglay Kpa-kay Nyanseor, Sr.

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

August 30, 2016


Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh

Dear Fellow Compatriots, the information that you are organizing a symposium to celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh on August 31st 2016 is welcome news. I salute that decision, and, will conditionally support the effort. After all, it is better to give one flowers while the person is alive than dead. Count me in; you have my unconditional support. Count me in; you have my unconditional support.

And what an auspicious time to express appreciation
to a humble man whose love for his people still burns bright despite the bruises and scars of the unfinished struggle in securing dignity for them through critical affirmative consciousness and economic empowerment.  

Friends, comrades, I chose the main title, “Better Late than Never” because it would seem that we could’ve held such a fitting event in 2011 (during the venerable comrade’s three scores and ten years) to commemorate his reaching a Biblical milestone. The idiom appropriately means “it is better to do something after it was supposed to have been done than not to do it at all” a meaning yours truly poached from the American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, though the phrase is attributed to English Medieval poet Geoffrey Chaucer, author of “The Canterbury Tales”.

History is replete with stories of individuals who sacrificed their professions, careers, and even lives in order to serve as examples to be followed, or take the bold steps that motivated many of us to become the better persons, or more comfortable people we are today. In African American history, for example, visionaries and doers such as entrepreneur and sea captain John Cuffee, who used one of his very own ships to transports twenty of his brethren from 1815 racist America to Sierra Leone. Others included John B. Russman, Henry Highland Garnet, Charles Lenox Remond, Frederick Douglas, Dr. W.E.B Du bois, Booker .T. Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sojourner Jones, Harriet Tubman, Bessie Smith, Rosa Parks, not forgetting the son of a Kenyan immigrant who reached the US presidency. Individually and collectively their achievements impact us all, and they couldn’t done what they did without the favors of the Almighty or being one of God’s ‘Peculiar People. 1 Peter 2:9 reads: “But ye are a chosen generation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light”.  

It is this peculiarity or unusualness that envelopes the journey of the simple man we have chosen to honor – a brother and comrade who gave more than four decades of his life to the service of Liberia, and everywhere in Africa where the jackboots of reactionary rule and neo colonialism were marching on the backs of Shakespearean Othello’s country men.

Tipoteh: The Essence of the Man, a well – known bio.
The name Tipoteh in Klao (Kru) language means: Time will tell. Whether the period is drawing nigh, time will tell, that is.

He was born in Monrovia in 1941 unto the union of Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Togba Roberts of Grand Kru County. He is a Christian by faith, and a United Methodist by denomination. Dr. Tipoteh is married to the former Ms. Fatu Konneh of Lofa County. He was educated at the College of West Africa High School, and at the Universities in Liberia, Ohio, California, and Massachusetts, where he received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

The comrade accumulated a wealth of professional experience in international development. He worked in the United States of America, the Netherlands, Mozambique, Ghana, South Africa and other countries, as well as for the United Nations system: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Economic Community of Africa (ECA), and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (WORLD BANK), among others.

His commitment to good governance did not dissipate no matter that he was working for  the Liberian government as a Budget Advisor to President William R. Tolbert, thus losing that position when he expressed concerns about waste, and advocated public management reforms. Dr. Tipoteh was the first Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs under the military regime of Samuel K. Doe, but resigned after 15 months in office, giving human rights abuses by the government as his reason for leaving. In the early 1970s, he was Associate Professor of Economics, Chairman of the Economics Department, and Director of the Management Research Institute at the University of Liberia.

For over four decades, he has been actively involved with democratic activities in promotion of human rights, civil liberties, constitutional rule, and growth with development in Liberia and throughout Africa. Currently, he is President of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), an organization with a Pan-African strategy for justice and democracy; Standard Bearer (Presidential Candidate, 1997) of the Liberian People's Party (LPP); founding Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), an alliance of Liberian political parties; Director-General of SUSUKUU, Liberia's oldest (founded in 1971), a non-governmental development organization credited by the West Africa Peacekeeping Force (ECOMOG) as helping to disarm over 10,000 combatants through the program of “Guns for School”; and former Chairman of the Interest Groups of Liberia, a consortium of 32 national organizations with a collective membership of well over one million persons.

Also, as a businessman, he serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Kukatornon Reconstruction Corporation. He keeps physically fit through sports, and was Liberia's national Tennis Champion for 15 unbroken years. Through his scholarship program, he mentors and sends hundreds of students (mainly children) from all counties of Liberia to schools and colleges in Liberia.

Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh arrived on the Liberian political scene decades ago as a Vai shirt/dashiki-wearing activist professor and cultural crusader who popularized his name sake brand of sandals made out of rubber from tires, and injected into our national consciousness an awareness of a lost heritage taken away from the indigenous majority by the ruling minority class.

With like-minded professors, students and grass-root organizations, Tipoteh and others were able to overwhelm a helpless population with hard facts and graphic details about the terrible ordeals of injustice perpetrated against them by the ruling minority class, which set the stage for the overthrow of a government, war and dictatorship in Liberia.

Togba-Nah Tipoteh is to Liberian politics what palm butter and rice is to some of us, because, before he married his wife, Tipoteh was once, (and still is) married to the Liberian political struggle; simply put, the man eats, breathes, and lives politics.  This is a plus and a minus for a man who is as popular and controversial as the many causes he believes in dearly.

Tireless in his pursuit of a democratic Liberia, and controversial, because of his incessant pursuit of the presidency during every election season, leaves no room, according to his many critics for others within LPP to grow, dream and aspire to be President of Liberia, which is a turned-off. Even as activists and potential presidential candidates exit Liberia in droves for fear of their safety, Tipoteh remained in Liberia at the detriment of his own safety. His critics see that as a calculated attempt to enhance his political standing for the presidency.

However, individuals who've worked with Tipoteh over the years on labor issues, economics, human rights and politics in general, quickly add to the debate that despite his presidential aspiration, he is the hardest working politician in that country today in terms of commitment, consistency and his rugged zeal to do things the right way. It is that moral compass that certainly fuels the flames of the opposition he is meeting day in and day out from his critics.  

Our honoree made his marks in Liberian politics as one who led from the other side, by standing firm to his beliefs in opposing authoritarian governments. A seasoned Tipoteh can bring peace to his people and his political party by being the leader he once was - steadfast, principled, bold and strong. After which a retired Togba-Nah Tipoteh, as an elder statesman can wisely use his tremendous wisdom, leadership abilities and organizational skills to be an advisor and mentor to future leaders of his party and people. (Siahyonkron Nyanseor, Archive of Culture and History (1971-2016).

From Africa Now Magazine:
The October 1981 Edition of Africa Now carried a statement that Dr. Tipoteh had expressed his fears to the editors about the direction Liberia was taking. He could not relate to the soldiers and criticism of him had sunk to a ridiculous levels: sartorial. He should not be ordinary in the way he dressed (wear his African attire) because others wanted to be chic (well-dressed, based on European-American standards).

Dr. Tipoteh was attending a World Bank Meeting in Abidjan when Weh Syen was executed, and he decided not to return home. In his letter of resignation to Doe, he said his departure would “give the enemies of the Liberian Revolution less and less opportunities to work against the interest of the Liberian masses”. He added, “The enemies of the Revolution are using the old but effective strategy of sowing seeds of suspicion in the government, especially in the council and the Cabinet, so that members of the government can fight among themselves, not on matters of principle but on accusations based on vicious rumors and hearsay”.

In the same article, Doe is quoted to have said, “Tipoteh’s flight had many implications. The basic being Tipoteh’s fear of what would happen to him because his name was principally linked with Weh Syen abortive coup”. He also stated that his former Minister’s’ personality and socialist orientation’ rendered him unsuitable for negotiating much needed loans with international financiers and donor countries. His credibility as an international economist and planner both at home and abroad are at its lowest ebb. His desertion is a relief”. (Africa Now, October 1981, p. 33). All of these charges proved false as the Liberian economy never experienced a miraculous change, even with his departure from the scene.

The Trials and Tribulations of Tipoteh
Similar prejudice was directed at the Director-General of SUSUKUU, INC., Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh. At the time, SUSUKUU, INC., non-profit service cooperation, whose goals and objectives were to help poor people in helping themselves, and to assure that more Liberians get to know about their rights under the laws of Liberia, had a project in Putu Chiefdom, Grand Gedeh County. The project was a part of the parent organization – the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) programs, which included farming, literacy, legal assistance, health, school construction, food processing, road construction, production of reading materials, installation of safe drinking water wells, and the construction of recreation facilities.

The money that was to be generated from the sales would have been used to build schools, clinics, roads, and small factories, mainly for the people in Putu. Instead of applauding SUSUKUU and the people of Putu, they were attacked by Government operatives.

When the project started in January 1978, former Justice Minister Oliver Bright, former Local Government Minister Samuel Hill, former True Whig Party General Secretary Robert Bright, Education Minister John Bernard Blamo, Grand Gedeh County Attorney David Swengbe, Grand Gedeh Senator Albert White, Grand Gedeh Representative Silas Rue and Grand Gedeh Superintendent John P. Beh, threatened, intimidated, harassed, and jailed some citizens of Putu with the intent of abandoning their self-help development project; instead, the Putu Development Corporation (PUDECO) stood firm and challenged the authorities.

Somehow, Superintendent John P. Beh ordered the closing down of the Putu project in November that year (1979). This act led the people of Putu in many parts of the country to protest as well as filed their grievances with the Zwedru Circuit Court to prevent Superintendent Beh and his supporters from interfering with their self-help project. And while the Putu case was still in the Zwedru Executive Council, where the investigation was taking place, members of the National Legislature made slanderous and prejudiced statements against the Executive Director of SUSUKUU, Dr. Tipoteh. Those Legislators indicated that Tipoteh is a Kru man; therefore, he must leave Grand Gedeh County and go work in Sinoe or Maryland (counties), where Kru people are plentiful. (Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr., Justice, Justice: A Cry Of My People, 1985)

On April 25, 2010, the publisher of The Liberian Dialogue, Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh published an article under the titled: “Togba-Nah Tipoteh: Misunderstood and Misinterpreted”. Excerpts of that article reads:  

Togba-Nah Tipoteh is a rare breed of a human being who you don’t see quite often in Liberia. He’s principled, disciplined, smart, humble, uncorrupted and consistent in his politics, the way he live his life, and the seriousness he has shown since he arrived in Liberia in the early 70s, to contribute to the development of his homeland.

Those traits are admirable in a country where politicians and the person at the lowest end of the totem pole always want to get over at the expense of the citizens and the nation, and are also admirable traits for anyone who aspires to work as a servant of the state. And if Liberia can get many more Tipotehs to lead, inspire, and show us how to carry ourselves gracefully in our politics and daily lives, the way he has done for decades, we all could be better humans, and Liberia, perhaps could be the developed and prosperous nation we all want it to be.

As usual, however, people like Tipoteh don’t always get the respect they deserve either, because they are misinterpreted, misperceived, or misunderstood, or seen as unusual. And for a man like him, such misperception and mischaracterization might had an unfavorable effect considering that he gave his entire life to the pursuit of justice, democracy, and the rule of law in Liberia. (Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh, April 25, 2010, The Liberian Dialogue web magazine).

The essence of the man could not have been so well-articulated. While he has been despised and unappreciated in some Liberian quarters, and by friends and foes alike—some of whom have betrayed him many times over—Togba-Nah Tipoteh has remained true to himself, his core values and principles, especially involving his commitment to peace, justice, economic empowerment for the poor and marginalized, and the expansion of freedom of suppressed people everywhere. For example, his work with the liberation movements of Africa in the ‘70s as leader of the MOJA is unrivaled. MOJA’s long-running support for Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC), Dr. Augustino Neto’s Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, Sam Nujoma’s South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO), and Dr. Amilcar Cabral movement for the Liberation of Guinea Bissau, were instrumental in support of their independence from the remaining clutches of European colonial rule.

Commitment to Peace, Justice, and Economic Empowerment
Even as he championed Pan-African causes, his commitment to peace, justice, and economic empowerment of Liberians, has remained constant. The decade of the 70’s, which is often characterized as the era of Mass Consciousness-raising and Mobilization, produced patriotic men and women with sterling commitment to peace, justice, and economic empowerment; and  Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh remained one of the major leaders in this movement. Few examples highlight Tipoteh’s significant involvement during this period. Throughout the 1970s, patriotic Liberians did not rest in their continued effort to expose the injustices in Liberian law and mobilize the masses to change the law.

In 1974, for example, the masses were mobilized to struggle against the government’s attempt at forcing down a pro-gambling law upon the Liberian people. Working in collaboration with other honest and patriotic Liberians, such as Bishop George D. Browne, Bishop Roland J. Payne, Dr. Amos Sawyer, and the great Albert Porte, an anti-gambling campaign was organized under the banner of Citizens of Liberia Against Gambling (COLAG), to oppose this law. The law was quickly defeated. A parallel campaign also emerged during this era to defend the great, indefatigable and venerable, tireless pamphleteer and constitutionalist, Albert Porte. This campaign, Citizens of Liberia in Defense of Albert Porte (COLIDAP), was formed to save Honorable Albert Porte from being crushed by the powerful forces of corruption. It was during this same period that Porte wrote a paper to expose the corrupt practices of the government, especially through the office of Stephen Tolbert, the Minister of Finance at the time, and President of the Mesurado Group of Companies. Porte’s paper, “Gobbling Business”, referring to Mesurado, exposed how its President was using public office for private gain by taking over private businesses.

Tipoteh’s commitment to peace and justice has remained unending. In the 80’s, he worked tirelessly to expose the military junta, the PRC repressive rule of the Liberian masses; in the 90’s working actively in the West African region to bring peace to war-torn Liberia that was being destroyed by various warring factions leading to the deaths of more than a quarter million of Liberians, and the massive destruction of the country’s infrastructure. Leveraging his influence in the region, the ECOWAS states established the ECOMOG Monitoring force that helped stabilize and bring a modicum of peace to Liberia. In the 2000’s, using his periodic Column, “Talking With The President”, Tipoteh called attention to the continuing corrupt practices in government, nepotism, and the growing economic divide in the country.

To end, we must reiterate that Tipoteh’s stature rests on proven consistency of principles, trustworthiness, and the credibility he has earned over the years with the Liberian people in a lifelong struggle for change, democracy, and a better Liberia. Traits which, obviously, are in short supply everywhere these days and ironically when they are most needed in an anxious, suspicious, and fearful world. American Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, makes this point even more profoundly when writing about the leadership vacuum today. He avers, “The point is everywhere we look, leaders seem to have a feet of clay. So who can young people - and others - look up to and admire as an effective leader with Honor and Integrity?”  Regarding these qualities, our revered comrade clearly ranks high among Liberian leaders, and this much we ought to highlight as we celebrate his 75th birth anniversary.

My Fellow Compatriots, it is not age that counts, rather the positive contributions the person continues to make to his country and in the lives of ordinary people. Lest we forget, the comrade has stamina, integrity, capacity, and empathy, and most significantly, the struggle for economic and social justice is still the cry of our people!

Happy belated 75th Birthday; may the Grace of God grant you excellent health and long life in your work for ‘Rights, Rice and Democracy’.

Gweh Feh Kpei! The Struggle Continues!

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Charles Wordsworth
I would like to bring to the author's attention that Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh did not receive a PhD, form Harvard University. Please research and make the necessary correction.Thanks! Charles Wordsworth

Charles Wordsworth at 08:35AM, 2016/08/30.
Siahyonkron Nyanseor

Charles,thanks! It was an error. It should have read:Dr. Tipoteh was educated at the College of West Africa (high school) and at the Universities of Liberia, Ohio (bachelor's degree) and California (master's degree). In 1969, he earned a doctorate degree in economics while studying as a Harvard University/United Nations Special Fund Fellow in Economic Development at the University of Nebraska.

Siahyonkron Nyanseor at 10:40AM, 2016/08/30.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 07:45AM, 2016/08/31.
sylvester moses
To begin with, let me shout a loud happy birthday to the Big Brother, and say thank you to griot, pastor, activist, historian, and writer Siahyonkron Jglay Kpa-kay Nyanseor, Sr. for an eloquent tribute. Without doubt, Dr. Togba Nah Tipoteh is deserving of all honors that will be showered upon him. He earned them - no lobbying, no payments, no jockeying, and no grandstanding. Which brings me straightaway to two points in this well – written piece I want to elaborate on, they are: “In Discovering Diamond in Our Backyard”, plus the statement “And what an auspicious time to express appreciation”.

First, it seems to me that the phrase “In Discovering Diamond in Our Backyard” suggests a new ‘find’. For example, English Romantic Poet Thomas Gray in his “Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard” alludes to the loss to the individual and society when such “Discovering” doesn’t occur:

"Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flow'r is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air".

Whereas the lamb with hawkish initials (TNT) has been, for almost half a century, the Doyen of a progressive struggle that transcends the confines of our country. This differentiation is being made to underscore that were we just “discovering” a unique durable “diamond” like Dr. Tipoteh, who was at the thick of things in Monrovia, we must have been as blind as bats at a plainly painful period when his best qualities – humility, empathy, integrity, and energy – have been agonizingly in short supply that “Things Fall Apart”, at last.

Second, probably as a result of the collective yearning for a trustworthy capable unifier, the author emphatically isolated the sentence “And what an auspicious time to express appreciation”. Truth be told, with mindlessness accelerating hopelessness in a helpless downtrodden, who can blame those “Waiting for Godot”? Unsurprisingly, not to be outdone in the national quest, a recent “Daily Observer” editorial asked: “Lee Quan Yew, Deng Xiaooing: Can We Find a Leader Who Can Help Liberia as These Two Helped Their Countries”?

Happy Birthday again TNT, and thank you once more Mr. Nyanseor on penning a wonderful piece – it is timely!

sylvester moses at 09:02AM, 2016/08/31.
Theodore Hodge
I once attended a program sponsored by ULAA. At this program, a forum was held where various parties advocated and introduced their preferred candidates for the then up-coming presidential elections to be held in Liberia in 1997. You know, the one Charles Taylor eventually won... fatefully...

Cletus Wotorson, (now senator) was then a a candidate in the race. A gentleman who was advocating for the candidate continuously referred to him as "Dr. Wotorson"... He did this many times during the course of his presentation, until someone brought it to my attention.

During the Q/A period, I asked the gentleman if indeed his preferred candidate was someone who held a doctorate in any field of studies, if so, in what discipline?

The gentleman quickly admitted that his candidate did not hold a PhD in any area of study, and his reference to him as "Dr." was a mistake. I told him that I thought that it was deliberate on his part. How could you refer to your candidate who is not a "Dr." over and over as "Dr." and then claim it was an error. I thought it was a deliberate tactic meant to deceive; and I publicly called him out on it.

Here we have a repeat of the same phenomenon: I think the writer here intentionally decided to be deceptive. If you are holding a pen in your hand (or perhaps working on a computer keyboard), and write "... where he received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University..." How is that an error? Did your pen or the keyboard cause the error, or did your brain cause the error?

I think that just as the case of the gentleman who attempted to deceive his audience by embellishing the credential of his candidate, this gentleman has committed the same act of deception for reasons best known to him. If Dr. Tipoteh obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska, and the writer knew it, why did he write that he obtained his degree from Harvard in Massachusetts? When will we get tired of this who Harvard degree "bigmanism"? Food for thought...
Theodore Hodge at 11:42AM, 2016/08/31.
Siahyonkron Nyanseor

Theo, how could you go down that slippery slope of personal attack?

After I immediately corrected the mistake, it is an insult to compare me with the person you claimed knowingly introduced his candidate as a PhD holder when he did not have that degree. And most dismaying of all is the direct accusation of deceit in the following: “Here we have a repeat of the same phenomenon: I think the writer here intentionally decided to be deceptive[bold is mine]. If you are holding a pen in your hand (or perhaps working on a computer keyboard), and write "... where he received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University..." How is that an error? Did your pen or the keyboard cause the error, or did your brain cause the error?

Like they would say in our vernacular, “I won’t buy into the dry fuss you are picking with me; after all, bah, Harvard is not a big deal. Plenyono Gbe Wolo, son of a Liberian Paramount Chief, was a member of the Class of 1917, and the first African to do so”.

Anyway, thanks for revealing your impression about me - I was truly blindsided. But the fact of the matter is that Dr. Tipoteh doesn’t need me to “embellish” his credentials: for heaven’s sakes, the big brother’s resume speaks loudly enough!

Siahyonkron Nyanseor at 04:24PM, 2016/08/31.
justice nelson
Thanks Nyanseour for well deserve analysis and again foreign detractors such as Zoe and self taught Hodge are folks of little or no significance in the struggle for rice and rights here in Liberia.
justice nelson at 05:48PM, 2016/08/31.
Kandajaba Zoebohn zoedjallah
Siahyonkrohn, do not "eat crab with shame". You have been "caught with your pants down" in your commission of the crime of intellectual fraud! You simply thought people would not notice the lies in your flattery. PERIOD! Next time you should "look around!" Hence, your question: "how could you go down such a slippery slope" SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO YOURSELF AND NOT TO THEO!
Kandajaba Zoebohn zoedjallah at 03:43AM, 2016/09/01.
Siahyonkron Nyanseor
MR. EBU KING aka Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah, you have the nerve to accuse me of “eating crab with shame!” I see; you are behaving from the point of a generation curse; as the result of the many SINS your disgraced GRANDPA, President Charles (Charlie) Dunbar Burgess King committed against indigenous Liberians. Until this day, he holds the Guinness Book of Record for rigged elections. Yet, you attack me and others on the Internet as if you're ‘holier than thou’.

Want to be famous grandson Ebu, I rather be a cheerleader for Dr. Tipoteh, a man with proven economic records than your granddad who allegedly won 234,000 votes in 1927 against his challenge, Thomas Faulkner; when actually there were only 15,000 legal registered voters in the entire country.

Mr. Director of the CID (Liberia), it appears that you do not know what ‘intellectual fraud’ means. Since you accused me of being caught with my pants down in the commission of the crime of intellectual fraud, you leave me no choice, but to educate the younger generation of Liberians regarding what your granddaddy did to their ancestors. Boy Ebu aka Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah, your writing style and the way you spelled my first name (Siahyonkrohn) exposed your cover. For now, I will stop and wait for your next response (if it makes sense for me to respond).

Siahyonkron Nyanseor
Siahyonkron Nyanseor at 09:18AM, 2016/09/01.
Charles E. King
Greetings to All:
A close personal friend of mine called me today and asked if I had seen this comment written about me in this forum, I said no. I told him to kindly read out the website for me. When I saw it and read the comment about me and what was said to have been written by me, I laughed. My friend said, Ebue, I know you did not write those words because that is not your style of writing! I said you got that right! Someone out there has used my name. As it is seen here, I have never used any other name but Charles E. King. If I do use a screen name, I always identify myself by my real name at the end of the comment.
I also always have accepted the fact that there will be some people out there that will associate my name with my grandfather the late President Charles D.B. King, so I have often made mention to this fact before time, so that there could be no surprises. So there is no need for me to look for trouble when I talk. I talk when I see something being done wrong and I hide not behind anything or person.
I made an error once myself when I had wrongly identified someone else as the writer of an issue we were discussing. They were terribly upset with me and rightly so. I did not however go into the background of his family, because his family had nothing to do with what I had thought he said. I answered him in his own right and on the issue at hand. Whatever fault that I would have found with him personally on the issue we were discussing, I would have stated that, but I would never go into his family background and bring up issues that did not concern him. I would not want to cause a distraction of sorts. In short, I would find out something about him and discuss that aspect. However, people are different, and so I am not upset with the person here who dragged my grandfather into the conversation. I try to have a more expansive state of consciousness, rather than a narrow one. Having said all this, I am not upset nor will I go into the person’s background to find anything about their family past.
It suffices to say that I am not the one who wrote whatever it is said that I wrote. Just look at the style, please, then look at all my writings in any forum. Have any of you ever seen me write like that? Be honest now. Go back and look at the diction – the structure and most of all, my tone of everything I write. So, I trust that the real person who wrote such a comment will own up to their doing. With Kind regards to all. Charles E. King, grandson of the president who it is said committed sins against the indigenous Liberians
Charles E. King at 02:35AM, 2016/09/02.
Theodore Hodge

Brother Nyanseor, I did not mean to offend; sorry you described my action as "dry fuss". I was only trying to make a simple point for the record.

When the man in my illustration claimed that his candidate held a doctorate degree when in fact he didn't, he was simply being deceptive by attributing undeserved prestige to his candidate... After I tackled him for clarity, he went on to defend himself by saying that the candidate's brother was a medical doctor and he was used to referring to him as "Dr. Wotorson". In other words, he was confused as to which of those gentleman was his preferred candidate; that was a flimsy excuse, definite hogwash.

Here, I think you committed a similar act of fraud by writing that Dr. Tipoteh graduated from Harvard, when indeed he did not. If he graduated from the University of Nebraska, that simple fact should suffice. Giving the convoluted impression that he was associated with Harvard as a scholar when he graduated from Nebraska, is simply an embellishment. Pure and simple. He is not a Harvard graduate and that misleading "fact" should not have been in your tribute to him at all.

One last thing, my brother. You,of all people, should understand that graduating from a specific institution of higher learning is a matter of merit and individual accomplishment. Just because one Kru man from Grand Kru County accomplished the feat of becoming a Harvard Graduate doesn't mean all his kinfolk are entitled to that achievement. Thanks for the history, but one thing has nothing to do with the other.

Thanks, my big brother, for taking my honest critique without describing it as "dry fuss".
Theodore Hodge at 08:57AM, 2016/09/02.
Siahyonkron Nyanseor
EBU, this me again’o,

The Klao (Kru) people are fond of saying, “I was minding my business when TROUBLE came from nowhere to attack me; so, I gave it to it; instead, the ‘Liberian people’ referred to my entire ethnic group as “FUSSY PEOPLE”. Here is what the writer, David Keppel says about TROUBLE: “It is inadvisable to go out, as they say, looking for trouble. For when you make it a point of looking for trouble, you are pretty likely to find it. It will flow to you if it finds you hospitable to it”…

“Better never trouble trouble;
Until trouble troubles you
For you only make your trouble
Double trouble when you do
And your trouble like a bubble
That you're troubling about
May be nothing but a cipher
With the rim rubbed out”.

The same is true regarding you – Ebu aka KANDAJABA ZOEBOHN ZOEDJALLAH grandson President Charlie King, asking us to be HONEST when you are NOT. Take a closer look at your statement:

“Be honest now.” “... With Kind regards to all. Charles E. King, grandson of the president who it is said committed sins against the indigenous Liberians.” LOOK IT UP; IT IS A FACT IN WORLD HISTORY! YET, IT WAS NOT TAUGHT IN LIBERIAN (SETTLERS’) HISTORY.




Siahyonkron Nyanseor at 01:00PM, 2016/09/02.
James Samolu
Disagreeing with Mr. Siahyonkron over simple issues is like tampering with a chemical compound with friable matrices.

The least digression from his chain of thoughts turns into a very explosive episode. He would begin assigning aliases or ascribing an ethnic nomenclature to a dissenting person other than a Liberian.

Mr. Siahyonkron called me Dempster Yallah and/or efessay simply because I disagreed with him. My name is James Samolu and I am of the Kissi tribe. Nevertheless, I will never allow my ancestry to come in the way of my true national identify. I am a Liberian.

The intellectual forum is not one for the fainthearted. This forum often calls for argumentation, propositioning and re-visioning. However, one has to leave room for being mentally flexible.

I do not think that he possesses these qualities.
James Samolu at 02:00PM, 2016/09/02.
sylvester moses

“In short, I would find out something about him and discuss that aspect”

Ebu, the above confession is the central reason for your spats with other conversationalists of the Liberian question. Once again, with the exception of using an author’s biographical material to clarify or illuminate something in his or her text, your comments should stick to what you read. But usually you engage in argument ad hominem; attacking a person rather than the issue, and seems incapable of stopping.

Siah damn right about the fact that you’re always looking for futile fuss; “trouble”, that is. Dismayingly, sometimes by attacking others (for example, Siah ref the Zaza article) on topics they didn’t even comment on. I’m one of your punching bags, and the habit suggests some sick malice. Apparently, you believe that being the grandson of a former president is a license for arrogance,

For example, this closing, “With Kind regards to all. Charles E. King, grandson of the president who it is said committed sins against the indigenous Liberians” shows arrogant denial. CDB King didn’t commit “sins against the indigenous Liberians”. He targeted for ethnic cleansing, enslavement to Fernando Po, mass rapes, and genocidal murders Southeasterners whom his dictatorship couldn’t succeed in completely controlling like ass – crawling idiots.

Ebu, it is dastardly coward to pretend ignorance about his bloodstained legacy, hence let me briefly recap.

Members of coastal tribes in the southeast often worked as crews on European vessels in Freetown. But your grandfather's war of subjugation, and the selective brutality of his Frontier Force thugs triggered a flood of refugees and migrations of these people to especially Freetown, and later Accra, Takoradi, and Kumasi in Ghana. From these safe havens some would reach East London, Liverpool, Manchester, and other English ports where their skills as seamen were in demand. (Of course, EJS's 1989 - bankrolled War also drove thousands of Liberian refugees to Ghana, majority of whom still remain there twenty - seven years later!)

Anyway, when I was a ten years old boy living at 28 Settra Kru Street off Kru Town road in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on many occasions, I overheard my parents and old family members reminiscing chillingly on the atrocities of his reign. Yet never mind these reprehensible acts committed against some of my kin, I didn’t look for an excuse to REVENGE when you ran a private guard company while I was NSA director working for “an indigenous” military regime.

And neither did the others, many of whose parents and grandparents were also victims of CDB King's unhinged greed, and depravity. So, Ebu, don’t use the dead old man as an excuse. Your inflated sense of importance as offspring of an “aristocracy” (remember?) is the main driver of the “trouble” you have with Mr. Nyanseor and others. After all, you’re not his only grandson - those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
sylvester moses at 02:04PM, 2016/09/02.
Charles E. King
Greetings to All:
I am just loving this new conversation. You mean all this attention for me? Please continue. I did not know I was so important that whatever was started here has shifted to me. Kind Regards from "the grandson of......".(I am sure you all know the rest by now.)
Charles E. King at 12:00AM, 2016/09/03.
Charles E. King
Greetings Mr. Moses:

Small and narrow minded people demands small and narrow minded answers. Unfortunately, as I work with a more expanded state of consciousness, I am afraid that you will not be able to comprehend from whence I am going, let along where I am coming from, so I regret that I cannot find an answer that will fit your level of comprehension at this time. Perhaps later when you shall have grown. Kind Regards
Charles E. King at 06:37PM, 2016/09/03.
Charles E. King
Greetings Mr. Moses:(corrections)

Small and narrow minded people demands small and narrow minded answers. Unfortunately, as I work with a more expanded state of consciousness, I am afraid that you will not be able to comprehend from whence I come,let alone where I am going, so I regret that any answer given to you at this point in time, will not fit your level of comprehension. Perhaps later when you shall have grown. Kind Regards
Charles E. King at 12:07AM, 2016/09/04.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Charles Ebu King,

Iam very glad you have been informed of this mistaken identity carried out by Mr. Sylvester Moses, and now Mr. Siahyonkrohn Nyanseor.

I have exhausted all one can or could to have Mr. Moses understand that I am not Charles Ebu King and do not know him (Mr. King), nor have I ever interacted nor seen whoever is Ebu King; except that sometimes ago, I read some comments from Mr. King during the debate on the ebola death of the young Liberian Patrick Sawyer when I enjoyed Mr. Kingś professional advises in the area of investigation.

I must confess that it was via and through one of your postings that I learned that the acutual name for the police academy is the National Public Safety Institute. All along I thought the academy was or is simply called Police Academy. Thanks Mr. King in that regard.

If you go back and read some of the recent exchanges between Mr. Moses and I at where he believes I am the same as Ebu King, you will see that I told Mr. Moses that he owes you an apology, for I am not Ebu King.

Besides, if anyone should read carefully my comments and those of yours, they will see that these are two different people with different styles of writing! For example, I write bluntly and see nothing good about this smelly Ellen Johnson Sirleaf criminal empire, and those her so called aiders and abetters name and styled "progressives"!

If anyone wants to be fair or objective, they will see that you do not write in such directions. I hope in the near future, Mr Moses or Mr. Nyahnseor shall realize this fact and apologize to you for wrongly accusing you.

Don mind Siahyonkrohn, since he could not vent his frustration on Mr. Hodge nor on me, he simply decided to vent his frustration on you after he was "caught with his pants down" attempting to deceive his audience!

Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 05:41AM, 2016/09/05.

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