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'LAND OF MY FATHERS: A REVIEW' is our latest post about Vamba Sherif's novel which was recently republished in English.  First published in Dutch in 1999 Land of My Fathers is Vamba's first novel. It is a tour de force literary journey that goes back to the incipient years of Liberia's nationhood through to its recent history.  Ultimately it is a poignantly sanguine narrative about friendship and mutual respect among a group of Liberians irrespective of background who unite to end a…

'LAND OF MY FATHERS: A REVIEW' is our latest post about Vamba Sherif's novel which was recently republished in English. First published in Dutch in 1999 Land of My Fathers is Vamba's first novel. It is a tour de force literary journey that goes back to the incipient years of Liberia's nationhood through to its recent history. Ultimately it is a poignantly sanguine narrative about friendship and mutual respect among a group of Liberians irrespective of background who unite to end a…

'LAND OF MY FATHERS: A Literary Journey Through Time With Vamba Sherif Liberia's Most Successful Novelist' is our latest post.  If you are interested in Liberian literature this is a must read. It is an insightful piece in wish Vamba who has published 5 novels about Liberia talks about his latest novel to be published in English and his thoughts and passion for developing Liberia's literary culture.  Check out our website @ liberianecho.com to read the full interview.  #liberia #literature…

'LAND OF MY FATHERS: A Literary Journey Through Time With Vamba Sherif Liberia's Most Successful Novelist' is our latest post. If you are interested in Liberian literature this is a must read. It is an insightful piece in wish Vamba who has published 5 novels about Liberia talks about his latest novel to be published in English and his thoughts and passion for developing Liberia's literary culture. Check out our website @ liberianecho.com to read the full interview. #liberia #literature…

'A REVOLUTION OF CULINARY PROPORTIONS: ENJOY GOURMET AFRICAN FOOD WITH A CLICK OF YOUR MOUSE' is our special Independence Day feature paying homage to Liberian-born executive chef Thomas Hare who has been making Liberia and Africa proud.  Chef Thal as he is commonly called has brought tremendous innovation to the African food business in the US through mail order food company @libfood.  Go to liberianecho.com to read more about him.  #liberia #liberianecho #liberiaindependenceday

'A REVOLUTION OF CULINARY PROPORTIONS: ENJOY GOURMET AFRICAN FOOD WITH A CLICK OF YOUR MOUSE' is our special Independence Day feature paying homage to Liberian-born executive chef Thomas Hare who has been making Liberia and Africa proud. Chef Thal as he is commonly called has brought tremendous innovation to the African food business in the US through mail order food company @libfood. Go to liberianecho.com to read more about him. #liberia #liberianecho #liberiaindependenceday

'CATCHING RICEBIRDS: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go' is an intensely engrossing autobiography by Liberian-born author Marcus Doe which tells the story about how his childhood innocence was ruthlessly shattered by the civil war that consumed his nation and his long struggle to come to terms with his tragic past before finally finding redemption through forgiveness and his faith in God.  Check out liberianecho.com  to read a full review of his book. It is a truly inspiring story and if you're…

'CATCHING RICEBIRDS: A Story of Letting Vengeance Go' is an intensely engrossing autobiography by Liberian-born author Marcus Doe which tells the story about how his childhood innocence was ruthlessly shattered by the civil war that consumed his nation and his long struggle to come to terms with his tragic past before finally finding redemption through forgiveness and his faith in God. Check out liberianecho.com to read a full review of his book. It is a truly inspiring story and if you're…

"100 RARE HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF LIBERIA YOU MUST SEE" is out latest featured post showing a compilation of 100 of the earliest photos ever taken of Liberia and its people.  In 1906 Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston a British explorer published a groundbreaking book titled 'Liberia' in which he wrote extensively about the early history of Liberia and its founding as a nation including a detailed description of Liberia's  flora and fauna the first of its kind. Johnston's book included several…

"100 RARE HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF LIBERIA YOU MUST SEE" is out latest featured post showing a compilation of 100 of the earliest photos ever taken of Liberia and its people. In 1906 Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston a British explorer published a groundbreaking book titled 'Liberia' in which he wrote extensively about the early history of Liberia and its founding as a nation including a detailed description of Liberia's flora and fauna the first of its kind. Johnston's book included several…

PLENYONO GBE WOLO was the first African student to graduate from Harvard.  The son of a Kru paramount chief Wolo was born in Grand Cess Liberia circa 1883. As a student at Harvard Wolo distinguished himself and was also active in several clubs one of them being the Cosmopolitan Club where he was elected first as treasurer and later as vice president.  After Harvard Wolo proceeded to Columbia University where he obtained his Master's degree and Union Theological College where he graduated…

Plenyono Gbe Wolo was the first African to graduate from Harvard University. Born in Liberia in 1883 into a Kru chieftaincy, this is his trailblazing story.

THE REMARKABLE UNTOLD STORY OF PLENYONO GBE WOLO HARVARD'S FIRST AFRICAN GRADUATE is our latest post.  Born in Grand Cess Liberia circa 1883 into a Kru chieftaincy Wolo entered Harvard in 1913 and after 4 years he graduated on June 21 1917 becoming the first African student to graduate from Harvard.  Popularly known as "the African prince" at Harvard the story of Wolo's journey from his village and kinsfolk to become a student at one of the most prestigious universities in the world is a…

The Remarkable Untold Story of Plenyono Gbe Wolo, Harvard’s First African Graduate

JOSEPH BOAKAI is the 29th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA and the incumbent. He has been serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since January 16 2006.  Boakai was born on November 30 1944 in Worsonga Lofa County to illiterate parents. He attended primary and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia. On graduating from the College of West Africa he attended the University of Liberia where he obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1972. He later attended Kansas State…

JOSEPH BOAKAI is the 29th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA and the incumbent. He has been serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since January 16 2006. Boakai was born on November 30 1944 in Worsonga Lofa County to illiterate parents. He attended primary and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia. On graduating from the College of West Africa he attended the University of Liberia where he obtained a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1972. He later attended Kansas State…

MOSES ZEH BLAH served as the 28th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from July 24 2000 - August 11 2003 under President Charles Taylor.  Born in Toweh Town Nimba County Blah joined Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and underwent guerrilla training in Libya. He served as a general in the NPFL during the Liberian Civil War. After Taylor's election in 1997 Blah was appointed as Ambassador to Libya and Tunisia.  He was later selected to replace vice president Enoch Dogolea who died in…

MOSES ZEH BLAH served as the 28th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from July 24 2000 - August 11 2003 under President Charles Taylor. Born in Toweh Town Nimba County Blah joined Taylor's National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) and underwent guerrilla training in Libya. He served as a general in the NPFL during the Liberian Civil War. After Taylor's election in 1997 Blah was appointed as Ambassador to Libya and Tunisia. He was later selected to replace vice president Enoch Dogolea who died in…

ENOCH DOGOLEA served as the 27th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from August 2 1997- June 24 2000 under President Charles Taylor.  Born of June 5 1952 in Deatuo Nimba County Dogolea was a teacher and clergy man. He was educated at the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute after which he underwent Bible training and became a minister in the Baptist Church. He was also a teacher for more than a decade.  In the aftermath of the failed coup by General Thomas Quiwonkpa against Doe's government on…

ENOCH DOGOLEA served as the 27th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from August 2 1997- June 24 2000 under President Charles Taylor. Born of June 5 1952 in Deatuo Nimba County Dogolea was a teacher and clergy man. He was educated at the Zorzor Rural Teacher Training Institute after which he underwent Bible training and became a minister in the Baptist Church. He was also a teacher for more than a decade. In the aftermath of the failed coup by General Thomas Quiwonkpa against Doe's government on…

HARRY F. MONIBA served as the 26th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 6 1986 - September 9 1990 under President Samuel K. Doe.  Born on October 22 1937 in Kolahun District Lofa County Moniba was educated at the Episcopal Holy Cross Mission schools; Cuttington College and Divinity School; and State University of New York at New Paltz where he obtained his MS. He later obtained his Ph.D in African History and International Relations from Michigan State University in 1975.  Prior to…

HARRY F. MONIBA served as the 26th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 6 1986 - September 9 1990 under President Samuel K. Doe. Born on October 22 1937 in Kolahun District Lofa County Moniba was educated at the Episcopal Holy Cross Mission schools; Cuttington College and Divinity School; and State University of New York at New Paltz where he obtained his MS. He later obtained his Ph.D in African History and International Relations from Michigan State University in 1975. Prior to…

BENNIE DEE WARNER served as the 25th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from October 31 1977 - April 12 1980 under President William R. Tolbert.  Born on April 30 1935 in Careysburg Montserrado County Warner was a bishop in the United Methodist Church for 4 years before he was plucked from obscurity to become vice president in 1977 after the death of VP James E. Greene.  Forced out of the vice presidency because of the April 12 1980 coup Warner was attending a conference of Methodist bishops in…

BENNIE DEE WARNER served as the 25th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from October 31 1977 - April 12 1980 under President William R. Tolbert. Born on April 30 1935 in Careysburg Montserrado County Warner was a bishop in the United Methodist Church for 4 years before he was plucked from obscurity to become vice president in 1977 after the death of VP James E. Greene. Forced out of the vice presidency because of the April 12 1980 coup Warner was attending a conference of Methodist bishops in…

JAMES EDWARD GREENE served as the 24th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from April 1972 until his death on July 22 1977 during President William R. Tolbert Jr.'s first term.  Born in Greenville Sinoe County on July 6 1915 he was educated at the St. Paul's Episcopal High School and at Liberia College where he obtained a B.A. in 1940.  Prior to becoming VP Greene was a teacher at Sinoe High School from 1941 - 1949 before becoming its principal from 1949 - 1952. He later served as superintendent of…

JAMES EDWARD GREENE served as the 24th VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from April 1972 until his death on July 22 1977 during President William R. Tolbert Jr.'s first term. Born in Greenville Sinoe County on July 6 1915 he was educated at the St. Paul's Episcopal High School and at Liberia College where he obtained a B.A. in 1940. Prior to becoming VP Greene was a teacher at Sinoe High School from 1941 - 1949 before becoming its principal from 1949 - 1952. He later served as superintendent of…

WILLIAM R. TOLBERT JR. served as the 23rd VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 1 1952 - July 23 1971 for five consecutive terms under President William V. S. Tubman.  Tolbert's tenure as VP is the longest in Liberia's history. He acceded the presidency after the death of President Tubman.  Born in Bensonville Montserrado County to repatriate parents Tolbert was educated at Crummell Memorial High School and at Liberia College.  Prior to becoming VP Tolbert served as a dispersing officer at…

WILLIAM R. TOLBERT JR. served as the 23rd VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 1 1952 - July 23 1971 for five consecutive terms under President William V. S. Tubman. Tolbert's tenure as VP is the longest in Liberia's history. He acceded the presidency after the death of President Tubman. Born in Bensonville Montserrado County to repatriate parents Tolbert was educated at Crummell Memorial High School and at Liberia College. Prior to becoming VP Tolbert served as a dispersing officer at…

CLARENCE LORENZO SIMPSON SR served as the 22nd VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 3 1944 - January 1 1952 during President William V. S. Tubman's first term in office.  Born in Royesville Montserrado County of repatriate and Vai parentage he was educated at the College of West Africa and at Liberia College. Following legal studies under W. Monroe Phelps he was admitted to the bar in 1921.  Prior to becoming VP Simpson was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1931 - 1934. He also…

CLARENCE LORENZO SIMPSON SR served as the 22nd VICE PRESIDENT OF LIBERIA from January 3 1944 - January 1 1952 during President William V. S. Tubman's first term in office. Born in Royesville Montserrado County of repatriate and Vai parentage he was educated at the College of West Africa and at Liberia College. Following legal studies under W. Monroe Phelps he was admitted to the bar in 1921. Prior to becoming VP Simpson was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1931 - 1934. He also…