Typical Liberian Girl

He walked up to me and said, “You don’t look like a typical Liberian girl, Your diction is better and your skin is lighter.” I looked him in the eye and told him to his face, “I’m disappointed that I don’t look like a typical Liberian girl.” You see, a typical Liberian girl is beautiful…

More Than Serious

Over the past few days, Liberians on social media have been reacting to the documentary, Unprotected, by ProPublica in collaboration with Time Magazine. Unprotected shines light on how an American charity operating in Liberia, More Than Me (MTM), claimed to be “saving some of the world’s most vulnerable girls from sexual exploitation” while, from the…

Allowed

The following message was approved by you for you and to you:    You are allowed to be YOU. You are allowed your smarts and your skills; to be unapologetically brilliant; to be intimidating; to show off.   You are allowed grandiose mistakes; allowed to fall face flat; and have dumb af moments.   You…

Africa Needs to Deviate from Depending​ on International Aid

We might all still be familiar with the phrase “Make America Great Again” that was popularized about a year ago. This was an agenda that was assertively pushed by current American President Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. In line with this phrase, I believe that African leaders too can work together with a policy…

The Power of Choice

Whether it is the decision you make between what is right and what is wrong, the discernment between good and evil, the option you take between riding a taxi to go home or just strolling, staying home to study the day before a test or falling to peer pressure and going out all night to…

The Unjustifiable Fear of the Liberian ‘Elite’

On May 11, 2018, I was fortunate to join almost a hundred young individuals in a protest against racism, sexism, and discrimination in Liberia.  The protest was a fight against the racial and sexist policies of Sajj House, bar and restaurant in Liberia, discriminating against single black women. On the day of the protest, the…

Give & Take

We’ve been in a relationship for as long as I can remember. She sleeps at the head of my bed, dragging me to the foot. “You’re not good enough,” she says, taking off my blanket of hope in the cold of doubts. She’s the reason I stand before broken mirrors hoping my reflection of a…

Big Boy

I saw Aunty today, she was the same. I hadn’t seen her in ages. A while back, my third year in university in the US, I heard she got married. Now, apart from extra fat in her cheeks and a baby bump that created a gentle mold in her dress, aunty looked the same. She…

Liberian Girl Magic

Dear LiberianGirl, Do you see us freeing ourselves, from the narratives written by “people abroad?” Read a blog post yesterday, with your voice and your name and your face – shoutout to SiM. Now you speak up and show up and show out Embracing your power and strength and worth Do you smile at the men…

Not Your Object

Living in a male-dominated society can be challenging for women, at least it is for me. This is especially true in the Liberian society, where men tend to objectify women on a daily basis, ranging from the streets to our places of work. Walking on the streets of Monrovia as a female has been one…