Aches of Monrovia

“I am trying to call 911, but it’s not going through. Apparently, I have to befriend the police before justice hears my voice. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, perhaps I should tell the police or Katie, Or perhaps I should just accept it because they are paying my school fees”. You see, these might…

 All the Skinny Ladies

We are going to start this off by saying, we get it. Society is fucked up and even more pathetic for enforcing beauty standards upon women. It feels as if being a woman in this world is an innate crime. You’re dragged into menses at a young age, punished by hideous cramps, and then, when…

Not More Than Us

More than me.  More than you. More than him. More than her. Is this more than us?   More than rape, More than abuse, This is more than sad; Way more than a scandal and cover-up. Yet, this isn’t more than justice!   It should be more than awareness, More than signing a petition, More…

Your Life Is Not Only Yours

As the driver apologized and tried  to free the way, two guys walked over to our driver’s side of the car and started raining insults on him: “stupid driver, la you wrong (you are the one who is wrong), get your stupid seh (self) from here.” Our driver started to argue with the guys. At this point, we were all completely focused on our driver’s side of the car. Our attention was interrupted when I felt someone attempting to grab my phone from my hands through the opposite side of the vehicle.

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…