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The late President Tolbert

President Tolbert Remembered

Events commemorating the 101st birth anniversary of Liberia’s ex-president William R. Tolbert, Jr. took place last week in the slain president’s hometown of Bentol, outside Monrovia, with a thanksgiving service at the Zion Praise Baptist Church.

President Tolbert was born on May 13, 1913 and became president in 1971 following the death of long-serving President William V.S. Tubman to whom Mr. Tolbert was Vice President.

Well wishers came from far and near to join the Tolberts as they marked the anniversary of their hero.

The First Lady Inspecting produce with Agriculture Department expert Doc Sirleaf, the women of Liberia are grateful to Mrs. Tubman

President Sirleaf and the Muslim Myth

Last Monday we published a story in the Daily Observer about an article bearing the allegations that Saudi Arabia had a master plan to Islamize West Africa, including Liberia. The article made many erroneous claims that had to be corrected by us, even as we printed excerpts from it.

It was, as we said, written by three Islamic women scholars, one from Syria, another from Iran and a third from Saudi Arabia.


In 1822, a group of settler colonists sponsored by the American Colonization Society (ACS) and approved by the government of the United States of America reached the coast of West Africa and landed on Providence Island, today a part of the Republic of Liberia.

The purpose of their journey from the United States was to find a settlement on the continent of Africa for freed African “slaves” or their descendants in America. This settlement would come to be regarded by them as the "Promised Land."

Liberia’s first President, The Late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts

Remembering J. J. Roberts: The Vision, Courage and Sacrifice of Liberia’s First President

The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by proclamation declared Saturday, March 15, 2014 as the 205th Birth anniversary of Liberia’s First President Joseph Jenkins Robert and is to be observed throughout the Republic as a national holiday, a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.


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