They Say, I Say, We Say. Issue No.1
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DESCRIPTIONThey Say, I Say, We Say. A Liberian Magazine. Issue No.1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
BY : Winston Smith
LIBERIA SEVERS TIES WITH LIBYA
BY : Patience Landford
THE SCOOP ON LIBERIAS MENTAL HEALTH
BY : Grace Moore
BY: Gamai - Korto Matthew
TASTE OF LIBERIA
BY : Maseta Dubar
BY : Randell Dauda
Grace Moore, Unice Karmue
DESIGN AND LAYOUT
Jones M. Harris and Andre Jones
BY : Lorece Shaw
Mission Statement: The goal of They Say, I Say, We Say, is to celebrate the achievements of this
generation of Liberians in order to perpetuate the rich history and culture of our great country Liberia.
They say you cant judge a book by its cover; however, Africa is one continent that constantly judged and misrepresented. In fact, some people attempt to define Africa as though it is a country with only one group of people. As children of the great African diaspora, we know that Africa is multi-cultural and multi-ethnic. This is evident even in our country Liberia which is made up of over 20 ethnic groups. With They Say, I Say, We Say, we hope to dispel any misconceptions about our country and Africa as a whole by informing people about the achievements of members of the young adult Liberian community.
Inside They Say, I Say, We Say, you will find:
Traditional Liberian recipes and sayings Spotlights on non-profit and charitable organizations that focus on uplifting the Liberian people and other communities Highlight on individuals that have contributed to the film, music, sports, arts, literary and other entertainment industries. Events going on in the Liberian communities and beyond Progress being made in Liberia And, Anything Liberian!
I say the future of our country, as well as the black community in America rests on the shoulders of young Liberians. We must keep the Liberian culture, pride, and interests alive and in the forefront of peoples minds. It is up to us to continue to rebuild our communities so that our children will appreciate and understand the values cultivated by the unique Liberian lifestyle. It is our hope
that They Say, I Say, We Say serves as a platform for Liberians and all with the interest of Liberia in gaining insights on the Liberian experience, both back home and in the States.
We say that the time is now to unite as Liberians. It is this generation that will be the focus of They Say, I Say, We Say. This is our voice and our truth as young people. We must continue the path that has been laid before us, but also forge our own great future, and strive to leave a legacy that will lead to betterment for our people and the world.
All Hail, Liberia Hail. All Hail, Liberia Hail. In union strong, success is sure. We cannot fail.
Writer: Lorece Shaw
BY : Unice Karmue
BACK TO MY ROOTS
BY : Pamela D. Manneh
Writer: Winston Smith
Who said we dont have slangs? Or we are not cultured enough to have our spoken codes? Well theyre wrong!
I mean, absolutely wrong! Indeed we have a rich culture fill with codes and slangs, theres a new slang or spoken
code created almost every day! Liberians are so creative that we can generate new slangs just by viewing things
around us or listening to music. If you are Liberian you already know what weve done to Brenda Fassies song
Vuli Ndlela and other popular African songs. We are exceptionally unique in our linguistic abilities. Below, for
appetizer sick, are slangs that are especially common among young Liberians:
- Winston Smith
Coming from a country where only 58% of the population is literate, it is no surprise that education remains the number one priority for many young Liberians here in the US. With their peers back home struggling with the odds of finding a good enough school and the burden of paying for such a school, Liberians abroad are taking full advantage of every presented opportunity.
This graduation season, hundreds of young Liberians walked across the stage receiving diplomas, degrees, certifications, etc. It is always quite an honor to be recognized for ones achievement, but it is even more of an honor to be recognized by ones own people in their traditional ways.
It is in this light that we are asking that you send They Say, I Say, We Say the names and/or pictures of young Liberians and their achievement stories. We want to show the rest of the world the progress we are making and in doing so acknowledge all the hard work being done by young Liberians. In our own Liberian tradition; lets pull out the lappa and congratulate all of you.
doing so acknowledge all the hard work being done by young Liberians. In our own Liberian tradition; lets pull out the lappa and congratulate all of you. Send Name, Date of gradation, Type of achievements (high school, college, new employments, etc) and a picture of the graduate (if you have one). Email info to: LiberianMagazine@gmail.com. We look forward to sharing your achievements in future articles.
Kind regards,Ms. Randell Dauda
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LIBERIA SEVERS TIES WITH LIBYA!!
Picture: Libyan President Gaddafi and Liberian President Ellen Johnson
Liberia detached diplomatic ties with Libya on Tuesday June
14, 2011. Liberia is the latest African country to break ties with
Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi. The decision came just after
the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on
African countries to sever ties with Libya.
According to the Liberian Foreign Ministry press release, the
Government made the decision after a careful review of the
situation and problems that are currently taking place in Libya.
President Sirleaf office has been quoted to say the violence
against the Libyan people must stop, and the Government of
Colonel Gaddafi has lost the legitimacy to govern Libya.
The government of Liberia has made the decision to withdraw
the Liberian envoy from Tripoli and suspend activities of the
Libyan representation in the Liberian capital city of Monrovia.
The government of Liberia also suspended the operations
of the Libyan people bureau in Monrovia and expelled
ambassadorial status for its diplomats who remain loyal to
Colonel Gaddafi regime.
Gaddafi has been using Libyas oil wealth to invest in poorer
African countries in order to gain political and financial
influence on the African continent.
The government of Liberia stated that As one of the oldest
African independent republic, Liberia has fought relentlessly
for the decolonization of the continent and for subjugated
and oppressed people to freely exercise the right to self-
Liberia has always given recognition to independent countries
and not individual governments, the Liberian Foreign Ministry
release said. Liberian government stated that The expectation
is that having gained freedom and independence, the Libyan
people will freely choose their own government in whatever
form or fashion.
According to the same Foreign Ministry release, The current
situation in Libya does not lend itself to giving the people of
that country the freedom to choose their own government and
to determine the future of their own country.
Liberia believes in the rights of the people and the liberation
from dictatorship governments. Until the people of Libya gain
their freedom and independence from Colonel Gaddafi regime,
Liberia stands firm on their decision in severing ties with Libya.
Writer: Patience Landford
Chamo- (pronounce: Cha-Mo) means your girl, could be your serious girlfriend or your side chick. People
usually use that when discussing their side chick. An example of this is: My man, la my chamo there ooo.
Translation: Thats my girl right there.
Akon DJ- (pronounce: A-Con DJ) this is how people in Liberia call Mohawk. The name was inspired by Akons
DJ when he visited Liberia along with Akon for a concert. The hairstyle has become very popular in Liberia since.
Tumba- (pronounce: Tum-Ba) means butt; this is when a girl is carrying a serious cannon behind her. An
example of this being used is: That chamo got tumba ooo. Translation: The girl has a big butt.
Plawa- (pronounce: Pla- Wall) means argument. This is used when someone says something that offends
you and youre trying to get their angle on why they made such statement. An example of this is: La plawa you
looking for you? Translation: Are you looking for an argument?
La Fire- (pronounce: Im sure you can see the name) this is used when you say something and the person
dont understand what you said then you can tell them. La Fire coming from my mouth?
Pekin- (pronounce: Pea-Kin) means a kid or anyone you feel like youre older than or more superior to. An
example is: La my pekin there. Translation: Thats my kid or my little guy there.
Chi-chi Poly- (pronounce: Chey Chey Po-lay) means someone who can gossip. Anyone who loves to gossip
is considers a chi chi poly. An example is: The other one like running chi chi poly. Translation: This person like
Feesee- (pronounce: Fee-See) means the person has very minimum ability (in sports, dancing, singing, or etc.).
An example is: The other feesee na come on the soccer field. Translation: This kid of very minimum skills h