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They Say, I Say, We Say. A Liberian Magazine. Issue No.1

Text of They Say, I Say, We Say. Issue No.1



    BY : Winston Smith


    BY : Patience Landford


    BY : Grace Moore



    BY: Gamai - Korto Matthew


    BY : Maseta Dubar


    BY : Randell Dauda


    Grace Moore, Unice Karmue

    Ellen Witherspoon


    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


    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: We look forward to sharing your achievements in future articles.

    Kind regards,Ms. Randell Dauda


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    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

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