Literary Education and Canon Formation: the Liberian Experience

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Literary Education and Canon Formation:
The Liberian Experience
S. Kpanbayeazee Duworko, II

Introduction

For the past fourteen years, the name ‘Liberia’ has been inextricably linked to warlords, war exportation and gunrunning in the west African subregion. These linkages, a result of the activities of the country’s leadership, made Liberia an international pariah and brought about the imposition of economic sanctions by the United Nations. Within the comity of nations, Liberia came to be viewed as a country that significantly contributed to the destabilization of the subregion through encouragement and support given to various armed groups that allegedly attacked Sierra Leone, Guinea and La Côte d’Ivoire.

Liberia, nevertheless, is also associated with legendary contributions to Africa and the world at large. These contributions range from the fields of politics to sports, medicine, and religion. In the area of politics, Liberia produced Angie Brooks Randolph, the first African female President of the UN General Assembly. In sports, specifically in soccer, Liberia produced George Oppong Weah, the only African so far to capture two major football titles: World Best from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and European Best from the European Football Association (UEFA).

In medicine, Liberia produced the renowned cardiologist, Jerome Ngana, and the prominent AIDS researcher, Stephen Kennedy. In religion, Liberia produced Prophet Wade Harris, founder of the Protestant Methodist Church, La Côte d’Ivoire; Canon Burgess Carl, former Secretary General of the All Africa Council of Churches; William R. Tolbert, Jr., President of the World Baptist Alliance, and Liberia’s 19th president who was overthrown in a bloody coup in 1980; and Herman Brown, one of the first blacks to serve as Special Assistant in the office of the Archbishop of…...

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