The Liberian Cultural Identity Crisis: Where We lost, and How We can Find

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6 Responses

  1. Ishmael N. Peal says:

    Thanks a lot, you made a significant contribution with your recommendation.

  2. Emeka Kanu says:

    This author is a hater of the Liberians and he clearly hating Nigerians. Liberia don’t have culture. He is a Americo, he’s like the white man. They want to talk about what people should do. Liberia copy Nigeria culture because Liberia was rape by Americo. Nigeria is better, that’s why they copy. We are the 1st real republic to have a present. Liberia doesn’t have a present. This author doesn’t know what he is talking about want to hate on real African because he is akata by blood. Hahaha

    • Tiffany Bass says:

      Obviously you didn’t read the whole thing. He clearly stated that there is nothing wrong with Nigerians. He simply said the reason Liberia has lost so much of our culture is because we had no time to teach our children Liberian culture during the war. Liberia has culture and it’s sad you don’t know that. Which is why the author is saying that as Liberians we need to make an effort to make it known.
      As a child born and raised in America with two Liberian refugee parents, I completely agree with the author . My stepdad is Nigerian and I go to a Nigerian church and have assimilated their culture. And most times worry that I have lost my roots.

  3. Idongesit Akpan says:

    Hrrrmm, da some serious ting you talking so o, Pahpay!!

    Got me thinking, again.

    I was born and grew up in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and have lived in this glorious land of liberty for forty years, some days, some hours, minutes, and seconds, and some….
    I’m not Yoruba, not Hausa, not Igbo. I came and I met a Liberian culture that in certain ways was reminiscent of my childhood, so you can imagine that I got “bought”.
    For one thing, I didn’t see Liberian ladies that were usually loaded with beads and other custume-like jewelry; was I seeing right or were my eyeballs jiving me to make me believe I was back in my childhood?
    If I’m right, so from whence cometh all this beaded headgears, sky-high/knife-edge head wraps, and waist length sleek hair at ” traditional weddings “, my peepo?!!!
    Don’t mind me, my children are already grown and I figured long since that even if they lose their culture it won’t kill them, at least not physically.
    I’m not a “culture” die hard….in fact, to my credit I have only one lappa suit kept for times and reasons when I want to dress like my late mother!

    All the same, I’d like to be invited to the event marking the launch of the “Liberian Culture Renaissance”, the whole package too oh!

  4. Symon Phenyx says:

    Really enjoyed the article as we have all noticed Liberians shifting further and further away from what is genuinely our. As the old ways die and fewer traditions are being passed down from generation to generation our children will tend to gravitate to what is popular, trendy and “American”. Sadly, we are losing our elders that have this wealth of information before it is passed on to the next generation and this is how traditions, customs, and intricate knowledge gets lost forever.

  5. Sammy love says:

    Beautiful article! I wish you would have gone more in depth about the Liberian culture though. I left Liberia at the early age of 5, so I know absolutely nothing about it, so when I do try and educate myself on Liberia I’m only getting information after 1822 when the free slaves came. I would love to read more. Thank you for writing this though!

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