Why LIBERIANS MUST LEARN to LOVE THEMSELVES FIRST over ANYTHING & ANYONE pt: 1

My pepo, y’all hello oooo..!! Da Ya sister, Kou! I’ll first like to say, let’s promote peace, love and unity in Liberia; not just for us now but for...

My pepo, y’all hello oooo..!! Da Ya sister, Kou!

I’ll first like to say, let’s promote peace, love and unity in Liberia; not just for us now but for our future generation to come. What does patriotism mean to you? 
As for me, it means loving everything about my country including the good, bad and ugly. This mean promoting, opening my eyes to the reality and also looking for better ways to contribute as much as I can so that we can improve as a country, people and nation.
Liberians are amazing people and often times we forget and do not see this as a truth statement within ourselves. Now, this is why I started out with “love, peace and unity”.

Since early childhood years from Liberia to Ghana and then ended up in America, I have seen Liberians being fascinated by foreign contents from Nigeria and Ghana. I like to think that we heavily contributed to these industries. How did we contribute? When I was a kid in Ghana (1999-2005), Buduburam champ to be exact, I saw our people going to theaters ( used to called video clubs) to watch latest Nigerians movies. I used to want to be exactly like Genevieve Nnaji. Every time I saw her on screen, it did not matter whether it was me digging holes in people’s windows, watching movies in creepy neighbor’s houses or even standing in hot Ghana sun behind the video clubs with my friends because we didn’t have money to enter, I would close my eyes and wished I grow up to be exactly like her. 
Back then if you didn’t have money for video clubs, you would either stand outside a neighbor’s porch, window or even do early chose just to be able to watch new Nigerian movies. Yes, it was that bad. We also heavily watch Spanish soaps, which was huge in Africa and I believe it still is today but Indian movies continue to win supreme.


The introduction to Nigerians culture was early. We grew up watching the richness of their traditional culture in movies and later their music. At that time Liberia was struggling for political power, so what time was left for our people to create tv shows that would teach us our native dialects, dancing, attires, etc.. for us to match up to what the Nigerians were digitally, feeding us? No where. Now, this is why war in Liberia should never be an option again for us. As I type this, I’m having some good and bad flashbacks, but regardless of what they are, I am grateful to be alive to type these messages to my wonderful Liberian people.
After being glued to Nigerian culture for so long, we also got glued to Ghanaian culture and they did it through their traditional attires, especially, the “Akwaaba” image of a lady who dressed in traditional attire (see image below) , which means “welcome” in “Twi”. I remember every LIBERIAN did a photo shoot exactly like that lady for their birthday, Christmas, New year, etc.. if I lyin, ask most Liberians who lived in Ghana during those days and they’ll most likely show you old images. Where was Liberia during this era? Well, still struggling with political unrest. Meanwhile, the Liberian children were spreading like wildfire in different countries and learning every other culture but their own. Saying this makes me extremely sad because once again, war is never the answer and it has taken so much from us. No more!

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With all of these things happening, What time did our people had to create contents that would help us to love ourselves? Our parents were also victims so, how can we expect them to teach us something that they were not taught? Our country was still struggling for peace. Many of our people had to run somewhere for safety. So, the only thing we saw is what we became accustomed to. I gave these examples because it’s important to point out some of the things that lead to Liberians being so into other people’s culture than that of their own. Being into everything else other than your own was something most Liberians learned and in order to unlearn, we have to reinstall the LIBERIAN PRIDE. 

I’ve been a blogger for over 14 years and one of my secret to my fabulousness is that I am constantly learning to love “All things Liberia” over other things. It’s impossible to say that I don’t like or admire other things, however, I now prefer mines over others. Big difference right? Let me give you an example, Tiktok is a huge platform that makes you viral in a second. I create Liberian contents specifically, because for me, “Liberian representation matter; it’s either promoting Liberia or I won’t even bother. I’ve been told by my own people, to change my blog name from LIBERIAN to something else everybody will identify with or better yet “feel more welcome” but I refused because again, “it’s LIBERIA or nothing. How about asking Paulse, Ghana, Paulse Nigeria, Bella Naija. etc.. to change their name to something everyone will like so they can make everybody feel comfortable and wanted? Anyway, it ain’t happening! I’ve learned to reinstall pure LIBERIAN love. It all started with me replacing my childhood idol, Genevieve Nnaji with Korto Davis. Not because she’s better but because she’s also as good as Genevieve Nnaji so, why not? It might sound simple but it isn’t. Relearning takes practice and it means applying it every single to day to your life and I had to find things about Korto that I love for me to prefer her over Genevieve. Of course my new found love for Liberia was my force.

I like to point out that I’m not the best writer, which is OK, but I write better when I’m inspired. Before I started blogging, I used to search the internet about “Liberian entertainers” but I could not find anything. I wanted to see the Liberian version of Genevieve Nnaji but she was nowhere to be found. It made me sad because I wanted that so bad. There were many driving force to my wanting to see Liberian stars on Google and when Takun J and Lucky Bucky came out around 2005 ( when I came to know about  them) with their hit single titled, “8 Na Right”, this was my green light. I took it and ran. During this time, I was still in high school and the only thing that was heavy on my tongue was my “Koloqua.” It was my identity and it still is, Respectfully! Attending school was horrible because almost all the Liberian kids in school back then where big on  “Serees”. Lol. School was hard for me so, I just used one copybook to write how I felt. Embarrassingly, I wrote songs, ideas for movies , etc.. Genevieve Nnaji was still queen in my mind back then.


But if I was to create something for Liberians, I had to relearn what it mean to be a Liberian and it took me so many years to be where I am today and I feel I must continue my journey. Relearning to be patriotic has a lot to do with daily decisions: what you do, what you post online, how you react when you’re mad , disappointed or even embarrassed. As a LIBERIAN, something I’ve noticed about other industries like Nigeria and Ghana is that they do not respect us. Even though the “KRUMEN” of Liberia taught most west African countries music including how to play guitar. Our people were the first to start producing music, movies but again, many people don’t know this because war interrupted everything good that was meant to happen for us. Not enough credit has been given.

To be continue……………………………..

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