U.S. Based Liberian Playwright Urges For The Promotion Of Country’s Culture

Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr.

One of Liberia’s finest playwrights and dramatists is calling on his kinsmen to learn how to develop to cherish their cultural and historical Heritage, and further stop promoting  what he called “Promoting Alien Cultures and Degrading themselves in front of the world,” below is Mre. Joseph Gbaba’s call.

Dear Fellow Liberians:

Greetings from Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr. This communication is meant to wake you up from your slumber and to help you realize that without culture and education Liberia will be ZERO spelled in bold LETTERS!

Besides, I spent nearly my entire life promoting our rich and diverse cultural and historical heritage as the “Israel of the Black Race” because I have a calling that propels me to constantly reminds you not to falter in God’s sight. Unfortunately, some of you have refused to accept the Lord’s calling for us to be the genuine leaders and pacesetters of the Black Race in the world.

Our sisters Haiti and Ethiopia, all three of us that represent the “three-persons-in-one-Almighty Younsuah–the Holy Trinity, they are wondering what is happening to the “LUX IN TENEBRIS (LIGHT IN DARKNESS) of Africa and the Black Race.

Their concern is genuine because we as a nation and people are pleasurably basking in ignorance, disease, and poverty, imposed upon us by our own sons and daughters and those who cherish the “BROAD ROAD” that leads to “self-destruction”, and resist the “NARROW ROAD” that leads to “SALVATION”!

Also, I want to address all those who had the privilege of sitting under my fountain of knowledge at St. Patrick’s High School, A.M.E. Zion Academy, St. Teresa’s Convent, College of West Africa, University of Liberia, Cuttington University, Zwedru Multilateral High School, A.M.E. Zion Community College, Mother Pattern College of Social Work, Jay Cooke Middle School (U.S.A.) and Grover Cleveland Elementary School (U.S.A.)

For most of you whom I have taught the virtues of life, and for whom I provided holistic educational and cultural training, you should be the ones standing up for justice, peace, and reconciliation in post war Liberia. You should be the ones showing deep appreciation for your history and culture, wearing the costumes, proudly speaking our Liberian languages and dialects, and when given the opportunity, to serve our people without embezzling public funds to enrich yourselves.

Unfortunately some of you have forgotten the instructions I gave you in my literacy and language arts classes, how you should stand up for justice for the poor, be yourselves, and put Liberia first. Instead, you have followed the bandwagon to act ignorant and unlawful and to glamorize evil and self-destruction. To such of you, I am deeply disappointed!

Also, some of you are lawmakers, some are interpreters of the law, and some of you execute the laws of Liberia. Please do not lose focus, continue to be a shining light in the darkness and to make me proud as your Rabbi and professor, whether if I taught you in elementary, high school, or in college. You have an obligation as my students to reflect the standards I set in order to make our world a better place to live.

May those of you who fulfill the lofty goals and objectives I imparted unto you rise to be shining stars in the world, and may those who refuse to seek the narrow path to SALVATION be visited by the serpents of self-destruction that they embrace! Amen!

Rabbi Prince Joseph Tomoonh-Garlodeyh Gbaba, Sr., Ed. D.

February 19, 2018

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.