DATI Launches the Kukatonon Peace Project in Liberia in November!

Liberia is a tiny but very powerful African nation. It is in West Africa, bordered by the Republic of La Cote d’Ivoire on the east, the Republic of Guinea on the north, the Republic of Sierra Leone on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the south. Liberia has an estimated post-genocide population of 4.5 million people and three basic linguistic and seventeen unique ethnic groups. For an example, the Kwa-speaking peoples are from Eastern and Southeastern and southcentral Liberia. They include the Krahn, Grebo, Kru, Bassa, Deiweion, Belleh ethnic groups. The Mande linguistic group is in southwest, north, central Liberia. It includes Gola, Vai, Kissi, Gbandhi, Lorma, Kpelle, Mano, Gio, Mandingo, and the Settler groups (Americo-Liberians, Congaus, and other African and diaspora Blacks) that live in different regions of Liberia and speak different African and western languages like Creole, English, Fula, Wolof, etc.

Liberia is a tiny but very powerful African nation. It is in West Africa, bordered by the Republic of La Cote d’Ivoire on the east, the Republic of Guinea on the north, the Republic of Sierra Leone on the west, and the Atlantic Ocean on the south. Liberia has an estimated post-genocide population of 4.5 million people and three basic linguistic and seventeen unique ethnic groups.

Liberia’s all-year-round verdant tropical forests

For an example, the Kwa-speaking peoples are from Eastern and Southeastern and southcentral Liberia. They include the Krahn, Grebo, Kru, Bassa, Deiweion, Belleh ethnic groups. The Mande linguistic group is in southwest, north, central Liberia. It includes Gola, Vai, Kissi, Gbandhi, Lorma, Kpelle, Mano, Gio, Mandingo, and the Settler groups (Americo-Liberians, Congaus, and other African and diaspora Blacks) that live in different regions of Liberia and speak different African and western languages like Creole, English, Fula, Wolof, etc.

Liberia is in the tropical forest belt of West Africa. The West African nation is mineral-rich and its vegetation verdant all year round. The soil is humus and very conducive for agricultural development. The high peaks of Mount Gedeh, Mount Nimba, Mount Bong, Mount Bomi, all the capes: Cape Mesurado, Cape Mount, Cape Palmas, and all the lakes: Piso, Shepherd, and rivers: Doo-boo-gboon, Ni Boweh, River Gbeh, and all the fauna and flora, make Liberia a paradise on earth. It is a land of great tourist attraction and historical importance to world politics, Black liberation, and sovereignty.

The rolling slopes of Mount Nimba and its Savanah grasslands

Traditionally, Liberia is the Israel and Promise Land of the Black Race. From the inception of the universe, Liberia was set aside by divine providence to serve as “The Land of the Free” (LIBERIA), home of all free men and women of color who are called LIBERIANS. However, the past forty years have been tumultuous. It culminated in a genocide that snatched away over two hundred and fifty thousand lives and tore Liberia’s entire infrastructure apart. This is the reason DATI is formally launching the Kukatonon Peace and Reconciliation and Cultural Awareness Project in Liberia in November, to restor sanity and stability in post-

In support of the foregoing, DATI is formally launching the Kukatonon Peace and Reconciliation and Cultural Awareness Project in Liberia in November.

DATI Montserrado Chapter’s Formal Launching Program

DATI Montserrado Chapter will begin the formal launch of its peace project early in the morning with the slaughter of an unblemished sheep on November 15th.  Its indoor program will take place at the Union of Conscious Africans, Inc. on Benson and Johnson Streets in Monrovia by 2 p.m. Graduates of DATI’s First Cohort Peace Advocate Program that completed training in Peace Education, Mediation and Cultural Awareness will receive their certificates of achievement.

The Montserrado Chapter will also stage its peace and kukatonon drama entitled “Stop Abusing Our Chickoos”. The play is about gender equity and women empowerment. It was written and will be directed by Statesman Albert Ninneh, National Secretary General of DATI and Youth Representative on the Kukatonon Peace and Reconciliation Initiative, Inc. (KPRI) National Council.

All progressive youths of Liberia are cordially invited to attend the formal launching of DATI’s peace and reconciliation project in Liberia. Come and let us tell the world Liberians desire peace, reconciliation and national unity.

DATI Maryland Formal Launching

DATI Maryland has an exciting peace and reconciliation launching program and a great surprise for all Liberians. There will be an outdoor program followed by an indoor program. The festivities begin at sharp 9 a.m. with the slaughtering of an unblemished sheep to make sacrifice to Nyeasua and the spirits of our forefathers and foremothers. This will be followed by a peace parade of Liberian youths along with DATI Peace Advocate trainees marching the streets of Gbenelue (Harper), carrying banners and posters advocating peace and reconciliation. The famous Grebo War Dance Masqueraders from Big Town, Maryland, will participate in the DATI Peace and Reconciliation and Cultural Awareness and Literacy Parade!

For many years Liberians have not had a festivity when the famous Grebo War Dance Masqueraders demonstrate their heritage as great traditional African warriors. The event is spectacular, and it is a very important component of Grebo and Kwa culture. Hundreds of guests and tourists are expected to travel to Gbenelue (Harper City) on the weekend of November 22nd! Come and let us make this a festive event.

We are not done with you yet! Let us take you into the Harper City Hall where the indoor program will take place. There, about twenty-six DATI Maryland Peace Advocate trainees will receive their certificates of achievement and completion of DATI’s First Cohort Peace Advocate class.

And, the day’s festivities will be crowned with the premiere of “Bah Noo Deh Doh”, written and directed by Maryland’s own Alfred Jluewehtee Kolgee Nugba. He is a second year student in the College of General Agriculture and Food Science at Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County. Playwright Nugba recently completed DATI’s Playwright Apprenticeship training, a one month online training for Liberian youths and DATI members who would like to become playwrights, theatre directors, actors and theatre production staff.

The festive occasion will conclude with refreshments and networking between DATI members and members of the diplomatic and NGO communities and stakeholders in Harper City, Maryland, Republic of Liberia.

Published by DATI Public Relations Office

The United States of America

October 7, 2019

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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.