LIBERIA WEST AFRICA
Today is Saturday March 14th, 2015.
I came to Canada on November 25th, 2005.
Like any other person in this country, I am proud of my country of origin.
I am employed as a Security Guard at the building where Spyros Peter Goudas' factory is located. In fact, I am his body guard.
Since the night is long and lonely, Spyros Peter Goudas was working in his office as usual.
This was not a surprise to me because the other Security Guards mentioned that he is always working even at 2, 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning.
In this instance, he was concentrated on the subject of Africa.
I have read the following articles written by him, titled, A TRIP TO GHANA, Kenya, the Rwandan genocide, Eritrea , Faces Of Africa - Haile Selassie, and discovered that he was familiar with the African food, Fufu, which is featured in one of his books titled "African Food Safari".
Before you obtain your visa, buy and pack your sun hat, Danhiki or Neru shirts, safari shorts, sunglasses, sunscreen, sun dresses and mosquito nets, etc., I suggest that to you:
Prepare yourself not only mentally, but physically as well, because the most important thing that you have to internalize is that the type of food and its preparation is: a little bit, somewhat different, and most significantly, very, very different from what you are accustomed to
As a consequence, he called me into his office and asked me where I was from, I replied from Liberia the Mother Land.
He then asked what Mother land means, citing that he knew about Liberia, but was not familiar with the concept of the Mother land.
He asked me to sit down and I explained to him what Mother land is. So I had the opporotunity to go back to my roots and related to him everything I knew about my country.
Obviously, I mentioned to him about our President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is very popular and according to many she is the hope of the future for Liberia.
May God help her to accomplish her mission.
At the same time Mr. Goudas quickly researched wikipedia for her life story which a link is included in this article.
Before leaving this topic, I explained that Liberia borders the Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Additionally, the population is 85% Christian.
Parallell with the above name within wikipedia he researched about the history of Liberia in general and one of the things that suprised him was that although a very small country on the west coast of Africa, Liberia was divided into fifteen countries.
Spyros Peter Goudas is quite familiar with the Ivory Coast since he is associated with a factory there that cultivates and produces Ackees, which is the national fruit and food of Jamaica.
If you want to understand a bit more about the Ackee, click here to read the book titled, Ackees, written by him.
Of course we are not going into the English Colonization details, the slavery years, etc, the two civil wars, and according to Wikipedia, many government conspiracies and interruptions that set the country years back, including the loss of many lives.
The video which follows portrays a different, somewhat negative aspect of Liberia.
However, when Spyros Peter Goudas writes an article he tries to portray both sides of the coin.
Therefore, it is appropriate for him to include this video.
The following is a direct quote from the producers of this video:
"Cannibalism, murder and rape are just a part of everyday life in certain regions of Liberia.
Despite the United Nation's eventual intervention, most of this country's young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution."
In 2009, we went to Liberia to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war.
UPDATE: Charles G. Taylor, former President of Liberia and warlord, has been convicted by an international tribunal of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including rape, murder, and the use of child soldiers.
He is the first head of state to be found guilty by an international court since the Nuremberg trials.
Hosted by Shane Smith | Originally released in 2009 at http://vice.com
Africa Investigates - Liberia: Living with Ebola.
The Fight Against Ebola (Full Length)
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa began in Guinea in December 2013.
From there, it quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Cases also appeared in Senegal and Nigeria, and there was another outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Today, Liberia is at the center of the epidemic, with more than 3,000 cases of infection.
About half of them have been fatal.
As President Barack Obama announced that he would be sending American military personnel to West Africa to help combat the epidemic, VICE News traveled to Monrovia to spend time with those on the front lines of the outbreak
Published on Jan 6, 2015
RTD goes to Liberia, the country hardest hit by the disease, to speak to those battling on the frontline against the terrifying illness
CHINA GIVES BIG TO LIBERIA
Liberians today are focussd on the future.
Liberia is one of the faste.st growing economies in Africa today
Within my conversation with him I mentioned the names of several famous people including, Harbella Browne, a singer who is featured in one of the videos below, "Thank You Lord".
Miracle Kettor - Yianyee Soloo (Liberian Gospel Music), Marron Cassell and Kanvee Adams.
According to Spyros Peter Goudas, Liberian music is very upbeat and similiar to Trinidad and Tobago's calypso ryhthms.
I asked him how does he know about Trinidad and Tobago, calypso, carnival and all that stuff.
He explained that in the 1970's he was one of the pioneers of the Caribbean festival, Caribana, that he sponsored floats, and made films of the actual parade which was then held on University Avenue, in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Caribana is now an annual Caribbean Festival attracting over one million people each year.
Additionally, he handed me a copy of his book, One Caribana Story, which captures his involvement in the festival.
Wow. That was an experience which made me pay attention to the first long weekend in August when I definitely will be part of the Caribana festival as a spectator.
Now back to the topic of my country of origin, Liberia.
Another popular Liberian is the famous soccer player, George Weah, who is referred to as the Liberian Pele.
Spyros Peter Goudas is considered the authority in the International Foods today.
Since he mentioned to me about the fufu,
I equally mentioned that in Liberia one of the most famous food is Potatoes Greens which is also known as Potatoes leaves.
The video below gives you an idea of its preparation.
Liberian cuisine heavily incorporates rice, the country's staple food.
Heavy stews spiced with habanero and scotch bonnet chillies are popular and eaten with fufu.
Click on the image below to view more images of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf THE HOPE OF LIBERIA
BY SPYROS PETER GOUDAS
The wikipedia link below gives detailed information about the country.
Harbella Browne - Thank You Lord (Music Video).
The video is a bit long and the rhythm is wonderful.
You can see that she has placed lots of energy into her performance.
After viewing this video, Dr. Joseph McKenna, who has become a very good friend of Spyros Peter Goudas and is a firm believer in the Almighty, stated the following:
The people of Liberia have suffered a lot lately, especially through the Ebola Crisis, and even though they have nothing, they still take the time to thank the Lord and have hope the future.
He further stated that it is easy to thank the Lord when things are going good and it is much more important to thank Him when things are not going good.
Additionally, he acknowledged that Harbella Brown's (Thank You Lord song) is not only an inspiration to Liberias but to people around the world.
You may read more about Dr. Joseph McKenna in the book, Baked Salmon, written by Spyros Peter Goudas in the attached link.
Dear friends of FlyerMall.com
A few years ago, in the FlyerMall Tubes area I posted a song by the artists, Toots & The Maytals titled Sweet and Dandy.
Since I have been involved in the multicultural society of Canada for many, many years, and I am able to understand the dialects of the various nationalities, I was under the impression that when I posted this song that everyone would understand the words.
You may click here to read my biography, The Immigrant and/or the Letters of Appreciation I have received from various organizatons, religions and groups which attest to my involvement with many nationalities and ethnicities.
It took me quite some time to realize that although the song is in English very, very, very few people knew the meaning of the song.
The song has a very good rhythm, the singers are very good, but many people could not discern or understand the words and the meaning of the words.
When I finally realized what happened, I took the time to post the words in English so that the average person gets the real feel of the song and why it was so popular.
In today's viewing of Thank You Lord by Harbella Browne, it seems to me that the same scenario is repeating itself.
I am now taking the time to explain the meaning of her song.
Within the song, you hear the words Jehovah and it is important to explain that the word Jehovah has nothing to do with the Jehovah Witness religion.
In the Liberian culture, the word Jehovah means God.
Continuing with the story of the song, Harbella Browne states that she wanted to have a child and she prayed one year, two years, three years, four years, five years, six years and finally God (Jehovah) gave her the gift of a baby girl.
The above paragraph, although it does not mean much to some, but there are thousands of women out there facing the same situation.
So Harbella believes that her little girl is a gift from God and thanks him again and again.
Thank you Lord Jehovah Gyra I want to say Thank You Thank You Lord
You are turning my story to Glory
Up to this point of the song, Harbella Browne is speaking directly to God and thanks Him again and again.
She states - who am I to deserve your goodness. Daddy (referring to God) I am grateful and grateful. You have done so much for me.
Within the song the choir and background singers are blending their voices to
perfection in such way to make this, not any regular gospel song, but turns it into a masterpiece and testimony of faith and belief in God Jehovah.
Harbella Browne continues Thanking God and within the song states in praise of God, if you have done it for me you can do it for anybody and at this point addresses herself to the crowd without persuading anyone to change religion or beliefs.
I would like to close the topic of Harbella Browne, the song Thank You Lord, the singers in the background, the writers and the video producers by congratulating them for the excellent work they have done.
It is a wonderful song and does inspire you to Thank the Lord.
The gospel music of Liberia is continued by Miracle Kettor
Yianyee Soloo (Liberian Gospel Music)
Click below to view the video.
More Liberian music by Marron Cassell - Liberia you're lifted
Click below to view the video.
Dancing is a part of the Liberian culture and begins at a very young age.
Click and be entertained.
In the next video, is a performance by Kanvee Adams.
The Legend, George Weah,
Is a Liberian retired professional football (soccer) player and regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, and as one of the best forwards of his generation, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year.