24 July 2012

Liberia: 'The Beginning of a National Library' - Says AMEU Prof As She Donates Books

An American professor at the African Methodist Episcopal University AMEU) on Camp Johnson Road Dr. Adetokunbo Borisha yesterday July 22nd 2012 donated a consignment of books on African culture, history and philosophy to the National Museum on Broad street in Monrovia to be used by Liberians and the general public.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony that took p[lace at the National Museum on Broad street, Dr. Borisha who has had a distinguished career teaching Africana history in the United States and Cuttington University in Liberia stated that the books which are from his private collection during the past thirty years said the 30 boxes of books are her own way of identifying with post conflict Liberia.

According to Professor Borisha, the books including a light projector for museums and libraries will be able to serve as a lecture room for students, adding that we want Liberian children to get used to reading.

The African American lashed out at the neglect of history, culture, and philosophy, noting that Africa is the cradle of civilization, the origin of mankind, the arts, the mysteries and the sciences which are subjects addressed in the collection of books. "In Liberia we only train our children do to business courses while neglecting subjects that lead them to identify their true identities."

All these thousands of years Africans have a rich culture until colonization came and mixed up and messed all. In the USA there are many who have a tract record for producing books, Liberia's children need to lift up their head with pride and know themselves. But

Receiving the consignment, the Assistant Minister of Culture at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) Madam Louise Mcmillian expressed satisfaction for the donation. "I just want to say thank you for what you have given to us. As it is, in Liberia we don't have a public Library so we hope that this consignment of books is just a beginning of a national library".

Earlier, the Director of the national Museum Mr. Albert Saye Markeh and the Culture Minister took the AMEU Professor to a conducted tour of the museum after a press briefing.

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