AfricaNow! October 18, 2017
Topics: Liberia Votes and An Immigrant Experience in the U.S.
Topics and Guests: On October 10 Liberians went to the polls to elect a new president and members of the national assembly. Under Liberian electoral rules, if no candidate gains fifty plus one there will be a run-off of the top two vote-getters. Nearly all the votes have been counted and the top two candidates are George Weh of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) with 39% and Joseph Boakai—current Vice President of the governing Unity Party—with 29% of votes cast. These two will participate in a run-off on November 7, and the winner will replace Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who steps down after a maximum of two 6-year terms. Joining AfricaNow! from Monrovia to discuss the Liberia general elections is Mr. Ezekiel Pajibo of the Liberia Law Society.
The immigrant experience in the U.S. is quite diverse. A new play—Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical—aptly illustrates the various hopes, aspirations, challenges, and contributions of Caribbean immigrants. Recently Oscar Fernandez and Abbie Roberts of Latino Media Collective—heard every Friday here on WPFW 1 to 2PM—had a conversation the play’s creators. AfricaNow! features Oscar Fernandez and Abbie Roberts of Latino Media Collective in a discussion with Mr. Andrew Clarke, Founder and Executive Director of Braata Productions and Mr. Karl O'Brian Williams, writer of the play Welcome to America: A Caribbean Musical.
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