Miatta Fahnbulleh: Educating the Next Generation (Liberia)

Combining a passion for performance with an acute social consciousness, Miatta Fahnbulleh is helping Liberia’s next generation move out of the shadow of war. Miatta Fahnbulleh grew up in Liberia with aspirations to be a singer, in spite of social conventions that restricted women from performing in clubs and dance halls. She went abroad to Kenya, the U.S., and England before she returned home in the early 1980s. While continuing to perform as a vocalist, she also began advocating for women’s rights. Moreover, the civil wars that plagued her country for a decade and a half beginning in the late 1980s left in her a deep concern for young people who knew only violence. As she explains, “Singing on a stage for an hour or two is not enough; you get the applause and everybody says your... read more
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