BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROJECT – ALHAJI GV KROMAH PROFILE.
In answering the question, what is Black History? Latorial Faison wrote in her poem from 28 Days of Poetry celebration black history 3; It is the dirt road our forefather trod, Memories of their lives branded in our hearts. It is a word, a place, a state of mind. We defined this Black history month as a way of peeking into our ancestors’ times. It is an annual celebration to honor individual(s) that have changed the landscape of this nation and other parts of the world like Liberia so that black people can move freely, express themselves freely, and to know the value of their identities.
In the spirit of the Black History Month, Personality of the Week program will use this opportunity to honor our heros dead or alive that have impacted our lives, culture, and our heritage politically and religiously in Liberia and the diaspora. Until the end of this month, and every year in February, we will continue to profile our heroes. Today we will profile Professor Alhaji G. V. Kromah.
Alhaji G.V. Kromah is a Liberian journalist, writer, diplomat, lawyer, politician, and former national resistance leader of the ULIMO faction during the Liberian Civil War. He is a moderate Muslim from Liberia, and a member of the Mandingo ethnic group from Tusu Town, Quardu Gboni District, and Lofa County. He attended St. Patrick’s High School (1973).
Kromah was a special assistant to the Vice-President and later Assistant Information Minister during the regime of President William Tolbert before becoming Director General of the Liberian Broadcasting System in 1982 and Minister of Information in 1984 under President Samuel Doe and denied the government’s crackdown leading to some deaths at the University of Liberia in 1984. He went into exile in June 1990; months after the civil war began in Liberia.
He later co-founded the United Liberation Movement of Liberia for Democracy (ULIMO) a resistance armed group that forced Charles Taylor to a negotiating table that eventually brought tangible political solution to the Liberian conflict. ULIMO split into two factions in 1994, with Kromah leading one faction known as ULIMO-K. Its power base was in northwestern Liberia, in and around Lofa County.
After the war, Kromah contested the 19 July 1997 presidential election representing the All Liberia Coalition Party (ALCOP). He placed third, winning 4.02% of the vote. Kromah ran again as the party’s presidential candidate in the 11 October 2005 elections in which he was again defeated, receiving 2.8% of the vote.
In light of this, POTW deem it necessary to thank and honor Professor Alhaji G.V. Kromah on this Black his month for his numerous and continuous contributions and sacrifices to the Liberian Mandingo Communities and Liberia at large.
“Keep doing good, you don’t know who’s watching”