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Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD wins APCG book award

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A book by 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey PhD was awarded this year's Best Book by the African Politics Conference Group (APCG). The award was formally presented in November at the annual meeting of the African Studies Association (USA), of which APCG is an affiliate organisation.  The title of Robtel’s monograph is Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia published by Cambridge University Press.

Each year, the African Politics Conference Group confers five awards to recognize exceptional scholarship in the study of African Politics. The other four awards are: Distinguished Africanist Award, Best Article, Best Graduate Student and Best Dissertation.

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Gbagba, children's anti-corruption book takes to the stage

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The anti-corruption children's book, Gbagba, by 2010 Tutu Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey has been adapted and turned into a stage play.  The play, which has an all-child cast, made its debut in September 2017 at Monrovia City Hall in Liberia. The children in the ensemble cast were trained for five months by premiere theatre company, Flomo Theatre.  Gbagba is a Bassa word which loosely translated, means 'trickery' or, 'corruption'.  In the book and its stage adaptation, children navigate the confusing ethical codes of the adults in their lives, in places as diverse as traffic jams, schools, churches and markets. The children express clearly and honestly the concrete ways in which gbagba hurts rather than heals society.

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