‘Unique and Perfect’

first_imgIt might be over now but it was definitely a weekend Christmas Extravaganza, with spectacular performances that touched the soul of the audience, making it difficult for anyone in the full-house auditorium to hold back their excitement.The crowd described the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) Choir’s live performance as “unique and perfect.”Though the choir did not sing their own songs, they had great chemistry performing traditional Christmas songs. “The kind of performance that the choir displayed here proved that the university has a great extracurricular activity program. It is the best we have ever seen since this program was initiated a few months ago,” a member of the audience told Lib Life.“This is a turning point in the university’s activities and we hope that more investments will be made to improve it in some areas.”Also performing a drama entitled “Paradise Lost,” the Anyenkon (AMEU Dance and Drama Troupe) never utter a word throughout the performance, but their silence spoke volumes, and was epic.The drama opened with five actors on stage in a state of bliss. Their leaders seemed kind and generous. Food is plentiful and children laugh and play. But eventually their leaders became corrupt with greed and sold them into slavery.As the plot thickened, the slaves are treated with unspeakable cruelty. But they never forgot about returning home one day.The slaves were eventually freed by their slave master. They embraced each other in silence, fighting to hold back their emotions.The former slaves returned home and forgetting their past treatment under bondage, they forcefully established dominance over their own people, and at last conflict escalated until everything was destroyed. In the end, they came together to rebuild.Paradise Lost ends as the people pledged to never allow greed to make them carry out such wanton acts of destruction against each other. In a nutshell, Paradise Lost is the story of Liberia.“I am elated by the wonderful response that our Christmas Extravaganza received. I hope this will become an annual event. There is so much talent in Liberia and within the AMEU student population in particular,” said Dr. Dawn Barnes, Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services at the university said.“We hope to explore these talents and showcase them at cultural events throughout the year. Our community, too, has said that they look forward to having occasions like these to relax and enjoy the spirit of the holiday. Music, dance and live drama are universal. I am honored to serve as a facilitator for this service to our students and our community.”Dr. Barnes also said that art and culture, like sports, are aspects of lives that unite and bring people together to laugh, share fun and jointly celebrate humanity. “As an institution of higher education, it is part of our mandate to enrich the lives of the community,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BYC Coach Lartey: ‘I Am Not Under Pressure’

first_imgBYC Coach Lartey (L) addresses sports journalist Michael Solomon after his team’s defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries(Image Courtesy: Anthony Kokoi) Following BYC FC’s 1-0 defeat against Monrovia Club Breweries over the weekend at the Blue Field, BYC’s head coach Robert Lartey has said he is not under pressure to deliver despite losing his first three points in the 2018 Liberia Football Association First Division league.A lone goal from Breweries’ striker Mitis Mulbah in the 24th minute saw the Bushrod Island-based club bagging home all three points as they moved top of Group B. BYC are seated in the third position after collecting three points in their 2-0 win against Watanga FC in the opening fixture.In the weekend’s encounter, BYC lost control of the midfield after Kertu Jebro was substituted, followed by striker Mustapha Lomell sending off, but the ‘Go Blue Boys’ later regained control of the midfield. Thanks to after forward, Fallah Sheriff, for moving down to the middle.Coch Lartey later introduced striker Robert Taylor who came close to slotting home an equalizer in the 90th minute. Though Taylor was in a better position to head in right-back Darlington Segbe’s cross from the right flank, Breweries goalkeeper Sampson Giddings was in the best position to deny home side from getting a point.“I don’t think I am under pressure, because I spent several years with this club and won lots of trophies, so I am not under pressure. I am a relaxed coach, I know what I am capable of doing,” Coach Lartey said.Lartey, who is a former LISCR coach, said his team played their normal football, but were unfortunate to lose the match because of goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh’s mistake.“That’s the game of football, one team has to win. We played our best today, but Breweries became the better side after they capitalized on our goalkeeper’s mistake to win,” he said.Coach Lartey returned to BYC in May, 2017, replacing former coach Cooper Sannah who was sacked by the club due to what the club termed as ‘poor performance’ during the 2016/2017 national league.During Lartey’s previous spell at BYC, he won triple titles, First division, FA cup and Super Cup in the 2012/2013 league season.  He also won the FA Cup with the junior team (BYC II) as head coach, and progressed to the second round of the CAF Confederation Cup during the club’s debut appearance.BYC will be looking to bounce back when they face newly promoted side, Small Town FC, tomorrow at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more