Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh the well-known Liberian politician and activist has published and is about to release two new books on the market. “Bite and Blow” and “Pepperbird Bound for Freedom,” were dedicated on the observance of the author’s 75th birthday this year.
The first book, “Bite and Blow,” is about growing up in and growing up out of poverty, portraying that it is possible to know the sources of poverty and how to end it through non-violent means.
The title of the book comes out of Tipoteh’s experience with rats as a barefoot boy. He recounts that after taking bath outdoors at night and walking into the house without footwear to go to bed, the rats went to work on what they smelled on Tipoteh’s feet. Rats are very skillful, biting and blowing in a way that cannot be felt by the victim, only for
Tipoteh to wake up in the morning to see his feet bloody with artistic marks designed by rats’ teeth.
Tipoteh realized that his “Bite and Blow” rat-oriented experience helped him to understand the “powers that be” in society and their tactics in the governance of the Liberian State. They bite with repressive measures and then blow with flattering rhetoric, policies, strategies and agenda to give the impression that something better is about to happen, only to find the “same old thing” happening, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, the author explains.
This book is dedicated to Tipoteh’s parents, Rev. Korwreh Duwree Togba, also known as Rev. Samuel Togba Roberts and Mrs. Geena Wreh Kai, also known as Mrs. Victoria Kai Roberts
Who, he said, played the central role in working within the mode of “not for self, but for others.” This is the mode that provided the motivation for Tipoteh to work with others to establish Susukuu, the 45 year old organization aimed at alleviating poverty, and the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA). Both of these organizations are figured prominently in the book.
The “Pepperbird Bound for Freedom” is a book comprising 75 poems representing Tipoteh’s 75 years of age.
The author recounts that the sound of the pepperbird woke him up in the mornings, reminding him that the poor masses were still smelling, but not tasting as they longed for the freedom to escape from the state of promised liberty to the state of realized liberty by God’s command.
This book is dedicated to Madiba Nelson Rohlihlahla Mandela of South Africa, Africa, and the world. When Tipoteh first met Madiba Mandela in 1990 on his mission to give support to the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) Talks for a Free South Africa, Tipoteh noticed the straightness of Madiba Mandela’s back and he said to himself immediately that Mandela’s back is the back that broke the back of apartheid. After the apartheid regime made Mandela to break rocks daily for 27 years in prison, his back was still unbroken, not to mention his will-power, his struggle for a free South Africa, acknowledged Tipoteh.
The two books are available as soft copies through the Internet on the website: www.publishwiz.com; a forward thinking and dynamic group helping independent writers publish and promote their books and literature. “The hardback published copies of Tipoteh’s books will be available within the next two months,” said Robert Cummings, Publish Wiz’s Media Affairs Coordinator.
Togba-Nah Tipoteh was born 1941 in Monrovia, is an economist, educator and politician who contested three presidential elections (1997, 2005 and 2011) in Liberia. For more than three decades, he has been actively involved in the promotion of democracy, human rights and liberties, constitutional rule, and growth with development.
He is the president of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA); was founding chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), an alliance of Liberian political parties; was founder and Director-General of Susukuu Incorporated in 1971, which is Liberia’s oldest non-governmental organization.