To KYB, the Youngest Person in the Family

Veteran Liberian journalist, Kenneth Y. Best doing his signature dance move, days ahead of his 80th birthday.

In honor of our father, Kenneth Y. Best, on his 80th birthday (October 28, 2018)

Storytelling is your forte, that’s how we learned from you
And it’s time for us today to give it back to you.
Your smiles and frowns, uproarious laughs and disciplining stings
Taught us to weather ups and downs in honor of the King
The Good Lord’s what you called him; indeed, He’s good to you
Watching your journey with Him made us want to trust Him too.
And then there is your girlfriend. I think her name’s Mae Gene
The things you two’ve been through, the faint of heart can only dream.
Starting two different papers in two sovereign states,
Giving people a voice, putting your lives at stake.
And ours, for that matter. How could the two of you?!
But that you did to show us “the world’s bigger than you.”
We hold this lesson close and it guides us through our days
As we give time and talent to show others the way.
And we will not give up, because you never do;
You leave us no excuse, when we ask, “What would Daddy do?”
Daddy would look at Mommy, they both would smile
And tell us, “stand your ground and walk another mile.”
Your stomach for adversity and your iron will
To make Liberia daily a better country still,
We hope we can inherit in these trying times
As we each do our part our country to refine.
Your work is not yet finished, Lord knows you won’t retire
So, while you’re still around, we’ll just keep basking in your fire.

Love you, Pumpkin!

Your Offspring


  1. That’s my visionary and inspirational boss, the One and Only, Yarkpawolo Best! The man who taught me professionalism and integrity, which I have carried with me for 30+ years.

    Happy Birthday in advance, Chief!

  2. Kenyak, it’s gratifying that while you may have been battered by “challenges”, you have never bowed. Continued success!🇱🇷🎉🎈🎁🎂🎊

  3. Happy 80th birthday Mr. Kenneth Best!!!

    May I leave you with this wise saying, “Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant time. It is true that you are quietly shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front seat as spectator, and if you have really played your part well, you are more content to sit down and watch.”

    Yes indeed, Mr. Best! You have played your part well. You have endured the hazards and vicissitudes of Life. It is time to take your front seat and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    Again, happy 80th birthday!!!!


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