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Siahyonkron Nyanseor

New KP Liberian Writers Series #5

ISBN (10) 0-913491-37-3
ISBN (13) 978-0-913491-37-9 

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About the Front Cover

The idea for the front cover was conceived by the author. The Palava Hut is where the Elders meet to make decision in the villages and towns in Africa. The word, TIPOSAH is from the KLAO (Kru) Language of Liberia; it means Message. TIPOSAH: MESSAGE FROM THE PALAVA HUT contained messages from the elders and council of elders. These messages are disseminated through the TALKING DRUM after being resolved in the PALAVA HUT.

The palava hut is an important building in the village. In times past, ethnic groups of Liberia sat under palava huts to discuss pertinent matters for the welfare of their communities.  Palava huts are managed by chiefs and council of elders.  Palava huts are respected areas in the towns and villages.  These places served as sites for the resolution of disputes and the imparting of counsel.  No wonder today the nation is returning to sittings for hearing the views of the citizens.  These talks are commonly referred to as Palava Hut meetings.


      There are too many people I am indebted to which space and time will not permit for me to list here.  However, they can rest assure that I appreciate all of them the same.

         I am truly indebted to my former wife Janet Damali Nyanseor for her support, and for serving as my personal secretary and typist; to the late Drs. Alfred Tokollo Moleah and Inderjit Jaipaul for truly serving as my mentor and advisor at Temple University; to my editors, J. Kpanneh Doe, the late Tarty Teh, Dr. Nat Galarea Gbessagee, Amunyahn Flama Kai, Ray Martin Toe, Bishop Dr. Juanita L. Jolly, Rinnelle Hilton van Ee for their honest critique and suggestions; to my pastors, Rev. Dr. William B.G.K. Harris for his personal counsel, encouragement and prayers; to Rev. Theophilus K. Massaquoi for being a good Shepherd who is always willing to lend a helping hand; to my sisters Menia Jugbeh Nyanseor, Rebecca Tete Wisseh,  my brother Sarkpah F. Nyanseor and my beloved sister-in-law, Ankie Nyanseor, my favorite niece, Sedia Setonney Weeks and the host of my relatives and friends, and more especially to the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), for contributing to my present world view, intellectual stimulation, and most of all, to continue to work on behalf of mankind.

         Finally, I am grateful to the Almighty God for His Grace and Mercy - in guarding me through thick and thorn, and in bringing me this far, for which I am very thankful.

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About the Author

Siahyonkron Jglay Kpa-kay Nyanseor is the Griot (Storyteller), poet, playwright, journalist, cultural and political activist, author and an ordained Minister of the Gospel.  He is a member of the International Christian Fellowship (ICF) Ministries, Atlanta.  Siah  was born in Montserrado County, Liberia.  However, he spent most of his adult life in the United States.  Siah as he is commonly referred to is the product of Government Morning School, South Beach, Zion Academy and Laboratory High Schools. Laboratory High was later named William V. S. Tubman High. After high school, he attended LAMCO Vocation Training School (LVTS) in Nimba County. At LVTS, he studied Automation Technology as it relates to Ore Handling and Palletizing Plant Control Room Operations. He is an alumnus of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Poor Richard School of Journalism, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the American InterContinental University, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Siah is a founding member of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) as well as the organization's historian and eleventh president (1986-1988). He is the current chair of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. He is the product of AWINA National Association in the Americas and was the Associate Editor of its news magazine, the AWINA Drum, and member of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA) Liberia. Also, he was a founding member of the African Association of Georgia (AAGa), for which he served as its Human Resource Chair and the first Co-host of its Radio Show – “The African Experience” (now African Experience Worldwide) on WRFG (Radio Free Georgia), 89.3 FM in 1991. Siah is member of the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA), Inc., Georgia.

Siah is the co-founder of the Liberian History, Education and Development (LIHEDE), Inc., and the current treasurer. LIHEDE is an organization dedicated to promoting indigenous Liberian history and the advancement of human and civil rights of Liberians in Liberia and the Diaspora.

Also, Siah is Chairman of the Liberian Democratic Future (LDF); publisher of the, the 1st Liberian online news magazine.  Currently, he serves as Senior Advisor to the Voice of Liberia (VOL) news magazine as well as Senior Advisor to both MOLAC and CLACI.  In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuua: The Liberian Literature Anthology.

Before coming to the United States in 1968, Siah worked as Senior Ore Handling Control Room Technician at LAMCO, Buchanan, Liberia.  In 1981, he served as an Urban/Rural Planner assigned to the Special Projects Division of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs of the Republic of Liberia.

In the United States, Siah worked for the Department of Human Resources -- Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta from 1983 – 1994 and then from 2003 - 2009.  During these years, he served as Instructor, Behavior Specialist, Senior and Mental Health/Mentally Challenged Treatment Team Coordinator. He is a State Certified Instructor. He taught Mental Retardation, Person Centered Planning, Interpersonal Skills and Cultural Issues to employees at the Hospital. He is now retired. However, he works as a MH/MR Consultant in the Metropolitan Atlanta areas and is involve in international business.

Siah lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia; he can be contacted at:


TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut  coming soon.  This book is about the Liberian Culture.

Through poems or poetry, essays, other narratives and genre, Mr. Siahyonkron Nyanseor presents the Liberian culture -- past and present.  This book could be one of the best books you have read on Liberia. Liberian culture is not only a potpourri and multiplicity of many cultures; it is a mosaic of many ethnic traditions, cultures and civilizations. Mr. Nyanseor pulls all those different cultural strands or fabrics together into one national web.

In the glossary, Mr. Nyanseor shares with his readers a few of what is now known as "Liberian English." He shares a few of them. Liberian English comprises many idioms uniquely spoken in Liberia. For example, someone may tell you, "Dress let me sit down."  That person is not asking you to put on your clothes, or dress in your new suit.  That person is simply saying, please move over, or move aside, let me sit down. "Dress let me sit down" has nothing to do with the dress or clothes you wear.  It has everything to do with asking someone to please let you have a seat.

Readers will find this work to be a profound literature very educational and provocative.  No Liberian should go without this book in his or her library. We will keep you informed about the progress we are making weekly.   Please check this page regularly for additional posting about the book. 

Message from the Palava Hut.
TIPOSAH:  Message from the Palava Hut has been in development since 1998.  True to himself, Siahyonkron Nyanseor freely expresses his views in these well-constructed poems.  The themes in TIPOSAH range from patriotism, nationalism, social and political issues, abuse of power to religion, civil war, and life's experiences. They are not trivial themes! They are accusing, critical and implicating. Yet, the rage expressed in them is not about revenge. The voices of the characters are the expressions and thoughts of people who for so long thought of themselves as helpless. They work like hell like the proverbial expression: “Monkey work, baboon draw” that benefits only the rich and powerful in society. These abuses and hypocrisies are attributes of "man's inhumanity” that are found in the pages of TIPOSAH.

The late Tarty Teh, a friend and brother to Nyanseor, describes his work in this manner. 

His is a simple style, compelled by a need to be understood than the needless effort to satisfy a requirement for rhymes. His meaning is often not hidden or coded. His characters are not held to ridicule, even if life's circumstances force them into villainous vocations. We see ourselves in these characters. We strive to do better when we see how they struggle in their everyday life, which Siah captures with artful simplicity.

Indeed, Nyanseor's poems cover the entire human spectrum.  He is not afraid to confront the sickening evil that lurks within human nature and the events that unfold when the malevolence is unleashed.  His poems on pure, unadulterated evil reflect his fearless stance on describing, and in fact deploring the evil in human nature.  In fact, TIPOSAH offers an accurate, candid view of the events that unfold around us.  On a lighter note, the glossary is full of translations of Liberian words and phrases like KETEHKPOH (short person),
FOOT TO FOOT (follow closely), POOR BOY (ordinary guy), NYAMANYAMA (grouping of different things), CORFRADOMA (God damn it), etc., reminiscent of our past.

There are also many idiomatic expressions or vernaculars like these: Patriots or Craky People; Liberia, the Beautiful; We Too, Were Created; An Open Letter to Africans; Thank You Mom; People Will Always Gossip; Love at First Sight; Conversation in Waterside English; Another Woman's Husband; Big Shot Followed My Woman; When Things Chakala; My Via Shirt, etc.

TIPOSAH: analyzes with extreme clarity the love for humanity and the unbridled purity of the one global village we share.  The highlights are full of the complexity of the human spirit; and yet, there is celebration with love and affection that is found within all of us. Moreover, Nyanseor's poems encompass an excellent collection that provides deep insight into the positive and negative aspects of our human nature.  His knowledge and deep comprehension of human tendencies shine throughout his works.  This book is a treasure worth having and reading, keeping and protecting. 

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