© By Siahyonkron Nyanseor

I

It wasn’t any choice of mine to be born a Liberian!

But I thank God to be born a Liberian

You see, I have never questioned why God ordained

That I be born in Dukor, the Land of Liberty

Out of the combination of the rising sun

And the multi color dust of the cradle of civilization.

II

In fact, I was born with diversity as diverse as

The four cardinal elements, Air, Water, Fire and Earth

I am all that I was created to be:

Klao

Bassau

Grebo

Kuwaa

Sapo

Dei

Gola

Vai

Mende

Kpele

Lorma

Bandi

Gissi

Manlinke

Dan

Ma

Americo-Liberian, and

Kongor.

III

But most of all,

A Native, Country, and a Civilized person

All of these I am proud to be called!

For to be Native is to share something with the Land

And the Land is also referred to as Country

And to be Civilized, is the creative stage of our development

Which is common to all humanities

This is what makes all of us, “KU-KA TONOR.”

IV

So, in the first place

There shouldn’t have been any fuss

About Native, Country, Kongor and Civilized

Therefore, from here on

I need to send YOU this clear message

To think you were insulting me

By calling me

Native!

Country!

Kongor, and

Uncivilized

Is to forget that being born a Liberian

Wasn’t any choice of mine!

It was ordained that I be born a Liberian

And I am proud of who I am

Therefore, my message again to you, my brothers and sisters

It is in our best interest

To celebrate our reunion

Share in PEACE, the LAND called Liberia

Learn to accept

And appreciate each other

Because you and I are related through the Grace of God.

V

So from here on

All that I ask of you, is to tell those who oppose

Our union or re-union

To hush, get out of the way or get lost

Because I’ve truly seen what division had done

To our once “Land of Liberty” and its friendly people

Therefore, if you are not for PEACE and RECONCILIATION

You need to please excuse me

I am on a mission to build a new Liberia

Where KU-KA TONOR will be our new battle cry.

VI

For God has shown me the ultimate truth

Why He ordained that

I be born a Liberian

And to be called by all of my names –

First, by Native

And than Country

Follow by Civilized, Kongor

But most of all,

To be a Liberian in all manifestations.

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