Robtel Neajai Pailey

Robtel Neajai Pailey

Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist and author of the anti-corruption children's books Gbagba and Jaadeh!. She is currently completing a book manuscript on the politics of development and (dual) citizenship for Liberia.

Africa

How to truly decolonise the study of Africa

'Epistemic decolonisation' cannot happen in a political vacuum, separated from the African streets.

How to truly decolonise the study of Africa

Liberia

The struggles for Liberian citizenship

Why has Liberia not enacted dual citizenship or repealed a constitutional 'Negro clause'?

The struggles for Liberian citizenship

Liberia

When foreign 'do-gooders' do more harm than good in Liberia

Revelations about systematic rape of girls in an NGO-run school in Liberia reveal just how wrong charity work can go.

When foreign 'do-gooders' do more harm than good in Liberia

Liberia

What Liberian President-elect George Weah must do

Liberia's George Weah must commit to put people before profit.

What Liberian President-elect George Weah must do

Liberia

Liberia needs the rule of law, not political expediency

The US should not object to Liberia going through the democratic process of challenging a vote.

Liberia needs the rule of law, not political expediency

Liberia

Is Liberia's Sirleaf really standing up for women?

President Sirleaf's promise to campaign for women candidates in Liberia's upcoming elections comes too little, too late.

Is Liberia's Sirleaf really standing up for women?

Immigration

Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me

I became an undocumented migrant at age six and it changed my life.

Legal invisibility was the best thing to happen to me

Health

Treating Africans with an untested Ebola drug

It is time to punish unethical drug testing.

Treating Africans with an untested Ebola drug

Health

Nigeria, Ebola and the myth of white saviours

Contrary to the dominant Ebola foreign intervention narrative, Africans are not waiting to be rescued.

Nigeria, Ebola and the myth of white saviours

Human Rights

Liberian while travelling

I really wanted to shout, 'I am a Liberian, not a virus!'

Liberian while travelling