MAH PEOPLE “KNOW YOURSELF”

MAH PEOPLE “KNOW YOURSELF”

TO ALL MAH PEOPLE, MEN, WOMEN,
CHILDREN AND ALL WHO ARE
MAH SPEAKING PEOPLE, please

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THERE ARE NOT MANY BOOKS LIKE THIS ONE. Among the 16 languages spoken in Liberia, the Mah language is one of them.  It is spoken by the people of North Central Liberia in the region called, Nimba County and also by a segment of the population of the Republic of Guinea.  The author gives the readers some basic tools needed to read and understand the Mah language.  You will learn the unique Mah Alphabets and their phonetic constructions.  Simple grammar and words for vocabulary building can be found on every page.  There are sentence constructions to help you learn to speak, write and have basic conversation.  There are color photographs and illustrations to help the reader associate concepts with live images.  This is a very unique and excellent book you will enjoy.

Teach your children, wife or husband the Mah language. “KNOW YOURSELF”

The resource is available for teaching and learning the Mah language. This book makes learning easy, fun and enjoyable. In two weeks, if you do not learn to speak the language, return the book for a refund.

To All Mah speaking people from Nimba County. There is no way I can express the importance of this appeal to make you understand how important this is. You will agree with me that most of our children do not speak our language and do not even understand our Mah language. Most often we regret that we have not had the time and the resource to teach our children how to speak our language. There is no more excuse for this if you really want your child to learn the language.

I have made it very easy for our children to learn to speak the Mah language. The book, Mãhwè Mìndàn Kìì will help solve the problem. If you are really interested in having your child learn the Mah language, you will make a one time life commitment and SACRIFICE of only $30.00, no more, and your son or daughter will, within a week or two weeks, be speaking the Mah language with you gradually as he or she improves his or her vocabulary.

I know we are all busy people. But we cannot continue to neglect this very important issue when it comes to investing in our children’s education about our language and our cuture. The book is so interesting that you will not even spend much time with your child, teaching him or her how to read the Mah words. Because it is a phonetically based script, your child will soon be reading the words and pronouncing the Mah words correctly without too much help from you. Any third grade student can pronounce the names of most of the things, foods, animals, and words in the book.

Let me throw in one more secret why it will be so easy for your child to learn the Mah language. Our words are monosyllabic words. Meaning, most of our words are just one syllable words. For example, consider our names, Saye, Nya, Paye, Wuo, Zawolo, Fong, Kau, Yah, Yei, Nohn, Koo, Finnia.
house = ka
clothes = sɔ
woman = lé
rice = ɓu
water = yíí
pot = gbɔ
sickness = yá
animal = wi
With just one syllable for most of our words, the child will learn easily. Words in English such as: yesterday, tomorrow, last-year, market, and many more with 2, 3 or 4 syllables in English, in the Mah language, it is just one syllable for each of those words.

We spend a lot of money on frivilous things we do not need. Investing in your own child’s education or grandchild’s education to learn your language will be one of those things you will thank yourself for in a long time to come. It only takes $30.00 to have you and your child speaking the Mah language. While some of our children are still young and interested in speaking our language, please introduce them to the language. Even if you yourself do not know how to read the language, I guarantee you, once you get a copy of the book and you know how to speak the language and you also know how to read English, you will in no time be reading both the Mah words and the English words together because the illustrations, live pictures and images will be right there in the book and you will help your child to give him or her the right pronunciation.

Please make this one investment for your child. He or she will thank you for life. It is very important for our children to know our language because by knowing our language, they will begin to understand the world we lived in and the world we grew up in. Windows of opportunities will be opened for them to figure out why we think as we do and why we do things as we do. They will begin to appreciate you more and may love to go back with you some day to see the culture from which you come. Imagine all through out this year, how much money you will earn on your job. I am sure it may be more than $6,000.00 (six thousand dollars). Some of you will earn over twenty thousand dollars or even over $30 thousand dollars or more this year. Calculate $30.00 out of $6,000 dollars or $30.00 out of $40 thousand dollars will not make you poor, especially if you are using the $30.00 to invest in your child to be able to speak your Mah language. If you are afraid not to make me rich, never mind, $30.00 will not make me rich either. This is not about me, this is about you and your child and it is also about us, as a people, keeping our culture, tradition and language alive. This is about educating our children to learn our values and to learn the beauty of our culture, tradition and language. This has nothing to do with me. You are not helping me, you are helping your child to acquire your culture and language. I would have done the same for other language groups but I do not speak or write any other Liberian language except the Mah language. So Mah people, consider yourself blessed because you have one amongst you who can provide this kind of linguistic learning and teaching opportunity. Make use of this opportunity and do not blow it away.

Please read my introduction to the book and the reasons why I wrote it. Click here: Kiitonpress Market Place or http://kiitonpress.org/Kiitonpress_Market_Place.php 

WHERE ARE THE LIBERIAN WRITERS?

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Where are our intellectuals from whom we expect to see books written by them for our Liberian school system?

Where are the critics who have long complained that the Liberian school system has nothing but out dated books?

Where are the critics who kept telling us that books used in the Liberian school system are irrelevant for the Liberia culture?

Where are our graduate and post graduate scholars who have expressed concerns for the lack of books for Liberian schools?

Where are our Liberian scholars who are acquiring their graduate and post graduate degrees in Education, Curriculum Design, School Administration, and a host of other education topics?

Where are our lawyers, when last were some of our law books up dated, [Labor Law, Criminal Code, Constitutional Law, ] etc.

Where are our writers, where are our folklorists, where are our economists, where are our sociologists, where are our historians, our politicians and those majoring in natural sciences?  Where are our elementary school teachers, where are our high school teachers, and where are our college professors? Are they writing? Where are the nurses and doctors who understand our healthcare problems and are able to address those critical health and hygiene issues in books for our people to read?  The Ebola epidemic we just went through, who is going to write on this epidemic? I am not talking about criticizing Ellen for what you think she did not do or or what she did wrong; I am talking about the root causes of the epidemic and how do we, as a nation, prepare for it if it were to descend upon us again.  What preventive measures do we need to take against ebola and other kinds of epidemics, malaria and other health problems?

We have the glorious opportunity now to write books for our children but we hear no voices, we see no manuscripts.  We Liberians need to go beyond criticisms and castigating of other people and institutions and do some constructive writing that provide teachable moment for people to learn from your suggestions and recommendations for improvement. Our people are hungry for information to meet their literary needs. Criticism has its place, but what we need now is knowledge, education and recommendations and suggestion for improvement.

Kiiton Press is here to fill the void and the lack of book publishers qualified to publish books for our people.  Now we have a publishing house, the community has gone silent when it comes to writing for our schools.  The only popular discussion most people see is “Who is corrupt and who is not corrupt in Liberia.” Interesting–we are a peculiar people.

If you are interested in publishing your book, we have a solution to that problem:  Click here:

Publishing your book

How to submit your manuscript

A few of our already published books

Buy a book and see for yourself the quality of work we do.  Kiiton press is not a “Tribal Institution,” nor a “Regional Company.” We publish and promote all the books we publish regardless of which ethnic group you come from or which session in Liberia belong to. Our loyalty is to Liberian education, not to a tribal education of any given ethnic group. We are here to help all Liberians and other people outside of Liberia.  See some of the people for whom we have published:  Some authors from Kiiton Press.

Nya Kwiawon Taryor

Opportunity For Liberian Writers

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An opportunity to be published
TO ALL LIBERIANS
  A CALL FOR PAPERS OR ARTICLES TO BE PUBLISHED AS 
BOOK CHAPTERS
FOR OUR FORTHCOMING BOOK
ON LIBERIA.  
In the Division of The New KP Liberian Writers Series, Kiiton Press has just proposed a new book initiative. The effort is to edit one or two volumes dealing with various and important topics on Liberia.  The book will be edited by the publishing company and all financial responsibilities will be underwritten by the company to publish this book.  We are looking for individuals to write articles on various topics relating to Liberian Educational, Social, Political, Religious, Agricultural, Economic, Historical, Legal, Cultural, Medical/Health, Geographical (Geography) and other topics that are relevant and can be used as a source of study on Liberia.
Some of you may be interested in writing about Gender issues in the Liberian culture. Some may be interested in writing about The Farming System in a particular Liberian community; while those of you in the legal profession may be interested in writing about the Theory and Practice of Labor Law in Liberia. If you are a nurse or a medical doctor, you may want to write about a particular health related area you feel comfortable about.  Those of you who love to study cultural anthropology, may want to write about Witchcraft, Magic and Sorcery in Liberian Society.   Whatever you see as your specialty or field of expertise that you wish to write about, we will welcome it. These are just a few suggestions to be considered among many.
Will your article be published?  All articles sent to us will not necessarily be published.  We have an editorial committee that will decide which articles will constitute a chapter. Those articles that we cannot use for this volume or for this particular book, may be edited for our future publications or may be returned to their authors if we are not able to use them. If your article is accepted, you will be informed immediately.
Why are we publishing this book?  We want to encourage the Liberia school system to adapt the book for general studies. If not, we will try to encourage as many libraries as possible to acquire copies through their acquisition departments. We also want to give Liberians the opportunity to write about some of the major topics dealing with Liberia that most people want to know about. Especially those who have not written or published much; this is your opportunity to make a name for yourself and to contribute to our school system.
How will you know if your article is accepted or rejected, and what’s in it for you?  Every author whose article will be accepted and used as a chapter of this book, will receive 5 complimentary copies of the book that you can share with your family and friends.  Other benefits include the opportunity to have your work professionally published in a book as a chapter. That will be one more feather in your hat and on your resumé. This is how some writers begin their writing career or profession.  To have written a chapter in a book is a major accomplishment or achievement for most people. Not everyone is writing a chapter in a book every day around here. This is a major attainment.
 What is the Deadline and what documentary style do we want? April 30, 2015 is our deadline.  The work must be researched and documented properly. You can use the Chicago style or the APA style.  The length of your article will depend on how much or how many pages you need to cover to present a full coverage of the issues you are dealing with. The article should not be a book length.
For whom or to whom is this call to write chapters in this book on Liberia? Our appeal is to ALL LIBERIANS, whether you have or do not have an academic degree, you are invited to try your hands.  We especially want to encourage those with expertise in the particular areas they are writing about. We need your opinions, but we also need facts and documentation that can back up your opinions. We invite men and women to write.  We invite students, teachers, instructors, professors, lay people, nurses, medical doctors, and other professionals to contribute.
When will the book come off the press?  Hopefully, if all goes well and we receive enough articles, the book should come off the press by the end of August, 2015.  The final copy of the book will look like one of these books:
Click here:  Kiiton Market Place.  Please send your best and most recent head picture with your article.
Where and how should you send your articles?
Send your article to this email address
Kiiton Press
c/o Dr. Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.
Please send it in Word document, do not send a pdf file.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CONSIDERING THIS CALL AND for RESPONDING TO IT.
Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.
CEO, Founder,  President and Publisher
Kiiton Press

New Book: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Change of Mentality

Mr Arthur Diggs Soben has just published his first book with Kiiton Press. The book comes off the press on July 31, 2014. The book has 300 pages and sells for only $12.00. The Title of the book is: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Change of Mentality

In this book, Mr. Soben argues that in order to bring about local, national or even international change, an arm struggle is not always necessary. What is necessary is to change the mentality of the people for them to gain new understanding, and new perspectives about reality. He considers Mr. Barack Obama a beneficiary of the change of mentality in America from slave holding of Jim Crow’s days to today where discrimination and segregation are now frowned upon. It is this change of mentality that has ushered in a Black African-American (in the true sense of the word) into the White House which Mr. Soben calls the “White and Black House.” When people’s mentality is changed, a quiet revolution takes place where there is no need for bloodshed or violence.
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Mr. Soben does not claim that there are no longer segregation and discrimination in America. He believes there are still places considered bastions of racism; while there are still many who practice racism. However, he clarifies the fact that because there is this sweeping Change of Mentality, Black people can do things they were never allowed to do; go places they could not go before; live in places they were denied to enter; and hold positions they were never permitted to hold. It is all due to the Change of Mentality.

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SOME OF THOSE FOR WHOM KIITON PRESS HAS PUBLISHED BOOKS

If you are interested in knowing some of the people for whom we have published books, please see some of their pictures and the titles of their books, including the years those books were published. Go to our Kiiton Market Place and check our authors. Some authors are not included on the list for obvious reasons known to us and to them. We have published books for adults and children, men and women, White and Black, Preachers and Teachers, Liberians and non-Liberians, some from Jamaica, Puerto-Rico, Brazil, United States of America and countries in Africa.

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We welcome new authors, those who have never published any books before now, and those who have published once or many times; you are all invited to publish with us. Please go to www.kiitonmarketplace.org. Please do not forget to also see our Promotion page or our Market gound where we sell books.

Click here: The book selling market ground.
Nya Kwiawon Taryor

Kiiton Press To Release New Book by Saye M. Taryor

Overstanding with A 1up Vision: The Critical Thinking Approach to Liberation                   by Saye Menlekeh Taryor

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Saye Taryor’s book will be coming off the press during the first week in March 2015; a few days from now. Already, Amazon.com has agreed to promote and market the book.  Other venders and book sellers like Baker and Taylor, Barnes and Nobles, etc, will soon follow suit.  The book is published in two editions.  There is the paperback edition and the electronic Kindle edition.  For the description of the book and other information, please click here.

Official site where you can buy the book

This is a very fine book for high school and college students. It is also good for mothers and fathers who are willing to teach their children some positive values and help them to keep out of trouble. It is also intended for people who are committed to popular culture and those who either know very little about the liberation movement or are very much interested in the black people’s struggle from “pillar to pole.” The book deals with Black history, organizations for black liberation movements throughout history and the role those organizations have played in bringing us to where we are now historically.  Mr. Saye Taryor’s premise is that critical thinking is the most essential ingredient needed to bring about liberation, freedom, justice, equality, and fairness.  To develop critical thinking skills, one must be ready to undergo a catalog of things. Understanding is not only necessary, but Overstanding is paramount. “Understanding does the job, but overstanding wrote the business plan.”  “Understanding can drive the car, but Overstanding builds it, (or replaces it with something better)”.  If you understand something, you can operate it, but if you overstand something, you can build it or replace it with something better.

In other words, Saye is asking his readers to not only understand the complexities of our societies, but to also be able to overstand the issues of justice, freedom, liberation, equality, fairness, love and kindness.  This is a very fine book.

You can get the Electronic version of the book at Amazon.com, or you can purchase the paperback version from the author himself here.  Purchase Paperback Version Here.

Read the first Chapter For Free Here

Saye Taryor’s Contact info:

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Official website: http://saye.yolasite.com/

Facebook1 www.facebook.com/OverstandingWithA1upVision

Twitter1  @sayetaryor

Email: Staryor@gmail.com

Phone: 404-923-0255

Nya Kwiawon Taryor (Kiiton Press

The Mah People

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The Mah People, Where do they come from, where are they now, and what Language do they Speak? by Nya Kwiawon Taryor, Sr.

The Mah people live, basically, in Liberia and Guinea, West Africa. In Liberia, they live in Nimba County.  Nimba County is located in the North Central Horn of Liberia. In Liberia alone, it is estimated that there are about 312,000 but that is a conservative estimate. In reality, they may be about 375,000 Mah people living in Liberia alone. This includes those living in the county as well as those living in Monrovia.  The Mah people are bordered by the Dan people on the east of the horn, the Bassa people on the south and the Kpelle people on the south west. On the northwest are the other Mah people who make up the Mah population in the Republic of Guinea from the cities of Yomou, Nzérékoré, Lola, Beyla and Macenta, the regions that were taken away from Liberia by the French in 1892 and added to the French Colony known at the time as French Guinea.

It is also estimated that in Guinea, the population of the Mah people is 87, 000 people. If you combine the more realistic population estimate of about 375,000 Mah people in Liberia, excluding those living in foreign countries like the USA, Europe and other parts of the world, and add the 87,000 to the 375,000, you get a total of 462,000 Mah people.  This number does not include those living in other countries as exile, students, green card holders, and just foreigners in foreign countries.  The 462,000 could be even more than that if we knew how many Mah people there are in foreign countries.

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How to Get Your LCCN (Library of Congress Number)

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by Judith Briles

The LCCNThe Library of Congress Control Number. It is free and can be obtained fairly quickly―usually within a day or two via email back to you. You must have your ISBN to get it. Once you have the LCCN, it will cover case bound (hard, paper, eBook), you don’t need another for your title.

It is a two-step process:  

  • Go to Google or directly to the LCCN website.
  • Enter: Library of Congress book number and click on Search.   
  • Preassigned Control Number Program will appear.
  • Or go to www.LOC.gov.
  • Click on “Open an Account if appropriate.  Otherwise click on EPCN Login,for an existing account if you have other titles already registered.
  • If “New Account,” read instructions, and then click on “Application to Participate.
  • There is a note at the top, Click here for Instructions,” for assistance.
  • Fill out and click on “Submit.” Within a few days, no more than a week, you will be e-mailed an account number and a password providing you access to the appropriate application form.
  • WATCH FOR THIS eMAIL–you can’t complete the process until you respond to it. This is Step 2.

If you have an account already, the “EPCN Login” button brings you to the form requiring your Account ID and Password.  Fill out and click on the “Sign On” button and fill out form.  A final note to those with accounts already: The password expires after 60 days.  A new one can be created using thefollowing instructions.  It must:

  • Be at least eight characters in length;
  • Contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number;
  • Not contain consecutive repeated characters;
  • Be recreated following these steps if you wait to use it over 60 days;
  • Not be changed more than once per day;
  • Not be changed to any of the 11 most recently used passwords.

If the password has expired, just write the old one out and write the new one under it, changing just one of the numbers or letters. Keep a record so that you know what has been changed, thus avoiding repeating the old number by chance.

Your LCCN will come to you via email. Print it out. Put in it a Folder for all your Publisher Info. Create a Folder on your computer—put it there as well.