Kiiton Press

Togba-Nah Tipoteh

Jan 22, 2017

Library of Congress Control Number 2017932151      

ISBN (10) 0-913491-45-4
ISBN (13)   978-913491-45-4   (paperback edition)

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Bite and Blow, is about growing up in poverty and growing out of  poverty. When you read this book, you will learn about the actual sources of poverty and how to end mass poverty through non-violent means. The title of the book comes out of Tipoteh's experience when he was a barefooted boy who was constantly bitten by rats. After taking bath outdoors at night and walking into the house to go to bed, rats would bite his feet while he was asleep. The rats were very skillful, biting and blowing in ways that could not be felt, only to wake up in the morning to see blood on his feet as a result of what the rats have done to him while he was sleeping.  In choosing the topic for his speech for his birth anniversary, Tipoteh realized that his Bite and Blow rat-oriented experience helped him to understand how the "powers that be" in society, in the governance of the Liberian State, do bite with repressive measures and then blow with flattering rhetoric, policies, strategies and false agenda to give the impression that something better is about to happen, only to find the "same old thing" happening, where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This is the mode that provided the motivation for Tipoteh to work with others to establish Susukuu, the 45-year old poverty alleviation organization and the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA). Both of these organizations are figured prominently in the book.   

About The Author

Dr. Tipoteh was born in Monrovia in 1941. He was educated at the College of West Africa and at the University of Liberia. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Ohio University (Athens) and Ohio State University. In 1969, he earned a doctorate degree in economics at the University of Nebraska. 
In the early 1970s, Dr. Tipoteh was Associate Professor of Economics, Chair of the Economics Department and Director of the Management Research Institute at the University of Liberia (1971-1974). 
In 1973 Dr. Tipoteh founded the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA), Pan-African political organization which played a pivotal role in the struggle for social justice and democracy in Liberia in the 1970s.
 He served as a Budget Advisor to the late President William R. Tolbert, in which position he expressed concerns about government waste and advocated public management reforms. 
He was the first Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs (1980-1981) under the regime of the late Samuel K. Doe who overthrew President Tolbert, but resigned after 15 months in office, citing human rights abuses by the government as his reason for leaving. In Liberia’s 1997 elections Tipoteh ran as the presidential candidate of the LPP.
 In the 2005 elections, Tipoteh was the candidate for the Alliance for Peace and 
Democracy, In the 2011 elections, he was the candidate of the Freedom Alliance Party of Liberia (FAPL). He is President of the Movement for Justice in Africa (MOJA); founding Chairman of the Collaborating Political Parties (CPP), an alliance of Liberian political parties; was founder and Director-General of Susukuu Incorporated 1971-present, Liberia’s oldest non-governmental development organization, which was credited by the West Africa Peacekeeping Force (ECOMOG) as helping to disarm over 10,000 combatants and child soldiers in Liberia during the 1997 disarmament program through a school for gun program; and was former Chairman of the Interest Groups of Liberia, a consortium of 32 national organizations with a collective membership of well over one million persons. 
He has worked in international development in the United States, the Netherlands, Mozambique, Ghana, South Africa and other countries, as well as for the United Nations system: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), African Economic Community (ECA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), among others.

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