A renowned writer, cultural promoter and political activist, Nvasekie Konneh currently lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Now married with children, he was born in Liberia in 1970 and moved to the United States in 1995. Not one to sit on the sidelines, he was not only an activist for Liberia, but immediately jumped in to become a part of his new country. He joined the United States (US) Navy in 1996. A nine-year veteran of the US Navy, he served on board the USS Detroit and USS Eisenhower. He was on board the USS Detroit during Operation Desert Fox, as well as the operation to liberate Kosovo. In 2000, he transferred to the SALTS Team at the Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) in Philadelphia for three years, just to name a few of his endeavors.
Yet he did not desert the needs of his homeland. During his stint in the US Navy, he helped found the National Civil Right Movement (NCRM), a Philadelphia-based pro-democracy organization fighting to obtain democracy and human rights for Liberians. During this period, he led several demonstrations in Washington, D.C, demanding the release of Liberian journalists, human rights activists Hassan Bility and others illegally detained by the tyrannical government of Charles Taylor. In the 2017 elections in Liberia, he was involved with the Liberty Party campaign and traveled extensively throughout the country. A prolific writer, he addresses a variety of issues ranging from arts and culture to politics. His patriotic service to both his native and adopted countries are an inspiration to us all, and his enthusiastic determination to improve the world in which he lives makes him an energetic, strongly motivating force to propel the Ri’ayah Foundation towards success.
A few of his other credits include the following publications:
- Going to War for America (Collection of poetry)
- “The Land of My Father's Birth: Memoir of the Liberian Civil War” (Memoir)
- The Love of Liberty Brought Us Together (Collection of poems)
- "Scene of Sorrow II,” a first place award-winning poem in a Liberian Civil War poetry competition held by the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island.
- “Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Liberia” (Documentary, Parts I and II)