MONROVIA – For almost all Liberians, Dr. Joseph Saye Guannu is a name that slams and unearths learned memories of history, diplomacy, and art. This is the case, not only for those who read his books as an academic requirement in school, but also for those who were educated before he came into the limelight.
After graduating from high school in Liberia and graduating with graduate and post-graduate degrees including a doctorate in the United States, Dr Guannu became a bombshell in the company of Liberian history writers by not only writing several books that remain. up-to-date textbooks, but also correcting several errors in Liberian history.
However, the once revered icon that has become a household name in Liberia; especially in education fairs, is now sadly bedridden – confined to a wheelchair at his private residence in Sanniauellie. A narrow, rocky road from the heart of town leads to his current home in a quiet part of the community of Fahngalo Street.
Her guardian is her grandson, Prince Guannu. The once-busy educator, diplomat, pen pusher and researcher has put all of his plans on hold due to poor health associated with aging. The historian was born at the start of World War II in 1940. He recently began to piece together the story of Nimba’s origin, according to Prince. Dr. Guannue may also not end this project unwantedly due to illness.
I entered Dr. Guannu’s residence – lime green in color and adorned with attractive, sweet-scented flowers. He is wearing an African shirt and is resting on a cushion chair with his legs across a table.
Speech is something he also struggles with now, leaving a few words momentarily. An interview with him was therefore out of the question. But he still recognizes and greets people.
He is the author of several books, the most notable of which are the History of Liberia before 1857, the History of Liberia until 1847, the inaugural speeches of the Presidents of Liberia from Joseph Jenkins Roberts to William Richard Tolbert Jr. ( 1848 -1976). Others are An Introduction to the Liberian Government: The First Republic and the People’s Redemption Council 1983-1985, Liberian Civic Education 2004-2010.
The Eternal Problems of the History of Liberia 1989, and Nation States and the Challenges of Regional Integration in West Africa, among other captivating and educational writings.
The Guannu are a proud family and Prince has made it clear that they are not calling for help and that his grandfather is well cared for. Guannu is the father of five children, most of whom live in the United States.