Archive for the ‘Junub Sudan’ Category


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 (PW) – According to “Hot in Juba” news, we read that the governors of Western Lakes and Tonj States, Hon. Matur Chut and Anthony Bol Madut have been relieved, at least for now from their gubernatorial positions by Kiir for undisclosed reasons. The veteran governors are old time generals in the Sudan People’s liberation Army (SPLA) which is also the predecessor of the South Sudan Defence Forces (SSDF).

Anthony Bol Madut was rumoured to be a commander in Anyanya II which joined the SPLA in 1983. During our days in Dima, Ethiopia, Anthony headed Buma (Boma) up to the time of signing peace in 2005 after which he became the first governor of former Warrap State. Matur Chut on the other hand, was in the army until they were retired after independence. He became the governor of Lakes State replacing Daniel Aweet Akot. This is his second stint after the division of former Lakes in to Gok State, Western and Eastern Lakes States.

There are only two enduring governors after the 2010 elections. They make up the 20% of the former 10 states replicated in December 2015. Louise Lobong Lojore of former Eastern Equartoria and Rizik Zakaria Hassan of former Western Bar el Ghazal are the two right hand men that Kiir’s perennial decrees never touched. Despite the redivivision of the ten states, they got appointments to the new states of Kapoeta and Raja.

A bit of conspiracy has it that Louise Lobong presides over a vast area of Kapoeta, full of gold and cattle wealth. It’s the least literate state. As such, Louise is the lifeline to the powers that might be in Juba. Gold is the unexplored commodity in the area and it informally feeds the kleptocrats with little to no scrutiny of some sort. Therefore, it’s wise to keep things under the carpet as long as possible.

Apart from the two governors above, recycling of other governors is widespread and systematic before and after independence. The same thing is true of County Commissioners who are usually appointed by the incoming governors as their political people.

The Constitution

According to the 2011 Constitution, all the governors, Commissioners and other local government vacancies are directly elected by the people. The same constitution allows the president to remove governors only when there exists a threat to national security in the respective state. The election to replace the relieved governor must be organised within six (60) days. Very clear as the sun above! Governors have been arbitrarily dismissed and replaced at will in violation of the constitution for several years now with no end insight.

Role of the SPLM

The parliament of the country is stuffed of  unquestioning SPLM members elected in 2010 to assemblies in Juba and Khartoum. When the country got independence, some members who lost their constituencies as a result of separation were lumped in the assembly in Juba where they’re a voice to no one but themselves and the one who keeps them there.

The Civil war

in 2013 war broke out in the country as a result of disagreement in the ruling SPLM party. The three factions held out over the chairmanship. There emerged in the party, accusations of dictatorship and tribalism as a result of failure of internal party democracy. Riek and Kiir factions faced off militarily while Pagan faction lingers on the sidelines.

South Sudan as we speak has no quick exit from this quagmire. We’ll remain glued to pre-independence period at in terms of democracy. Our situation is not helped by neighbours who are closely feigning friendship to us but are not true democracies. Sudan and Uganda have long term rulers who are only interested in retaining power at all cost to the detriment of their people. Political suppression is the norm in these countries.

further down the line, democracy will not come from outside. The people of the country will demand for it in order to materialise. In 1992, Kenya which was under Moi dictatorship for 24 years demanded for multiparty democracy and it won. We see how Kenya fares now. KANU the liberation movement is no more. No one dares to talk about it any longer. That is a warning to liberation movements who dare not to change and adapt to new conditions in their countries.


By Madit Them Arop, Juba, South Sudan

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Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — The rentable lip with twisted edge that works to destroy buys fame nowadays. But ideas involved can take us high or drag us low while the interest attached adjusts the wheels toward the intended direction. Such leasable lips have owners: the agents of fame. These widespread agents are known to degrade or water down the opponents to achieve the hidden odds.

Such agents are armed with information circulated about others. They are labeled as “professional conspirators”whose source of strength is interwoven with information meant to obliterate. They are known smart and crafted with trait of professionalism.

Politicians, civilian, and society fear them because everything is believed to be at their fingertips. Avoiding them is not advisable; teaming up with them is not so healthy either, though it’s sometimes commendable during circumstantial needs. (more…)


By Sally Nyalony Gatwang Riak, Kampala, Uganda

 

Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — Do what you can do best in silence and surprise the world. Who would think that someone all the way from a different nation would out complete the nationalist.

 
All the way from South Sudan to shine light. Juma modi alpha, a student from mildcare parents school seeds to brighten and light the nation. He gets four aggregates from a very long struggle.
 
Juma Micheal Taker, is a young star aged 13 plays and basketball.He with ten aggregates. The list is endless.

Life of persistent fear and overwhelming anxiety as a refugee in Uganda during the times of terror in the hands of Joseph Kony and Ali Bamuze and UPDF’s failure to save the refugees

By Kon Joseph Leek, Juba, South Sudan

Monday, January 21, 2019 (PW) — It was one fateful mornings of 1996; a year Yoweri Museveni had his second elections after the 1980’s which he lost to Obote – and it was the first elections under the constitutional provision of 1995 since he seized power in 1986. Museveni was facing serious challenge from Paul Ssemogerere and Kibirige Mayanja who later lost to him.

This time, Museveni was already 10 years in Power after five-years rebellion and subsequent coupe executed by Obote’s CDFs Gen. Tito Okello against his boss, Dr. Milton Obote. Museveni continued his rebellion and seized power from Okello a year later.

We woke up on Monday as normal to school from Block Six, we followed the usual small serpentine dusty route that meanders in the refugees’ back-yard gardens to the slopes of the small streams and woods towards Block Seven – a neighboring Block.

Mum had woken me that morning as I could hesitate to go to school, forced me and escorted me a little, stood with her hands on the waist,watched me grew shorter and shorter as I disappeared into the shrubs. (more…)


January 17, 2019

By Vania Gulston, New York City, USA

A Long Day of Protests in Sudan: Three Deaths, and the Exploration of Other Tactics by Activists

Sunday, January 20, 2019 (PW) — This day of protests in Sudan was a long one. A young 16-year-old boy named Mohamed Alebaid  was shot dead by security forces. Twenty-five year old medical doctor—Babiker Abdalhameed–died after being shot in his chest.

He stepped outside a house where he had been caring for an injured protester in order to tell the security forces to stop throwing tear gas inside of homes, and, according to a friend who asked to remain anonymous, the security forces responded by shooting him dead.

Hundreds of protesters began to gather outside of Royal Care Hospital in Khartoum. According to reports, they chanted, sang songs, and talked about the next stage of what has become one of the biggest and longest protests in Sudanese modern history.

A little after 2:30am in the morning, a member of a social media group chat, solicits tents.

“Tents, tents, tents That’s what we need for tomorrow. Please if you can bring some tents, just bring them up to Royal Care.” (more…)


Foreign nationals took advantage of South Sudan ethnics’ conflict in labour market

By Noble Leek Goi, Jonglei State, South Sudan

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (PW) —- UN agencies and International NGOs are indirectly looting South Sudan in term of employment opportunities. Foreigners from neighboring countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Congo and other countries have flooded UN agencies and International NGOs operating in South Sudan.

The positions taken up by those foreigners from the mentioned countries can well be handled by South Sudanese. Majority of South Sudanese studied in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, America, British etc. That means they have acquired the same knowledge like the nationals from those countries. And one would really wonder what makes South Sudanese graduates to linger on the streets of South Sudan while the foreigners are enjoying the Air Conditioned (A/C) rooms in South Sudan!!

This make the statement of late president of Uganda Idi Amin Dada true when he expelled the Asians from Uganda that, “They are milking the cow they don’t feed.” Indeed he was right, because Uganda was flooded by foreigners (Asians) who took wealth from Uganda and used it to develop their own countries, leaving Uganda and her nationals poor. Hence they were milking the cow they didn’t feed. (more…)

Former Deputy Governor of Terekeka, Clement Maring, Resigns from SSUF/A

Posted: January 18, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan


I would like to draw your attention to the fact that we are lacking good English because your uncles looted our national resources to sponsor you abroad.  We are not good in speaking English as you claimed but practically applying our acquired knowledge into good use while our money looted by your uncles ended up in bars and in the hands of computer wizard giving you fake certification abroad

By Marial Mangar Akol, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — Dear readers, I am completely vexed here, because any education is better than none from my perspective. However I do believe that there is a certain standard for university that people should at least hold as a guideline and goal: Unique experience that provides comradery, gives opportunity to create long-lasting relationship with people, provides access to wealth of knowledge and opportunities to learn from.

Well, we can look at this from so many angles but that will still not suffice your preordained grudge notion. Nevertheless, to ask what the qualities of a good school are is also to say how do I know this particular school is a good one? Here’s the thing, don’t trust every broken English you have heard spoken by claimed people about the Juba University from your tea places or somewhere.

Rather here’s the perfect approach you can use to know:

  1. Get someone currently enrolled at the university to tell you how true the stories you have on your lobbying mind by asking what average percentage he/she got during high school. Of course, it’s a good university, one of its qualities is that it admit those who scored highly compare to another universities.
  2. For every system to be efficient, we look at the outcome, its products and what it can generate. Surely, one quality you can look at is the history of quality students they have been producing, what these alumni are doing currently and how they are impacting the country over the years. By making your own research, all advocates, clinics that being handled well are at the hands of university of Juba’s graduates.

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By Riak Marial Riak, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- In that touch of life something moves up to you with all possibilities. Entry for a common man is a task ahead. In that life you become eager to know who lifts you up from the dust, yes, life is a distant our bodies are not willing to walk in, yet there is a new obstacle that pushes us to live up to the goal, a new wave of dismissal sent yesterday’s signal that we may be better.

Survival too want us to take another route until we become multi– in a volatile–community chasing all sorts of life’s pedigree. The tendency here is to keep that same balance which depended on individual decisions, to be active or remain passive as you have desired. Life gives us a sense of belonging, it takes us far from our togetherness based on individual choosing.

We are not ready whatsoever this case must be, where we enter because we know at later stage the distant is brought to an end we can verily sit back watching our peace folded and masquerade readiness in all aspects of living, yes, we are not poor because our ancestors had it as a cycle of life, we are fighters seeking time and independent battle as a manner of struggle, as a matter of grabbing delicacy. (more…)


An open Letter to Elected MPs of former Tonj South County in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly – Juba

Dear Honorable MPs Representative,

By Morris Mabior Awikjokdit, Juba, South Sudan

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Tonj youth association welcome distribution of counties in Tonj

Thursday, January 17, 2019 (PW) —- I am very fortunate to have been able to have a secure roof over my head. Having that comfort is unfortunately a luxury that many in our community are not able to have due to these difficult economic circumstances. Recently, I have become very concerned about the increase in criminalization efforts against the most vulnerable in Thiet County of Tonj State, the homeless. As a proud member of our community yourself, I am sure that you share many of these concerns.

Research has shown that people experiencing such mistreatment have endured an increasingly hostile environment of imposed forceful recruitment which has resulted to looting of vulnerable citizens’ properties, torturing and human right abuses on daily basis. The data collected has shown that looting of Apuk Juwiir community has taken consecutive three years since from the era of former Governor Akec Tong up to the present time. What is particular about this community in Tonj?

Did we commit a sin that cannot be forgiven? Many of the day to day activities, that many of us take for granted, are restricted to people without shelter such as local ordinances that deem sitting on sidewalks or loitering to be infractions. Citizens of this community should be able to work toward getting out of their demeaning situation without the fear of being harassed and cited for being impoverished.

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By Michael Chol Tor, Juba, South Sudan

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 (PW) — This topic is especially relevant to our modern climate not only the South Sudan nation but the overall world. We have become intoxicated by toxic tribalism and the group mob mentality. We have unconsciously been seduced or persuaded by the idea that one group is “wrong” and “evil” while our own group is “correct” and “good’’. This mentality leads to a whole list of disastrous consequences which I will explain it later on in this publication.

But, the first things we must understand is what exactly is toxic tribalism and where does it come from. What is toxic tribalism and where does it stem from? First, let me provide a definition of what toxic tribalism is. Toxic tribalism: A loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group to the point that dogma and dysfunction become the standard. Afterward, let me provide 2 key characteristics in which an individual has become drunk with toxic tribalism.

Demonization, this is the first and the foremost quality of someone who is toxically tribal. If there is any labeling of the other group as being stupid, evil, racist, demons, scum, and then you can almost be sure that they are in the mindset of toxic tribalism. Unconscious Behavior and attitudes, one of the hallmarks of someone who is engrossed in toxic tribalism is a lack of conscious behavior. Unconscious behavior comes in many forms such as screaming, not entertaining contradictory idea, being closed minded, violence and the list goes on. (more…)


By Atem Yaak Atem, Sydney, Australia

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Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Smoking shisha, * the pastime that is common in some middle Eastern and African countries, is known by several names. In its weekend edition the Australian daily newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald reported two bodies working for local communities, the Australian Lebanese Muslim Association and South East Sydney Local Health District, had come together in their concern over the effect of shisha on the users within the community. In their campaign to enlighten the public on the dangers smoking shisha posed to people, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) has contributed Australian $ 386, 000 (US $274, 368.80 at the time the article was being written) to support the campaign that aims at advising smokers to quit the habit.

Well-founded fear

The concern expressed over harm inherent in smoking shisha may appear to be the work of fear mongers. It is not alarmist; the campaigners have reputable source of information on which they base concerns. Claims that smoking shisha could be harmful to people’s health the way smoking tobacco has been identified as a culprit, is slowly but surely gaining grounds among scientists and health workers in the developed world. Australia is one of these countries. The Herald’s report has quoted NSW health minister, Brad Hazzard: “Smoking shisha for an hour is equivalent to inhaling the volume of smoke from 100 to 200 cigarettes”. Such frightening statements, similar to this one, do not come from a politician’s guesswork or imagination. The minister has a credible authority to back his claim. World Health Organisation (WHO), the United Nations’ body responsible for global governance of health and disease is the source. According to the 2005 advisory note from WHO’s research arm, TobReg or tobacco study group, the smoke that comes from water in the shisha “contains toxicants known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other disease”.

The report adds that the campaigners aim at educating members of their community as well as the general public to rethink about the perception of shisha smoking as a pastime. In their drive to educate the public, the organisers are not alone. The head of NSW Cancer Institute, Professor David Currow, backs the campaign against smoking, when he told the paper that “shisha smokers were unknowingly putting themselves at risk of the same deadly diseases that kill cigarette and second-hand smokers”. (more…)


By Mabil Manyok Nhial, Gweru, Zimbabwe

 

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Deng Deng Hoc, South Sudan minister for Education

Sunday, January 13, 2019 (PW) — Doing many things at ago is doing nothing! Is it not true and correct that South Sudan is sadly addicted to perennial confusions?! Logic has it that it is wise to do one thing at a time in order that it bears fruits.

As one of the participants in the National Curriculum Review conference that was held in Juba a few days before the December 15 incident erupted, I personally heard the then Undersecretary of Higher Education Science and Technology, Hon. Deng Deng Hoc Yai, now in charge of the Ministry of General Education, enthusiastically emphasising on the adoption of French and Kiswahili as well as native languages apart from ITC at both primary and secondary levels in the curriculum of South Sudan. The hall broke into a thunderous round of applaud since his words were interlaced with those of the majority in the Hall.

Recently, the same Ministry publicly made it known to the citizenry that the government is planning to hire some teachers of Kiswahili from Tanzania. This appeared in the news on 7th July, 2018. Firstly, no one had and still has a gut to question it because it is what is already in the curriculum. Secondly, Kiswahili has been adopted as the official language for the East African Community (EAC), of which South Sudan is a member. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 (PW) – It is a sad news that the supposedly Al Watan Newspaper published in Juba is a victim of the brutal regime that came to power 30 years ago in a military coupe de’tat.

Its only crime is to publishing what is basically happening on the streets of Khartoum. The roots of National Congress party or shortened NCP extend beyond the country we left 8 years ago because of its Islamism, classicism, slavery, dictatorship and human right abuses.

Sudan has not change an inch. It still fights Africans to the South, East and West. Corruption has multiplied under Bashir tenfold. (more…)


By Malith Alier, Perth, Australia

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Saturday, January 12, 2019 (PW) — Kenyan schools typically reopen in the first week of January and normally go on for three terms  with three breaks to conclude an education year. 2019 goes down as a year when Kenya changes to another system to supersede its old 8.4.4 which has been running for a long time. Competence Based curriculum (CBC) begins in with lower primary and will progress in implementation according to Education Cabinet Secretary (CS), Amina Mohamed.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Kenya adopted the 8.4.4 system after it previously used the East African (7-4-2-3) system when the Community disintegrated. Under the leadership of President Moi, the country implemented the system in 1985. It meant 8 years of primary, 4 years of second, and 4 more years of university education. (more…)


H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit,

President of the Republic of South Sudan,

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By Wol Deng Atak, Nairobi, Kenya

Subject: Open Letter to President Salva Kiir – Let Senior Government Officials Account for the Disappearance of USD 50 Million

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a jovial President Salva Kiir and SPLM-Io Chief Negotiator Taban Deng

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Your Excellency, I hope this letter finds you well. While submitting this appeal to you, Mr. President, I am not in any way claiming superior abilities and wisdom than you might have acquired. But want to state that the entire country depends on you for a right decision against promoters of the graft. Continual inaction is worsening already awful situation your fellow citizens face and may only end in more pains, regrets, and wishes, which cannot help remedy consequential evil that marring our history or losses likely to result.

Mr. President, the Government of South Sudan secured over USD 130 million loan from a company (name withheld).  According to a report on your Desk,  USD 50 million has been stolen and shared by senior government officials.  Up to now, you are yet to act on the report and this is worrying. I am alarmed, I guess you are, to learn of the disappearance of USD 50 million in the hands of officials in your administration – whom I least expected to help themselves with public funds without any lawful authorisations.

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By Kurthii Manyuat, Beijing, China

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Red carpet, Bashir and Kiir in Khartoum, November 1, 2017

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) —- Although South Sudan attained it independent in 2011, it was in large part of a political independent, the economic had arguably failed to make it out during the process due to the absolute necessity of using Sudanese pipeline facility to transit south Sudan’s only export commodity–the oil.

Great Nile pipeline, despite being used as a weapon for extracting fund by Sudan, it is extremely significant for the government of South Sudan to transport its oil to the international market and keep the economy alive as long as nothing is done to reduce 98% oil dependency. It had been a precious opportunity for Sudan to discover the vulnerability of the south.

Our partners in the oil pipeline deal have enjoyed huge leverage for a very long time and we have endured all the costs to the extent of earning $5dollar per barrel of oil in 2014, 2015. the worse could be coming since the smoldering bread protest which others called it a  ‘revolution’ in our northern neighborhood may in one way or another increase appetite for that regime to seek fund voraciously.

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By Peter Wek Mabiordit, Juba, South Sudan

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society.

Peter Wek Mabioordit, the author, is a South Sudanese poet and researcher. His areas of interest include business administration, women empowerment, poverty alleviation, cultural diversity and peaceful coexistence in the society

Friday, January 11, 2019 (PW) — Peace is a precious gift from God. It bears positivity and hope in the hearts of the poor and comforts the marginalized. Peace does not promote tribalism or hatred. It is an advocate of unity and progress. Peace does not seek vengeance for the wrongs done.

It builds a common boundary of love, trust and understanding. For peace to exist in our country South Sudan, we must initiate the spirit of love and forgiveness right from within our families. A family that is guided by the principles of peace values the contributions made by all its members.

It sows the seeds of contention and resolves differences amicably. In a God-fearing family, violence and rivalry are not practiced. Similarly, a strong nation is the one in which love, unity, freedom of expression and association are observed. (more…)


Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A proud feminist and social activist whose work is shaping lives of women and youth in South Sudan

 By Ms. Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach: A Proud South Sudanese Feminist and Social Activist

Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (PW) — Meet Ms. Aluel Manyok Barach, a fierce feminist whose work for gender equality, women empowerment and peaceful coexistence between men and women, tribes and political parties shine bright like snow. I first came across Ms. Aluel Manyok, popularly known as Aluel Naomi, via her social media updates in regards to gender equality and peace process in the newest nation of South Sudan.

Clicking on her profile page one afternoon, I stumbled upon some of her personal information that was intriguing enough to share. Ms. Aluel Manyok describes herself as fierce South Sudanese social activist and feminist who is strongly passionate about gender equality and peaceful co-existence. As a true champion of her own persona and an agent of change to many, Ms. Aluel Manyok graduated from Makerere University with Bachelor of Economic Development (Hons) and have participated in number of international programs of which she is current generation Change Fellow as well as YALI program Alumni.

Feminism is one of the major disciplines in academia that advocates for the rights and freedom of women in education, employment, equal opportunities, political representation and involvement of women in decision-making as well as social related actions that aim at bettering women’s lives to the standard similar to that of men. Having received much opposition from the male-dominated society due to misconceptions and changes brought upon by globalization and ancient culture transition, feminism has multiplied into different factions striving to tackle different types of social, political and economic inequalities and social injustice facing women across the globe.

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Ella’s story

Posted: January 10, 2019 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

By Sally Nyalony Gatwang, Juba, South Sudan

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019 (PW) — Two minutes later after delivery, Ella’s mother dies before she could even see the child. This unexpected dealth astonished the all house hold especially ell’s father. Ella is now left with the grandmother and father to look after her. Responsibities became hectic having a child no body to take care of properly since the grand mother was aging and the father more frequently is in the office and travelling.

Without hesitation, her father marries his personal secretary. Mrs anna and Ella really don’t get along so well. At the age of four, Ella groused to dad about her relationship with anna. Surely the two weren’t getting along well. Anna grumps that Ella is indispline and doesn’t want to obey her. While Ella on the other hand reproach that Ann was calling her half orphan. Mr. Emma then decides to take Ella to his sister place and she studies also their plus also get to know the cousins and to feel lonely.

Nineteen years later, Ella was graduating and she happens to be the best student in the United States of America. Two free tickets were given to her to invite whoever she wanted and the school would cover the disbursements. Nothing from the start of her jounery of education was ringing in her mind rather than calling her grandmother and father to attend her big day with her. She immediately rings to her dad and grandmother to apprise them about the graduation. (more…)