My  TRIBUTE  TO  THE  LATE  DR. N.A.W. COX - GEORGE. 

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"THE  FEAR  OF  THE  LORD  IS  THE  BEGINNING  OF  WISDOM:  A  GOOD  UNDERSTANDING  HAVE  ALL  THEY  THAT  DO  HIS  COMMANDMENTS:  HIS  PRAISE  EDURETH  FOR  EVER."  PSALM,111. V 10. PROV. 1. V.7.

 

 

 

HERE  STANDS  THE  VISION   OF  AN  UNSUNG  HERO,  OUR  MEMORY  OF AN EXTRAORDINARY INTELLECTUAL   MASTER, AN  ECONOMIST  WITH  IMAGE  TYPIFIED  BY  DISTINCTIVE,  IMPECCABLE   PERSONALITY,  AND FROM  US, HIS  STUDENTS  AND PRODUCTS, TO  HIM  WE RISE  TO HONOR.  BY  WILLIE.  B. FAULKNER. 

 

 

THE  LATE  DR. N.A.W. COX - GEORGE 

FORMER  DEAN, FACULTY OF ECONOMICS,

FOURAH  BAY  COLLEGE, THE UNIVERSITY  OF SIERRA LEONE,

WEST  AFRICA.

                                                        WHO  WAS  HE ?

 

With great  humility, I present  to the world  at large Our  MENTOR, Sierra  Leone, the greatest  economist  from them all,  an African  scholar, NOAH  ARTHUR  WILLIAM  COX-GEORGE. Born  104  years ago, his birth  preceding  the  late  president John  F  Kennedy  by  about  two years. The  late  professor  Cox- George,  a  Sierra  Leonean,   born    on June, 1915, in Nigeria, 17  years after  the  hut tax  rebellion  championed  also, by another  formidable  Sierra  Leone  hero, a   Temne chief called Bai- Bureh. An  alumnus of  Sierra  Leone  Grammar  school in  Freetown, and  London  school of Economics  where  he obtained a masters degree  in economics.  In 1954, the  late  professor  Cox- George  graduated  from  Oxford university in England with a doctorate  degree in economics, and  his  critically  acclaimed  publications  among others included the following; " finance  and  development  in West Africa,"  "the Sierra Leone Experience, "(1961), "the  crucifixion of Sierra Leone?" An examination of a new  constitutional  proposal etc, (1948),  and a report on  " African  participation in commerce in Sierra Leone," (1958).  He played a major role in establishing the economics departments not only at the university of Nigeria but  in Freetown  also. In 1953, at the  age of 14, with my childhood history  traumatized by the death of my  late father, when i firest met him it  created  within me not only that inner peace, but  restored  the realization  of my human perception also. I realized how significant it was  to have  such a noble personality as my guiding  mentor and today,  from my  perception, unique it is for us to call ourselves the Cox George Breeds. We are what  we are,  THE  COX-GEORGE BREEDS  because of his disciplined and tenacious personality, dreaded by few students but acclaimed  by  many of my colleagues myself inclusive. As aging adults, we wonder  what Sierra Leone  would have been  had   our  successive  governments  listened to professor  N. A, Cox- George when he argued, that Sierra Leone did  not need  foreign loans to develop our economy, a point he  frequently  emphacized to his students  during the course of our weekly tutorial  sessions. In one particular  tutorial session professor  Cox- George,  taunted and   dismayed,  or dissatisfied with  the massive debt  incurred by our  government  to host the  1980 OAU  conference in  Sierra Leone, catigorized  the on going political event as  wasteful.

 

 Sierra Leone educational policy  was conditioned by the British system with  the following  matriculating qualifications;  Firstly,  an excellent  General Certificate of Education, ordinary level, or  GCE, O'level,  and a weak  General Certificate of Education, Advanced level, or GCE, A' level, qualified  students  for a (4)  year  college course, commencing at the preliminary level. Secondly,  an excellent GCE, O' level, and an excellent GCE, A ' level, qualified   students  for a (3)  year college course,  commencing  at the  first  year  level. My matriculation was in 1966, and during  my second year among  my enrolled subjects was elements of applied economics. Our    tutor  was the  most feared  faculty  dean,  professor  Cox- George. It was a known  fact, that  some  aspired  economics  students  would  rather  convince  their  respective parents  to help finance  their  studies at the European, and  American universities  abroad than face  professor Cox- George.  As part of his routine teaching style, his  lectures were  accompanied by research  referrals, class and home assignments  and   library  documentations. these assignments or  gradings ranged  from 1/10  to 10/10 but yet, his  highest grading  habit  never exceeded  3/10, regardless of how  confident  we  were or   how convincing our answers were.  During the course of one of   our tutorial sessions when  we  expressed our discontent, to our surprise, his  response was  strange and shocking.  Professor  Cox- George  maintained,  that his class and home assignments,  his lectures, prescribed  text  books, or other  library documentations  were intended as guidelines only, and not  for copywriting which he condemned. According to him, he  expected his students to evaluate  the facts, analyze them and in our own words  critically epitomize  our answers.  Furthermore, he  assured us  that additional  grades would be awarded for  contesting  the authors facts but warned, that in doing so  we must provide  logical and added economics elements  to substantiate our convictions. He admitted then, that even  with such an extra effort our highest grading  would not exceed 5/10, which  according to him was good for us.  At  that time, we never  understood him until he dismissed us on   graduation day to face the  world.  Suffice it to say, that today,  we are bankers, heads of  financial institutions, professional writers and authors, ambassadors, our country's foreign  ministers and high commissioners, other ministers of governments, economists, central bank Governors, university  professors and retired intellectuals.  Our presence is visible worldwide, and to his  honor we refer  ourselves as " THE COX-GEORGE BREEDS,"  confident and  distinct in our approaches. 

 

Dr. N.A.W. Cox - George, was a simple and caring individual, and those who  dreaded  him  misunderstood his  perceptions and good intentions for his students. As  a  God  fearing individual,  he led us all through  even in time of death.  In 1970, a new development Economics  syllabus  was  added to our final year curriculum, spareheaded by an instructor  from the IMF on a two year teaching assignment  to our  University.  At the end of our final exams, I was awarded a grade of 87%, or distinction in development   economics, but as the faculty dean, professor Cox- George, regardless of his mentoring  attachment  questioned  the authenticity of my exams score and summoned the IMF expert to express his dissatisfaction. I was summoned  to the meeting also, but  waited outside  until invited to join them. In his address to me, the  late professor Cox-George, applauded my performance  but noted that  for his  department my grade was too high. However, he informed me  of a compromise that was satisfactory to the IMF expert; I would retain my distinction status, but my grade would be reduced from 87%  to 65%,  which according to him  was still good. I thanked him, and in   responding  he said to me, "Willie one day you boys will thank me." In my   response I replied yes sir. The dedication of this book to our professor, the late Dr. N.A.W. Cox- George proves him right,  and  to his honor and  memory I challenge my colleagues  to join me in erecting  a magnificent  marble tombstone at his grave site.

 

 

May his soul rest in  peace, perfect peace.

 

Willie B Faulkner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      Willie. B. Faulkner

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      MY  FACE  BOOK  MEDIA  FORUM ON " THE SAMUEL  LAKE  STORY."

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  MY  STORY OF A  PHENOMINON  IN RUINS, THE NEW BUILDING  COMPLEX,       WATERLOO  TOWNSHIP,  IN  PERSPECTIVE, TOTAL  DISREGARD OF THE RULE  OF  LAW, EVADING  JUSTICE TO PERPETUATE BROAD  DAYLIGHT  ROBBERY. 

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   From  my  perception, the disavowed  sanctioning of a startling conspiracy to commit broad  daylight robbery, and so be it, and what a treachery of betrayal  motivated by absolute greed, soon to be  the cause and course of judicial adjudication in Sierra Leone, as United States and the entire World watch.

 

    "Portrait of an elegant edifice, the envy of our  fans near and afar, the cradle of a domain we all once converged to honor and adore, but that demise suffice it, if we ask why?"  From Willie  Faulkner, our families and D.I.W. Friends World Wide.

 

     During the course of the civil war, 1994 - 1999, a division of retiring Rebels from an unsuccessful attack on the Capital  city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, in a rampage act of retaliation invaded Waterloo  Township, setting the New  Building Complex on fire.  However,  be cautioned i must emphasize , that in previous  recurring Rebel raids this building complex was spared. News of this attack was first reported by B.B.C. world service news cast. In perspective therefore, 1994 - 1999, as an historical institution, what the New Building  Complex accomplished, whether economic, political or social, the goodwill it created was priceless, and so be it's  imagery by representation at this very moment perceived by us all as epic of monumental proportion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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