As the ranks of our generation shrink, it seems fitting to pause and pay homage. This time we honor the memory of Dr. Flumo Yanquoi Stevens who passed away surrounded by his family in a Wilmington, Delaware hospital on November 15, 2015 at age 76.I first met the unpretentious but brilliant Flumo at Cuttington College (now University) in Suacoco, Liberia in the early 1960s. He graduated a class ahead of me in 1963 majoring in Economics. He would go on to graduate studies and to a brilliant career as an economics professor and researcher, as well as a one time Dean of the College of Business of the University of Liberia.Born September 23, 1939 at Fissibu, Lofa County, Liberia to Yamah Loupu and Galakpai Bonawu, his early education was at Fissibu though he continued at the Lutheran mission in Zorzor where he completed elementary school in 1954. He acquired his high school diploma from the Lutheran Training Institute in 1959. Cuttington College and Divinity School then followed where he completed the B.S. degree in 1963. Graduate studies in the United States ensued and culminated with an M.B.A. (Syracuse University, 1969), an M.A. economics (University of Nebraska, 1973), and a Ph.D. economics (University of Nebraska, 1974).Dr. Stevens began his career as an officer of the Bank of Monrovia in 1964. Upon completing the M.B.A. he joined the University of Liberia’s Business College as an administrative assistant and instructor (1969-1971). With the terminal degree in hand, he became an assistant professor at Wayne State University (1974-77); dean of the Business College at the University of Liberia (1977-79); then back to Wayne State (1979-83), the University of Michigan-Flint (1984-87), and finally at Lawrence Technological University as professor of management from 1987 to his honorable retirement in 2005.During his time at the University of Liberia in the late 1970s, Stevens was a research consultant on fiscal affairs at the Ministry of Finance. He also served on a number of Liberian presidential commissions addressing the economy, notably the “Private Sector Commission on Improving Investment Possibilities in Liberia” (1978). In his long and distinguished career he presented a number of scholarly papers at academic conventions, notably “Quantitative Perspective on Political Risk Analysis to Direct Foreign Investment – A Closer Look,” in Multinational Business Review (Spring 1997). He also published numerous articles in Liberian newspapers including the Liberian Age and the Liberian Star. Stevens authored the textbook Managerial Accounting (first published 1995).Dr. Stevens is survived by his four children – Wubu Stevens Hendricks, Bonawu Stevens, Sr., Mackerson Kowa Stevens and Kolu Stevens, his former wife of 28 years, Mrs. Olina Bailey, four grandchildren, three sisters and a host of other relatives and friends in Liberia and the United States. His mortal remains will be interred following funeral rites at the Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle, Delaware, USA.Well done Flumo! May your soul through God’s mercy rest in perfect peace!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
2 Eric Cantona is so hurt by Manchester City’s success under Pep Guardiola, he cannot bear to say their name.The Manchester United legend has previously stated he believes the Red Devils would be more successful and play more attractive football under the tutelage of Guardiola, a graduate of the famous Barcelona ‘La Masia’ academy. Speaking exclusively to Joe, he said: “I always hope it will be United [to win the league].“Especially as the favourites this year are the teams we most want to defeat. It’s very early in the season so we must still hope that United will perform well.“It is terrible but the best team to watch at the moment is the other team.“The one I don’t like to mention by name.” Cantona has made no secret of his desire to see Guardiola in the Old Trafford dugout 2 Eric Cantona wants United to play free-flowing football like their rivals City At the helm of the Catalan giants, the Spaniard established a playing style which completely transformed European football.Operating with a possession-based style and a high intensive press, the 47-year-old has continued to spread his footballing brilliance with spells at Bayern Munich and now City.After blitzing all before them last season, Cantona has backed the blue half of Manchester to retain the Premier League title.However, he has refused to call them by name out of sheer jealousy of their success.