Former Information Minister, Associate Professor Joe W. Mulbah, has passed off in Monrovia following a protracted medical history. His death was reported November 11, while enroute to the Du-Side Hospital in Firestone, Margibi County.
Professor Mulbah was also Chairman of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Liberia where he taught for over 30 years.
He was the brain behind the establishment of LUX FM Radio in the Department of Mass Communication currently used by students in the practice of Broadcast Journalism alongside the Versity Pilot for students majoring in Print Journalism.
He was member of the Board of Directors of the state-run Liberia Broadcasting System besides providing professional services to several private and public institutions. A veteran Broadcaster, Professor Mulbah was a Full Bright Scholar.
He earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wales in England during the 80s and returned to Liberia subsequently to continue impacting knowledge to thousands of his fellow compatriots.
He also earned a Master’s Degree from the Ibrahim Badanmasi Babangida Institute of International Relations or IBB at the University of Liberia and also a graduate of the Louise Arthur Grimes School of Law at the UL.
The late Professor Mulbah started his professional career journey at the Christian-run Radio ELWA in the early 70s where he came to prominence through the popular news program ‘Window on the World.’
However, he was forced out of that institution by the military junta of the late Samuel Doe after he independently reported the burning of several ballot boxes during the 1985 elections widely rigged by Doe.
Professor Mulbah later joined the Daily Observer Newspaper where he became a Staff Writer before moving on to edit the Sports World Newspaper established Mr. Willie Knuckles in 1987.
He was publisher of the POLL WATCH Newspaper which was dedicated to sampling public opinions on various social and political issues in the country. He served as Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia during the administration of veteran journalist Kenneth Y. Best of the Daily Observer.
His home-going has created a vacuum in the journalism profession in Liberia as exemplified by the hundreds of condolences coming from university students and the larger society.