Fatima Massaquoi-Fahnbulleh (1904–1978) was a pioneering educator in Liberia. After completing her education in the United States, she returned to Liberia in 1946, where she contributed much to the cultural and social life of the country.

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  • Fatima Massaquoi-Fahnbulleh (1904–1978) was a pioneering educator in Liberia. After completing her education in the United States, she returned to Liberia in 1946, where she contributed much to the cultural and social life of the country. Born into a family of African royalty, Massaquoi grew up in the care of an aunt in Njagbacca, in the Garwula District of Grand Cape Mount County of southern Liberia. After seven years, she returned to the northwestern part of the country in Montserrado County, where she began her schooling. In 1922 she accompanied her father, a diplomat, to Hamburg, Germany, where she completed her studies in medicine at the University of Hamburg in 1937. She moved to the United States for further education, studying sociology and anthropology at Lane College, Fisk University and Boston University. While in the US, she collaborated on a dictionary of the Vai language and wrote her autobiography, though a legal battle ensued over the rights to her story. She won an injunction barring others from publishing and returned to Liberia in 1946, immediately beginning collaboration to establish a university there, which would become the University of Liberia. Committed to national cultural preservation and expansion, Massaquoi served as the director, later dean, of the Liberal Arts College and was the founding director of the Institute of African Studies. She co-founded the Society of Liberian Authors, helped abolish the practice of usurping African names for Westernized versions, and worked towards standardization of the Vai script. In the late 1960s, Vivian Seton, Massaquoi's daughter, had the autobiographical manuscript microfilmed for preservation. After Massaquoi's death, her writings and notes were rediscovered, edited and published in 2013 as The Autobiography of an African Princess. (en)
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  • Fatima Massaquoi-Fahnbulleh (1904–1978) was a pioneering educator in Liberia. After completing her education in the United States, she returned to Liberia in 1946, where she contributed much to the cultural and social life of the country. (en)
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