Liberia was the first African republic to proclaim its independence, on July 26, 1847 and is Africa’s first and oldest modern republic.
On the 22nd of January in liberia, history was made as the country witnessed first democratic transfer of power for more than 70 years.
This glamourous day was built up by series of events and activities that took place ahead of the inauguration.
On the 20th of January, A pre-inauguration ball was organised for her excellency Vice President-Elect, Jewel Taylor by the women wing of the National Muslim Council of Liberia in collaboration with the Ummah Movement of Liberia at the Boulevard Place Hotel, Monrovia. Liberia. This event reveals the believe the people of Liberia and the Muslim community have for the new administration and the commitment of the administration in ensuring an all inclusive development without leaving anyone behind irrespective of their religious believe or background.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. Martin Luther King, Jr.
During this event the Vice President took time to appreciate African Women in Leadership Organiation (AWLO) for being the most effective women organisation and for supporting and inspiring her to where she is now. While appreciating AWLO, she promise to inaugurate a solid AWLO chapter in Liberia this year.
Also on this day, the Vice President organised a dinner for her invited guests.
In addition to the programme of events to commemorate the swearing-in ceremony of the former football star, a football match was organised between the Weah all stars and the Liberian Army team where the President scored a first-half goal to lead his Weah All Stars side to a 2-1 victory.
On the 21st of January, A Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service was organised for the inauguration of President George Manner Weah, Vice President Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor. This was organised to appreciate God for the victory of during their election.
The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. Dwight D. Eisenhower
22nd January, the inauguration proper
One could easily tell the joy that feels the peoples heart from the cheers of the crowd. Several former and current African Head of States including representatives from the European Union (EU), African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) and the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) graced the inauguration of Liberia’s 24th President, Senator George M. Weah and his Vice President, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sport Complex. Crowds queued for kilometres to reach the stadium, singing, dancing and waving the Liberian flag as they waited. Inside the stadium, the cheers were deafening as well-known figures from Liberian public life filed in before the stands.
Taken the oath administered by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, Justice Francis Korkpor as Liberia’s next President, George Weah vowed to discharge his duties faithfully, and to the best of his ability, and “always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being, and prosperity” of Liberia.
That is how Liberia became an ‘History Making’ Nation around the world; outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female President of Africa, now President George Weah is the first soccer player to be elected President, while Vice President Senator Jewel Howard Taylor has also become the first female Vice President of Liberia.
Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions. Harold S. Geneen
Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire co-worker and followers. The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. It is important that the new administration set their gaze on achieving their goals and mission. Do not underestimate the importance of intelligence. Intelligence can be acquired from anyone young or old, male or female to reinforce our knowledge in making better decision and to properly channel our course. Maximizing the potential of the women is crucial for national development. Women possess some innate qualities that makes them a vital agent of development. It is important that women are giving opportunity to contribute significantly to national development.
Man propose but God dispose. Its is important they acknowledge God in every of the decision made as Gods plan always prevail. On behalf of all members and non members of AWLO. We wish them a successful tenure.