– President Weah inspires Young Liberian Women 

Monrovia, Liberia – The President of the Republic, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has urged the young people of Liberia, mainly girls, who endeavoring to prepare and advance themselves for a better future, not to sit supinely, but go the extra mile and create opportunities for themselves.

President Weah called on the young people of Liberia to always disabuse their minds of the concept of origin and occupation, but should pursue and make use of opportunities that would come their way, stressing that there will always be opportunities. 

In a special statement Friday, October 22, 2021 at “Go Girl, Lead” Cohort-2 Graduation at the Monrovia City Hall, the President called on young people, mainly the graduating students all of whom are girls, to emulate the examples of other accomplished Liberians, including former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Clar Marie Weah and himself.

“You also listened to several other speakers and if you are not motivated by their stories, then you will never be motivated,” the Liberian Leader told the graduating class. “Everyone shared their life experiences; the obstacles they faced and how they overcame it. They talked about determination, resilience and strength; they talked about struggle and hope and functions. They told you everything they endured to be what they are today.”

The President encouraged the young women to be the George Manneh Weah of their times, the Clar Weah of their generation and the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of their generation also, emphasizing that it would take motivation, resilience, commitment and self-confidence for them to actualize their dreams for a better tomorrow. 

He reminded the young people of how former President Sirleaf used so many fora to share her life experience, how she persevered to realize her dreams, stressing “She told the Liberian people her life story.”

“Today is the First Lady and other accomplished leaders. Besides congratulating you, they all told you to be strong, be courageous, be confident, be resilient, work hard, apply yourself, and know what you want.”

The Liberian President who is fondly referred to as Feminist-in-Chief for his sustained support to gender issues, urged the students to take cue from the First Lady and the excellent food for thought she provided. 

“I hope you listened to her very attentively; she is an example of everything you want to be. So her speech should inspire you. Listen to her; she has spoken with a deep emotion that is borne of an experience that is very real and relevant.”

Most importantly, the Liberian Chief Executive used his speech to highlight the importance of education as the surest way to success, encouraging the graduates to always be motivated as they pursue greater future opportunities. 

“Although, you have finished this training, there is a next level to achieve. There is always another level so prepare yourselves. You have the gold now, but to get to the diamond, you have to dig deeper. This is just the beginning,” the President said.

President Weah thanked the First Lady, who served as guest speaker at the Graduation program, for what he called “an excellent keynote address. He also thanked the organizers, including Libpedia and Books Before Boys Inc, for the initiative that is in the interest of young girls and women. 

The Program, run by Libpedia and Books Before Boys Inc., is intended to mentor young people into leadership skills.

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