-Women Voices’ publisher asserts in response to appointment as Board member

Women Voices newspaper’s publisher, Madam Helen Nah-Sammie, has welcomed her appointment by the Monrovia City Government to the Citizen’s Engagement Board (CEB) for the bicentennial anniversary scheduled to take place from November 1 to January 7, 2022.

Liberia’s only female publisher said,  “It is an honor to be chosen from amongst millions of other great Liberians to serve my country by helping to organize such historic events. I am so much grateful to the Lord Mayor Jefferson Koijee for this great opportunity.”     

Madam Nah-Sammie said Liberia has a great and unique history when properly told, she said, would attract tourists and investors from across the World.

The female publisher said Liberia’s bicentennial anniversary is another great opportunity for Liberians to promote a positive image of the country, while announcing her readiness to publish a special edition of the Women Voices newspaper to document and account for contributions made by women to the formation and functioning of the Liberian State since 1822.

The female publisher spoke in an exclusive interview with Women Voices over the weekend.  

In preparation of the bicentennial anniversary celebrations, Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Tamba Koijee recently constituted the CEB and appointed former Monrovia City Mayor, Madam Mary Broh, as Chair, along with five other women including Ambassador Juli Endee, as Co-chair of the Citizen’s Engagement Board (CEB).

Making the pronouncement on Thursday, October 20, 2021, Monrovia City Mayor Koijee said in consultation with the Monrovia City Council, he was setting up a Citizen’s Engagement Board to jumpstart preparations for the upcoming bicentennial anniversary.

Mayor Koijee said CEB is a group of citizens committed to working with the City Government of Monrovia, indicating that the Board would as well advise on the roadmap for the Urban Renewal Initiatives.

The 12-member Board comprises five women including Madam Mary Broh as Chairperson; Ambassador Juli Endee, co-chair; Ms. Daintowon Domah Pay- Bayee, member; Mrs. Helen Nah-Sammie, member; and Madam Setta F. Saah, member.

Other members of the Board are Mr. Thomas Doe Nah, Member; Mr. Aaron Kollie, Member; Rev. Rudolph Marsh, member; Rev. Christian Toe, member; Mr. James M. Strother, Member; Imam Ali Krayee, Member; Mr. Amos Williams, member; Mr. Mohammed Ghadi Kamara, Member; Mr. Eddie Jarwolo, member and Mr. Franco B. Grimes, Technical Secretary.

Mayor Koijee disclosed that the Citizens’ Engagement Board has a mandate to function from November 1, 2021 to January 7, 2022.

The year 2022 marks 200 years (bicentennial) of a movement that led to the repatriation of freed slaves from the United States of America to the shores of the tiny West Africa nation that was later to be known as Liberia.

During the bicentennial celebrations, Liberia is expected to be swarmed by thousands of guest who will be celebration with Africa’s first black republic, a nation that championed the return of freed slaves from America to Africa.

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