Sherman and Wife Joyce Donate to JFK: Who Is Varney Sherman?

By: Blama G. Konuwah |

Senator Sherman, his wife Joyce, with doctors and nurses at the JFK Medical Center in Monrovia

The late U.S. president Abraham Lincoln once said, “The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” Expanding on Lincoln’s words, it is perhaps accurate to say a person that is considered to have a good character exhibits attributes such as empathy, integrity, honesty, courage, loyalty, fortitude, and other important virtues that promote good behavior and habits, even in the midst of shadowed efforts and deceptive attempts to smear him or her.

Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman is not just a real leader, caring father, good husband and honorable citizen, he is also perhaps the most recognizable, respected, polished, dignified, accomplished and best known Liberian corporate lawyer. He is a Liberian politician of a different character; compassionate and compromising, strong but tender-hearted; determined, strict forward but forgiven, and above all, he is a unifier and consensus builder.

Known nationwide in Liberia and throughout Africa as Counsellor Varney Sherman, the founder of Sherman and Sherman Inc., Liberia’s best known and internationally acceptable law firm, is a life-long humanitarian. He has done more good works than most people in Liberia, and he has done so for more than three decades as a private citizen.  Through his Sherman and Sherman law practice, some of the recognizable Liberian lawyers (including most of the country’s chief prosecutors and judges) in the country today gained their footing in the legal practice.

In politics, beginning in 1985 when he joined the Liberian Action Party that supported the late Jackson F. Doe from Nimba County, Sherman has always put the aspirations of others before his. In 1987, he did likewise by supporting former Land and Mines minister Cletus Wotorson for president. In 2003, he championed the leadership of Gyude Bryant (former interim president of Liberia) from Maryland County.  And in 2011, he invested and led the movement that re-elected Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for a second term as president of Liberia.

What makes Sherman unique is not only the fact that he wishes no harm and harbors no ill feelings for anyone (even those who hate him and seek to destroy his good reputation), he recognizes the goodness, good deeds and dedication of others no matter their social status, age, race or tribe, gender or lifestyle. This embodiment is character–– good character and decency.  This is what drives the man known simply as “Cllr. Sherman,” the senator representing the culturally dynamic people of Grand Cape Mount County in the Liberian senate.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL), including several other international organizations of journalists.