Liberia: It is quite evident; ex-footballer George Weah wants political power in Liberia. Weah, best known as FIFA’s Player of the Year in 1995, entered the political arena in 2005 and ran for president of his native country. Though he defeated 21 other candidates to win the vote in the first round, he lost in the second round to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former World Bank economist.
Back then, Weah’s supporters said his lack of formal education was the reason for his loss. So, in 2006, Weah decided to head back to high school for a diploma. The following year, he enrolled in college – according to his critics, these were all done in an insistent quest for political power.
In 2007, when asked by the Associated Press in Paynesville about his lack of education, Weah said, “these are ever-since pictures, I am now in my senior year and by God’s help I am graduating from college very soon” – referring to his enrollment at DeVry University, an American for-profit college.
Source: Globe Afrique Media