Can A Coca-Cola Exec Save One Of The World’s Poorest Countries?

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Alternative National Congress of Liberia candidate to October 2017 presidential elections Alexander Cummings poses on January 28, 2017. A football superstar, a former warlord and a soft drinks millionaire have thrown their hats into the ring for the post of Liberian president as Africa’s first elected female leader prepares to step down. ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was in America last week, conducting what was essentially a goodbye tour after 12 years as the president of Liberia – the first democratically-elected woman head of state in Africa’s history. She has a lot to be proud of – after decades of Civil War, and even after the recent Ebola crisis, she has stabilized Liberia. It’s still among the poorest countries in the world, but basic services are vastly improved, and innovative social entrepreneurs are revamping the rural health care system and the education system.

Last week marks a turning point. Liberia goes to the polls to elect her successor and the outcome will have a lot to determine whether they move forward or not. Some of the choices are scary, including a former soccer star who clearly has no business as head of state. One is very intriguing: Alex Cummings, a former Coca-Cola executive who promises the kind of solutions-oriented thinking that he honed in the private sector.

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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) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.