Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Vows To Continue To Lead Women Of The World

Ellen Sirleaf – Kimberly Maroon / Wellesley College

On the heels of international women’s day on March 8, former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf gave her first U.S public address since the announcement of her historic win of the 2017 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Speaking at Wellesley College’s 2018 African Women’s Leadership Conference, Johnson Sirleaf addressed an enthusiastic audience dressed in a chic brown tailored suit with her signature-matching turban.

“For the first time in 75 years, Liberia successfully completed the peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another despite an uncertain electoral period,” she said.

Johnson Sirleaf described this transition, which went from her hands to former footballer-turned-politician George Weah in January, as one of her greatest achievements. A success shared with the four-million-plus Liberians she once led.

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Source: Essence Magazine Online

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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.