Thousands Gathering To Give US First Lady And Entourage A Rousing Welcome To Liberia

US First Lady, Two Daughters and Mother On Her Tour African Tours
US First Lady, Two Daughters and Mother On Her Tour African Tours

As early as 6am local time, Liberians from all over are gathering in their numbers to troop to the Country’s International Airport, the Roberts International Airport to welcome the First Lady of the United States as part of Let Girls Learn will be joined by two daughters (Malia and Sasha Obama) and her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson

Even though her arrival on the soil of Liberia for the first time is 12pm local time, Liberians who spoke to our staff said they are excited to see the United States First Lady coming to their home country, noting that her coming has added more grease to the elbow of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her bid to putting Liberia on the international map.

In Liberia, the First Lady will visit a Peace Corps Training Facility in Kakata, where she will meet with girls and young women participating in a GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Camp.  Her visit will highlight both the Peace Corps’ work to help girls in underserved communities build self-confidence, communication, and other leadership skills and new programming from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at improving access to quality education and life skills for adolescent girls across Liberia.

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative, the First Lady is also expected to  make stops outside Monrovia and in Marrakech to highlight the US Government’s work to help adolescent girls go to school and stay in school; in Madrid, the First Lady will speak to girls and young women about the power of education and urge them to do their part to help girls worldwide fulfill their promise.

Also in Liberia, the First Lady will visit a school in Unification Town for a discussion with adolescent girls who have faced serious obstacles in attaining an education.  This discussion will be moderated by actress Freida Pinto, an advocate for girls’ education. The conversation will highlight both the educational barriers girls face as Liberia moves beyond the Ebola epidemic, and the U.S. Government’s efforts to continue to address those barriers and provide adolescent girls with equitable access to safe and quality education.  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will join Mrs. Obama during her visit.

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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.