The Man Voffee Saye Jabateh: An Indisputable Liberian Philanthropist Making Headway in U.S.

Mr. Voffee Saye Jabateh (Right) in a handshake with Senator Prince Y. Johnson, Chairman of the Nimba County Legislative Caucus during his recent visit to Liberia

As it is always said, “Give the man his flowers while he is still alive and not when he is dead”, seems to be manifesting in the life of a Liberian based in the United States, Mr. Voffee Saye Jabateh, who has reportedly done a lots for his people in that part of the world.

‘Voffee’ as he is affectionately called by many of his peers and admirers is a Christian who was baptized in the late 1960s at one of Liberia’s oldest churches, the Providence Baptist Church in Monrovia, and graduated from the Lott Carey Mission School in 1975.

As a child, Voffee was raised by the late Richard J. B. Campbell of Brewerville up to the age of 18 when he then moved to live with Mrs. Angie Brooks-Randall, (Diseased), the first woman and former President of the United Nations General Assembly and Mr. Isaac Randall, former Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC) until his graduation from the University of Liberia in Sociology and Political Science in 1983.

Voffee’s foster siblings are Floyd Campbell, Clyde Campbell, Mary Campbell and Tonia Campbell; others are the Brooks-Randall family, which includes Richard Abram Henries, Winston Henries, Eda Brooks, Rochelle Brooks, and Margarine Brooks, etc. Currently, in the United States Voffee and family are full members of the Bible Way Baptist Church based in Philadelphia, where he serves on many church committees, organizations as well as member of the Advisory Board.

As a Philanthropist, Voffee who hailed from Kpain, Nimba County has always been there for those in need, be it financial or otherwise, and is always available to assist; providing humanitarian assistance through his organization, the African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc, or ACANA which was established by him some (18) eighteen years ago to provide assistance to thousands of immigrants in the United States and Canada.

His recent visit to his home town in Kpain, Nimba County, Liberia to be specific, to make use of the just ended Voter Registration exercise at the surprise of many of his kinsmen received an overwhelming welcome ceremony, where many of those who saw him for the first time in their lives were impressed of his countless humanitarian services to mankind.

Liberians who anticipated for the his long stay in the Country  were disappointed for his departure back to the United States due to series of engagements, but however urged him to make his visit back home on a regular basis.

Some Liberians who spoke to our staff described Voffee Saye Jabateh as a Liberian with what they called “Indisputable Liberian Philanthropist’ in the United States making a tremendous headway in that part of the world, and craved for his return in order to help develop his home country.

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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.