Dazoe Folley, 117-yr-Old, believed to be the oldest in Liberia has been honored by the Liberian leader, President George Manneh Weah recently at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the current official office of the Liberian presidency.
The Liberian leader conferred on ‘Old man’ Dazoe Grand Master of the Orders of Distinction of the Republic of Liberia, and also bestowed State honors upon several personalities who have in various great ways served to impact humanity.
The well-attended investiture ceremony took place in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ceremony customarily forms part of Liberia’s Independence Day celebrations.
President Weah decorated senior citizens Mr. Dazoe Folley, aged 117; Martha Kono-Kpawo and Kolleh Rambo, aged 110 each; renown traditional birth attendant and grandmother of 13, including Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee, for their humility and profound goodwill to people regardless of diversity; Mr. Gerald Cooper, international expert of shipping industry/commerce, Liberia Maritime Authority, with Grand Band, Star of Africa (GBSA).
In the category of Grand Commander, Star of Africa (GCSA), were Professor Charles Steiner, Swiss taxidermist and wildlife enthusiast and founder of the popular Larkpazee Zoo; and Sheik Ismael Sesay, Chief Imam of the Black Jinnah Mosque.
Ms. Grace-Ann Disckson, of the Liberian Athletic Federation, and Mr. Sedekee Kromah, a dedicated public servant, who has been a janitor at the Muslim Congress High School since 1980, were bestowed the honor of Officer, Star of Africa (OSA).
Meanwhile, Mr. Derrick Dumbar, sports activist and dedicated public servant through the Liberia Volleyball Federation, bagged the Knight Official, Humane Order of African Redemption (KO-HOAR), the same posthumously shared with Mark Gibson, who once captained the national soccer team, the Lone Star.
Making remarks on behalf of the honorees, Mr. Folley said: “Grand Master, we want to say thank you for the honor you have bestowed upon us. I don’t believe that many of us expected this.”
He said it was a “great honor for one to be recognized individually for contributions to one’s country, and I’m sure this will be embedded in the memories of all.”
The ceremony, which flourished through the melodious tunes of the Armed Forces of Liberia band, was attended by senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, including the Ambassador of the United States, as well as people who accompanied those honored by the State.