The Salala Youth United for Development Actions (SAYUDA) over the weekend launched its first book containing words of wisdom.
The book titled, “The Power of Wisdom,” was compiled by Charles Gopee, a 27 year old who had dreams of becoming an author.
Nearly 100 persons, including popular Liberian gospel artist Cyrus Thompson and Rev. Samuel R. Enders, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the African Dream Academy and the African Dream Academy Children’s Clinic, were in attendance at the International Christian Fellowship Church in ELWA.
Gospel singer Thompson, after keeping the audience spellbound with the song, ‘Jehovah is Your Name,’ said as a people, we should not run away from fear, that there is wisdom in what author Gopee has succeeded in publishing, through the assistance of SAYUDA.
He said there are many endeavors in life through which one can attain success, but that the choice that counts most is the one that attracts conscious learning and deep reflections.
Mr. Thompson commended SAYUDA and others who stood by Gopee during his first attempt at becoming an author, and called on them to ‘continue being his true friends for the good of the nation.’
The book, “Power of Wisdom,” portrays the average exercising patient, and that there was wisdom in every facet of life.
Rev. Enders, who served as chief launcher, said it is often difficult to navigate the waters of life when one is striving for success that would impact the lives of many people in a positive way.
He congratulated Gopee for a good beginning and advised him to be resilient and focused, as he tries to realize dreams bigger than the one he has already achieved.
The occasion was also attended by Liberian author Shelton F. Gonkerwon, one of whose books, tilted, “The Dark Freedom,” a memoir of Liberia’s gloomy days (collections on the civil wars) has been published in London.
In response to the gestures and support of all who stood by him, Gopee expressed gratitude to God for them being his true friends.
Gopee said he began writing the Power of Wisdom in 2012 in a copy book and each time he collected some ideas from personal deeper reflection, but he lost the book as time went by.
“The loss of the copy book,” he said, “nearly prevented me from holding on to my dream of becoming an author but I was encouraged by a very strong and special friend to go ahead redoing the job for the copy book did not write anything in itself but I did.”
Gopee, having made up his mind to write, consulted his Town’s Youth organization to which he holds membership- Salala Youth United for Development Association (SAYUDA) and the association lobbied and got money to help him publish his Power of Wisdom.
“The book, he said, is dedicated to very special people in his life which include his mother Esther Kpain and his father Robert Gopee for the many contributions they have made to see him reach the stage he has reached and beyond.
The book was published by Prosperous Art Production.