The Monrovia City Hall came alive on Saturday evening, December 3, 2016, when the popular Liberian diva Miatta Fahnbulleh, affectionately known as Aunty Miatta, stepped out to entertain a large crowd of distinguished invited guests who had gathered there to grace the first annual fundraising dinner presented by Ms. Brenda Brewer Moore, founder and executive director of the organization known as Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP). KEEP is a non-profit enterprise established by Brenda Moore in 2014 as an initiative to keep thousands of Liberian students academically engaged during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.
During opening remarks at the function she outlined a number of accomplishments by KEEP in 2016, stating that the fundraising dinner will be staged annually to reach out to the community for support to continue KEEP’s work in 2017 and beyond.
Looking spectacular wearing a beautiful flowing white gown and matching head tie designed by Liberia’s own fashion designer Robert Swen, Aunty Miatta performed several of her well known songs, including “Coco-lio-co,” to the delight of the audience, who clapped and sang along to some of the familiar tunes. She moved along the length of the banquet hall entertaining the guests and providing a great performance, which was rewarded with a round of applause. Though her sets were short, the performance was indeed great, by a great performer.
Aside from her career as a musical artist, Aunty Miatta is also the founder and executive director of Obaa’s Girls Educational Outreach (OGEO), a non-profit organization she operates in Monrovia to promote the education and welfare of girls and women towards the socioeconomic development and empowerment of women in Africa. She also holds the portfolio of Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal Health and Child Care at the Ministry of Health, and is known to be a strong advocate of women’s rights and gender equality.
In a brief interview backstage before coming out to provide her audience with a wonderful musical interlude, Aunty Miatta stated how happy and proud she was to accept an invitation to support Mrs. Moore and her organization, KEEP, who, like Obaa’s Girls Educational
Outreach, is also dedicated to the improvement of Liberian children through quality education.
Prior to the keynote address delivered by the Minister of Public Works Honorable Gyude Moore, Board Chairman of KEEP Chantel Doe gave a special recognition to supporters of the organization, including several corporate sponsors. This was followed by testimonials from some of the children beneficiaries of KEEP’s programs, which include computer literacy training, after school tutorials and provision of educational supplies. The fundraising session, led by Mr. John Davis, president of LBDI, brought the evening to a successful close.