The newly elected leadership of the Liberia Movie Union (LIMU), headed by actress and writer Martha E. Arkosah, will on Saturday be inducted into office. Ms. Arkosah is the fifth president of LIMU.
She made history as LIMU’s first democratically elected female President, one who was elected by LIMU members from counties well beyond Montserrado. She promised a brighter future for movie practitioners and vowed, during her two-year term of office, to tackle disunity that has engulfed the union for a long time.
The inauguration will be held at Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) Headquarters on Broad Street.
Henry D. Johnson, vice president for administration, said the inauguration is divided into two phases: the induction ceremony, which begins at 11 a.m.; and the red carpet inaugural ball from 10 p.m. until dawn.
Madam Arkosah won the election with 347 votes, while opposition candidate Aloysius Taylor, standard-bearer of Reality Team, got 265 votes. Her party, Dream Team, won all the 12 leadership positions, with two candidates winning on white ballots.
He disclosed that Senator George Weah will serve as launcher; Representative Edwin Snowe, Chief Launcher and Musa Bility Co-launcher for the inaugural ceremony.
“We are anticipating that the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will grace the occasion,” he added.
Discussing the Arkosah’s inaugural speech, Mr. Johnson said, “There are lots of policies and plans that Madam President current has on her agenda for the growth of the industry, but the major priority remains uniting the industry with one purpose. For this reason, the president as set up a truth and reconciliation committee that has initiated the process of bringing together aggrieved and marginalized movie practitioners.”
In addition to the speech, he said, “the President will also be talking about a collective bargaining agreement between actors, actresses and movie houses to ensure equal benefit and protection of their rights before going on set,” he stated.
He explained that the president would highlight her administration’s policy to standardize Liberian Movies and the quality that is expected from movies before they can be released to the public.
The president sees this as a necessary means to gain the public confidence that we can be good at producing other categories of movies, not only perfect in making comedy.”
He called on all members of the union to attend the program and be on time.