Culture Ambassador and Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace, Ambassador Juli Endee is soon to release her new civic education music helping Liberian voters, particularly traditional people, to understand what is involved in voting people into office.
She described traditional people as direct victims of elections.
The song, she said has so far made it clear to the people that they should not vote for politicians who will use cash or rice to win their votes but should vote for those who will provide the necessary services the country needs.
She explained that election is very significant and Liberians must vote for people who have the country at heart and are prepared to raise the country’s flag high by providing those necessary services for the people.
Discussing the song titled: ‘Open Your Eyes,’ Ambassador Endee said there are two kinds of politicians in Liberia: “The Goodies and Kpankpan politicians.
“The Open Your Eyes song,” the newest political piece on the public airwaves, tells the types of politics that come up during elections and the composer and singer, Endee, explains the kinds of motives that these politicians come with.
“Goodies politicians start one year before elections and they bring in huge sums of money, tee-shirts, flyers, hand pumps, rice, to gain more votes from the vulnerable people especially traditional people who are depressed and can’t afford for their families.”
She added “Kpanhpan politicians are those who respect the culture of the land, support health, agriculture, and education, invest in their country, and carry on projects before elections and several other good things that are in the interest of the Liberian people.”
Amb. Endee was speaking when she was honored over the weekend by members of the National Traditional Council of Liberia, religious leaders, artistic groups as well as youth and women’s organizations for her newest song as a civic education to open the eyes of the people.
“If you don’t know where you are coming from you don’t know where you are going, this means that culture is the bedrock of the society of every country and this is one of the reasons I made this song due to divine inspiration from God,” she said.
The chairperson of the Traditional Council of Liberia, Madam Setta Saah, said the Traditional and Governors’ Council honored Ambassador Endee for her humanitarian services and most of all because of her new song which is intended to educate them to exercise their voting rights.
She promised to work along with all traditional people in all fifteen counties to use the song as a civic education tool to strengthen the minds of the people as the country gets closer to 2017 presidential elections.
Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood encouraged Liberians to vote for a leader who will serve the people of the country, especially with the existence of numerous political parties.
She stressed the timely intervention of Amb. Endee to bring a song with a real message that will educate the Liberian people, including politicians on how to work with the people by living up to their promises.
“The multiplicity of political parties sets this country in a state of confusion and therefore it’s very important for Liberians to “shine their eyes” as the song says by making the right decisions to choose the best person who will lead the country,” Rep. Youngblood said.
She encouraged the people to make use of every supply that politicians will give them, adding, “we are not going to give water, build bridges because they are waiting for the election period so they can use those things as a means of getting votes from you, but I encourage you to vote wisely.”