Seven Liberians chosen for their excellence in the fields of academics, business, entertainment, sports, and youth development have been recognized in an award ceremony for their dedicatory roles demonstrated over the years in serving Liberian society.
The special award is named in honor of Africa’s first female President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The occasion took place at the Monrovia City Hall on Friday, November 8, and was attended by several top government officials and members of the public.
The event featured performances by Liberian musical artists and was organized by the African and American Women for Peace, (AAW Peace) Youth Empowerment and Cultural Exchange.
AAW Peace Youth Empowerment and Culture Exchange is a network of women committed to accelerating peace and socio-economic development in Liberia through the implementation of youth-focused programs in entrepreneurship, education, and media among other areas.
Those receiving awards at the program included: Daniel Ankrah, who won the best radio presenter award; Prince Corvah and Matilda Parker were the male and female winners for the awards in humanitarian services; Aaron Clinton and Musulyn Myers were honored as the best male and female entertainers; while Nehwon Suah and his female counterpart Kimberlyn Boe won the best scholar awards.
Giving an overview of the program, the executive director of AAW Peace, Barkue Tubman, explained that the nominees were chosen in a transparent manner.
“We worked with several youth organizations, universities, religious bodies, and political organizations in identifying the nominees to be given awards for their dedicated services. We considered the excellence of those nominated in their particular fields the key factor in the process of selection,” she stated.
She said that there are lots of Liberians, contributing immensely to making the society a better one; and therefore need recognition.
“We are learning about entrepreneurs and young people who are doing some amazing things in their places of work or communities that we are highly impressed with,” she said.
She disclosed that her institution was pleased to showcase the work of these Liberians as a way of encouraging them and others to know the importance of serving their country.
Speaking at the awards program, Matilda Parker, the managing director of the Freeport of Monrovia, said that the award did not come as a surprise, because she has remained steadfast and dedicated to ensuring that the Liberian youth have the opportunity to improve their lives.
She called on other Liberians to join her in the effort to upgrade the lives of less-fortunate Liberians, stating that “by such the country will move forward.”
Also speaking, was Prince Covah, who was also given the humanitarian award.
Covah said the honor came as a surprise, stating that he was not aware that his activities were being noticed by others.
He said that he sees the award as a call to service and therefore reaffirmed his commitment in working for the country.
Daniel Ankrah of Fabric FM stated that the honor given him came through hard work and commitment.