As part of its 40th-anniversary celebration, the management and staff of the Liberian Observer Corporation (LOC), publisher of the Daily Observer on Sunday, February 14, 2021, held an intercessory and thanksgiving service at the Christ Episcopal Church in Crozierville, Montserrado County.
The service was intended to appreciate God for his goodness despite the many political and economic difficulties that the Daily Observer has endured over the years, and offer prayers upon the staff for the journey ahead.
LOC was established in January 1980 by Kenneth and Mae Gene Best, and the newspaper’s maiden edition was published on February 16, 1981.
The Daily Observer newspaper has survived fires, threats, closures by the government and had its staff in jail several times for exposing corruption, widespread human rights abuses, and other vices in society.
The Daily Observer team, led by its Managing Director Bai Sama G. Best and founders Kenneth and Mae Gene Best, was joined by River Gee County Senator Conmany B Wesseh, Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Ingrid Wetterqvist, clients, family, friends and well-wishers.
The packed congregation included former President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, The Inquirer Newspaper Managing Editor, Atty. Philip N. Wesseh and former Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), Cllr. Angelique E. Weeks, as well as and the Episcopal Youth Council of Montserrado Region, among others.
The Weeks family also used the occasion to present a painting of the old Daily Observer building that was burned down on Crown Hill, Broad Street in the early 1990s as a gift in commemorating the 40th-anniversary celebration.
Prayers were offered by the entire church for the Daily Observer and its staff to remain focused in and to grow to higher height.
Speaking during the service, the Reverend Father Frank Nemah, Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, commended the founders for their vision and foresight and counselled the staff to work hard so that they leave their footprints in the sands of time.
He further encouraged the Daily Observer family and the congregation to be part of “God’s thing” because once a person is a part, he or she will always see His wonders.
Rev. Father Nemah noted that the Daily Observer has withstood the test of time to mark its milestone anniversary.
“Do not allow power to stop you from worshipping God. Whenever you encounter Jesus, you will never be the same,” he said.
Rev. Nemah, who preached from the Holy Gospel of St. Mark 9:2-9, told the congregation that young people today do not have an interest in the Church but rather prefer social activities.
According to him, it is the responsibility of a Christian to always say the truth; something he said the Daily Observer is being noted for.
Commenting on the thanksgiving service, Daily Observer Managing Director, Bai Sama G. Best, explained that the Daily Observer is a blessed company because it has survived many challenges in 40 years and as such, there is a need to thank God for the journey thus far.
“Although the Corporation had some sad moments, we need to thank God because we would not have come this far without the many sacrifices being made by you. We know how tough it is, you know and I know, but we are still here,” he expressed.
Mr. Best said, “At 40, we are the children of Israel and we are about to go to the promised land that is flowing with milk and honey.”
Meanwhile, the thanksgiving and intercessory prayers were climaxed by paying tributes and laying of wreaths over the mortal remains of late George and Lilian Best, Parents of Kenneth Y. Best; the late Albert and Bertha Porte, as well as the late Charles and Beryl Best Brewer. George Best and Albert Porte founded and published the Crozierville Observer, but George predeceased his partner in the pen. Beryl Best Brewer served as a copy editor of the Daily Observer for many years, both in Liberia and in the Gambia.