‘I Did Not Send Copy of My Book to President Weah,’ says Omari Jackson

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President George M. Weah

Omari Jackson, the author of an upcoming independent biographical book on President George Weah, “Untold Story of President Weah”, has denied accusations made by the President that the book is an “uncorroborated fictional fairytale meant for self-aggrandizement and an attempt to gain relevance.”

In reaction to a press statement released by the president’s office during last weekend, Jackson denied sending an extract copy of the book to President Weah as he (Weah) claimed in the release.

“At no time did I send an extract or copy of the book to the President. The accusation against me that I did send a copy to the President is totally false and lacks any iota of truth.

“Furthermore, I will like to make it clear that this biography is a first-hand account of what I witnessed as a sports journalist who covered the sport in the 1980s during Weah’s playing days in Liberia. It is not a made-up story,” Mr. Jackson explained.

Mr. Jackson said while it is true that the title of the book raises suspicion of dirty deals, the book is far from that.

”The fact is that the forthcoming book provides positive information on what happened during George Weah’s playing days in Liberia, pieces of information that are not available,” he added.

President Weah’s statement, which came in the wake of an article announcing the book, said the President was greatly concerned about Jackson’s upcoming biography which he did not sanction.

The release added: “President Weah, having had access to excerpts of the book claiming to depict an accurate account of his early days as a semi-professional soccer player, wishes to distance himself from the narrative therein, and would like to categorically and unequivocally reject the contents of the book.

“The President deems the narrative portraying his early soccer career as an uncorroborated fictional fairytale meant for self-aggrandizement and an attempt to gain relevance at his expense.

“At the appropriate time, the President will make a determination as to how he intends to present a more accurate account of his biography through an authorized author to the world.”

A look at the situation

Jackson’s forthcoming book, the “Untold Story of President Weah,” provides an in-depth account of the Weah’s football days in Liberia and shines light on the role many people played in support of his (Weah’s) efforts to get him where he is today.

In standard practice, especially for someone of President Weah’s iconic status and stature, there are professional publishers that might have already approached him for what is known in the entertainment business as “life story rights”.

“When you buy the rights to portray someone in film or television, you are buying a bundle of rights. These rights include protection from suits based on defamation, invasion of privacy and the right to publicity. You may also be buying the cooperation of the subject and his family or heirs. Perhaps you want access to diaries and letters that are not otherwise available to you,” says entertainment lawyer, Mark Litwak.

In exchange for exclusive rights to his life story, a publisher could offer the President (for example) a fee that would prevent Weah from endorsing any other version of his life story but the version of said publisher. This probably explains why the President said he is “distancing” himself away from the Jackson version of his story. It does not mean that Jackson’s account is false or flawed in any way, shape or form, it’s just not the agreed version the President has endorsed.

The President, however, cannot prevent Jackson from doing an independent life story account on him in part or in whole. As long as the independent author can justify the contents of the book with proof and prevent himself or his publisher from being sued for libel (by Weah or any other person mentioned therein), the book project is fair game.

By distancing himself from Jackson’s biographical account, President Weah wants to protect the interest of any publisher who may have already obtained exclusive rights to his story. The bottom line here is that the president wants to make money from his personal story just like any other popular figure around the world.

Mr. Jackson added that, unlike other written materials on President Weah, his book provides an in-depth account of not just the president’s playing days in Liberia but the role played by lots of people who helped the president to be where he is today.

Mr. Jackson added: “I named the book the ‘Untold Story of President Weah’ because it contains lots of unwritten information not available to the public.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Omari Jackson, based on this explanation, perhaps, the title should’ve been ‘The Unauthorized Story of President Weah’. Your current title conveys perception of subject’s cooperation in providing you with previously unknown autobiographical information. On the other hand, one can understand the motivation for wider-readership, hence, more sales inherent in using the attention-grabbing and more suspenseful “The Untold Story of President Weah”.

    Although I have yet to read the book, am already sensing a tone of flippancy in your words here; perhaps, you forget that you aren’t doing him any favors. His rise from slum dwellings to world soccer celebrity status in thee European capitals, plus pursuit of the presidency, has all the elements for a well-told story: poverty, hope, hard work, luck, success, ambition, politics and the presidency. If the book coherently emcompasses all these strands, well-written, edited, and advertised by a reknown publishing house, it could make you a rich man. So, stop our usual insolence; giving him a copy wouldn’t reduce sales.

  2. Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses you blind sycophant you lack integrity. You worked for a murderous President Doe in the NSA you have no credibility as your hands are awash in the blood of the tortured liberians that lost their lives. My father hates you because you are part of misery in Liberia. get off president weah he is not like the murderous doe you worshipped. NSA fool

  3. You remind me of few rude rascals spewing silliness about freedom of expression yet silencing others. I worked in two Liberian governments headed by President Doe and Interim President Sawyer and my hands aren’t awashed in anybody’s blood. FYI, in 1987, the US Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights conducted on-the-ground investigations of alleged abuses by National Security apparatuses following the failed Qwinwonkpa-led 1985 invasions. Their Report is contained in a book entitled ”Promise Betrayed” which described me as “low profile” and NSA under our management as “professional”. I was Interim President Sawyer’s Security Advisor from late 1991 to june 1994; not surprisingly, no one ever accused me of violating his or her rights. Moreover, NSA had over 150 employees, many of whom are alive and in Liberia and abroad, couldn’t you’ve verified whatever dad told you before throwing tantrums that has nothing to do with this topic?

    Your father’s hatred of SKD, which both of you vicariously transferred to me, I can’t help. But as a parent, he had responsibility to not not fill your immature head with malicious crap. There are few individuals I don’t care much for, however, it would have been boneheaded and immoral to poison my children against them. You’re an emotionally disturbed person, and whomsoever that father is should be ashamed of himself. It is such madness that got many innocent people killed during the civil war: Both of you should seek help. Wow!

  4. John Weah, the lies shocked me so much that I had to check out the person I’m dealing with here. And lo behold your Facebook comment on October 17, 2017 about Liberia was the following:

    “I hope this Election is about change if it is not LET THERE BE WAR AND BLOODSHED”.

    Remember, the capitalizations were made by you; no wonder, then, the raw hate for yours truly who is insistently advocating public safety and stability. You’re sicker than I thought; for heaven’s sake, John Weah, how could a man abroad boasting he is moving up in life wishing there should be “war and bloodshed in Liberia”!

    • you should know because you served for a murderer. your hands are bloody my hands are clean as a whistle. you have blood blood blood. NSA blood was shared by many. NSA the killing machine

      • John Weah or what ever you call yourself.even George Weah knows never to bite the hands that fed him. Had it not been for Samuel Doe, there wouldn’t had been a George Weah. But only fake people like yourself with your fake names, fake userids, fake narratives on the history of Liberia and absolute blind loyalty to the criminal reign in Montovia in an effort to get a job are the only ones failing to acknowledge the countless goods Doe did for Weah and many other Lone Star players of the 80s. Samuel Doe carried out 500÷ more development for Liberia in his 9 years than any leader before and after his death. Liberia has now become an elephant meat for every subsequent eat and go leadership since the 80s. Tens of billions of United States’ dollars gone missing with no accountability or any form of transperency since Samuel Doe left the scene. Let me remind you that we had 24 Hours electricity in Monrovia and throughout Liberia when Doe was president irrespective of the numerous coup and assaination attempts on his life. From J. Nacleus Podier, to
        Thomas Quewonkpa, Charles Taylor and the list goes on. From the tiny 5 hundred million dollars he got in aide, Doe was able to build warclass buildings, roads, immersely improved the quality of Life of Liberian as well as provide our children with excellent education. Yet Clowns like yourself come on social media to open your firthy mouths and spread unsubstantiated lies about the first indigenious president of the republic of Liberia that did some many great things for his country. It’s due to idiots like you that Liberia, the so-called first republic of Africa countinues to remind in the Stone age.

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