Members of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) in a euphoric mood have lauded their president, Dee Maxwell Saah Kemayah, for his achievement of the Master of Arts Degree (MA) with credit from the Catholic-run Uganda Martyrs University at Nkozi.
A statement issued by the indigenous business community reads, “We the National Executive Committee and membership of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), on behalf of the entire Liberian owned business community, congratulate and commend this eminent and esteemed son of Liberia, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr. for bringing pride and honor to dear Mama Liberia.”
LIBA expressed that, while in the wake of Ebola crisis Liberians are stigmatized and discriminated against around the world, Mr. Kemayah has raised the Liberian flag sky-high among other Africans in East Africa, thereby bringing pride to the Liberian business community and Liberia at large.
Mr. Kemayah began studies at the Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) in 2006 and completed on November 13, 2014 with a Master of Arts in Development Studies.
As a requirement, he defended his dissertation (research book compiled by him) on October 24, 2014.
In his dissertation, he wrote on the topic, “Factors Hindering the Growth of Liberian-owned Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in Liberia–A case study of selected Liberian owned micro, small and medium enterprises in Monrovia, Montserrado County.
Prior to entering the Uganda Martyrs University for his Masters, Mr. Kemayah obtained his Associate Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Microfinance and Community Economic Development with Suma Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude, respectively, from the same university in 2008.
These are in addition to his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) Degree he earned in Mathematics from the University of Liberia in 1989.
The Liberian Business Association under previous leadership has complained about marginalization from government and poor leadership. However, Kemayah for the time he has served LIBA has gained recognition from members for his role.
Under his leadership, the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), through commercial banks in Liberia, provided loan of US$5 million to the association.
Many Liberian entrepreneurs under Kemayah’s leadership have traveled to China, U.S., Turkey and other countries to attend business fora from where a lot of them have established overseas partnerships.
The Uganda Martyrs University, from whence Mr. Kemayah earned his Master’s degree, was established by the Catholic Church of Uganda in memory of the first 24 Catholic converts in Uganda who were burned and speared to death in 1886 and 1919 for converting to the Christian faith.
A total of 1,714 students are enrolled at the university. They hail from different countries, including United States, Canada, Australia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Students earned different types of degrees in various disciplines including Agriculture, Information Technology, Organic Agriculture, Financial Mathematics, Building Design and Technology, Business Economics, Environmental Design, etc.