It was Dr. J. Mills Jones, the former political leader of the Movement for Democratic Empowerment (MOVEE) who insisted that Liberia is a land of possibilities during the last political campaign. Though Dr. Jones proved prophetic, for it was a former soccer international who providence made it possible to win the presidential elections.
That demonstration was evidence of how possibilities are prevalent in Liberia for those who are prepared, played their cards well and with a great deal of luck rose to national attention.
Of course, though the possibilities existed from the beginning, it was still a challenge for any unknown kid to rise to the occasion. The above argument comes to mind during a recent visit to Clara Town, a slum community that former soccer legend (President) George Weah grew up.
Like the accompanying picture of kids, whether they are inspired by President Weah’s rise to power or not, found it agreeable to play soccer at the Clara Town soccer field.
While the possibilities are equally present for success or failure, it is high time to point out that the chance of failure may be so high, for like (President) Weah’s case, and considering the accompanying picture, how could any child or anyone have envisioned that that child would be great? (Apologies to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf).
Of course, no one, absolutely no one may have told Oppong Weah that he would be great and that he had the ambition to lead his people. But as Dr. Jones said, since Liberia is a land of possibilities, it could mean that those who can make it are those or were those in President Weah’s case, there was a great combination of hope, possibilities, and support from the power that be.
We all know that it was President Samuel Kanyon Doe’s passionate desire for the improvement of soccer in the country that compelled him to send the national soccer team, Lone Star, to Brazil for training for at least three months.
Among the players was Oppong Weah so here we meet face to face with Liberian being the land of possibilities because though the team that went to Brazil were 22 or more in number, it was Oppong Weah that providence rose above the rest.
And so, if we believe that some other kids from slum communities could benefit from any of the possibilities that could change their future tomorrow, it would mean that our leaders, including President George Oppong Weah, would not forget the past. He would not ignore the days when grandmother Emma Brown did not know where the next meal would come from.
“Liberia is a land of possibilities,” Dr. Jones would insist. Yes, it is but for those that circumstances, with God’s mercy, support and good behavior direct to succeed.