Liberians Celebrate Cletus Wotorson’s Book, “Acceptance”

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From left, former VP Boakai, Associate Justice Joseph Nagbe, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Jr., Mr. Cletus S. Wotorson, President George M. Weah, Sen. Albert T. Chie, and Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley, at the high-table at the launch of Wortorson's book in Monrovia.

Former Grand Kru County Senior Senator and Senate Pro Tempore, Cletus Segbe Wotorson, officially launched his first book titled, “Acceptance”, to a grand celebration on Thursday, October 31, at the Monrovia City Hall.

The launch brought together former and current Liberian lawmakers, ministers, ambassadors and other members of the Liberian intelligentsia.

Serving as chief launcher, President George M. Weah lauded Mr. Wotorson for the great initiative, in which he (Wotorson) has shared with readers his incredible experiences through his first book.

“This story covers your life from poverty, struggle, marginalization, to the higher echelons of Liberia’s political leadership, including inspiration,” President Weah said, adding that the book provides important insights into the future political, social and economic dynamics of Liberia’s national culture.

“You have captured an important part our recent political history through this narrative, where you were privileged to have a front-row seat. Additionally, the passionate pursuit of education and training provides the foundation for emergence as one of Liberia’s most professional,” President Weah said.

“You served government in many capacities, including LPRC managing director, the Liberia Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberian Senate and others. You have done very well. As an icon, you were elected as vice chair for the Liberia Football Association and my first overseas contract to play semi-football was signed under your watch during your tenure,” President Weah said.

“You have done very well by writing this book so that men and women everywhere will learn from this and be inspired. You have my personal congratulations. Being around, you give some of us courage,” the President said.

In remarks, the author, Cletus S. Wortorson, said: “I am launching my book, which is the fruit of several years of an effort to condense my life experiences, struggles and celebration of their rewards,” said Mr. Wotorson, a former senior senator of Grand Kru County.

“it’s not very often that we hear about individuals in our country, whether old or young, who write about their life stories and, in so doing, contribute to the historicity of the development of our country. We seem to confirm what Mark Antony said at Julius Caesar’s funeral: ‘the good that men do is often times interred with their bones’,” Mr. Wotorson said.

Mr. Wotorson said it is regrettable that Liberians with such a rich, intriguing and still interesting historicity do not encourage her citizens to compile their life experiences which are often inter-twined with the development of their country.

“Discourse says a lot indeed about the ingratitude we appear to harbor for those who blazed the trails for us to be what we are today. Could it be that we hate each other so we do not seem to recognize contributions of those who preceded us; or we just do not believe in reciprocity for the sacrifices they made to ensure our survival, forgetting that the lessons taught of the past help us to void condemnation for the present and the future?” Mr. Wotorson  wondered.

“Let us turn our wounds into wisdom, remembering that our God sometimes takes us into troubled waters, not to drown us but to cleanse us,” he said.

According to him, the book was written “to reach across the boundaries of time, set the record straight, honor the ones I love and admire, celebrate the journey that I took and generate the opportunity to leave my hand print on the walls of history and to shout to the world, ‘I was here and I mattered’.”

Mr. Wotorson added: “I wrote this book, convinced that lessons learned from my life story will send a distinctive message to my young people that their origin and economic status cannot be an impediment to their upward mobility.”

Mr. Cletus Wotorson (seated) autographs a copy of his book for the former Foreign Minister of Liberia, Olubanke King Akerele.

Although Wortorson’s book is essentially an autobiography; it goes beyond that the book further dwells on transnational issues including depravity of governance in Liberia from 1847 to the year 1980.

“I am troubled that I am introducing my book at a time when all of us in the motherland are on the verge of exchanging the sober environment of 12 years of peace for a period of negatively charged atmosphere of caustic political tension under guise of democratic pluralism,” Mr. Wotorson said.

According to Mr. Wotorson, it appears that those who promoted democracy in Liberia did not fully explain that the typhoon of democracy brings with it some unpleasant mud, which we should be prepared to handle.

“Even with its unfortunate circumstance, it becomes the moral and constitutional responsibility, collectively to ensure that we sustain the nation’s penultimate priority. And that is stability. As an elderly statesman, I am appealing to my fellow citizens to tone down this verbal war of words as it does us no good. It has the propensity to divert any or most investment away from our shores,” Mr. Wotorson said.

“To my mind, the Liberia we find ourselves in is one in which we all desire genuine unity of purpose, authentic peace, stability, justice and a sense of inclusiveness. We, should never underestimate the pains that all Liberians are experiencing; because in all honesty, we are all struggling; some people are just better in handling the pains than others,” he said.

“For our good, we must put a halt to these unnecessary and undesirable verbal calisthenics of misinformation and disinformation. Majority of Liberians elected a leader so that, in the words of Michael Francis, ‘That We May Be One’.”

The book “Acceptance” received a strong commercial boost from President Weah, who purchased 250 copies and Albert T. Chie, who purchased 103, one for each member of the 54th Legislature. Also, Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and Rep. Edwin M. Snowe purchased 50 each, while Liberia’s Finance Minister Samuel Tweah purchased 25 copies.

Critical praise came from former colleagues, including Mr. Blamo Nelson, who said, “Cletus Segbe Wotorson is truly an outstanding testament of commitment, determination, resilience and the celebration of hard work.”

Dr. Al Hassan Conteh, Ambassador of Liberia to Nigeria, said: “Cletus has been very frank, clear and remarkable in presenting an overview of the dialectics and political currents in Liberian politics, which will give a complimentary perspective of what eminent and long term experts on Liberia variously called the evolution of privilege,”

Cletus Segbe Wotorson (born 13 March 1937) is a Liberian politician and geologist. On March 26, 2009 he was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate of Liberia, beating out fellow Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley.

The launch of Mr. Wortorson’s book was well-attended, especially by statesmen and other members of the Liberian intelligentsia.

6 COMMENTS

  1. With all that have been said about the former Senator and Pro-temp, allow James Davis to rain on his celebration as a publisher . A Senator and a publisher from the missed opportunity of the Kru tribes. So why not celebrate this great achievement of his in his county ? Cause that is the point that James Davis is about to make as an indictment of the whole Kru tribes as people that can not build to develop. Based on the level of experiences working alongside the the settlers. Perhaps, and it is fair to say that among the various tribes in that country, no other tribe or tribes had such opportunity to work alongside the settlers that one would had agreed that the settlers in fact depended on the Kru tribes, perhaps for their education and perhaps as a people that the settlers were more comfortable associating themselves with. So what happened to those experiences and opportunities that they gained, and the exposure that they experienced ? Why didn’t such exposure taken back where they came from ? During the good old days , when happy days were nearly every where and development
    taking place, and when it was time for happy days are here , the name of Nimba came out . The name of Bong County came out , and even the name of Grand Bassa as it relates to Buchanan City came out. Even Maryland County with its so so development and roads construction , that too could not reached the nearby territory of Grand Kru, the name of Maryland County came out for happy days are here. Lost in all the happy days are here , are the counties of the Kru tribes or the Kru people. What happened to their education ? What happened to their political experiences ? What happened to their exposure working alongside the settlers in order to move their counties forward in development ? Now that the war is over , it is very easy for those counties that had some kind of development to put the pieces together and start the rebuilding. But not that easy for the Kru people and their counties. They have no idea where to start from . Some in authority do not know that there are no roads, or more so , deplorable roads that are impassable. Now , don’t know which county Dr. Mills Jones is from. Perhaps Grand Bassa or Sineo County. But the benefit of the doubt goes to Grand Bassa County. After leaving government, is a large bill board that reads: Mill Jones . He went home. That’s how it is done by people who want to develop where they came from. Perhaps, not so with the Kru nation and people , they never go home. No matter how successful they have become. And so the question was asked , why not celebrate the opening of a well published book in Grand Kru County ? Answer: “the roads are still bad”- Senator Wotorson. The missed opportunity of a group of tribes men.

  2. Mr. Davis,

    Regrettably, what you wrote may be true. It may be the sad story of the Kru intelligentsia, at home and in the diaspora. They have provided experts almost in every field of professionalism in Liberia from the nation’s founding to the present. All this, in the quest for nation-building. I must correct you on one salient point. The Kru intelligentsia’s work alongside the settlers was hardly out of camaraderie, good neighborliness, or friendship, so to speak. They were always feared by the settlers as “trouble makers”. At such, wrongly or rightly, they were the most feared for wrestling away from the settlers their comfort zone of national leadership enjoyed since 1847.

    Hence, the scanty distribution of tax payers’ money – the national coffers – to the entire Kru Coast for the development of that precious stretch of the nation’s south eastern coastline from River Cess to Cape Palmas! But, you are absolutely right, the depravity of the Kru Coast of its fair share of the national treasure for development should not deter these well capable people of the Kru Tribe from taking the initiatives in developing their homeland. They have the expertise, know-how and the meanse of accomplishing this task, however daunting. I think the missing piece for them is unity – unity of purpose and goal.

  3. Everybody is in Monrovia.
    The extreme under development is everywhere. We were with or ahead of Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, etc when it came to education. I saw lot of them on LU and in others schools in Liberia in the 1970s. But, Look at the educational level of our nation today, all most completely useless.
    Again, NO development will come without the education in our needed areas. In fact investors need those needed Know-Hows, skills before they can come in to invest. Investors are interested into the workforce; why you do not know such?
    Most Liberian said education is not important? Why are you honoring Mr. Watorson if education is not important? I hope the best for him.
    God bless the nation.

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