“Munah Was My Daughter, My Confidant, My Only Number 9”

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President George Weah

— President Weah, overwhelmed with grief, eulogizes Rep. Youngblood

When President George Manneh Weah, yesterday took to the podium to eulogize fallen Montserrado District #9 Representative, Munah Pelham Youngblood, whom he referred to as his daughter, confidant and only political striker or #9, he became overwhelmed by sorrow and broke down in tears before a huge crowd of mourners.

“Munah! Munah!! Munah Pelham-Youngblood!!! My daughter, my friend, my confidant, my striker, my only number 9, CDC baby! Sheroe!,” Weah said in a loud and resounding voice, as he begged pardon to be excused of protocol set up for his delivery of his tribute.

He noted pointedly that Youngblood was one of the best political players of his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and, by extension, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), which comprises the former ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP) of Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor (former wife of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor), and Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) of former Speaker of J. Alex Taylor.

Weah’s grief over the passing of Rep. Youngblood grew more when he realized that he was not introduced by the young astute political front-liner.

“So it is a sad day for me today, to come and speak but not introduced by you today,” he said.

He added: “Please allow me excuse myself, as I speak to you today over the mortal remains of my dear daughter. I may be your President, but today I speak as a grieving father. My conduct today may not be what you expect, because I am overwhelmed with sadness at my irreplaceable loss.

“My emotions are in control of me right now. I may weep, or I may not. Please forgive me, if I do.”

A number of partisans and stalwarts of the ruling CDC have died but Rep. Munah Pelham-Youngblood has been seen as a much more deeper wound created within the Party, and by extension the Coalition.

Since her passing, there have been series of funeral rites and pageantry, particularly at the headquarters the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) along the Tubman Boulevard in Congo Town, as well as in Youngblood’s constituency, Montserrado County District #9.

Invoking her remembrance as a vocal and astute young female politician, past recordings of political statements by Youngblood were used to raise a political banner, cautioning all partisans to not let Munah’s plea down by failing to restore Montserrado to the CDC at the Special Mid-Term Senatorial polls on December 8.

In continuation of his tribute, President Weah said inasmuch as death has laid its hand on the stateswoman, confidence is certain that the soul of the fallen Lawmaker would find its comfort in the bosom of God, whom she loved and served.

“Munah, my daughter, my striker, my shero, my CDC Representative, God endowed you with unusual skills and virtues that enabled you, in your sojourn on this earth, to have an indelible impact on the lives who crossed your path, from young to old, from rich to poor, from the healthy to the sick, and from the hungry to the fed,” the Liberian leader averred.

He said the good deeds of fallen Rep. Youngblood will not be interred with her bones but live on forever in the lives of those she touched, improved and made better.

According to Weah, he believes that no one dies before his or her time and, as such, it was God’s will that Munah should go back to her Creator at this time in life.

“Sarkpah (a colloquial incantation), family, friends, and well-wishers, I believe that no one dies before their time. So God, in His wisdom, has decided to call Munah back home at this time; and we cannot question God. Instead, we must thank him for Munah’s life, and for sharing her with us,” he said amid tears.

In retrospect, he mentioned that Munah was an outspoken and fearless person, a courageous and determined young lady.

“She never bowed down to anyone who tried to take advantage of her for whatever reason and she was a beautiful woman whose beauty was acknowledged and recognized in her pre-political and political career. She was a beauty queen with self-confidence and a unique sense of style,” Weah said.

Youngblood was elected to the House of Representatives in 2011 when she was only 28 years old and believed to have became the first youngest Legislator and a female to that point in Liberian political history.

In 2017, she campaigned and retained her Representative seat at the age of 34 and, up to her death at 37, she held the position of Chairperson on Executive Committee at the House of Representatives; holding on the responsibilities of preparing programs for President Weah’s interactions with the Legislature.

“Her personality was characterized by her her intelligence, diligence, and eloquence. She was persistent, consistent, resilient, and resistant to defeat. More over, Munah was an astute and articulate political trailblazer and displayed an amazing talent as a generational leader at a very early age, becoming the youngest female from the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) to be elected to the Liberian Legislature,” Weah reflected.

About how Youngblood became one of his closest confidants, Weah explained that when he played for the Liberian National football team, Munah’s father, Col. Walter Maxwell Pelham, Sr., the head coach for a period, took care of him (Weah) and the rest of players.

“Munah was always around me when I lived on 9th Street in Sinkor and I was blessed to have her (Munah) lived with me briefly after her father died,” he explained in his eulogy.

President Weah said Munah considered him as her father and they both had a cordial relationship all through the days of Munah’s attachment to him.

“I was a good deputy parent to her and she received the same level of discipline I gave to all of my children, without exception.

“She was always willing to take up any new challenge that I placed before her, whether it was to enter politics or to learn to play basketball,” he said.

The Liberian leader pointed out that because of the Munah’s height, as she was tall, he suggested to her that it was a good idea to learn how to play basketball and, in a few years, Munah learned to play the sport and did very well.

After referencing Montserrado County Electoral District #7 Representative, Solomon George, as a witness because he (George) coached Munah when she was with K-Delta female basketball team. Weah also said that Munah was very firm and on some occasions intimidated even male counterparts in politics.

“She did not bow bow down for anyone, neither backed from anything. If you were lazy and ever came across her, you would become strong,” he said.

Weah added: “One instance was that during her campaign for Montserrado District #9, I accompanied her to an area where the opposing candidate had blocked the road. My supporters wanted to call the Police but in the interest of peace, I decided decided to turn around and go back.

“Munah, however, did not allow it. she said to me in a soft voice: ‘Excuse me, Mr. Standard Bearer. This man will not intimidate me. This is my ground. This is my 18-yard box . I am a striker. I am the number 9. So if that man doesn’t move from the road, I will teach him a lesson. I must pass here. So please get out of my way.'”

Weah said he was astonished and said “Chey Munah! Ehn your hear the woman? Your please get out of her way.” And interestingly, in his presence, Munah made her opponent to succumb and allow her and her campaign entourage, including Weah, to pass and continue with their campaign activities.

President Weah recalled that the last time Munah visited him and they both had a brief conversation, had Munah telling him that she was tired and needed some rest at home.

“Little did I know what you were actually trying to tell me, until when I got the sad news of your passing,” he said.

He told the crowd of mourners that, as a tribute to Munah’s legacy and her service to the CDC and her Constituents and Country in general he (Weah) wrote a song bearing the words:

“I am going home to take my rest, I am going home. I am going home to take my rest, I am going home. I was born, I lived and I died, and now I am traveling. I am going home to my Father. I am tired, going home to take my rest. I am on my way. Life has given me all I wanted. Don’t cry for me. I am going home to my Father. I am going hime to my Creator…”

In closing, he consoled Munah’s mother, Sarkpa who works at the budget bureau of the House of Representatives, her deceased father and others in his Kru vernacular.

Munah was buried at a cemetery in Congo Town on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Author

  • David S. Menjor is a Liberian journalist whose work, mainly in the print media has given so much meaning to the world of balanced and credible mass communication. David is married and interestingly he is also knowledgeable in the area of education since he has received some primary teacher training from the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI). David, after leaving Radio Five, a broadcast media outlet, in 2016, he took on the challenge to venture into the print media affairs with the Dailly Observer Newspaper. Since then he has created his own enviable space. He is a student at the University of Liberia.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Politics at a funeral. CDC is a desperate organization. This was a pep rally for The CDC and not a funeral

  2. Hahaha….Laughable Comment

    Tell that to American President Donald Trump. Who turn every COVID 19 press breafing into political rally for re-election campaign by attacking Joe Biden.

    Your leave Weah alone oohhh, even King Solomon had 600 Concubines and was still love by God. King David was a WAR LORD who killed more people than you can count, and still he was loved by his people. The Bible also spoke highly of him. Why, because they all are white men and Weah is a Black Man?

  3. George Weah is the lowest-IQ narcissist I know. Why does he try to make everything about himself? Instead of eulogizing the fallen congresswoman by highlighting her contributions to Liberia, he decided to make it all about her relationship to him. Same way he said he’s the Feminist-in-Chief of the Republic of Liberia, yet, he hasn’t endorsed a single female candidate to run on his party’s ticket in the upcoming mid-terms. Mr. Feminist-in-Chief, women of all ages are getting raped across the country like it’s open season, but you’ve not even instituted any action to address that.
    Please learn to be humble, George. For someone who has the IQ of a turkey, your arrogance has ballooned since you got elected.

    • Blango, no leader will make it a policy to endorse a female or any particular sex or gender for every upcoming elections. Where were you when Pres. Weah endorsed and campaigned for Madam Wie Madam Geraldine Doe-Sherrif, Madam Munah Pelham Youngblood, etc.?

      You people just come here to confirm your individual idiocy and and ignorance all the time. Were you dead when he appointed Madam Cooper as Minister of Agriculture? Mrs. Lansanna and Mrs. Reeves as Chairs of the National Elections Commission? JUST TO NAME A FEW. No need to waste time with you numskulls!

  4. Okay, let us assume that all the claims made by Weah and Morlu were true: the late Munah was Weah’s daughter, confidante, only number 9, and was very vocal on Weah’s behave.

    However, there exists a serious disconnect between the claims and the conclusion or the reasons for which Morlu is compelling his party faithfuls to execute her will.

    How do those claims merit the attention of eligible voters today? How do they stack against issues of crippling poverty, underdevelopment, and the continuous erosion of confidence in the CDC’s ability to lead this country and bring about economic revival?

    Another writer says that Donald Trump of the United States behaves much the same way? This is the CDC’s cheapest propaganda tools popularly known as the slippery slope argument which goes like this, “…If “A” happens, then eventually through a series of small steps, through B, C,…, X, Y, Z will happen, too, basically equating A and Z. So, if we don’t want Z to occur, A must not be allowed to occur either.”

    Doesn’t this sound like a blame shifting game or finding a reason or somebody to shift the blame on? The CDC’s regular punchbag is the former President Ellen,

    In CDC’s world, Weah’s government has done nothing wrong and never does anything wrong, and everything that has happened since he came to power, happened because they first happened under the other governments.

    I am downplaying the unfortunate passing away of this lady, but using her death for a CDC campaign ploy is indefensible.

    • “Rhyne Brigit”, don´t be naive! nowhere in the world will any opposition have “confidence in the incumbent or ruling party,” nor does a partisan´s legacy has anything to do with the given countryś inherited deteriorated economy.

  5. Correction: In paragraph 7 (last paragraph): “I meant to say, “I am not downplaying…” Sorry for the oversight.

  6. Yes Sir, Philip Bayogah, even after 162,000 of his fellow citizen have died, and a trajectory shows that by December of this year, more than 230,000 will perish in the the sweeping wave of COVID 19; there is no let down on political rallies at COVID 19 Press briefings in Rome. Do Weah critics watch Julia Cesar’s COVID 19 press briefings?

    We are talking about eulogizing one senator where a president used the occasion to “campaign”, according to critics. If we had 162,000 people being buried and and more to follow and every occasion of explaining to the public becomes a campaign to attack opponent, only a white skin individual can have a free pass on this in the eyes of some Liberians.

    Every regime’s punch bag is the PRECEDING REGIME that came before. Doe’s was Tolbert and the TWP, Taylor’s was Doe and the PRC, Sirlef’s was Taylor and NPP.. For Trump and his right-wing sympathizers, it is Obama all the way. So, it is not anything new in politics. It is as old as time.

  7. It is an appropriate funeral oration for a fallen compatriot by a grieving father figure, except to those obsessed with “negative partisanship” as CNN’s Brian Stelter would say. The late Hon Munah Pelham-Youngblood was an unapologetic CDC firebrand, thus, unsurprisingly, her going away became an event for rallying the base. May the soul of Munah, who made a resounding statement on what a purposeful young female can achieve in our reinvigorated participatory democracy, Rest In Peace!

    • All these years of defending and defending and no job yet? If Munah was his daughter then that relationship was obscene. Weah is a failed spoiled over grown despot who will being Liberia t o the dust.

    • Mr. Sylvester Gbayahforh Moses, never has a national hero on the continent of Africa or across the globe, spoken with such A COSMIC FIRE!!! And this is exactly what happens with the precision of thought, and as the intellect becomes the servant of the heart!!!

      As that eulogy, bellowed across the Lofa, St Paul, St Johns, the Cestos, and the Cavalla, it certainly reinvigorated THE NATIONAL SPIRIT, and of course, reverentially, scientifically, and politically, ascertained the revolutionary triumphant continuity of the MIGHTY CDC – THE LARGEST POLITICAL FOLLOWING OF LIBERIA!!!

      If we may utilize our Liberian parlance: Dr. Weah is not easy!!! His eulogy is no different from that of Thomas Paine´s: “GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH!!!”

  8. My daughter? Give me a break! Weah is a mess!

    Nearly all of the women he appointed in position of trust and were close to him were also his sex mates. He drink alcohol and engaged them in relentless sexual escapes!

    Who don’t know the miscreant called George Weah? If one can pull a woman’s pants down and still call the person my daughter, then all women would be daughters of men.

  9. Moses or whomsoever,

    I’m sick of the senile suggestion that even logically disagreeing with an anti-Weah sentiment makes one a job seeker. Take it from a 72 yrs old security veteran of two MRU countries, you guys won’t win credibly-conducted elections by reliance on fanning disinformation and fomenting chaos through street protests in a fragile postwar country – nonsense!

  10. “Miatta S.Momoh”,with your mother being unmarried at the time; so, when Charles Taylor appointed her your mother at the National Election Commission (NEC), your mother was one of his Charles Taylor´s sex mates?; and he “engaged with her in relentless sexual escapes”?

  11. Daily observer, pay us and stop stranguting us o, Bai, you and your ma need to pay us because we haven’t taken pay for more than 15 months.

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