Nimba Oldest Traditional Midwife in Nimba Laid to Rest

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One of Nimba County’s oldest and most renowned  traditional midwifes and mother of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor was last Saturday laid  to rest in her home town of Zao Township in Nimba County.

The late Mother Kou Suah Korkpor, affectionately known as Ma Suah, did not acquire formal education, but she was a highly knowledgeable woman who was respected and noted for her wisdom.  She over the years had a substantial input on national decisions that led unity and harmony amongst her kinsmen and women.

The late Ma Suah was one of the first women in Nimba County who was trained in the area of traditional midwifery. This led to her active role in the safe delivery of thousands of children in the nearby towns and villages.

According to her life sketch, read at the funeral, she truly touched the lives of many and contributed her quota to the growth of their community and the nation at large.

The celebration of her life and home going was well attended by high profile government officials including her son, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, Chief Justice Republic of Liberia, Grand Bassa Senator and Senate President Protemp of Liberia, Gbehzongar Findley, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honor Kabinah Jan’neh , Members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, led by Senator Thomas Grupee and Forestry Development Authority Managing Director Harrison Karnwea

Some of the nation’s leading lawyers and politicians, Counselor Varney G. Sherman, Chairman of Unity Party, and Liberty Party founder and former standard bearer Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine, also attended the funeral.

Hundreds of sons and daughters of Nimba County also turned out to pay their last respects to their fallen matriarch and midwife, Ma Kou Suah Korkpor.

The late mother Korkpor was born on January 18, 1923, unto the blessed union of Mr. and Mrs Goyo Myers in Yeela Town, Bong County, Republic of Liberia.

She was baptized a Methodist at an early age and became a devout member of the United Methodist Church.

The late Ma Kou Suah Korkpor leaves to mourn her loss, her children: His Honor Francis S. Korkpor Sr. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Kou Gondoun, Paye, Tei, Melvin, Belleh, Tutu and her surviving brother Mr. Albert Myers of the USA.  

Also surviving her are step children, several grand  great and great great grand children, nieces, nephew, cousins and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and the Diaspora.

She died on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the hour of two a.m. at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta City, Nimba County after a protracted illness.

In his acknowledgment, Chief Justice Korkpor thanked all sympathizers, including the Government of Liberia and Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as government officials who made their way from Monrovia to the village for the funeral service and the burial.

He said, he had not expected  the ceremony to be as big as it was due to the current Ebola crisis Liberia faces.  He, therefore, expressed heartfelt thanks to all for their concern and expressions of sympathy at the home going of their late Mother, Kou Suah Korkpor.

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