President Weah Declares Sunday as National Holiday


The President of the Republic of Liberia, Dr. George Manneh Weah, has by Proclamation declared Sunday, November 29, 2020, the 125th Birth Anniversary of William V. S. Tubman, to be celebrated on Monday, November 30, 2020 throughout the Republic as a National Holiday and consistent with the prescribed COVID-19 Health Protocols.

President Weah has ordered and directed that all government ministries, agencies, business houses, and market places be closed on Monday, November 30, 2020, from six o’clock ante-meridian to six o’clock post meridiem.

According to a Foreign Ministry release, at the 3rd session of the 42nd Legislature of the Republic of Liberia, legislation was enacted commemorating November 29, the birth anniversary of William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman, 18th President of the Republic of Liberia, each year, in keeping with the will of the Liberian people.

The proclamation says this act of Legislature is in recognition of his productive, meaningful services and policies, including the Integration Policy, the granting of suffrage to women, as well as national policies and many other socio-economic developments, and his contributions to the emancipation of African Colonial Territories into statehood.  

“In recognition of the numerous contributions, profound changes and lasting accomplishments made during his administration,” the proclamation said, “the citizens of the Republic, desirous of showing their deep appreciation, esteem and approval of his outstanding, noble and remarkable leadership, did petition and requested the Legislature of this Nation to issue a permanent record of their sentiments in honour of his birth for posterity.”



  2. 104 Months of Achievements Overshadow 324 Months of Standing By.

    Are we still celebrating Tubman Birthday? If anybody’s birthday needs to be celebrated, in my view, it should be William R. Tolbert. More was achieved in 104 months of William Tolbert than the 324 months of one of Africa’s long serving autocratic leader (William V.S Tubman). Some of us in Liberia do not credit Tolbert because we allow outsiders to tell our stories, instead we ourselves. I wish we have another ‘Tolbert’ in our midst in this trying times. I read extensively of the two men-Tolbert and Tubman. I was not around during both administrations, however; I learned that it was Tolbert who laid out Sinkor, many high schools in Libera. A non-aligned stance (non cold war affiliate), given us (Liberians) the hope to make progress on our own term as a nation. His achievements were enormous, which I cannot mention everything in here.

    At the University of Sydney, Australia, the African study department celebrates the life of certain African Leaders, I personally nominated Tolbert’s life and achievement. I might be wrong by doing so, but it is due to my admiration for his movement called: Total Involvement for Higher Height.

    I have nothing against the “Old Man” (William V.S Tubman ). The length of time he served as president of Liberia, what he did during his time with the amount of resources he had to his disposal; compare to Tolbert’s tumultuous years, I decided to credit Tolbert.
    I might be wrong! I hope his tragic ending should teach us a lesson.

    Mamadu Bah (N/P) Meridian Health, Adelaide, Australia.

  3. Who ordered the $75 testing fee for corona virus? Is this authority Liberian, African, American, African American, Black American, Asian, Russian, United Nations or foreign orientated? By the payment expressed in American Dollars, a foreign currency, some would think that the United States has some connection to this order. This authorization is only visible by actual, Liberians who do not need another nationality, if this is a commercial agreement between the Liberian people and the American people and there is no begging for free virus vaccines from foreign U.S. currency (U.S.A.Government) for the purpose of enriching corrupt officials and inflicting Liberian trade; especially those in exchange for billions extorted from the ordinary Liberians. We have our own money. We can print more and buy our needs through local business, instead begging for foreign currency to bluff with. Is this an attempt to suppress the financial burden of Liberians in Liberia and Liberians who are on their way to Liberia? It was the refusal of the Liberian constitution to include slave trade and the acceptance of only people of negro descent that motivated the unification policy on the Liberian soil. Prior to 1949 attempts were made to restrain the commerce and trade of proprietary Liberians making allotments to tyranny trade and industry, but the fore founders of the Republic of Liberia exhaled the need for peace and trade in unifying local trade. We will no longer allow these slavers to come back and suppress our right to exchange goods and services in our own nation. If the pro cannot afford $50 U.S. Dollars for passport how will the “pro poor” afford $75 USD no more than speaking about the coming vaccine? We must now fight the disease of stealing from ourselves and help to improve a healthy trade between nations.

    Do not answer my box. Reply the Liberian people.

  4. Bah,
    Thanks for nominating Tolbert for his life and achievements. Like Tubman, Tolbert was an Americo-Liberian! But frankly, Tolbert was a little different than Tubman. Example, President Tolbert spoke in the Kpelleh language. From reliable sources, President Tolbert’s children also spoke Kpelleh, even if the language of Kpelleh was not spoken perfectly. As a Maryland county native, never have I heard Tubman speak in any of the Grebo languages.

    Openness On The National Scene…..

    From my standpoint, I think Tolbert was open or less conservative than Tubman. For instance, during Tubman’s presidency, it would have been unconscionable for Tipoteh, Drew Mayson, Amos Sawyer, Gabriel Baccus Matthews and others to have talked about liberation politics. Under Tubman, there would have been a hellish price for all of the above named gentlemen!

    There were similarities in how the former presidents did business. Example, during Tubman’s conservative presidency, there was hardly a native member of his cabinet. Of course, in the 1950s, Dukuly and Boayou of Nimba county were appointed as cabinet ministers. Similarly, President Tolbert’s cabinet was dominated by Liberians of Americo-Liberian background. Let’s not forget that Liberians who identified as “natives” were always in the majority, population wise.

  5. I totally agree Bah. Maybe because Tolbert was assassinated, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. In a very short time in comparison to Tubman, it’s fair to argue that Tolbert moved a few stones.

    Being a leader is not as easy as some people may think. For example, an effective leader does not sit in the cockpit and change course by using his or her GPS instantly. There could be some damaging errors. Eventually, one’s GPS can be used, but the functionality of the system must be fully studied and understood in order to become effective. I could be wrong. But that’s my understanding of a good leader.

    Was Tolbert an effective leader?
    In my humble opinion, Tolbert was fair.


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