President Weah Endorses the Liberian Carnival

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–says it was a historical display of Liberian culture

On a typical Saturday, the streets of Monrovia and its surrounding are less packed and experience less bumper-to-bumper traffic as people limit movement.

But this was not the case this gone Saturday as people filled the street in celebrations of the country’s first every carnival—the Liberian Carnival.

Though the celebration was limited to Paynesville City, it never stopped people from trooping in numbers in their colorful costumes, some resembling those of the those of Brazil’s Carnival as they move effortlessly; glide with a swaying motion through the streets from the Ministerial Complex in Congo to SKD Sports Complex in Paynesville.

While the curious lined up to watch and take pictures as many of them have not seen or heard about carnival; as well as seems traditional dancers, representing the various counties, dressed in colorful costumes dramatized the Liberian way of life through dances and songs.

One of those individuals, although he was not on the street but was watching the carnival live via social media, was President George Weah. In a statement applauding the organizers, the Liberian leader who has the experience seem this in other countries immediately pledged his government support towards the carnival and promised to ensure that the next edition is bigger, exciting, and successful.

Liberian cultural acrobats showcasing their talents at the Liberian Carnival

“I wish to congratulate the organizers of the just ended cultural carnival, which marked the first time such an event is hosted in the country. The ceremony presents an innovative way of uniting Liberians using their culture, while also developing artistic talents and improving the economy,” President Weah said.

According to President, the carnival organizer, La Queen Entertainment, its CEO, and other partners, can be assured of his administration’s fullest support for such initiatives that promote the country’s culture and artists.

“I urge all Liberians to emulate the example of the organizers by taking pride in their cultural heritage,” the President said. “May the festival grow from strength to strength and become an annual affair, as the idea resonates with more people.”

Echoing a similar view, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Zeogar Wilson on a surprising note announced that his ministry with work along with the Ministry of Internal Affairs to ensure that the carnival is using as pre-tournament activity of Liberia’s biggest sporting event—the National County Sports Meet.

Majorettes at the Liberian Carnival

Just as the President and Min. Wilson, thousands of Liberians, watching the carnival via social media describing it as one of the greatest ever-street parties in Liberia post-war history as they witness performances from talented dancers to pop groups to singalongs to celebrations of the rich and diverse Liberian heritage.

 “This is what we call patriotism. This act of innovation showcasing Liberia’s rich cultural values will forever be remembered. Thank you and May God bless you, La Queen and partners,” writes Maylene Boakai, a Liberian watching the carnival from the US.

Adding, Alexander Gray said “Thanks to the organizers for the great display of our beautiful culture. We hope this will attract national attention to make this an annual event in Liberia to unite and reconcile our beloved country.”

The Liberian carnival, which is expected to be held annually in December, was organized by the La Queen Entertainment led by Wokie Dolo, the 2017 winner of the Miss Liberia and cultural icon Kekura Kamara of the hits television series Malawala Balawala in the 1980s.

According to the organizers, the Liberian carnival aimed to promote unity through culture and that through the preservation and transformation of traditional creations, artists contribute to the longevity of the folk arts, making them accessible to the general public.

10 COMMENTS

  1. please replace KENDAJA. that was the best thing culturally that we had out there on robertsfield highway before it was sold to a hotel

  2. Very, very proud of Wokie Dolo (not the other Dolo) and her associates for putting together this spectacular Carnival event. The event will be remembered in Liberia’s history. I hope Dolo and her strategic planning crew will put up more events.

  3. Wokie has shown the way, Weah needs to ensure our cultural heritage can be monetized to give meaning to the lives of those young people proudly exhibiting their talents. It simply means they (artists and musicians) should be able to earn decent livelihoods from their talents through organized and monetized tourism.

    Comedians, artists and musicians in the Ivory Coast have planned and wealthy lives. You need to surround Wokie with the right people to guarantee this future for our people. Do not come later to evince her for the powerful few by the time we begin to see the monetary value of our culture.

    Monkey works baboon draws must come to an end in Liberia!

    Grand Frere will be proud of me when we take over the country in 2023!

  4. I will never say no to you, Jesus. But on this particular issue, please Jesus don’t allow that to happen. Allow re-election. Disallow election in 2023, Liberia.
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    Wokie Dolo, and her Carnival activities,….a resounding yes! I spoke to a relative in Paynesville, Liberia this morning. She was proud of the festive activities on Saturday. So am I.
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    The government of Liberia is similar to most governments worldwide. In the US for instance, the private sector creates most of the jobs. That’s how it should be in Liberia. By saying this, I am not suggesting that Weah should not create jobs in his government at all.

    Most patriotic Liberians want to see progress in Liberia. Like the patriotic Liberians, I’d like to see progress in the motherland. My professional advice is this; self-seeking dishonest politicians should not be the bandleaders of progress. From my distance, I can name a few ambitious presidential aspirants who will dump Liberia in a ditch in a few months of their presidency. Since Liberia is a Democratic society, it’s okay for anyone to try his or her luck. But there’s a harbinger. Weah will turn out to be a formidable incumbent. Anyone’s chances of defeating him in 2023 are in the neighborhood of 50- 65%.

    The power of incumbency:
    Wasn’t Trump defeated recently? He (was, is) an incumbent! Fair question. We’re soundly convinced that Trump was beaten at the polls on November 3rd. Of course, Trump is not yet convinced. In any case, there’s a unique difference between Trump and Weah, the Liberian incumbent president.

    The differences…(Trump)
    Trump is a contrarian. His infirmity has caused the Coronavirus pandemic to matastisize so rapidly throughout the country. The absence of finesse in him has made him an individualist. Trump is xenophobic. Example, Trump recently told an elected Minnesota lawmaker to return to her country. He spreads supremacist views and cares not about the concerns of an average person.

    Weah….
    Weah inherited a weak economy. Weah may not be as educated as Trump, but Weah does not possess a scintilla of hatred for foreigners neither does he see himself as being superior to any Liberian. Conclusion: Weah is human. He sins like everyone of us. (I don’t know what his transgressions are. It’s none of my business.) Weah has his own weaknesses. Again, an incumbent president can be politically dislodged, it may not be easy in Liberia come 2023!

    In Liberia, some people are misled and improperly informed. Those who are uninformed about job creation (this is not an insult) think that Weah should create as many jobs as possible because they voted for him.
    Things don’t work out like that. We the people, should do our level best to make Liberia a loveable country. It can be done. Let’s invest in Liberia. By investing our little money, jobs will be created.

    Peace

  5. No Mr. Boone, I do not want the importation of Jamaican culture in Liberia, neither do I need the influx of cultures in Liberia from all over the world. Let them keep their trouble. We can deal with ours!

    This is what I in Liberia:
    1. I need a rebirth (Renaissance) from the great minds of the Liberian people and

    2. I need to see an end to the blame game. The cruelty of blaming people without evidence causes polarization. The blame game is alive and well in Liberia. It has to stop. Our poor people are being misled. To make matters worse, there are self-seeking unpatriotic politicians and lawmakers who pillage the country. I don’t know how they can be thrown out of the country, but they should go somewhere and spread their rotten culture.

  6. Hney writes:
    I will never say no to you, Jesus. But on this particular issue, please Jesus don’t allow that to happen. Allow re-election. Disallow election in 2023, Liberia.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
    Thou shall not use the name of thou Lord in vain!
    Jesus loves us, HIS children within the ANC. HE will allow election for the peace and prosperity of HIS suffering children in Liberia.
    HE has seen us mourn, painfully condone behaviors that could never have confronted. HE wants to wipe our tears and open a new page for Liberia.

    HE will allow election and disallow re-election!

  7. It simply means they (artists and musicians) should be able to earn decent livelihoods from their talents through organized and monetized tourism.

    Comedians, artists and musicians in the Ivory Coast have planned and wealthy lives. You need to surround Wokie with the right people to guarantee this future for our people. Do not come later to evince her for the powerful few by the time we begin to see the monetary value of our culture.

  8. Seems when Liberians are assembled for advocacy and protests people shout Covid-19 social distancing is not being observed.
    However, when they conglomerate for a carnival at the Peak of Covid-19 season from the President down to the average citizen are complimenting the activity.

    Where are we headed with confounding and mixed messaging on social distancing?

    Do we really want more crises with a collapsed economy?

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