An American-based international not-for-profit organization (INGO), the United People for Africa Congress (UPAC), has appointed former Liberian presidential candidate MacDella Cooper as its vice president for Africa.
UPAC, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is involved in advocacy for the rights of fellow Africans in the United States, empowering and increasing public awareness and respect for them.
Dr. Sylvester Okere, UPCA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), announced that his “historic choice” of Madam Cooper to become the entity’s continental vice president was due to her display of high level political leadership, a strong advocacy for community engagement and tireless philanthropic work in Africa and in the United States.
In a statement released yesterday in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr. Okere said Madam Cooper will facilitate the opportunity for diaspora and millennial participation on political and economic development, good governance, unity and equal opportunity in Africa.
“MacDella Cooper was appointed based on her bold, tireless and tenacious hunger to bring sustainable development and world-class education across Africa,’’ Okere said.
Madam Cooper was born in 1977 in Monrovia, Liberia. Her life changed dramatically following the first Liberian Civil War of 1990 that culminated into the death of over 200,000 people, causing thousands to flee to other countries as refugees.
She lived as a refugee in La Cote d’Ivoire before migrating to the US.
As a philanthropist, Madam Cooper founded the MacDella Cooper Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children in Liberia. In 2017, MacDella Cooper ran unsuccessfully for Liberia’s presidency on the ticket of the Liberia Restoration Party (LRP), losing in the first round of the elections.
As continental vice president for Africa, She is expected to put together a forum with leaders of the continent, business executives other NGOs and foreign missions.
“The UPAC is the unique voice of Africans, and aims to use a platform to help identify, train, engage, empower and put the right individuals into positions that will promote good governance, democracy and human rights across the African continent,” Dr. Okere said.