Writers’ Association to Induct New Leaders

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Samuel G. Dweh appears set for his induction on February 10 as president of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW).

The program will be held at the University of Liberia Park on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Dweh, who served as proofreader/copy editor of the Daily Observer in 2011, won the LAW presidential seat on December 9, 2017. He won by one vote against Ade Wede Kekuleh—the only female candidate in the race, from the 21 votes cast.

The elections were held at the WE-CARE Library, owned by the WE-CARE Foundation, Incorporated, on Carey and Gurley Streets, Monrovia.

Dweh, also a member of the Press Union of Liberia, told the Daily Observer yesterday that he won the presidential election on his regular writing about societal issues.

“I write every day and that’s what persuaded the majority of LAW members to cast their votes for me,” Dweh bragged.

“During the debate, I told the voters to go for the presidential candidate who writes every day instead of the candidates who write occasionally. Most of the voters had seen my articles in the newspapers or read them on my Facebook account. I also shared my 12-page education newspaper, called Edu-Diary, with all the voters. And so, they preferred me for the association’s presidency to my opponent.”

Dweh, who succeeds Llord Aidoo, said prior to his ascendancy, LAW was the least publicized and visible national body.

“LAW, under my two predecessors, was the only national institution that was not seen on banners or cloth-pinned or nailed to any building in the country. That is because none of the past presidents, the one I replaced and the ones before that one, thought such publicity or awareness method was a wise one,” Dweh said.

Dweh, who joined LAW in 2011, said that his leadership will make the association more visible to the public and other parts of the world.

“This can be done through organizing several writing-related activities in a week or a month,” he pointed out. “For a week, my leadership will organize reading sessions and drama performances based on plays by LAW members, as well as other writers from the outside.

“For the long-term project, we will do writing training in schools and writing projects for Liberian institutions and diplomatic missions, where we will do feature articles on their nation-building projects to be published in LAW’s newsletter, website, in newspapers, and some foreign journals.”

He said the program’s Planning Committee had written to many VIPs in the diplomatic community to grace the induction ceremony.

“The list is long,” he said, and includes former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; former Finance and Foreign Affairs minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, a poet; former Education Ministers, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai and George Werner; and the Education Minister-designate, D. Ansu Sonii.

“At the diplomatic level, we’ve invited the U.S. Embassy (LAW’s long-time supporting partner), the embassies of China, Ghana, Britain, Sweden, and Sierra Leone. From the United Nations sector, we’ve invited UNESCO (LAW’s long-time supporting partner), UNICEF, and UN Women.”

Dweh said Liberian media—to which he holds a membership—and UN’s Liberia Mission media will be present through PUL President Charles B. Coffey, Jr.

The biggest surprise at the induction ceremony will be veteran Liberian educator Jessie Wah King, 99, the former teacher of former President Sirleaf, who Dweh describes as his “spiritual mother.”

Keith Best, a founding member and the first president of LAW, will serve as the keynote speaker.

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