We have long heard of the great Liberian woman leader, Madam Suah Koko, after whom is named the important town that hosts Cuttington University and the Central Agricultural Research Center (CARI). But this is the first time this great Liberian woman is being so highly honored and recognized.
All roads led to Suakoko yesterday for the dedication by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the Chief Suah Koko Center for Rural Women’s Empowerment, built by the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.
President Sirleaf is to be commended for conceiving the idea of the Center under the aegis of the ABIC, to honor Madam Suah Koko, this great Liberian who was not only a warrior but an eminent leader who became the first woman paramount chief in the Central Province, of which Bong County is a part.
But Madam Suah Koko is known for a feat far more important to the Liberian nation: it was she who persuaded her tribesmen and women in the Jorquelleh and other regions of what is now known as Bong County to become part of the Republic of Liberia. This paved the way for other interior peoples to join the republic.
Such a woman is most deserving of honor, and all Liberians should pay homage to her and ensure that the Chief Suah Koko Center for Rural Women’s Empowerment becomes an institution well equipped to provide excellent leadership training not only to our rural women, but to women from all parts of Liberia. Let this Center be a meeting point for all Liberian women, where they can develop and fine tune their leadership skills in many avenues of life–cultural, business and economics, educational, political, religious and social.
From this Center Liberian women can go on to taste of higher education provided by Cuttington and other institutions of higher learning. We pray that the women of Cuttington University and of other institutions of higher learning will be usefully engaged to help prepare their mates in the opportunities provided by the Chief Suah Koko Center.
We would like to commend, too, Madam Yvette Chesson Wureh, head of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) and her corps of officers and co-workers whose sustained and tireless efforts have resulted in the completion of the Chief Suah Koko Center.
We urge President Sirleaf, Counselor Chesson-Wureh and all the stalwart Liberian women involved with the ABIC to keep in focus its broader vision, which includes the establishment of a world renowned institution for the empowerment of women throughout the world. This is a fitting tribute to Liberia’s Angie Brooks, the first and so far only African woman to be elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.
One of ABIC’s internationally recognized projects is the Election War Room, which has gained wide acclaim for its monitoring of elections in many parts of Africa, including Sierra Leone, Senegal and Kenya.
The Angie Brooks International Center is just beginning, and promises to accomplish many more international initiatives for the advancement of Africa, Africans and peoples the world over.