By Togba-Nah Tipoteh
On March 13, 2021, Big Brother William Aquila Cox was buried at the age of eighty-seven on his way to Heaven. He is on his way to Heaven because of the good work that he did on Earth. He was a Builder and not a Destroyer. He built roads and houses not for himself but for others. In so doing, he earned the name Mr. Road Connectivity. Some people are Destroyers but no Builders, as seen here with the greed that leads to poverty generation. Brother Cox was a Builder not a Destroyer, as he worked to point the way to poverty alleviation.
Coming from the East in the County of Maryland, he used the wisdom of the East to learn how to build roads and houses. Our Parents know how to name their children even when they give them non-Liberian names. No wonder his Parents named him Aquila, after the Aquila in the Bible, seen in the Book of Acts. Having been driven out of Rome by Emperor Claudius, Aquila and his Wife Priscilla went to Athens, Greece, where they met Paul and became friends with him. Paul could relate to them as he was Saul in a situation where he got changed. Aquila got changed when he was forced out of Rome but Paul got changed from Saul, the persecutor of Christians when the bright light of an Angel blinded him on a road and he got to see better later. Paul was a bad person and he became a good person by becoming an Apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul was also a Tent Builder like Aquila and they worked together. Aquila and his Wife became convinced by the changed Paul and they became Christians. So, the Aquila of long ago and the Aquila of today were Builders not Destroyers.
With this background, Brother Cox went on to establish the Aquila Construction Company that is well known for designing and building houses in Liberia. Realizing the importance of the movement from one place to another for the earning of income to make a living, Brother Cox paid special attention to repairing roads to enable people to move around and make connections to earn a living. Brother Cox used what little he had to repair the many pot holes in Monrovia, after he had done a lot of good work at the Ministry of Public Works, where he served for many years as a Civil Engineer. Knowing about the bad roads in other parts of Liberia, he was hoping that some persons outside of Monrovia would follow his example by helping to repair the roads. Be it as it may, two Deportees showed up and started to repair some of the roads in Monrovia, as Brother Cox was taken over by age. What Brother Cox did with what little he had set a good example of uniting Liberians by connecting them through roads earned him the name of Mr. Road Connectivity. Brother Cox has gone beyond with his passing away but his Memory will not pass away.
Fortunately, this Memory is recorded in the book, The Melting Pot, written by his Classmate, the Veteran Journalist Kenneth Yakpawolo Best. This book tells the true story about how the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) became a unifying institution with students coming from various social backgrounds and learning to build a better Liberia. This book focuses on the Class of 1959 with Brother Best coming from Crozierville and Brother Cox coming from Harper.