Liberian President Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Governor Rochas Okorocha and his wife
Owerri, the Imo state capital has played host to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian president, who arrived the state on Thursday for a two-day working visit during which she was honoured by the state government.
Just like Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Nana Ado Akufo of Ghana, the Liberian leader who was inducted in the Imo Hall of Fame, received Imo Merit Award and her statue also unveiled in her honour.
While speaking after the honour, Mrs. Johnson-Sirleaf said she was excited to be in Imo, adding that with education, hardwork and unity of purpose, Africa would soon get to the promised land.
She also applauded the foundation for its efforts in building a community for African children to thrive and giving them a platform to grow.
“I have travelled to every part of the world and I have travelled all over Africa, I have never experienced something like this. I have seen leaders of Africa build schools, roads, give scholarships, and so on, in all of these things. I have not seen any of them go beyond the ordinary by gathering indigent children of Africa from all of our countries, bring them together in our family, sharing together, I thank you. There is no other better way to fight poverty and preach unity than this”, she said.
“What I do today is not a dramatisation of affluence as I am not amongst the richest in Africa, Rochas foundation is a dramatisation of sacrifice. This may as well be the Africa we are looking for, I do know that this institution will grow beyond me and my generation. This may be the beginning of the unity we all crave for in Africa. These children now see themselves as one family”, he said.
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