Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been welcomed as a new member to The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice, and human rights.
As an African, I feel great pride and gratitude for Nelson Mandela accomplishments. As a business professional, I can appreciate the economic boost his story is giving to South Africa. As a Liberian, I canâ€™t help but think, wait a minuteâ€¦ we have a compelling story of our own that we could be benefiting from, too.
Dignitaries and citizens from around the world joined hundreds of thousands of South Africans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the late President Nelson Mandela.
Winning this award was certainly a capstone to Ellen Sirleafâ€™s career as a fearless Liberian leader. She may not have been perfect, but she made significant strides in helping Liberia rise from the ashes.
In August 1979, President William Tolbert, Jr. appointed Liberiaâ€™s first female minister of finance, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The vacancy arose in part due to the economic fall-out associated with the high cost of hosting the 16th summit of the Organization of African Unity in Monrovia the previous month.
Growing up in a world so intrigued by prospects, you might have come across the phrase â€œyoung people are the future leaders.â€