In 2005 Liberia made history as the first African country to elect a female head of state and it’s looking like the west African country might break another record by being the fist country to elect a female president to succeed another one.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is close to the end of her second term as president of Liberia, as elections are set for 2017. Macdella Cooper is now the first presidential aspirant for the 2017 polls according to Liberian Observer. She made the announcement at a press conference in Liberia’s capital Monrovia.
Cooper will run under the Union of Liberian Democrat party. She is a former fashion model and an electrical communication graduate from the College of New Jersey.
At the press conference she mentioned to the reporters that she was qualified for the job, adding that it was unsatisfactory that most Liberians live on less than $1 a day.
“We have gathered here because we believe in the prospects and potential of our great country. Liberia is the greatest country I have ever known. Though we have had a lot of setbacks as a people, as well as having a situation in the past when only a portion of the country’s population enjoyed the wealth of the land…with a MacDella Cooper presidency we will make Liberia a great nation where everyone will be treated equally and given the same opportunities to bring out the best in them.
“I can’t change the whole world but I can help our kids and young people get better education that will lead to a better future. These will be the ones who’ll transform our nation.”
Cooper, who is a mother of three, is the founder of the MacDella Cooper Foundation, a not-for-profit organization which created Liberia’s first tuition-free boarding school for orphans and indigent children.