While some Liberians see the need to celebrate Liberia’s 169th independence, some others think there is really nothing worth celebrating.
However the likes of Liberia’s ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, believes that though the nation still has issues to worry about-such as health care and the economy at large- there is indeed something to be happy about.
According to the ambassador, Liberia’s economy has been improved within the tenure of the incumbent president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Under his watch, Liberians in diaspora are celebrating Liberia’s 169th independence. There will be cultural performances at the Liberian embassy. Ingenious Liberian food vendors from all parts of the United States will grace the occasion with interesting and savoring Liberian delicacies.
“This year, we are celebrating our independence with the theme: ‘Consolidating Progress Toward Transformation’ of Liberia. As you know, the Agenda 2030 that has been encouraged by our president is a long-range plan. And so every progress we are making toward the transformation of Liberia needs to be celebrated.” – Ambassador Sulunteh.
Did you know that Liberia is the oldest country in West Africa? It was found and colonized by the United States of America. It used to be a colony designed for ancient African American slaves.
Liberia is a Latin word that means “Land of the Free“. Over 3000 Afro-Caribbeans relocated to Liberia during the American civil war in 1862.
On the 26th day of July, 1847, with a population of 3000, the West African nation pronounced its independence from the American Colonization Society (ACS).
Still under the influence of the American government, the nation witnessed a level of segregation between the Americo-Liberians and the ingenious black Liberians.
Liberia is a multi-lingual nation with a population of over 4.5 million. English is their official language.
Did you also know that Liberia is the first African country to have a female president?
Liberia has had 2 civil wars in history. The first and the second civil wars were stirred by the former controversial Liberian leader, Charles Taylor who traded weapons for diamonds.
Liberia was a strong producer of rubber in the early 20th century but has a high unemployment rate. Aside foreign investments the country exports natural resources such as rubber, iron ore and timber.
Whether Liberia’s 169th independence is worth celebrating or not, we are still wishing Liberians a HAPPY INDEPENDENCE!!!