16 January 2006

Beautiful History!


I awoke this morning celebrating Africa! Sworn in today as president of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf makes history as the first female head of state in the entire continent of Africa. What a beautiful day it is today for her! Not only does she make history today, but she starts her leadership to revitalize a terribly depressing situation where about 85% of the people in the country are unemployed and even more are illiterate, according to Today show reports. Like many other nations on the continent, Liberians have limited access to clean water and acquire diseases as a result. The number of people infected with HIV/AIDS continues to increase.

Does Johnson Sirleaf shake in her bones?

Not for a minute. Despite the whelming task before her and the threats to her life, she goes forward with amazing courage.

So I go forward with her in prayer. I want to see her succeed because she is a woman in an unprecedented role. I also want to see Liberia resurrect. This country, established by free black Americans in 1822 through the American Colonization Society, is so much a part of US history. Their flag resembles ours. They speak English. Their capital Monrovia is named after our 5th president. I watched a Discovery Times Channel documentary where the people of Liberia talked about how they sometimes even consider themselves our 51st state.

The U.S. must celebrate with Johnson Sirleaf and support her presidency. I'm thrilled that Laura Bush headed a delegation from the U.S. to attend the innauguration. Additionally, President Bush claims Liberia to be a priority of his government, sending a small group of U.S. agents to protect Johnson Sirleaf and spending about $840 million last year to help Liberia recover from civil war. I hope Bush will continue to work closely with Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian people.

I celebrate! It feels so good. And while many other countries have entrusted their leadership to women, Liberia still beats the U.S. in this achievement. So I hope she'll be a shining example to women and men worldwide with her leadership, grace and strength.

It's a beautiful day in history!

Oh, and she's a United Methodist, too!

10 comments:

Heather said...

Wonderful!

Gini Probin said...

that is very exciting! it renews my faith in humans. now if only we could get this country to elect hilary...

Ciona said...

Yay! Clinton '08!!!

Girl said...

When I was a kid, I told my dad I wanted to be president but that I had decided not to because by the time I grew up we would already have had a female president.

I'm grown up.

No female president.

How did that not happen yet?

Mary said...

OK, I agree. We need a female president. Hilary, however, is horrible. That's my Republican view. Just keeping your comments bi-partisan . . . I know you appreciate me for that!

SingingOwl said...

Regarding Hillary...no comment. But regarding this post...YAY! I had not heard this news, and I am going to stop and pray for this woman right this minute...as well as post a link to your blog. Thank you!

Gini Probin said...

horrified gasp! mary mclawhorn straits! hilary? horrible? a pox on you and your house!

j/k, of course. we are all entitled to opinions...i'm just saying, friends don't let friends vote republican.

Kami Rice said...

Hey, Ciona! Thanks for this post. I've been following this story somewhat, but I hadn't heard the official election results. Johnson Sirleaf seems like a neat woman. It's fun to join with others in praying for her as she takes on such a large task.

Kami Rice said...

p.s. I'm making quick rounds of some of my friends' blogs...you might enjoy a bit of the most recent post by my friend Angie (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=hessangie)...she's doing communications work on the Mercy Ship Anastasis which is currently docked in Monrovia. She was at Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's inauguration...sometimes it really is cool to be a writer.

Anonymous said...

I will pry for Ms. Johnson Sirleaf.

I will also pray for Hilary in 2008!