Liberia: Pres. Weah visits Wells Hairston High School; Encourages students to write their own stories with resilience and determination



MONROVIA – Liberian President George Manneh Weah attributed his success in the dungeon of poverty, the post-conflict nation’s highest seat, his resilience and his commitment to making his dreams come true.

President Weah said that despite the deluge of criticism and condemnation over his training and qualifications when he once challenged the presidency and currently has weathered the storm and remains determined to fulfill his dreams of becoming a successful person in life.

The Liberian leader made the claims when he visited and spoke with students and faculties at his Alma Mater-the Wells-Hairston high school in Monrovia.

Years ago President Weah left school shortly after being promoted to 12e grade following an opportunity given to him to travel to Cameroon.

It can be recalled that President Weah, during the campaign period of the general and presidential elections of 2005, admitted to being a dropout during a debate with the former Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and others. The debate took place at Monrovia Town Hall.

After his daring and open admission, thousands of educated people, some of whom hold key positions in his government, berated him and viewed those who supported his presidential candidacy as “a bunch of people without seriousness, stupidity and without instruction ”.

Shortly after his defeat in the 2005 general and presidential elections, President Weah gathered his courage and returned to school in the United States. He graduated from Continental Academy high school on September 21, 2007.

In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Business Administration from DeVry University in Miami, Florida, USA.

In 2013, the Liberian leader obtained a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University, USA.

Despite his academic progress, President Weah believed his critics still viewed him as an “empty-headed” person.

He pointed out that although he has always been viewed as an “empty-headed” person, he sees these negative attributes of his personality as a motivation to stay able to move forward.

“The only reason (why I am President of the Republic of Liberia) is because of my own commitment and resilience and what I want to accomplish. It doesn’t matter what people say. For me; It’s not that I don’t care, but it motivates me to prove to people what I’m capable of ”.

“Everyone knows I’m empty-headed, but I know that doesn’t define me. All I’m involved in is not what people say, it’s what I can do. I show what I can do.

Wells-Hairston

The Liberian leader recalled that he was from Muslim Congress High School and entered Wells Hairston on a scholarship for his talent on the football field.

He pointed out that following his decision to reject an offer to travel to the United States as he was focusing on his trip to Europe, Wells Hairston school officials had withdrawn his scholarship.

He added that even though he received another Archiebald Bernard scholarship at the same school, he still played for the school’s football team.

“You see this Wells-Hairston, everyone thought I didn’t go to school, but it’s so amazing that people present me as a Wells Hairston and Muslim Congress alumnus. I have a recording and it is not a hidden recording; it’s easy to access ”.

Write your own story

President Weah further expressed his dismay that despite having served as a peace ambassador, working for the United Nations and helping to continue disarmament after the end of the civil war in Liberia, little has happened. been written extensively about his many humanitarian and other works.

He observed that only his life as a footballer was mainly captured in the story.

He claimed that his “excellent records” made in Liberia were hidden and “rejected”.

The Liberian leader, however, did not give the name of a particular individual who hid his archives in Liberia.

President Weah urged students to view his situation as one that should motivate them to be fully ready and prepared to write their own stories, instead of depending on others to do it.

“I have a file and it is not a hidden file; it’s easy to get to but they tell you i didn’t do anything and they want you to believe it. So even the great records I made in this country were all aborted; they hid them; repelled them ”.

“The reason I say this is because I read a history book that was written five years ago. ‘Story of George Weah-Former Football Player, Professional Player’. This is the story they know for me in your Literature book. It’s a book they paid thousands of dollars for, but the only actor from this country who represented you during the war; the man who disarmed and worked for the United Nations; the Ambassador for Peace; there is nothing written about me. It can happen to you and you need to think it over. This is not the story you are telling. You have to write your own story.

Disjointed stories

President Weah pointed out that although people know and talk about him both inside and outside Liberia; all these stories told about his life and career are “rambling”, adding that “only I know my story”.

He encouraged the young students to stay determined and committed to what they want to accomplish or what they want to become in the future.

President Weah argued that young Liberian students should continue to hold on to their dreams despite the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“Sometimes it’s good to know what you want; it’s good to be resilient and engaged. I explain my story to you so that you know that anything is possible. What you believe in, go ahead; your persistence, your resilience and if you work hard your dream will come true. You see, I’m from over there; but today I am President of the Republic of Liberia ”.

President Weah encouraged the students to see the school as a “friend” if they are to be successful in life.

He said that despite the challenges, Liberian students should make good use of the opportunity and take their lessons seriously.

He noted that young Liberian students should see the good and serious people within their community as role models, instead of associating with bad people who in turn would mar their character.

Meanwhile, President Weah renovated Wells Hairston High School, especially the bathrooms, the basketball court, among others, as a personal contribution to the school he once attended.

“I am honored and happy to be back on this campus; I am from the Gibraltar slum. Everything that has happened to me in this school, good or bad, is motivation. My reason for being here is to give back. I will do my best and the next one will be the Muslim Congress. I will send my people to check what needs to be done.


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