Liberian Presidential Candidate Coming to Maywood

liberia-ministerFriday, January 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Liberian presidential candidate Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, (pictured left), will be in Maywood on Jan. 12 to speak at the Maywood-Proviso Rotary Club’s regular meeting, held at Meal of the Day Cafe, located on the fourth floor of Eisenhower Tower, 1701 S. 1st Ave.

Ngafuan is Liberia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister (which is the equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of State) and former Minister of Finance (which is the equivalent of Secretary of the Treasury).

In 2015, according to news reports, he resigned as Foreign Affairs minister in order to be eligible to run for president this year. If he wins, he’ll succeed Liberia’s first female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Sirleaf, 78, was elected Liberia’s 24th president in 2006 and reelected in 2011 to a second term, winning 90 percent of the popular vote. According to news reports, Ngafuan is considered to be one of Sirleaf’s close confidants.

Liberia, which is located on the West African coast, is Latin for “Land of the Free.” The country was settled by free black Americans who left the country in the mid-19th Century seeking greater autonomy.

In 1847, the country declared independence. The next year, a wealthy, free black American named Joseph Jenkins Roberts, who originally hailed from Virginia before settling in Africa, was elected Liberia’s first president. VFP

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