Black People : ‘Queen of Africa’ Inaugurated on King Day

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  1. Akilah

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    Draped in a regal gold African gown, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was flanked by hundreds of well wishers upon taking oath in an unprecedented swearing in as Liberia ’s first female president, and Africa ’s first woman head of state on Jan.16. While Americans commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Liberians across the Atlantic heralded their own reclamation of royalty - Johnson Sirleaf as ‘Queen of Africa.’

    Samuel Abu, former independent journalist and editor of Liberia ’s Star Radio, received countless missives about the inauguration from people in the capital, Monrovia . Now a government official based in Washington , D.C. , Abu said that the inauguration itself “was attended in grand style” with dignitaries flocking to the country from all over the continent and beyond.

    Leading the U.S. delegation, First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat under canopies
    woven by the local population. Olusegun Obasanjo , Nigeria ’s President and sitting chairman of the African Union, led an entourage of the old gentlemen’s club of African leaders, among whom were John Kufour of Ghana and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa . They will have to make room in the male-dominated domain of African politics, for Johnson Sirleaf has vowed to mark her six-year-term with broad sweeping changes in Liberia , changes which may send ripple effects of reform throughout the continent.

    On inauguration day, Liberia ’s capital Monrovia rumbled with the euphoria of citizens chanting and dancing, rolling out the red carpet for their ‘Queen of Africa’—an epithet recently attributed to Johnson Sirleaf. After nearly 50 years, the ceremony was reinstalled at the Capitol Building , celebrating the dawn of a new era. Abu said that the new government decided that the Capitol Building would be an ideal location because “they want to go back to the old order” of Liberian political uprightness.

    As Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the Liberian embassy in D.C., Abu believes that Johnson Sirleaf was better positioned for the job than her run-off opposition, soccer star turned politician George Weah. As such, most Liberians have high expectations of the 66-year-old Harvard educated economist.

    Leading the U.S. delegation, First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sat under canopies woven by the local population. Olusegun Obasanjo , Nigeria ’s President and sitting chairman of the African Union, led an entourage of the old gentlemen’s club of African leaders, among whom were John Kufour of Ghana and Thabo Mbeki of South Africa . They will have to make room in the male-dominated domain of African politics, for Johnson Sirleaf has vowed to mark her six-year-term with broad sweeping changes in Liberia , changes which may send ripple effects of reform throughout the continent.


    http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=93c1c2413657ef9bf3db6c8f5e9bf62b
     
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    I BELIEVE AFRICA'S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT HAS A LOT TO DO AND OFFER.

    LAURA BUSH TIP RICE AS PRESIDENT ONEDAY.
    SHE SAID
    RICE HAS HOWEVER SAID SHE DOESN'T HAVE ANY PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS.
     
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    Thank You, Sister Akilah!! This is just wonderful!! Maybe this is the Path we need to take to get there?!

    and there were some rather interesting links off of that full article!!
     
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    Rice in the white house , god help us!

    how many womnen at destee would vote for condaleeza rice because she is femle, despite the fact she works fo' bush and nem?
     
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    although, come to think about it, not once throughout that article did they refer to President Johnson Sirleaf as "President Johnson Sirleaf"! ?? :nono:

    then again; it seems the local population heralds her as "Queen of Africa"; but surely that is hyperbole?
     
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