Like Zuma, to be inducted into Imo Hall of Fame
FROM TASIE THEODORE, OWERRI
Barring any last-minute change, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the outgoing President of Liberia is expected to arrive in Owerri, the Imo state capital on Thursday, November 9, 2017 for a 2-day visit, The Difference has learnt.
According to those familiar with the arrangement, the Liberian President is principally coming to meet with students of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa and most notably, the students from Liberia in particular whose parents had died of Ebola. She will also be expected to key into the Vision 2030 of ROCHAS FOUNDATION COLLEGE, which is targetted at taking one million children of Africa out of the streets and giving them education.
The Rochas Foundation College of Africa project other than offering free education to children from the different countries of Africa also aims at promoting unity among Africans and African nations.
On arrival on Thursday, Mrs. Sirleaf would be taken to the Palace of Eze Imo to be accorded a traditional African reception even as the Chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri will be expected to decorate her with a Chieftaincy title that our sources say will take into account the fact that she took over the leadership of Liberia after a bloody civil war and has been able to sustain peace in the country for ten years now.
The following day being Friday, November 10, 2017, Mrs. Sirleaf will then be at the Rochas Foundation College of Africa where she will meet with the students and specifically interact with the Liberian Students. The organisers say this is expected to help instill confidence in the students.
After her outing to the College, the Liberian President will deliver a lecture to Imo women at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) and the topic will be “Women in Politics”, and the lecture is structured to encourage women in the State to develop interest in leadership, especially when it is recalled that Mrs. Sirleaf is the first female President in Africa.
Finally, she will be appreciated with the Imo Merit Award and a road will also be named after her, even as she also takes a place in the Imo Hall of Fame.
It will be recalled that the President of Ghana, Mr. Nana Akufo-Addo and his South African counterpart, President Jacob Zuma had earlier visited the State for the same purpose and were also honoured.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia