Liberia’s President Sirleaf arrives Imo, decorated as Ada di oha nma of Imo sate

Gov Okorocha and Liberia's President Sirleaf

President of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has been honoured with the chieftaincy title of “Ada di oha nma” of Imo State. 

The chieftaincy title was conferred on her by the chairman of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM, Eze Samuel Ohiri, at the Eze Imo Palace, Owerri, on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

A press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Sam Onwuemeodo, states that President Sirleaf had arrived Owerri through the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport where the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, received her with his wife, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha and other senior government functionaries.

Sirleaf is in the State for a two-day visit on the invitation of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa.

The Liberian President was driven straight to the Eze Imo Palace at Mbari Street Owerri where she was conferred with the Chieftaincy title which means, “A daughter with whom all is pleased.”

Conferring the Chieftaincy title on her, Eze Ohiri said she has done Africa proud, especially the womenfolk and deserves to be honoured.

Mrs. Sirleaf in accepting the title, said she was happy to be in Imo State and noted that generally speaking, Africa as a continent and the nations that constitute the region have not done badly in all considerations. She said with education, hard work and unity of purpose, Africa would soon get to the Promised Land.

On his part, Governor Rochas Okorocha said Mrs. Sirleaf is a pride to Africa and an inspiration to all the women in Africa and beyond, adding that her coming to the sate was exciting.

The Liberian president would on Friday, November 10, 2017, meet with students of Rochas Foundation College of Africa for interaction and would also particularly parley with Liberian students in the college, whose parents died of the Ebola disease.

It is also expected that she will buy into the Vision 2030 of the Rochas Foundation College of Africa, which has been programmed to ensure that more than one million children of Africa are taken off the streets and given quality education.

Mrs. Sirleaf will thereafter, deliver a lecture to Imo women entitled “Women in Politics.” The press statement said further that she will also be honoured with Imo Merit Award just as a road will be named after her. 

A statue will also be unveiled in her honour and her name given a place in the Imo Hall of Fame, the statement said.

The statement said: “Some African leaders had earlier been honoured, and the people of the state are happy to be receiving these leaders since the State has so much been developed by the current government in its urban renewal programme, which has made the State fit to host any leader from any part of the world.”
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