Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, born on October 29, 1938, in Monrovia, Liberia, is a pioneering figure in African politics and the first elected female head of state in Africa. Her life and career are marked by perseverance, leadership, and a commitment to democracy and social change.
After studying economics and public administration in the United States, Sirleaf returned to Liberia and held various positions in the Liberian government, including Minister of Finance. She later became a vocal critic of the authoritarian regime of President Samuel Doe and was imprisoned multiple times for her outspoken views.
In 1997, Sirleaf ran for president in Liberia but lost to Charles Taylor. She went into exile, only to return and continue advocating for peace and democracy in her country.
Finally, in 2005, she successfully won the presidency, becoming the first female head of state in Africa. Her election symbolized hope for Liberia's recovery after years of civil war and instability. Sirleaf's presidency focused on rebuilding Liberia's economy, improving healthcare and education, and fighting corruption.
During her tenure, she faced challenges, including rebuilding a nation devastated by civil conflict, reconciling divided communities, and managing a fragile economy. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her efforts in promoting peace and gender equality in Africa.
Sirleaf served two terms as president, stepping down in 2018, in accordance with Liberian law that prohibits presidents from seeking a third term. Her leadership was praised internationally for her commitment to democracy and for being a strong advocate for women's rights and empowerment in Africa.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf remains a symbol of hope and progress, particularly for women in Africa, demonstrating that strong leadership and perseverance can lead to positive change in even the most challenging circumstances.
ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician who served as the 24th president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. Sirleaf was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated at the College of West Africa. Wikipedia
DATE OF BIRTH: 29th October 1938
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PLACE OF BIRTH: Monrovia- Liberia
LONG: 10 W 08
LAT: 6 N 03
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