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Liberia: Chiefs lead Pres. Weah to plant cotton trees on Providence Island

By Kruah Thompson

Liberia: As part of national unification efforts to enforce the common heritage that unites both descendants of indigenous Liberians and descendants of settlers here, President George Manneh Weah has planted seeds of two cotton trees on the historical Providence Island, the initial home of the first settlers, who returned as free slaves from America.

The seeds were planted Friday, January 7, 2022, which kicked official commemoration of the Bicentennial Celebration to reinforce Liberia’s common heritage and champion the cause of national unity by reconsidering diversity through growth and development.

President Weah, chief executive of the Sweet Land of Liberty, rallied Liberians to champion the cause of national unity, forgiveness, and reconsideration, stressing that by doing this national unity and peace will reign everywhere across the country.

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After delivering his official commemoration speech, the President led a tour of Providence Island with his entourage, including diplomats and foreign guests.

At the planting of the cotton trees, the Head of the National Traditional Council of Liberia Chief Zazan Kawah, instructed all media practitioners and government officials to remain outside, while the sacred ceremony was performed behind closed doors by traditional chiefs and President Weah.

Liberia kicked off the official celebration of the Bicentennial here on Friday, January 07, 2022, exactly 200 years after it was founded by the American Colonization Society (ACS) in 1822 as a home for free slaves returning from the United States of America and elsewhere. Editing by Jonathan Browne


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