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Lonestar MTN launches MoMo heroes of change initiative

By Lincoln G. Peters

Giant GSM company Lonestar Cell MTN has officially launched the “MoMo Heroes of change” initiative in Liberia. 

It is aimed at celebrating the resilient spirit of Liberia and Liberians who are making a tremendous impact on the society and community. 

The program was officially launched Tuesday, 28 March 2023 at a local hotel in Monrovia. The program was graced by several diplomatic partners, social media influencers as well as entertainment promoters, and integrity icons.

The initiative seeks to showcase, celebrate and promote Liberians who are making a change in their community through health, education, youth development, women empowerment, and Tech solution.

People can get nominated as MoMo heroes of change when they are recommended by someone by visiting any of Lonestar Cell MTN’s pages, or any of its service centers across the country.

The person must fill out the nomination form by stating the name and occupation of the nominee to have them registered.

The categories of nomination include health, education, youth and women empowerment, tech or local solution, community impact, and youth development.  

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After the nomination process, the governing council and board of judges will vet thirty names that will later be reduced to five persons after the online voting.

Finally, at a grand indoor program, three winners will be selected. The first winner is expected to walk away with 1.5 million Liberian dollars, the second, six hundred thousand Liberian dollars, and the third, three hundred thousand Liberian dollars.

However, the digital nomination is intended to have everyone participate. Nomination is currently ongoing and will last for two weeks. 

After the nomination process, all nominees will be researched and investigated by the governing council and the board of judges headed by Leymah Gbowee and Carter Center Liberia Executive James Dorbor Jallah, among others. 

The program is expected to climax in June 2023 at the EJS Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.

Speaking at the official launch of the initiative, Lonestar Cell MTN Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ali Fakih said they are doing this as a means to celebrate and recognize the impact and effort of ordinary Liberians in helping change their society and community.

He urged all Liberians to be compassionate, support each other, and be a mountain behind the heroines and heroes of change in their various communities.

According to him, since Lonestar Cell MTN was established, the company has helped to improve community creativity, school bathrooms, installation of computer labs, and several other community development initiatives.

Mr. Fakih explained that the project is in line with the Universal Principle of Human Rights, Labor, Environment, and Act 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

” The Momo Heroes of [a] change program is a continuation of our commitment to giving back to the Liberian People and the community we operate,” he said. 

“There are thousands of people in Liberia who are working steadfastly to improve the lives of people in their community. There are different developments they are involved with.”

He noted that these heroes and heroines are changing communities around Liberia for the globe.

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