It was an exciting moment in the centrally located county on Thursday, 24 January when traditional leaders, marketers and local citizens of the county honored Liberia’s first female vice president Jewel Howard Taylor.
The traditional honoring which was attended by hundreds of citizens has now vested power in Madam Taylor to represent the land that was fought for by the late Na Suakoko more than four hundred years ago.
Our correspondent says in line with the tradition, VP Taylor was officially given an eagle arm and an elephant tooth to guarantee her honor.
The traditional people had actually been wishing to bestow this honor to a male leader of the county, but they have over the past seen no suitable person, according to the Darkpanah of the Republic of Liberia Chief Moses Suakollie.
Vice President Taylor was also given a traditional name called Ponofalo which in the Kpelle language means “Light Cannot Be Hidden.”
Darkpanah Suakollie says as traditional leaders they do not give such honor to an ordinary person, but to the one who has and continued to fight for the land that is owned by the ancestors.
“This eagle win and elephant tooth was turned over to me by our forefathers many years ago and today we as traditional leaders have decided to give it to a very brave lady who has demonstrated her bravery to fight for this land,” Chief Suakollie told the citizens.
Darkpanah Suakollie continues his explaination that “this eagle win is very important, about four hundred years ago, this eagle had helped Na Suakoko to defeat wicked traditional people who wanted to kill our ancestors to take our land.”
“But this eagle was always there to provide food [for] them,” he recalls.
For her part, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor described the honor as a new lesson for her.
She reflects on her role in society, including her services in many positions ranging from First Lady to Senator of the county for about 13 years and now vice president of the Republic of Liberia.
She says receiving such honor from traditional leaders is indeed a call to duty.
Madam Taylor cautions every citizens of Liberia to support the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) government headed by President George Manneh Weah.
She adds that Liberia and Liberians’ lives stand to change from step [one] to two if they rally around this government.
VP Taylor also uses the medium to pledge President Weah and government’s supports to traditional leaders in bettering their lives.She further vows to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley