MONROVIA – Few years after leaving active Liberian politics, former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf seems to be making a significant impact, not only globally but within her own West African sub-region. Following her recent invitation by the Sierra Leone Concord Times to deliver keynote remarks on global post-COVID recovery efforts, authorities of the government of Sierra Leone have presented Madam Sirleaf with a certificate confirming her as a Freetown Climate Change Ambassador, after she had received the “Key to the City” of Freetown.
According to an October 11, 2021 dispatch from Sierra Leone, Madam Sirealf was taken to the Prince of Wales School which is one of hundreds of sites where trees are currently being planted as part of the second phase of #FreetownTheTreeTown.
“Madam Ellen heard from FEDURP, our partner CBO responsible for tree growing in Catchment 2, and from other members of our tree growing team. They demonstrated the use of the Tree Tracker App and showed Madame Ellen how she would be able to follow the growth of the tree she planted online. Madame Ellen was then presented with a certificate by Cllr Murray Conteh confirming her as a Freetown Climate Change Ambassador and with a #FreetownTheTreeTown hat made by our impact investment partner Finor X! Madame Ellen planted a Neem tree with tree tracker code WAC2Neem172,” the Sierra Leonean authorities stated.
“It was an inspiring and enjoyable exercise event as we emphasized and illustrated that #FreetownTheTreeTown is not just about planting trees, it is about growing trees using a sustainable model that also creates jobs. We were joined by eager school boys who warmly welcomed Madame Ellen and by the agriculture department teachers who have been part of the process and are committed to securing the newly planted trees,” the Sierra Leonean authorities furthered.
Meanwhile, Madam Sirleaf is reported to have met with Sierra Leonean women leaders, including the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe, during her recent Freetown visit.
“An amazing day with a truly amazing icon culminated in an amazing evening! It was my privilege and joy to host a dinner in honor of former President of Liberia, Her Excellency Madame Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in my capacities as Mayor of Freetown and an Amujae Leader. With a room full of women leaders ranging from age 21 to age 94, representing the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the evening’s discourse was about the potential of women being unlocked for the development of our society,” a statement from the Freetown Mayor stated.
“Inspiring statements were delivered by media personality Phebean Swill and 2021 cohort Amujae Leader Dr Yakama Jones. The keynote address by Nobel Peace Laureate Madame Ellen was uplifting, inspiring and incredibly motivational. She left every woman in the room determined to fulfill her potential and to provide a platform for other women to do the same.
“I look forward to having another opportunity to host Madame Ellen and to have many more of Freetown’s women leaders present as limited spacing was a restriction on this occasion. For now I am excited to share the messages! #womensupportingwomen #LetsTakeOurSpace!” enthused Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr Obe.