Wantoe Teah Wantoe is Flag Day Orator

By Matthew H. Turry

As Liberians set to commemorate Liberia’s 176th Flag Day across the Country, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education has designated Mr.  Wantoe Teah Wantoe as the National Orator for this 2023 Flag Day program.

In a release issued Tuesday, August 21, 2023, from the Ministry of Education, the commemoration of the 176th Flag Day is expected to be held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion under the Theme “The Lonestar, A Symbol of Unity and Nationalism”.

According to the release, the Government, through the Ministry of Education, encourages Liberians to show and demonstrate a symbol of National Unity in these Elections as all citizens celebrate the country’s 176th Flag Day.

Giving the National Orator background, the release said he is a candidate for a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College with the Blavatnik School of Government.

In furtherance of his background, “the Orator has been a champion for the rights of women and children and has emerged as one of Liberia and Africa’s leading advocates for global sustainability and youth development”.

“With a deep passion for social causes, this year’s national Orator possesses exceptional listening and communication skills, enabling him to influence and mobilize young people, communities, and decision-makers,” the release noted.

The release said, the decision to have selected Mr. Wantoe as the National Orator for the 176th Flag Day by the Ministry is triggered by his remarkable accomplishments and impact on youth-focused programs.

The release also indicated that Mr. Wantoe serves as a Steering Member on the United Nations Department of Global Communication Youth Steering Committee and the AFS Youth Assembly Advisory Council.

“The Orator, however, is equipped with extensive experience in non-profit management, youth development, and government relations, complemented with solid educational background in public policy and sociology” the release noted.

It can be recalled the Liberian Flag was approved on August 24, 1847, exactly one month after the country declared independence.

It was unveiled for the first time in the nation’s capital, Monrovia, at a ceremony that included comments from the chief designer and other significant figures. This event is extremely important to the Liberians, and it is commemorated every year as National Flag Day in Liberia.

Meanwhile responding to his selection as national orator, Mr. Wantoe, through his official Facebook page late last evening,  expressed appreciation to President George Manneh Weah for the unique opportunity bestowed upon him to serve as the national orator to deliver the keynote address at the momentous 176th National Flag Day Celebration.

“This appointment is not just an honor, but also a testament to President Weah’s unwavering confidence in me during this critical period that shapes the course of our nation’s existence, democracy, and future prospects. The chosen theme, “The Lonestar, A Symbol of Unity and Nationalism,” holds profound significance and resonates deeply within me” he said.

“Today, I celebrate this esteemed recognition with great pride, remembering my late father who hailed from Gbor Gampa, Nimba County, and my late mother, a native of Grand Cape Mount County. Despite their limited educational opportunities, they instilled within me the belief in their dreams and aspirations. I stand here because of their sacrifices and unwavering support. Their voices continue to drive me forward, and I honor their memory” he furthered.

According to the Flag Day Orator, the demographic makeup of Liberia is predominantly young, with 63 percent of the population below the age of 25, and 32.8 percent falling within the 10-24 age group, according to UNESCO.

Mr. Wantoe noted that understanding this reality, he is aware that the designation extends far beyond personal accomplishment.

“It represents a commitment to the aspirations and dreams of the young people of our nation. I humbly accept this responsibility, acknowledging that it does not signify superiority in knowledge or professional achievements” he accepted.

Adding, “it reflects my unwavering dedication and patriotism to Liberia. For this I extend my gratitude to President Weah for placing his trust in me”.

At the same time the youth advocate said, “I wish to express my deepest gratitude to Mayor Jefferson Koijee, whose unwavering support and guidance have been instrumental throughout my personal and professional growth”. He also extended his heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Ansu Soni, Minister of Education, and his esteemed cabinet of ministers for extending “this prestigious invitation”.

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