President Sirleaf Launches Liberia’s Historical Website

22 March 2016, 10:41 am Written by 
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President Sirleaf making remarks at the launch of Historical Website at the Center for National Documentation and Records Agency on 12th Street Sinkor President Sirleaf making remarks at the launch of Historical Website at the Center for National Documentation and Records Agency on 12th Street Sinkor Photo Credit: Emansion

Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched a Liberian Historical Website at the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA), stressing the importance of “History”, which she said all Liberians would be able to talk about, as the country moves on along its development path.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President made the statement on Monday, March 21st, 2016, when she officially launched the Liberian Historical Website at the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA), at the entity’s headquarters on 12th Street, Sinkor.

President Sirleaf said although she was pleased to have played a small role at initial collections of the Website’s historical artifacts, viewing some video footage of some of past historical leaders, including Madam Neh Suakoko, a former female Paramount Chief of Suakoko District, Bong County in Central Liberia something, adding such initiative needs to be improved to enhance the learning ability of young Liberian students.

The Liberian leader said despite the raw and invasive nature of the video footage, something she preferred not to see following initial glimpse, she was impressed by the determination of those behind the building of the website to ensure it became a reality, especially through the collection of more historical facts about Liberia and its forefathers for the benefit of young people today.

She however commended the collaboration between the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA) and the universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Indiana respective as well all those who supported the effort financially and materially in order to be able to complete the work, something she said we all should be able to talk about because we cannot run away from our own history.

“By that, it will make all Liberians to know about their true history and roles their forefathers played in the past in bringing all of their children up to this point” – President Sirleaf observed.

She noted the recollection of historical artifacts through sound research for the website, backed by the collection of historical photos, interviews with Traditional Chiefs, Elders and Zoes orally recounting their past experiences.

Speaking earlier Madam P. Bloh Sayeh, Director General of Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA) said the launching ceremony was one of the important moments in the existence of the Center.

She commended all those who helped in setting up the website, including Mr. Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian, who along with a team of researchers from the U.S. set up the website under the title  - “A Liberian Journey: History, Memory & Making of a nation”.

Also speaking at the launch was River Gee Senator,  Cummy B. Wesseh who told the audience that history can help to enlighten the minds of people who do not know where they are coming from and where they are headed. He pledged the support of the Liberian Senate to the process of maintaining the website.

Presenting the overview of the project Dr. Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, said he was grateful to all of the partners in setting up the website including University of Wisconsin, the Liberian Advisory Group, and the George Mason University for New Media, as well as Dr. Verton Slone, Stella, authorities of the Center for National Documents & Research Agency (CNDRA) authorities, the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and the Liberia National Police for their cooperation, kindness, enthusiasm and commitment in making their dreams to become a reality.

The Program was attended by government officials, academicians, ordinary Liberians amongst others. 

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