6 popular people you didn’t know are from Liberia

Novieku Babatunde Adeola Jul 26, 2019 at 10:14am

July 26, 2019 at 10:14 am | Lifestyle

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

July 26, 2019 at 10:14 am | Lifestyle

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Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee is a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate winner. She is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, based in Monrovia.
Leymah is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war.

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Leymah Gbowee (L) and Tawakkol Karman deliver remarks during the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on March 8, 2012. The awards pay tribute to outstanding women leaders from around the world_Photo: UPI/Kevin Dietsch

This historic achievement paved the way for the election of Africa’s first female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It also marked the vanguard of a new wave of women emerging worldwide as essential and uniquely effective participants in brokering lasting peace and security. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

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Tawakkul Karman(L) Leymah Gbowee(M) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf(R) awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011_Photo: Kiddle encyclopedia

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