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Top 10 powerful political statements by African leaders in 2017

December 22, 2017 at 07:09 am | News

Fredrick Ngugi

Fredrick Ngugi | Contributor

December 22, 2017 at 07:09 am | News

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia

As the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically-elected African female President, prepares to exit the stage, a lot has been said about her legacy. While some people praise her for reviving the Liberian economy, others accuse her of not doing enough to empower women. But speaking at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in September, Sirleaf said this about her legacy:

“We left our mark. We have maintained the peace. We have built a foundation for democracy, economic development and the rule of law. We have given voice and hope to the market women, the girl child and to civil society. The next president will inherit an empowered people. Africa knows what a woman president can do.”

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