A Trade Economist And Development Policy Specialist Writes An Open Letter To President Weah

A Letter to Amb. Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia.

Ref: Appreciation Matters!

Dear President Weah:

Again for the record, I didn’t support you in the election that democratically airlifted you as Head of State of our noble country. In politics, as it is in life, we must take a side, either for or against. I supported Amb. Joseph Boakai on the other side of the coin with zero regret. Democracy calls for that!

Mr President, one attribute you have I do admire is your ‘gratitude’ garment you continue to wear even when you are in utter space. This shows your real picture of humanity and love for those that assisted you down the line. As a child coming up in the slum community of Clara Town, I witnessed you on many occasions around the ‘International Gas Station’ (IGS) which is currently occupied by GT-Bank between Gilbrata and Clara Town. I saw you sharing gifts to slum dwellers and some of your childhood friends and admirers. Going forward, politics have changed some of your attributes but your consistency regarding ‘gratitude’ remains! I must commend you on that.

Your Excellency, when you were playing for Monaco in France, I saw your postcard you sent to Elizabeth Blunt, a BBC Reporter for her role played during the Liberian Civil Wr, it reminds me of what J.F. Kennedy said that: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” Trust me, you might not know the outcome of your postcard sent to Madam Blunt, but I strongly believe that it was a charming gardener that continues to make her inner soul to smile. Some people in life only need appreciation to keep them motivated to do more. [See the attached photos for the postcard sent to the BBC Journalist ].

President Weah, on you inauguration day, you sashed the nation’s highest honour on Prof. Arsene Wenger, your former coach. There were many controversies regarding his accolade due to many other reasons, but for me, I saw it as a sign of gratitude to a Mentor, a teacher and a father. Imagine someone turning a Gilbrata Peking and a ‘Certified Crab Chaser’ and ‘Marble Player’ to a Global Icon. Imagine at that time in Gilbrata, the probability of ‘Oppong’ or a child eating the next day was never in the state of automaticity but in the clear picture of guesstimation. Frankly, it was never a crime to give Prof. Wenger such accolade! The role he played in your life has become an asset for us as a nation, not a liability. This is why we should be grateful to people who make us happy, and we should also be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit of our lives.

Mr President, even with your engagement in politics, you have been able to pay back to some of your partisans who were with you in the trenches since 2005 to present. Today, many of them are junior and senior ministers in the government. While it is true that they were selected to contribute to the growth and development of our nation, it is also a form of appreciation and gratitude for their role played to see you elevated to the highest seat. Regarding their expected outputs, I can say this with zero fear that some of them are dismally performing while others are doing well. But again, it is a challenge to them with respect to productivity. This is a challenge!! Walayee, feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life, keep it bearable!

Mr President, let me close by saying this to you and every Liberian especially politicians that it is very expedient to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, therefore, you should include all things in your gratitude. Who knows?

Thank you, sir!

Vallai M Dorley
Your Clara Town Peking

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