Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – the first female African President, but not the last

Many of us know of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Africa’s first female Head of State but this Nobel Prize Winner is also a wife, mother of 4 children, a survivor of domestic violence and a devout Christian. The road that led her to Presidency was fraught with many challenges. She was exiled in Kenya for 12 years. In the 80’s she was sentenced to prison for 10 years and went on to work as an economist for the World Bank and then a United Nations Director. This Havard graduate didn’t have perfect tenure as President but she paved the way for new beginnings for Liberia after the civil war.  It’s hard to define one legacy the ‘Iron lady of Africa’ left behind. Peace promoter in a nation ravaged by civil war? Sculptor of a democratic framework in Liberia?  Champion for women’s rights?

For us Mocca Mums she’s all that and an amazing role model for girls, the future leaders of Africa and beyond.