It’s excitement galore in the Republic of Liberia following the announcement of the theme and slogan in the build up to the country’s Bi-Centennial anniversary.
A statement signed by the Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism and Chairman of the Bi-Centennnial Steering Committee, Hon. Ledgerhood Julius Rennie and made available to Tv360 Nigeria has revealed the theme and slogan of the event, which will be celebrated throughout 2022 from January 7 to December 10, 2022, with the official opening ceremony billed for February 14, 2022 in Monrovia the Liberian capital.
According to the Steering Committee, the theme is “Liberia: The Land of Return – Commemorating 200 Years of Freedom and Pan-African Leadership” while the slogan is “The Lone Star Forever, Stronger Together.”
The theme and slogan Tv360 Nigeria gathered epitomize the key objective of the Bicentennial commemoration which is to among other things strengthen the rich historic relationship between the United States and Liberia dating back to the 1800s when Liberia was established
The Statement reads in part: “This theme signifies three important historical milestones achieved by the country since it was founded in 1822 by free people of African descent and their patrons from the United States.
“Firstly, the theme celebrates Liberia, in West Africa, as the land chosen as refuge by free people of African descent who endured many years of servitude in the United States, to settle as their home country. Consequently, under the auspices of the American Colonisation Society (ACS), many of the free people of color emigrated from the United States and disembarked on Providence Island in Liberia on January 7, 1822 as their home country.
“Secondly, the theme seeks to memorialise black freedom and nationhood and the determination for self-governance that began 200 years ago when Liberia was established in 1822. In an era when people of African descent were seeking freedom and self-determination, the founding of Liberia, “the Black Republic,” which gained independence in 1847 stood as the clear indication that Africans were capable of self-rule.
“Thirdly, the theme acknowledges the pivotal Pan-Africanist leadership role that Liberia played, crusading for Africa’s decolonisation and independence, including its uncompromising stance against the racial segregation in South Africa known then as apartheid. Liberia would later champion the establishment of multinational unions on the African Continent and the global stage.
Rennie said in spite of the country’s recent bitter history of conflict, it still boasts of a high degree of peace and stability, just as he spoke glowingly about the country’s bid for Democracy.
“In 2017, the country witnessed the democratic transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another when President Sirleaf transferred power to President George Manneh Weah.
“Resulting from the outcome of a free, fair and transparent democratic election.
“This transfer of power was a significant milestone that the country has not achieved in more than 70 years.”
Rennie echoed President Weah’s call for a collaborative effort from all friends of Liberia across the world in ensuring a successful outing.