Chief Suah Koko Center
Chief Suah Koko Center:
The idea of the establishment of a center that will focus primarily on the training and empowerment of the rural women was conceptualized by Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the launch of the Angie Brooks international Centre (ABIC) for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Liberia.
On March 8, 2009, during the launching of the ANGIE BROOKS INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, an outcome of the International Women’s Colloquium, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, extolled women whose contributions to Liberia remain of huge historical significance.
President Johnson-Sirleaf pinpointed Madame Suah Koko, describing her as a national hero. President Johnson Sirleaf noted that, whereas, Angie Brooks was Liberia’s icon, admired and respected within the international circle, Madame Suah Koko was an emblem of peace and was hailed nationally for her numerous contributions to the Republic of Liberia. The President described Madame Suah Koko as a true inspiration to Angie Brooks and that in-turn Angie Brooks had inspired her today.
Chief Suah Koko was a female Chief who helped the Republic of Liberia in the expansion drive. She helped the central government of Liberia advance its territorial and political gains by consolidating the various chiefdoms to unite under the umbrella of the Republic of Liberia.
President Sirleaf said it will be based on these facts that a center, specifically for the training of rural women, will be constructed in honor of Madam Suah Koko at Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County. The center is expected to bring together women from all parts of Liberia for the purpose of training and empowerment.
The center is a purely nonprofit, non-governmental organization, established under the laws of Liberia for the purpose of training and facilitating of workshops on rural women’s empowerment, leadership development, and promotion of peace and security throughout Liberia.
The Angie Brooks International Centre has committed itself to securing funding to support the Chief Suah Koko Center, with the intent to create linkage between the two entities and support the national endeavors and programs of the Ministry of Gender and Development and Government of Liberia under whose jurisdiction the Chief Suah Koko Center falls.