Activities marking the 22nd anniversary of the independent INQUIRER Newspaper will continue this Sunday with a divine worship service at the Saint Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville. The service begins at 11 a.m. Unlike previous years, this year's celebration began with a visit to ailing Catholic Archbishop Michael Francis in Sinkor.
During the visit, the Managing Editor of the newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh recounted the many contributions of the Archbishop in the area of advocacy, justice, press freedom, free speech and equitable distribution of the resources of the country.
The INQUIRER boss during the visit described the Archbishop as "a hero' who will never be forgotten by the Liberian people. He said the Archbishop played a significant role in the peace the country is enjoying today.
According to the chairperson of this year's anniversary program, Miss Janjay Campbell, the celebration will be climaxed by a family day on a local beach next week.
It started as the first independent newspaper on January 15, 1991 during the civil war and it continues to function. The paper was initiated by a group of young Liberians, mostly high school graduates, many of whom who chewed their teeth from the Daily Observer, prior to the country's civil war.
The original staffers include, the late T-Max Teah, Chairman of the Board, H. Wantue Mayor, Sam Van Kesselly, Doe S.K. Davies, S. Togba Slweion, J. Grody Dorbor, Photojournalist Gregory Stemn (who authored two books on the Liberian crisis), the late D. Emmanuel Nah (who covered the ECOMOG peacekeepers extensively), D. Ignatius Roberts, Bana Sackie, Amos Bryant (now a clergyman), Roger Seton, Stanley George and D. Emmanuel Nah. Others that joined the staff later include Yadea Chea ( the expert in manual proofreading by cut and paste) Timothy Pyne, Albert Pyne, Jacob Doe and John Kollie.
The present Managing Editor, Philip N. Wesseh served as its first News Editor, a position he held at the Daily Observer prior to the civil conflict.