Heritage (Monrovia)

28 February 2013

Liberia: Ivorian Musician Wants Peace, Reconciliation

A renowned visiting Ivorian musician has called on Liberians to sustain and maintain the peace and stability of the country.

According to Madam Aisha Conneh, Liberians should live in peace and harmony to move their country forward. She said genuine peace and reconciliation would only prevail in Liberia if citizens "forget and forgive" one another for the common good of the country.

She stated that Liberians must have "clear heart" for their fellow compatriots in an effort to restore lasting peace and reconciliation to the nation. Madam Conneh spoke through her interpreter on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at a news conference held at the offices of Cellcom GSM on the Capitol Bye-Pass in Monrovia. She is currently in Liberia to perform in the Cellcom Benefit Concert, which is organized by the United Muslims Women for Development. The concert is being held under the theme: "Peace, Reconciliation and Unity."

Speaking further, Madam Conneh expressed delight to be in Liberia in order to expose her talents. Madam Conneh termed her visit to Liberia as a "mission for peace and reconciliation." She commended Cellcom and the organizers for affording her the opportunity to participate in a musical concert in Liberia. "I am happy to be here, mostly with the Cellcom family. Since my arrival Cellcom has done many great things for me. They provided me phone to be able to communicate with my people back home. My mission here is for peace and reconciliation. I want to tell Cellcom that they have been inviting people here, but this concert is going to be the best. We are going to perform 100% in Liberia," she stated.

The Ivorian musician added: "One thing Liberians should have in mind is to learn how to forgive and forget. Sustainable peace would not prevail unless we clear our hearts with love for one another. Why should we go back to war?"

Also speaking, the Secretary General of the concert's organizing committee, Madam MaKenneh Keita, disclosed that the concert is intended to bring together Muslims and Christians in order to sustain the peace in the country.

She claimed that "for too long Muslims" have been marginalized in the Liberian society.

According to her, the concert will take place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion beginning March 2-3, 2013 at 7:00PM.

Madam Keita pointed out that the renowned Ivorian musician would also perform alongside several Liberian artists, including J.D. Donzo, Julie Endee and Eveine Natt-Kamara, amongst others.

Speaking earlier, the Corporate Communication Strategist of Cellcom, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, renewed Cellcom's commitment to its numerous subscribers in the areas of efficient services and entertainment. Over the years, he recalled that Cellcom has brought into Liberia those he called "great musicians, performers and entertainers" to showcase their talents to their many admirers and fans.

He noted that Cellcom GSM would continue to support events or programs that are "dynamic." He said the company is very excited and overwhelmed to support the initiative.

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