By Morrison O.G. Sayon
A Career Liberian Journalist, Philip N. Wesseh has begun celebrating 30 years in the field of journalism. Mr. Wesseh, Managing Editor of the Independent INQUIRER Newspaper and one of Liberia’s best brains in the journalism profession will be giving glory to the Almighty God for his achievements as a journalist as he holds a Thanksgiving Service in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia.
In an exclusive interview, Mr. Wesseh disclosed that a special Thanksgiving Service for his 30 years of service in the field of journalism will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church in New Kru Town beginning at 12:00 noon.
PNW-alias ‘Gina or the ‘Doyen’, as he is affectionately called said he has invited several senior Government officials including the head of the three branches of Government, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Speaker Alex Tyler and Chief Justice, His Honor Frances Korkpor to attend the Thanksgiving service.
Other senior government officials invited include the Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Senate Pro-tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley, Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan, Finance Minister, Amara Konneh, and Defense Minister Brownie Samukai among others. He has also invited families, friends and well-wishers to be part of tomorrow’s service.
“I decided to have this Thanksgiving Service because of God’s blessing upon me over the past three decades. God has helped me over the years in the midst of the many situations we went through. We went through bullets and aggressive regimes; I was attacked, detained, and sometimes arrested and some of my colleagues were killed along the way but with the mercy and blessing of God I went through all of those safely, hence I have every reason to thank the Almighty God,” Mr. Wesseh in serious tone said.
“When I retrospect those difficult times and challenges the media went through under successive regimes that were aggressive to the Liberian media, there is a need to praise God and that’s the reason why God showers his bountiful blessings upon me to continue my service to my country and humanity from the private sector,” PNW averred.
Mr. Wesseh lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for bestowing on him one of Liberia’s highest honors, Commander Star of Africa and expressed delight and pride for receiving a national award as a young man as such award was always given to older persons in the past.
“I want to sincerely thank the President for this great recognition because I see it as something to strengthen me for where I am today. In most instances, this award is given to older people, so I must thank God because He comes first and the government second in my life,” PNW added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Wesseh has dedicated the National Award bestowed on him by the Government to his parents and people of New Kru Town. I’m dedicating this award to them because they made me to be who I’m today. As a child from a poor family, I can now sit with Kings, Queens and world leaders,” he said.
Asked whether it is now time to quit the Journalism profession, PNW said, “I’m not leaving the profession but my future plan is to train young journalists and those having interest in the profession. I want to establish a School of Journalism to teach news writing and ethics because I notice that there are still problems in these areas of Journalism.”