Montserrado County District #4 Representative, Henry Fahnbulleh, on Tuesday launched the 2014 edition of the Golden Image Award (GIA), in Monrovia, with a new focus and a call on national government to give its fullest support to the program.
Representative Henry Fahnbulleh called for total support of the initiative which he believes, seeks to restore Liberia’s image to the international world.
“Liberia, we know has made great strides in restoring its image, but as you are launching this initiative, you are also restoring Liberia’s image,” he said in a mesmerizing tune, and added that Liberia does not need another war to build its image.
Representative Fahnbulleh who said the GIA needed to be supported by national government because it is a national initiative, said he would work with his colleagues in the Legislature to ensure the GIA is supported through budgetary appropriations.
Other speakers, including Superintendent Samuel Brown of Bomi County, extolled the organizers of the event and called for total support to ensure its success. Tuesday’s ceremony was graced by traditional leaders, officials of government, media practitioners, well-wishers and partners. The Project was first launched in 2011.
At the well-attended ceremony, Cultural Ambassador, Juli Endee, Founder and Event Planner of the GIA, highlighted the reasons and significance of the event, saying that it aims to promote development and Liberia’s Independence Day celebration.
According to her, the award seeks to honor and recognize individuals who have made enormous contributions to the peace process in Liberia as well as their communities and that the GIA is to also support government through innovative activities to rebuild Liberia’s image after years of conflict.
The Cultural Ambassador said the award will be taken to the people in West Point, Red-light, PHP and 540 in music, dance, hot meals, and raffle draw free, and that a monument, which will represent the face behind the image, will be constructed on a parcel of land that has been made available in Bomi County.
“This year, we will recognize Liberians and other nationals who have successfully impacted the lives of Liberians through continued sacrifices and public services, while promoting peace, support and motivate humanitarians in and around the world. Showcase the talents of Liberians and provide capacity building means to strengthen their potentials for future challenge,” she enumerated as some of the measures earmarked.
This year’s event will also endeavor to strengthen Liberia’s social and economic profile through arts and crafts and culture as well as exhibition of Liberia’s arts and crafts.