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The Albany community welcomes the President of Liberia

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian President President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian President
Jakie Willis Jakie Willis
Anne Marquis Anne Marquis
Dr. James Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son Dr. James Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's son
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

South Georgians got to meet a world leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia was the guest of honor at the Albany Museum of Art.    

Hundreds of people welcomed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Albany.  She came to visit her son and his family who live here, but she also decided to share her message of helping others with the Albany community.  

It's not everyday a world leader visits the "Good Life City." For Jakie Willis, it was an opportunity she wasn't going to miss.  

"First of all she's an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman and I am too," said Jakie Willis. "The fact that I knew her son, he had been my doctor that would be the main reason and I couldn't let her go back without saying hello to her."  

Anne Marquis was born in Liberia and has been in America since 1964. She was overwhelmed with excitement to see her country's president.  

"They love her, she's a very hard working lady and we just love her that's all," said Anne Marquis.  

Phoebe Putney's Medical Director of Emergency Services knows all of President Sirleaf's accomplishments.  He is her son.  

"Sometimes I under estimate her popularity," said Dr. James Sirleaf.  

President Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia. She's an author, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and was named the 81st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.  

"She exemplified that if women work hard and get educated they can do a lot of great things," said Dr. Sirleaf.    

President Sirleaf shared a message of giving back to those who are less fortunate. It's one of the many messages that led her son to start a non-profit organization, known as HEARTT. It's a foundation that provides medical services and helps to raise the number of visiting doctors to under developed communities in Liberia.  

"The president raised me in a life of service and that's why she's president," said Dr. Sirleaf. "Being president means you're serving."  

President Sirleaf became the first woman elected president of any African country in 2006. She will fly out to return home to Liberia in the morning. You can help support the HEARTT Foundation by clicking here.

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