spot_imgspot_img
Friday, June 14, 2024

THE UNOFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY, GEORGE WEAH – THE STORY OF AFRICA’S FOOTBALLER PRESIDENT A BOOK REVIEW

Date:

 By Ekena Nyankun Juahgbe-Droh Wesley

Veteran Liberian journalist of international repute, Rodney D. Sieh has trekked the literary cum journalistic landscape amid a detailed unofficial biography that examines and dissects the life of Africa’s footballer President, George Manneh Weah in a vividly incisive account that intensely underscores The Unofficial Biography of a slum boy-turned Executive President of Africa’s first independent nation.

Officially published March 2023 and widely available on Amazon, journalist Rodney D. Sieh’s maiden publication is titled: “The Unofficial Biography – George Weah – The story of Africa’s Footballer President. Titled most befittingly, the book encapsulates George Weah’s tortuous journey from the slums of Gibraltar on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia, examines the underpinnings of Weah’s sojourn along a remarkable soccer career path, his unbeatable rise to stardom and a somewhat controversial yet mystical transition from soccer to politics.

“The Unofficial Biography – The Story of Africa’s Footballer President” is a seasonable evaluation of Liberia’s class divide, the disparity between the haves and have-nots, the daily struggles to make ends meet in the midst of impoverishment and neglect by a bunch of selfish governors coupled with the determination to resiliently persevere despite the vicissitudes of life.

Journalist Rodney D. Sieh paramountly digs deeper into the obtaining reality of how a young man – grappling with the harsh difficulties that obtain within the survival sphere and cogently details such obtaining circumstances, which did not become a barrier to the pursuit of Weah’s unassailable feat, triumph and mystique on the global soccer stage.

Pursuant to the adage that it takes a village to raise a child; journalist Rodney Sieh, meticulously researched an array of embellishing factors cum support systems that propelled George Oppong Weah’s unprecedented and considerable fame as a world-class athlete.

“The Unofficial Biography – The Story of Africa’s Footballer President” captures the various historical antecedents in support of the game of football and zeroed-in on the tremendous contributions, and paid tribute to the late Master Sergeant, Samuel Kanyon Doe who awoke a sleeping nation called Liberia in April 1980 following a military takeover. Rodney Sieh romantically reminisced Samuel Doe’s endeared passion, zest and affinity of the game of soccer and unbending commitment to elevate the game in the small West African nation.

Rodney Sieh makes no secret of his obsession with George Weah’s mesmerizing talent and incredible trailblazing skills as a great soccer hero, which he described as ‘exciting and memorable.’

The 315-paged dramatic thriller of the early beginnings and life of a slum boy-turned one of the greatest footballers in human history and a man who made an uncharacteristic leap into politics and seemingly became more than a prophetic realization. Indeed, a portrayal of what the author termed a moment of prophecy. It dabbled into the role of South African-born coach Sithole – who saw in Weah, a promising life changing opportunity to shape the global soccer world stage.

“The Unofficial Biography – The Story of Africa’s Footballer President” sententiously speaks of the manner of man called George Manneh Oppong Weah across the prism of the ‘good, the bad and ugly.’ It echoes Weah’s journey to Cameroon and later Monaco, France. It was not mistaken about the transition to Italy – a reflection of the ‘goal for the gods’ as it were. It examines the intrigues of a ‘House on Fire’, the mystique of a let-down, meltdown, Weah’s controversial political ambition and the decision.

Journalist Rodney Sieh reckons the ‘spoiler’ instinct, the trappings of ‘bad timing’ versus the moment of sacrifice, and a compelling urge for reconciliation to chart a new course. It interlocks a dream come true; the power to the people hour; contrasted by the wealth-grabbing menace that rocked the populist leader’s boat. It rabble-rousers the emergence of Jewel Howard-Taylor’s isolation stigma and what could have been a lingering fallout.

The book vividly catalogues events leading to Weah’s most torrential and reverberating political LITMUS test – the June ‘7’ protest, which brought the regime to its knees and near collapse. Author Rodney Sieh copiously unpacked Africa’s footballer President as tantalizingly as epically telling in the words of a man trained in the science and arts of critically researching, analyzing, processing, gatekeeping and packaging the news fresh and alive.

International award-winning journalist, Rodney D. Sieh has religiously used his eagle eye to critically follow socio-political developments in his native Liberia for about three decades; has constructed and unconstructed vexing scandals, unearthed daring political quagmires, explored new frontiers for a radically reforming society; been the voice of the voiceless and progressively championed the fight for social justice in Liberia.

The Unofficial Biography George Weah – The Story of Africa’s Footballer President” reflects an enthralling, powerful and engrossing literary crusade particularly for all sundry in slum communities, who imagine a bleak future that indeed all is not lost. It is indeed with passionate scholarly pleasure; we invite you onboard to an epic and rewarding experience that is poised to give you a critically objective perspective of Africa’s footballer President.

smartnews
Smart News Liberia is an online news outlet and a product of Smart Media Group Inc. Our website, smartnewsliberia.com, covers a broad spectrum of news content. For inquiries or information, you can reach us at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or email us at smartnewsliberia@gmail.com or info@smartnewsliberia.com.

LATEST DEVELOPMENT

STUDENTS DEMAND JUSTICE: SUP’S PETITION EXPOSES CDC ATROCITIES AND CALLS FOR MINING TRANSPARENCY

MONROVIA – The Vanguard Student Unification Party (SUP) of...

PRESIDENT BOAKAI GRANTS COMPASSIONATE LEAVE TO FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE GLORIA MUSU-SCOTT

MONROVIA – In a significant move that has garnered...

SENATE DEFENDS BUCHANAN RETREAT AMIDST CRITICISM OVER US$700,000 CONTROVERSY

MONROVIA – Following mounting criticism over the Senate retreat...

LIBERIA’S LEGAL SYSTEM UNDER SIEGE: THE UNPUNISHED CRIMES OF MARIA LUYKEN

In October 2020, the Criminal Court ‘B’ at the...

COMMUNICATIONS MISHAP: A SIGNIFICANT EMBARRASSMENT TO THE PRESIDENCY

The recent debacle surrounding the Unity Party government's conflicting...

PRESS SECRETARY KULA FOFANA’S UNPROFESSIONAL CONDUCT DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION

The recent turmoil between the reporters assigned to the...

COMMENTARY

NO, SPEAKER KOFFA, I DISAGREE WITH THE DEFENSE OF LAWMAKERS

By Wondah L. Jah In a recent public statement, Grand...

COMMEMORATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY: A DEFINING MOMENT IN HISTORY

Eighty years ago, on June 6, 1944, the course...

THERE SHOULD BE NO BIG DEAL WHEN A GOVERNMENT DOES WHAT IT WAS ELECTED FOR…

A Patriot's Diary  With Ekena Nyankun Juahgbe-Droh Wesley  President Joseph Boakai's...

LATEST NEWS

Share post:

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OPINION

ELEVATING THE AG BIBLE COLLEGE TO A UNIVERSITY: A MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT

By Jacob N.B. Parley After many years of successful preaching...

THE DILEMMA OF PRESIDENTIAL SUPREMACY IN LIBERIA: EXAMINING THE BALANCE OF POWER

By Dr. Clarence R. Pearson, Sr. Superior presidency is the...

LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN UP-LED GOVERNMENT’S DEAL RAISES SERIOUS CONCERNS

In a shocking and controversial move, the Unity Party...

THE PERILS OF PRAISE SINGING: HOW JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN LIBERIA

Journalists play a crucial role in holding public officials...

THE GALLERY

spot_imgspot_img

MORE ARTICLES

spot_imgspot_img

MORE NEWS

LATEST DEVELOPMENT NEWS

LATEST CRIME NEWS

Share via
Copy link