President Weah gives award, scholarship, cash to young Liberian who returned lost money to owner

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He is known as Emmanuel Tolue, a 18 years old secondary School dropout who is into commercial motorcycling transportation.

His show of integrity and good home upbringing first earned him mockery and embarrassment from friends, neighbours and colleagues for returning USD$50,000 to Mrs Musu Yancy a businesswoman who lost this amount of money while on transit from Liberia to Guinea.

Mrs Yancy after announcing the lost of her money in a local radio station got her money untouched as Emmanuel Tolue the motorcyclist brought it back to her.

While friends and acquaintance mocked Tolue for being “stupid” for returning the money, Musu Yancy gratified Tolue with goods and cash Worth USD$1.500.

Having heard about the humiliation and mockery Tolue went through, the Liberian President George Weah wrote to the teenager to gratify him with a scholarship to Master Degree in any university in Liberia, he gave Tolue two brand new motorcycles to boost his transportation business, he also gave him USD$10,000 cash and above all promised to recognize and honour Tolue with one of Liberia’s highest Order of Distinction for his honesty.

In a comprehensive letter where President Weah expressed his pleasures over Emmanuel honesty he wrote:

Dear Emmanuel:

“I have heard in the media about an extraordinary act of honesty on your part.

It is reported that you recently found Fifty Thousand (US$50,000) United States Dollars and approximately One Hundred Thousand (LD100,000) Liberian Dollars which had been lost by a Liberian businesswoman who was passing through Nimba on her way to Guinea to purchase goods for her business, and that when she announced her loss on the local radio station and made an appeal to the public for the money to be returned, you willingly located her and gladly returned her money to her intact”.

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“I am very proud of you for this exceptional sense of morality and good citizenship, and I hope that this will serve as an inspiration to all of our citizens, especially to our youth. You are a prime example of what the Bible teaches us in Proverbs 22:1, that a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches”.

“This honest behavior on your part is even more amazing when seen against the backdrop of your personal circumstances. I am made to understand that you are in the 7th grade with no money to continue your education; that you have no means of income except to occasionally borrow a motorbike from one of your friends when he is off-duty in order to earn a few dollars to sustain yourself.

You are a Champion, Emmanuel, and we are all very proud of you. Although It is often said that virtue is its own reward, I believe that you should be additionally rewarded for this virtuous act, which brought miraculous rescue and relief to a hardworking businesswoman”.

“Accordingly, I want to inform you that at the next national investiture ceremony, you will be recognized and honored with one of Liberia’s highest Orders of Distinction for your honesty. Additionally, I am hereby presenting you, herewith enclosed, an amount of Ten Thousand (US$10,000.00) United States Dollars, as well as two (2) brand-new motorcycles for you to improve your circumstances and sustain yourself financially”.

“Finally, and more importantly, I am offering you a scholarship for you to attend any school of your choice in Liberia, all the way to the level of a Master’s Degree. This scholarship is personal from me and my family, and will be valid whether or not I am President of Liberia”.

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“Please accept my personal congratulations”.


George Manneh Weah

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Samuel Abasiekong, Senior Journalist, Newspaper Publisher, Author of many literature text books, French-English, English-French languages Translator and Interpreter, Multi-sectoral Counsellor & Consultant, National Convener of National Public Interest Group - NPIG, Secretary Uyo Division of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, News Editor & Reporter @ 9News Nigeria

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