His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah

President of the Republic of Liberia

His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah

President of the Republic of Liberia

Biography

George Manneh Weah is currently serving as the 25th President of Liberia. He was born on the
1st of October 1966. He began his early childhood education at the Daniel E. Howard and C. W.
Brumskine Elementary schools. President Weah later attended G. W. Gibson and Ellen Mills
Scarborough for his junior high education. In pursuit of secondary school education, President
Weah attended Muslim Congress and Wells Hairston High Schools. He obtained high school
diploma from the Continental Academy in the United States on September 21, 2007.
In 2013, the Liberian Leader earned a master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Keller
Graduate School of Management, DeVry University, United States of America. In 2011, Dr. George
Manneh Weah earned a Bachelor Degree (BA) in Business Administration from the DeVry University in
Miami, Florida (United States of America).
He has three honorary Doctorate Degrees of Humane Letters (LHD) which are in recognition of
his accomplishments and contributions in many fields, including humanity, sports,
peacebuilding and education.
During his soccer career, the President won collective and individual awards, including three
Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year awards, Federation of International
Football Association (FIFA) Player of the Year, Ballon d’Or, Union of European Football
Association (UEFA) and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year in 1995-
1996. To date, he is the only African player to achieve this feat in a single year.
He represented his country as he played, captained and served as technical director for the
Liberia National Soccer Team, Lone Star. He led them to two African Cup of Nations finals (1996
and 2002). In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living
players.
President Weah understands the needs of children in difficult circumstances. He became
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 7th April, 1997.  His longstanding commitment to
humanitarian activities, especially in Africa, has earned him the admiration of many.
After ending his glamorous career in 2003, George Weah returned to his home country and
worked hard in restoring peace to Liberia, a nation rocked by an internal conflict. He risked
everything, including moving into dangerous terrains, to ensure a successful disarmament of
thousands of ex-combatants in his capacity as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
President Weah became involved in politics in Liberia following his retirement from football. He
formed the Congress for Democratic Change and ran unsuccessfully for President in the 2005
election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting. He was subsequently
elected to the Liberian Senate for Montserrado County in the 2014 elections, and elected
President of Liberia in the 2017 election, defeating the incumbent Vice President Joseph Boakai,
and sworn in on 22 nd January 2018 making him the fourth youngest-serving president in Africa,
marking Liberia's first democratic transition in 74 years.