Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

by Manila on January 5, 2018

Birth Name: Ellen Johnson

Place of Birth: Monrovia, Liberia

Date of Birth: 29 October, 1938

*Gola (father)
*German (maternal grandfather)
*Kru (maternal grandmother)

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician. She has served as the 24th President of Liberia, since 16 January, 2006.

President Sirleaf’s father, Jahmale Carney (previousley spelled Karnley) Johnson, was born into a Gola family in an impoverished rural region in Julijuah, Bomi County. He was sent to Monrovia, where he changed his surname to Johnson due to his father’s loyalty to President Hilary R. W. Johnson. President Sirleaf’s mother, Martha Cecelia (Kreuger, later Dunbar), was also born into poverty, in Greenville, Sinoe County, and was of half German and half Kru descent. She was later adopted by Cecilia Dunbar, who was a member of a prominent Americo-Liberian family.

President Sirleaf has four sons with her former husband, James Sirleaf, whose niece is American comedian and actress Retta.

President Sirleaf’s paternal grandparents were Jahmale and Jenneh.

President Sirleaf’s maternal grandfather was named Heinz Kreuger. Heinz was a German trader, who had to flee the country after Liberia declared war on Germany during World War I.

President Sirleaf’s maternal grandmother was named Juah Sarwee. She was Kru.

Sources: Genealogy of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf –

Biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (2017), by Helene Cooper



by madman on August 15, 2017

Birth Name: Marietta Sangai Sirleaf

Place of Birth: New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 12, 1970

Ethnicity: Americo-Liberian

Retta is an American comedian and actress.

Retta is the niece of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, through President Sirleaf’s former husband, James Sirleaf.

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Van Vicker

by fraciscovargas1545 on February 3, 2017

Birth Name: Joseph van Vicker

Place of Birth: Ghana

Date of Birth: 1 August, 1977

*Dutch (father)
*Liberian (mother)

Van Vicker is a Ghanaian actor. His father is Dutch and his mother is Liberian. His father died when he was six years old.



Rowena King

by fraciscovargas1545 on August 7, 2016

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Birth Name: Roweena Josephine King

Place of Birth: London, England, United Kingdom

Date of Birth: December 6, 1970

*English (father)
*Liberian (mother)

Rowena King is a British stage, film, and television actress. She was born to a mother of Liberian origin named Phyllis and an English father named John.

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George Weah

by andrew on November 10, 2015

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Birth Name: George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah

Place of Birth: Monrovia, Liberia

Date of Birth: 1 October, 1966

Ethnicity: Kru (Liberian)

George Weah is a Liberian humanitarian, politician, and footballer. He has been a Senator for Montserrado County, since 14 January, 2015.

He played as a striker. George is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, and of his generation. In 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or.

George’s paternal grandmother’s name is Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. George was largely raised by Emma.

George is married to Clar, who is from Jamaica. He has three children.

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