Liberia, the oldest Africa's modern republic was founded in 1847 by freed American slaves. Her last democratic transfer of power occurred in 1944 and was followed by a military coup in 1980 and a 14 - year war that claimed over 250,000 lives. It just ended in 2003 and in 2005, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize Winner was elected democratically for a 6 - year tenure.
Liberia, as of Thursday, December 28, 2017, has a population of 4, 791,122 based on the latest United Nations estimates. There are 15 counties in the small West country which are subdivided into 90 districts. George Weah won in 13 of the 15 counties. For instance, in Bong County, the third most populous in Liberia, he got 40.6 percent against 10.7 percent in 2005.
Christianity has 85.5 percent while Muslims mostly Malikite Sunni has 12.2% population which it shares with Ahmadiyya.
George Weah is a man of firsts. He is the first and only Africa to FIFA World Footballer of the Year in 1995. He is now also the first footballer in the world to become a president of a country. Africa has come of age.
When the NEC declared him elected, his huge supporters, mostly youths, honking motor vehicle horns, paraded through the streets of Monrovia to celebrate the good news.
Didier Drogba who was a former hitman of Chelsea sent him congratulatory message. CAF, FIFA, AC Milan, Jacob Zuma, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, etc are among those that early sent him congratulatory messages for the feat.