Africa’s First Female Pres. Visits Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Benedict College is hosting a fundraising dinner and benefit in honor of the first woman to be elected president of an African nation. The Columbia school on Saturday is holding a Women Only Marketplace and School Benefit Dinner to mark Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s visit to South Carolina. Jean Bill Manning, president of African Methodist Episcopal University in Monrovia, Liberia, is the keynote speaker for the Saturday fundraiser that benefits Liberia’s Marketplace and School. The project allows mothers selling their wares to be close to their children who are attending classes. Sirleaf was elected in 2005 following a conflict that cost 250,000 lives. She speaks Monday at Bishop David R. Daniels, Jr.’s investiture as president of the Council of Bishops of the Global African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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