Monrovia — January 17, 2022, marks but one other birthdate of the gradual Rev. Jonathan Emmanuel Zekpehgee Bowier, feeble Minister of Files and a “Historian” or a Storyteller as he archaic to call himself. His household members were memorializing him.
Many knew Rev. Bowier for the wealth of historical accounts that he knew about Liberia and the leisure of the enviornment. Till his loss of life, he seemed on native radio packages in Monrovia, narrating “precise” historical accounts of Liberia. Many Liberians, in particular the youthful generation, knew him as a historian, which he rebuffed on many occasions. All over these radio appearances and or at workshops and or symposiums, he acknowledged some renowned quotations, which I surely cling endeavored to half collectively in his reminiscence because the nation posthumously remembers him on his 72n birthday, this Monday, January 17. A few of what this write up contains are the final interview I performed with him on his 71st birthday sooner than he went house to be along with his Maker.
Starting up along with his title and giving a short historical previous he acknowledged, “My first title sooner than I modified into born modified into Emmanuel, which ability that “God is with us.” This title modified into given to him by Elizabeth Wilson of the Church of the Lord Alladurah. I modified into born on a plantain leaf within the support of a apartment in Abrahima Kabba’s Compound, in a village in Mountainous Gedeh County. My father had settled along with his seven other halves there for agonize of diverse men molesting his other halves. My father believed his other halves would were safe among the Muslim other folks. My maternal grandmother named me Jedehnee, which ability that in Grebo “You note now?” because when my mother modified into pregnant, the quite loads of other halves acknowledged she modified into faking it and acknowledged it modified into “dirty water” she had in her abdomen. My maternal grandmother went to tell the message to my father, for the reason that diverse other halves were all fighting to cling this child of prophesy. So once I modified into born, my father acknowledged my title modified into Jonathan, which ability that “God has given” because God thru the church promised him a baby and had given the baby. Zehkpehgee ability “Leopard”. My grandmother gave me the title Jedehnee. She acknowledged other folks will accuse me falsely but, within the end, I will continuously train, “Ehn you note now?”
Per him, all all over his 70 plus years, he lived in response to the meanings of his names, in particular the one his maternal grandmother gave him. He acknowledged within the end, he had continuously told other folks, who doubted or resisted half of advice from him: “Ehn you note now?”
“All over the 1990, once I modified into Files Minister, some other folks accused me of being a insurgent sympathizer and they went and told [President Samuel] Doe that I modified into fooling him. If President Doe had listened to me, he would were alive this present day. Nevertheless I’m in a position to simplest train to them, ‘Ehn you note now’. If Doe had listened to me and resigned, he would were alive this present day.
A few of his renowned sayings
Per Rev. Bowier, nothing is unusual underneath the sun. “Every little thing you note occurring around right here this present day, came about within the previous. It be crucial to sit down down on the archaic mat to plait the unusual mat. Which implies, the teens need to sit with the archaic other folks take care of us, to search out out how things labored sooner than, in account for to abet them therapy this present day’s complications.”
I requested him why he modified into not working within the executive with the total data he had about governance, he acknowledged, “Within the fullness of time. One among my mates told me that all over actually appropriate one of President [George] Weah’s appointment assembly, any individual instructed my title to be Files Minister, after which one other person stood up and acknowledged even as you appoint that gargantuan mouth archaic man, he’ll place sand in our gari. I told my buddy if so, let them safe their gari, and let me safe my find of sand yah. So, if I will work in executive which I surely cling not refused to create, this would possibly possibly happen within the fullness of time.”
He had told me that he modified into willing to abet the executive freed from price to prepare their other folks in public household members along with: “The Minister of Files is supposed be taught every newspaper and short the President of the major happenings within the nation. Declare the President the specific, the substandard and the grotesque. If I were to focus on to Weah, I would possibly possibly possibly instruct him the reality, because I’m not right here to carry out any child feels suitable, because the concept in Liberia, you are not supposed to carry out the President feels substandard.” Unfortunately, he modified into in no device known as to work for the executive as a lot as his loss of life.
Rev. Bowier had location as a lot as write a e-book on reasonably about a the things he knew about Liberia. He had titled his first e-book, “Liberia’s Palava Is Too Hard to Remark.” It be unhappy he in no device obtained around to post the e-book sooner than he handed. Nonetheless, his widow, Mrs. Ruth Bowier, has promised to work with some of his mates in publishing his manuscripts into books and beginning a library in his reminiscence.
Tributes from wife
“My husband Reverend Bowier modified into an acceptable man, and my simplest buddy. He continuously wanted peace for Liberia. We can miss him for his teachings. You played a prime role in this nation; you might well continuously be remembered to your gigantic work. I love you, but God loves you simplest. Rest on my husband,” from your darling wife, Ruth Soe Bowier.
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Tributes from his teens
“It be been 204 days since your passing, and it soundless does not seem reliable. Your passing modified into so abrupt and came and not using a warning. All of us miss you sorely and we’re grieving in our cling ability, but we’ll proceed to carry out you proud day-to-day.
“Mama Liberia, you might well cling lost a huge man! He loved you. The love modified into so deep; it modified into buried within the depths of his soul. Even while dwelling abroad, he continuously yearned to near support to you. As teens, we didn’t perceive it, but now we create.
“My other folks, at occasions you felt our father’s swiftly tongue and merciless criticisms, but he felt the important truth modified into wished to get things performed. Relieve us follow it his legacy by retaining God first, persevering with to search out out about your historical previous of our loved nation Liberia, and being the alternate, you wish to gape. Thank you, God and Mama Liberia, for retaining our dad going for thus long as you might well well,” from your loving teens.